Board of Directors

Non-Executive Chairman

Cliff Lawrenson

B.Com (Hons)

Mr Lawrenson holds postgraduate qualifications in commerce and finance and has worked extensively in project development and investment banking around the world, including in Australia, USA and Singapore. Mr Lawrenson is an experienced mining executive and director with deep expertise in the minerals and energy sectors derived from his considerable global experience. He has a successful track record of leading strategic direction in companies and executing corporate transactions.

Mr Lawrenson was Managing Director of Atlas Iron Ltd from 2017 and led the company to its acquisition by Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd. Prior to Atlas Iron, Mr Lawrenson was managing director of a number of ASX listed companies in the mining and mining services sectors. Mr Lawrenson was a senior executive of CMS Energy Corporation in the United States of America and Singapore and this was preceded by an investment banking career.
He is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Caspin Ltd (ASX: CPN), Non-Executive Director of Australian Vanadium Limited (ASX:AVL) and Non-Executive Chairman of privately owned Pacific Energy Limited and Onsite Rental Group.

Non-Executive Director

Peter Watson

Mr Peter Watson is a chemical engineer with more than 35 years’ experience in the global resources sector across senior technical, project, and management roles as well as corporate experience in running ASX listed companies. His experience includes project development, project delivery, asset optimisation and mining facilities operations across multiple commodities and global jurisdictions, including Africa. Mr Watson has held technical and senior executive roles with a number of companies, culminating in his appointment as the MD & CEO of Sedgman Limited. Mr Watson has also held a number of senior and directorship roles at Strandline Resources Ltd, Sedgman Limited, New Century Resources, Resource Generation and EvacGroup, bringing significant board level experience at both the public and wholly owned company level, particularity on matters covering safety, governance, financial reporting, risk management, strategy and leadership.

Mr Watson is currently an executive director at Strandline Resources (ASX:STA) and a non-executive director at New Century Resources Ltd (ASX:NCZ).

Non-Executive Director

Peter Main

Mr Peter Main is a mining and finance professional with extensive experience spanning more than 30 years. During that time, Mr Main has developed an extensive working knowledge in financial markets centred around the mining sector developing a wealth of industry experience. During his career Mr Main has spent 13 years in a variety of roles in the mining industry through to CEO in the later years of a TSX-V listed mining company, obtaining diverse experience across most facets of the industry. He spent 20 years in finance, more recently in an advisory capacity to the mining and finance industries. Mr Main primarily worked for investment banks, including 11 years managing the Royal Bank of Canada’s (RBC) Australian equity sales and trading business and co-managing RBC’s regional business. Prior to that Mr Main spent six years at Hartley Poynton as a mining analyst and almost nine years full time service in the Australian Army.

Non-Executive Director

Melissa Holzberger

Ms Holzberger is a commercial and mining lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in the energy and resources sector, including the uranium industry. She is an experienced company director having served on ASX-listed, public, government and not-for-profit boards spanning a wide range of sectors. She brings legal, risk, compliance, corporate ethics and corporate governance expertise, together with valuable experience in uranium mining operations and projects, international trade, logistics,  product stewardship and sustainability having previously worked for both BHP and Rio Tinto.

Ms Holzberger is currently a Non-Executive Director of Andromeda Metals Ltd (ASX:ADN). She is a member of the Federal Government’s Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency’s Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council and founding Principal of Sloan Holzberger Lawyers.

Non-Executive Director

Joanne Palmer

Ms Palmer is a Registered Company Auditor and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, England and Wales. Ms Palmer is currently an Executive Director of Pitcher Partners in Perth. Ms Palmer brings over 25 years of industry experience providing audit and assurance services on company listings, mergers, acquisitions and takeovers and significant experience in auditing international mining companies. Ms Palmer is a council member of the Association of Mining & Exploration Companies (AMEC) and a Non-Executive Director of NextOre Pty Ltd.

Ms Palmer has had an extensive financial services career including leading Ernst and Young’s Financial Accounting Advisory Services team in Perth, working predominantly in the mining sector assisting both multinational companies, mid-caps and junior explorers with technical accounting, regulatory advice and finance function support services.

Senior Management

Chief Executive Officer

Ian Purdy


Mr Purdy is a highly-respected executive with more than three decades’ experience within Australian and international natural resources companies.

In his time as a CEO and CFO of listed and private companies, Mr Purdy has delivered significant shareholder value through managing and optimising operations, delivering large projects and executing on business improvements and asset sales. Mr Purdy has extensive capital markets experience and a proven track record of delivering company funding requirements.

Chief Financial Officer

Anna Sudlow


Ms Sudlow is a highly qualified CFO with more than 20 years of experience across the energy and resources sectors specialising in corporate finance and funding, investor relations and commercial management.  Ms Sudlow commenced her career at Woodside Energy, progressing into senior functional roles across treasury and portfolio management; thereafter working with small cap ASX listed companies in senior leadership positions with a focus in finance and commercial.  Ms Sudlow previously held the position of CFO at Transborders Energy, where she has been their CFO since 2017.  Ms Sudlow has a Bachelor of Commerce and MBA from the University of WA, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia, is a CPA and a graduate of the AICD.

Ms Sudlow joined the Paladin Group in July 2019.

Company Secretary

Jeremy Ryan

Mr Jeremy Ryan has been appointed as Company Secretary of Paladin.

Mr Ryan has extensive experience in corporate governance and was previously Company Secretary/Manager Legal for ASX listed gold miner Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited. Mr Ryan was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1999 and to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 2001. Prior to his in-house role with Saracen he advised government departments and worked in the finance and projects team of a large international law firm. During his time in private practice Mr Ryan advised companies in the resources sector including on project development and operation. In addition to being appointed Company Secretary Mr Ryan has also been engaged as Senior Legal Counsel for Paladin.

General Manager - Langer Heinrich

Johan Roux

Johan is a legal professional with over 30 years’ experience in the management of corporate labour, mining, commercial, human resources and legal compliance laws in Namibia and South Africa, largely in the Mining and Oil & Gas sectors. Prior to joining Langer Heinrich, he was a partner of a legal firm in Namibia.

Principal Uranium Marketing Consultant

Gary Stoker

BSc.(Physics), DipMgt

Gary has over 30 years’ experience in the nuclear fuels industry, and has worked with Paladin in various capacities since 2008. Previously, he was a co-founder of Nufcor International Ltd and BNFL Uranium Asset Management Ltd with prime responsibility for the management of nuclear fuels trading portfolios at both companies. At Nufcor he co-led the formation and market flotation of a uranium fund on the London FTSE AIM and Toronto Stock Exchanges and was authorized by the UK Financial Services Authority in the capacity of investment advisor to the fund. He also held a number of commercial and technical supervisory positions at British Nuclear Fuels plc and was a member of Euratom’s Advisory Committee. Gary holds a bachelors degree in physics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and a postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of Lancashire.

Senior Vice President – Marketing & Business Development

Alexander Rybak


Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Development and Strategy professional with over 20 years of in-house and investment banking experience in energy and resources sectors. He has extensive international experience and has worked across a range of private, public and government-owned enterprises.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Macquarie University in NSW and qualified as an Actuary in 1999.

Senior Vice President – Exploration

Jess Oram

B.Sc, (Geol), Member AIG

Mr Jess Oram is an experienced exploration geologist with 30 years experience in mineral exploration and management across a variety of commodities, companies and countries. He has significant experience in uranium exploration and has been involved in mineral discovery, resource delineation and expansion and mining feasibility studies.