Our People


Oliver Kleinhempel

Oliver Kleinhempel

Chair & Non-executive Director

BBA, M.Sc. (Mining)

Board Committees:
Audit, Risk (Chair) and Remuneration & Nomination

Oliver was appointed Non-executive Director on 12 August 2019 and as Chair on 24 April 2020. Oliver has held various executive management positions in the project development, finance and commodity trading sectors, and with organisations including Outotec, Ferrostaal Group and CRONIMET. He is currently an executive director of CRONIMET Holding GmbH, Germany.


Stephen Layton

Stephen Layton

Non-executive Director


Board Committees:
Audit (Chair), Risk and Remuneration & Nomination

Stephen was appointed Non-executive Director on 14 November 2017 and has over 35 years’ experience in equity capital markets in the UK and Australia. Stephen has held both principal and director roles in his extensive career and has a depth of knowledge in capital raisings, ASX listings and corporate advisory matters. Stephen is currently also a non-executive director on ASX-listed Mithril Resources Limited, and has previously been a non-executive director on ASX-listed company, New Age Exploration Limited.


Zhui Pei Yeo

Zhui Pei Yeo

Non-executive Director

BEng (Electrical and Electronic Eng.) Hons

Board Committees:
Audit, Risk and Remuneration & Nomination (Chair)

Zhui Pei was appointed Non-executive Director on 12 August 2019. Zhui Pei has held executive, management and supervisory roles and has a wide range of experience from project planning to resource management to commercial negotiations. He has been working at a leading system integrator in the telecommunications industry in South-East Asia and is currently also an executive director of a steel-product manufacturer.



Kevin MacNeill

CEO & Senior Technical Advisor

B Tech Mineral (Mineral Processing and Civil Construction); Dip Canadian Securities Course, Stockbroker’s Licence.

Kevin was appointed the Company’s Interim-CEO & Senior Technical Advisor in May 2019. Kevin’s 30-year career has been dedicated to the development and operation of resource projects, from discovery, feasibility study stage to mining and minerals processing operations. He has held various managing director appointments including President of Etruscan Diamonds (part of TSX-listed Etruscan Resources), and has founded Specialized Metallurgical Projects Pty Ltd, an engineering consulting and project development company, focusing on metal recovery and mining waste processing projects. He is also currently a director of Zimbabwe Lithium, a company developing the Kamativi Lithium Tailings Project.

As CEO & Senior Technical Advisor, Kevin is focused on the day-to-day site operations at Mt Carbine as well as overseeing the assessment of the Company’s project portfolio to outline a strategic roadmap for the Mt Carbine developments and the gold exploration activities in New South Wales.


Kim Cavallaro

Kim Cavallaro

Chief Commercial Officer

BA/LLB (Hons), GAICD, Grad Dip Applied Corp Gov.

As CCO, Kim draws upon solid legal and corporate governance experience to steer the Company towards meeting increasing societal expectations on ESG and shared values. Kim has been a corporate lawyer in leading law firms in Australia (King & Wood Mallesons and Allens Linklater), Hong Kong and US (Sidley Austin). More recently, she held a long tenure as Head of Legal/ Company Secretary, Australia-Asia at Hatch, a global consulting engineering firm focused on mining & metals, infrastructure and energy sectors. 


Cobus Venter

Mt Carbine Retreatment JV Production Manager

Dip (Met Eng)

Cobus was appointed the Retreatment JV’s first dedicated Production Manager in October 2020 to support the continued growth and development of the tungsten retreatment operations. Cobus has significant experience in plant operations and management in the various commodities in the resources industry in Australia and South Africa.

Tony Bainbridge

Chief Geologist

BSc (Geology and Chemistry), AusIMM

Tony is currently contracted as the Company’s Chief Geologist focusing on the investigations for Mt Carbine’s underground development of narrow high-grade mine to extract ‘King-Vein’ style mineralisation. Tony has extensive experience with projects in South Korea and Africa, including building, owning and managing a tungsten mining operation in South Korea.  His capabilities include assisting with feasibility studies, acquisition negotiations, mine exploration, mine development, strategic personnel placements, equipment sourcing, and day-to-day operations.  He is also currently a director of Asia Intercept Mining Ltd and AMB Exploration Pty Ltd.

Michael Bartlett

Mt Carbine Quarry Manager

BCom, Qld Quarry Manager’s Licence, SSE

Michael was appointed the Company’s first dedicated Quarry Manager in mid-August 2020 to support the continued growth and development of the quarry business. Michael has significant experience in quarrying operations and management in diverse industries including mining, transport, and local government.

Natasha Troughton

Finance & Administration Manager


Natasha is the Company’s long-standing stalwart employee, providing continuity since Carbine Tungsten days. Natasha co-ordinates all aspects of the company’s finance and administration matters, oversees the corporate services department and is an integrative member of the corporate and site leadership team.

Kong Yong

Financial Controller

BBus (Accounting), CPA

Kong is a member of CPA Australia since 2002 with demonstrated experiences in audit assurance, risk management and financial controls in the equity capital market, banking and mining industry. Kong oversees the management and financial accounting, treasury and risk management functions at EQR.