Board and Management

Experienced management with a proven track record of delivering successful outcomes.

Mr. David Hannon – Chairman

Mr. Hannon holds a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA).

Mr. Hannon commenced his commercial career as a stockbroker/Investment banker in 1985.  He later became a Director of a private Investment bank specialising in venture capital with a focus on the mining sector. Mr. Hannon has operated a private Investment group, Chifley Investor Group Pty Limited for over 15 years.

Mr. Hannon’s other listed mining company experience involves being a founding Director of Atlas Iron Limited (“Atlas”) in 2004. Mr. Hannon remained a member of the Atlas Board for 10 years and was Chairman while it maintained its position as a member of the ASX 100 Index with a market capitalisation of over A$2b. Throughout this period Mr. Hannon held various positions including Chairman of the Audit Committee and Chairman of the Nominations and Remunerations Committee. While Atlas embarked upon an iron ore growth strategy of its Pilbara assets it became the fourth largest iron ore producer in Australia.

Mr. Martin C Holland – Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer

Mr Holland has 11 years’ management experience focusing on the mining exploration sector. Previously he was CEO of gold explorer Stratum Metals Limited from 2010 to 2014, which listed on ASX in 2011.  Mr. Holland is Chairman of Sydney based private investment company, Holland International Pty Limited, which has strong working relationships with leading institutions and banks across Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Mr. Russell C Barwick – Non-Executive Director

Dip. Min Eng, FAusIMM, FAICD

Mr. Barwick is an internationally renowned mining executive and engineer with over 43 years technical, managerial and corporate experience in various commodities. He initially worked for Bougainville Copper Limited [CRA], Pancontinental Mining Limited [Jabiluka Uranium] and CSR Ltd [Hail Creek Coal]. Following this, Mr. Barwick spent 16 years with Placer Dome Inc. occupying a number of key development, operational and corporate roles in numerous countries culminating in being appointed Managing Director of Placer Nuigini Ltd.


He then served as Chief Executive Officer of Newcrest Mining Limited where he achieved strong market support. For the four-year period, up to 2007, Mr Barwick was the Chief Operating Officer of Wheaton River Minerals and Goldcorp Inc. during which the quickly evolving company grew from market capitalisation of several hundred million dollars to CAD$22 billion and became the third largest gold company in the world by market capitalisation.


Mr. Barwick will add a distinctive skill set to the Board with a strong development, operating and corporate background, particularly in Latin America, along with providing the Company with leadership recognised by the international resources investment community.

Mr. Reccared (Ricky) P. Fertig – Non-Executive Director

Mr Fertig is a senior executive with 30 years’ international commercial experience across mining, property, healthcare and services sector. Mr. Fertig is the Chief Executive Officer of Adrenna Property Group Limited, a property fund listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. He is also chairman of Quyn International Outsource, a South African-based human resource group that has over 3,000 employees in Southern Africa, servicing the mining, construction and commercial industries; RMS Corporate Solutions, one of the leading property and facilities management companies in Southern Africa; and East Sydney Private Hospital in Sydney, Australia, which he co-founded.

Mr. Andrew G Phillips – Non-Executive Director, Company Secretary & Chief Financial Officer.


Over 25 years of commercial and financial experience internationally. Previously held senior management roles with Aristocrat, Allianz, Hoya Lens and Sequoia, with additional board experience in the small cap resources sector.

Dr. Luis Ignacio Silva P. – Non-Executive Director & Latin America Regional Manager

PGeo, Ph.D., CEng

Dr. Silva has over 40 years’ experience in mining exploration and environmental studies, which includes the lithium sector over the last 10 years. He has managed projects in Chile and Panama and has additional experience in Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica and Peru.  He was previously Deputy Manager of Geology at SERNAGEOMIM (the Chilean Geological Survey) for two years, from February 2012 to April 2014. Prior to that he was the Exploration and General Manager for Talison’s Salares-7 lithium project from December 2009 to December 2011. He has worked with some of the largest mining companies in the world, including Talison, Freeport, Amax, Barrick, Lundin, Homestake, Cyprus, Phelps Dodge, Pegasus, Cominco, CNC, and Codelco and the Chilean Nuclear Energy Commission.

Technical Team

Mr Murray Brooker – Group Technical & Exploration Advisor

BSc (Hons), MSc (Geology), MSc (Hydrogeology)

Mr Brooker is Exploration Advisor to LPI Mr Brooker is a geologist with 25 years of experience, specialising in lithium prospecting and exploration. He has lead teams in Argentina, Chile and Australia throughout his career, and is a very well respected and connected lithium expert in South America. Most recently, Mr Brooker was the JORC Competent Person for Orocobre Lithium brine projects in Argentina. Mr Brooker has experience in managing groups of geoscientists, project management for development projects, conducting project evaluations, project generation, CP/QP reporting and interpretation of satellite imagery, geological and geophysical data.

Mr Stuart Peterson – Exploration Manager

BSc (Geology & Earth Sciences)

Mr Peterson is an exploration geologist with over 12yrs experience in the field. He has gained hard-rock lithium experience in his previous role at Mineral Resources at their Mt Marion lithium project in Western Australia. In that role, Mr Peterson had direct exposure to all near-mine extensional drilling programs on their lithium-hosted pegmatite deposits (Spodumene/kunzite). Prior to that, he has held Exploration Management roles with White Lion Enterprises and Spitfire Materials, plus geological positions with Murchison Metals, SinoSteel, and Epsilon Energy. He is a Member of AusIMM.