Our Board and Senior Management
Mark BennettExecutive Chairman
Mark was the managing director and CEO of Sirius from its inception to its merger with Independence Group, and was non-executive director of Independence Group following the merger until May 2016.
He is a geologist with 26 years' experience in gold, nickel and base metal exploration and mining. He holds a BSc in Mining Geology from the University of Leicester and a PhD from the University of Leeds and is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He has worked in Australia, West Africa, Canada and Europe, predominantly for LionOre Mining International Limited and WMC Resources Limited at locations such as Kalgoorlie, Kambalda, St. Ives, LionOre's nickel and gold mines throughout Western Australia, Wiluna and most recently Nova, the Fraser Range and Polar Bear. Positions held include various technical, operational, executive and board positions including Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director, Exploration Manager and Chief Geologist.
Mark is a two times winner of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies "Prospector Award" for his discoveries which include the Thunderbox Gold Mine, the Waterloo nickel mine and most recently the world class Nova-Bollinger nickel-copper mine.
In addition to his technical expertise, Mark is very experienced in corporate affairs, equity capital markets, investor relations and community engagement and has led Sirius from prior to the discovery of Nova all the way through feasibility, financing, permitting and construction, and latterly through the schemes of arrangement to merge with Independence and to demerge S2.
Jeff DowlingNon-Executive Director
Jeff was recently Sirius’ non-executive chairman and is a proficient corporate leader with 37 years' experience in professional services with Ernst & Young. Jeff has held numerous leadership roles within Ernst & Young which focused on the mining, oil and gas and other industries. Jeff's professional expertise centres around audit, risk and financial acumen derived from acting as lead partner on large public company audits, capital raisings and corporate transactions. Jeff's career with Ernst & Young culminated in his appointment as Managing Partner of the Ernst & Young Western Region for a period of 5 years. Jeff also led Ernst & Young's Oceania China Business Group, responsible for building Ernst & Young's Oceania relationships with Chinese Corporations.
Jeff has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
Anna NeulingNon-Executive Director
Anna was formerly the Company Secretary and Executive Director for Corporate and Commercial matters at S2. She was also the Company Secretary and CFO of Sirius from the company's inception in 2009 and was Sirius' Executive Director for Corporate and Commercial until its takeover by Independence Group (now IGO Group).
Anna worked at Deloitte in London and Perth prior to joining LionOre Mining International Limited in 2005, until its takeover by Norilsk Nickel. She holds a degree in mathematics from the University of Newcastle (UK).
She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has held a number of senior executive positions in the resources industry, including CFO and Company Secretarial roles at several listed companies.
Andrea BettiCompany Secretary
Ms. Betti is an accounting and corporate governance professional with over 20 years' experience in accounting, corporate governance, finance and corporate banking. She has acted as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for a number of companies in the private and publicly listed sectors, as well as senior executive roles in the banking and finance industry. Ms Betti is currently a Director of a corporate advisory company based in Perth that provides corporate and other advisory services to public listed companies.
John BartlettGeneral Manager Exploration
John is a geologist with over 20 years' experience in gold, nickel and base metal exploration and mining. He was recently General manager - Exploration for Sirius. He holds a BSc (Hons.) in Geology from the University of Tasmania and is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
John has worked predominately in Australia and Indonesia with LionOre, INCO and Newexco, and has been involved in the discovery of a number of economic deposits, including the Southern Star gold mine, the Lounge Lizard nickel mine, the Nova-Bollinger Project and most recently the Baloo Gold Deposit.
Rohan WorlandChief Geologist, Victorian Operations
Rohan is a geologist and manager with 30 years' experience in the resources industry generating and managing projects throughout the USA, South America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Mr Worland has worked on a number of generative exploration teams, with a particular focus on high-grade epithermal gold mineralisation and extensive experience exploring for orogenic gold, intrusion related gold, iron-oxide copper gold and volcanogenic massive sulphide polymetallic deposits.
Mr Worland’s career includes 14 years working for Newmont Mining Corporation and Normandy Mining Ltd, where he was assigned to a number of international positions including Chile, Peru, Argentina, Nevada (USA), New Zealand and eastern Australia. In addition, he also gained experience exploring for a number of world-class copper, lead and zinc orebodies throughout central, southern and eastern Australia. After leaving Newmont Mr Worland has utilised his experience to guide a number of junior explorers as Exploration Manager including White Rock Minerals Ltd, Rex Minerals Ltd, Buka Gold Ltd, WCP Resources Ltd and Uranoz Ltd. Rohan's qualifications include a B.Sc.(Hons) from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia.
Andy ThompsonGeneral Manager Geology
Andy was general manager resources of Sirius. He is a very experienced geologist, having been geology manager at LionOre’s Thunderbox gold mine and Silver Swan nickel mine, prior to being intimately involved in the resource drillout and estimation for Sirius’ Nova-Bollinger nickel-copper mine. He has a BSc in Geology from the University of Cardiff.