Non-Executive Chairman

AO FAICD

Alan Birchmore has had extensive management experience in Australia, the UK, Europe, South America and the United States. His activities have included gold, diamonds, iron and supply base/marine support to the offshore oil and gas industry. As CEO of NYSE listed Bond International Gold Inc, he was responsible for a worldwide workforce of 3,300 employees, including the initial construction and start-up of the Super Pit at Kalgoorlie. Once commissioned, he negotiated the joint venturing of that operation with America's Homestake Gold. Through Northern Mining, he was a founding member through to development of what is now Argyle Diamonds.

Mr Birchmore was founding Chairman of St Barbara Mines (Gold) at its ASX listing and also led the listing of Mermaid Marine Australia Ltd as its Chairman. More recently he chaired United Minerals Corporation Ltd culminating in a scheme of arrangement with BHP Billiton to merge UMC's proposed iron ore mine, with the adjoining BHP Billiton Area C iron ore production hub. Mr Birchmore was appointed by the WA Government to Chair the Albany Port Authority and later Fremantle Ports.