Andrew Vickerman – Chairman
From 1998 to 2009 Andrew was a member of the Operating and Executive Committees of Rio Tinto and from 1994 to 1998 he was Finance Director of Lihir Gold Limited. Prior to that he worked with RTZ Mining & Metals. With a background in economics and finance he has previously worked as a consultant for the World Bank and has travelled extensively over the past thirty years.
Christopher Gower – CEO
Christopher began his career in Australia in the marketing department of an international publishing house. After relocating to the UK, he became an in-house lawyer and gained experience in the fields of environmental services, environmental remediation and manufacturing.
Gerry O’Donohoe – Chief Financial Officer
Gerry is based in London and has over 30 years experience in the finance, investment banking and leasing sectors. Gerry has worked in senior roles at Deloittes, Lloyds of London, Nikko Securities, Babcock & Brown and latterly at Ascendos Rail Leasing which was successfully sold to Pamplona Capital Management in 2016. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA in finance from City, University of London.
Vincent Sweeney – Non-Executive Director & Company Secretary
Vincent is the managing partner at Sydney Capital Partners, an investment banking advisory firm. Vincent spent many years as a senior partner at major accounting firm Deloitte, where he served on the national management team and was their managing partner for both the Audit & Assurance and the Corporate Finance divisions. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, an MBA and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dr Fiona McCarthy – Senior Process Engineer
Fiona has a Bachelor of Metallurgical Engineering & PhD in Process Metallurgy from the University of New South Wales. Prior to joining DNP, her experience included several years as a resources industry analyst for AME Mineral Economics, in the role of senior analyst.
Fiona worked with process inventor Bill Drinkard and his team in their laboratory in Charlotte, NC, while learning the DNi Process™ chemistry. Her overseas posting was a key part of DNP’s technology transfer to bring the knowledge back to Australia where, from April 2009, she established DNP’s laboratory in Perth at CSIRO’s Waterford facility.
Since 2009, Fiona and her team have continued to refine the DNi Process™ and in 2010 they returned to Charlotte to pilot the acid recovery circuit on a large scale, confirming the elegance and viability of the process. Also in 2010 the technical team began designing the full pilot plant, which was constructed in 2012. Operation of the pilot plant covered the majority of 2013, with Fiona as the Technical Program Process Engineer. In this role she was responsible to the Project Managers for implementing the technical programme operations of the pilot plant, with focus on the technical process operations and performance of the plant and to handle all technical data generated from the programme. She continues to lead the Perth technical team’s laboratory work and engineering studies.
Chamika Don – Process Chemist
Chamika has completed his Bachelors (Applied Chemistry) and Masters in Chemical Engineering from Curtin University, Western Australia.
He has been part of the DNP technical team since 2011 and completed his master’s through DNP sponsorship. Chamika has been involved in supporting the Perth DNP Test operations and more recently with CSIRO in their piloting campaigns. Prior to being employed by DNP Chamika was employed at Parker Cooperative Centre for Integrated Hydrometallurgy Solutions at CSIRO Waterford as a student researcher.