Board of Directors

Frank Poullas

Non-Executive Chairman - MAICD

Frank Poullas has spent over two decades working in the technology, investment banking and engineering sectors. Over the last 15 years Frank has been involved with assisting a number of public entities with funding, strategic direction which has resulted in increased shareholder value.

Frank is currently a director of several companies and continues to consult to public companies involved or looking at entering the Lithium-ion battery material sector.

Professor M. Stanley Whittingham

Non-Executive Director

Professor Whittingham has over four decades of experience in the Lithium-ion battery industry and is best known for being a key figure in the invention of the Lithium-ion battery technology which has earned him a Nobel Prize in Chemistry that was recently announced in October 2019.

During his illustrious career Professor Whittingham has headed large projects for the US Department of Energy, Exxon and Schlumberger.  He has 16 US patents and has been involved in writing over 240 pieces of scientific and engineering literature.

Currently, Professor Whittingham is a professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering at Binghamton University which is part of the State University of New York. Professor Whittingham is also Director of the Northeast Center for Chemical Energy Storage (NECCES), which is an effort being led by Binghamton University, and includes as partners Rutgers University, Stony Brook University, Cambridge University, MIT, University of Michigan, University of California at Santa Barbara and University of California at San Diego. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2018.


Interim Managing Director


Johann Jacobs

Non-Executive Director - B.Acc, MBL,

Johann Jacobs has more than 30 years experience in the resource sector where he has managed established companies and acquisitions, expansions or start-up mining operations in Australia, South Africa and Indonesia. His more recent roles have included Chairman of IMX Resources Limited, Managing Director of the ASX-listed coal producer CIM Resources Ltd. In addition, he holds various directorships in private resource focused companies active in Australia and Internationally.

Peter Tsegas

Non-Executive Director

Peter has over 15 years of experience in Tanzania (10 years as a resident). He has worked to engage both the private and government sectors on a number of projects. Peter was founder and Managing Director of Tancoal Energy Ltd. which he successfully took from an exploration company through to a JV with the Tanzanian government and then into production. A number of consulting roles to the Tanzanian government have been undertaken, including the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Energy and Minerals. He has also consulted to a number of mining companies including Rio Tinto.

Subhas DeGamia

Non-Executive Director

Subhas is a senior financial services executive with extensive international experience and a consistent record of value creation across diverse roles in established and emerging markets. His achievements have included spearheading ANZ Banking Group’s re- entry into banking in India to build a highly successful and profitable onshore institutional bank and assisting Australian and New Zealand companies in evaluating opportunities and entering South-East Asian markets and working with Asian companies to conduct business in Australia. Mr DeGamia has business expertise in global markets, corporate and institutional banking, risk management advisory, and financial management.

Subhas’ leadership experience has included a number of senior management roles with ANZ Banking Group Limited across Australia and Asia, including as Country CEO for ANZ in India, and as Executive Director International Banking based in Australia.

Doug Richardson

Company Secretary

Doug has over 25 years of experience in the financial services and resources sectors. His experience has included investment research, analytics and client advising for various organisations including GIO Asset Management, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority and Suncorp Investment Management.