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

Board of Directors

Mr David Hannon

Chairman | BEc, FINSIA


Founding shareholder of LPI with over 30 years’ experience in the finance industry with a focus on property, mining and international investing. Founding Director and former Chairman of Atlas Iron Ltd., which grew to over A$3B market capitalisation. Mr Hannon has operated a private Investment group, Chifley Investor Group Pty Limited, for over 15 years.

Mr Cristobal

Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer


A Civil Engineer with over 18 years’ experience developing and financing in Mining, Energy, Infrastructure, Finance and Property projects. Mr Garcia-Huidobro led MSB’s exploration and development programme for the Maricunga Salar. He is formerly the CIO of CENTINELA, an investment company with a significant portfolio under management worldwide. He also served as Board and committee member on a number of mining, property and agricultural funds in North and South America.

Mr Richard A Crookes

Executive Director – Corporate Finance | BSc (Geology), Grad Dip Applied Finance, AusIMM, FINSIA, AICD


Geologist with more than 30 years’ experience in the mining and finance sectors. Mr Crookes is a highly regarded Australian resource industry and investment professional with deep involvement in all aspects of mining projects, including exploration, mineral resource development, operations, project finance and project management. After 15 years in the resource industry, he worked for 12 years at Macquarie Bank, where he originated and managed many of the bank’s principal investments in exploration and mining companies as well as leading several project finance transactions. Mr Crookes has considerable experience in the South American resource sector.

Mr Andrew G Phillips

Executive Director, Company Secretary & Chief Financial Officer | BBS, MAICD


Over 25 years’ commercial, financial and corporate governance experience internationally. Mr Phillips previously held senior management and board positions in several public and multinational companies including Aristocrat, Allianz, Hoya Lens and Sequoia Financial Group and has additional board experience in the small cap resources sector. Mr Phillips is also the CFO and Company Secretary of LPI.

Mr Martin Borda

Non-Executive Director | BEc


An economist with over 40 years’ experience in a range of industries in Chile and internationally. Mr Borda was a major stakeholder in the early development stages of the Maricunga Lithium Brine Project which included the establishment of the joint venture company, Minera Salar Blanco S.A., of which he owns 30.98% through a private investment entity. Mr Borda has served on many boards in Chile, including as a Non-Executive of Banco Scotiabank and Compania Molinera San Cristobal.

Mr Russell C Barwick

Non-Executive Director | Dip Min Eng, FAusIMM, FAICD


Mining engineer with over 43 years’ experience globally and a strong development, operating and corporate background, particularly in Latin America. Former COO of Wheaton River – Goldcorp when the quickly evolving company grew from a market capitalisation of several hundred million dollars to CAD$22 billion and became the third largest gold company in the world by market capitalisation. Previously served as CEO of Newcrest Mining and was with Placer Dome Inc. for 16 years.

Technical Team

Mr Murray Brooker

Group Technical & Exploration Advisor | BSc (Hons), MSc (Geology), MSc (Hydrogeology)


Geologist with over 25 years’ of experience, specialising in lithium brine over the last 7 years. Mr Brooker has lead teams in Argentina, Chile and Australia and most recently was the JORC Competent Person for Orocobre Lithium brine projects in Argentina. He is highly experienced in managing development projects, project evaluations, project generation and CP/QP reporting.

Mr Ian Miles

Western Australia Exploration Manager | BSc (Hons), Grad Dip App Fin, MAIG


Highly skilled exploration geologist with 20 years’ experience in advancing Greenfields projects to mining. Mr Miles has managed large exploration programs in Australia and Brazil. Exploration expertise includes project generation, targeting, evaluation and assessment.