Board of Directors

Frank Poullas

Chairman - MAICD

Frank Poullas has spent the last 15 years working in the investment banking and engineering sectors. In his personal capacity is a professional investor specialising in the resources sector. For over 15 years he has been involved in various ventures increasing shareholder value in the resources 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 earned him a nomination for the Nobel Science Prize.

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 a Director of both the Materials Research and Materials Science and Engineering program 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, Argonne National Laboratory, Cambridge University, MIT, University of Michigan, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of California at Santa Barbara and University of California at San Diego.

Dr Ulrich Helmut Bez

Non-Executive Director

Dr Bez has over four decades of experience in the automotive industry.  He is viewed as one of the key figures contributing to the future of the industry in the last 40 years.  He has held executive roles in some of the world’s most recognised luxury car brands, as well as premium and mass car manufacturers.

During his career Dr Bez was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Aston Martin between 2000 and 2014.  During that period Dr Bez has been internationally acclaimed for turning Aston Martin into the global luxury brand that it is today.

Dr Bez has played an important role in shaping global powerhouses Porsche and BMW.  In Porsche, Dr Bez led the design and development of the 911 Turbo along with many other models while in BMW he created the BMW Technik GmbH division which included the design of the critically acclaimed Z1 model.

Dr Bez has also held director level roles with the likes of Daewoo and has been an advisor of some of the world’s largest automotive organisations.

Johann Jacobs

Non-Executive Director - B.Acc, MBL, FCA, FAICD

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.

Marc Vogts

Non-Executive Director

Marc is a project executive with over four decades of experience in the mining industry and over 30 years’ experience as a Senior Executive in major mining projects in South Africa, Madagascar, Australia, Canada, Chile, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and USA.

Marc has held Director roles for the likes of BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto during his career. In recent roles Marc was Project Director for the QMM Project in Madagascar for Rio Tinto, Vice President for Project Management for BHP Billiton and Vice President for all Uranium Projects including Olympic Dam for BHP Billiton.

Currently Marc is the Chief Executive Officer at the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership at the University of Sydney, a world leading project leadership executive education for value creation and realisation in large-scale projects.

Peter Sarantzouklis

Non-Executive Director

Peter has held executive roles within the banking industry with wide ranging experiences over the past 22 years and recently held the role of Chief Product Officer for Westpac, Consumer Bank.

Previously Peter worked as the Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategy, for the St George Banking Group for 3 years, and also spent time in Westpac New Zealand, sitting on the New Zealand executive team supporting product, transformation and strategy. Prior to that Peter was with General Electric for 10 years.

Peter has strong skills around products, financing and governance and has been a long-term shareholder of Magnis.

Doug Richardson

Company Secretary

Doug has over 22 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.