Board & Management

Board of Directors

Phil Mitchell

Non-Executive Chairman

Patrick Mutz

Non-Executive Director

Warren Mundine

Non-Executive Director

Bryan Dixon

Non-Executive Director

Andrew Grove

Managing Director and
Chief Executive Officer

Management Team

Mark Somlyay

Chief Financial Officer

Dr Will Goodall

Chief Development Officer

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Phil Mitchell

Non-Executive Chairman

Significant experience in mining M&A having held former roles as Head of Business Development and Strategy at Rio Tinto. Former CFO of Rio Tinto Iron Ore, member of the Executive Committee at Anglo American, and headed acquisitions for billionaire Robert Friedland’s company, HPX.

As Head of Business Development and Strategy at Rio Tinto, he was responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s asset and commodity portfolio and was accountable for the M&A portfolio and divestments, in addition to the daily management of the BHP takeover proposal.

As the CFO of Rio Tinto’s iron ore business, one the largest Australian business units, he oversaw all commercial aspects of the business including relationships with all JV partners and government. He was also responsible for developing the strategic plan that dominated profitable expansion to support China’s growth.

Patrick Mutz

Non-Executive Director

Former Managing Director & CEO of African focussed uranium company, Deep Yellow (ASX:DYL) and Alliance Resources (ASX:AGS).

Holds uranium operational experience in open cut, underground, and in-situ mining and related processing.

Currently Managing Director & CEO of Image Resources (ASX:IMA), which he drove into production to become a profitable mining company, with early repayment of debt.

Significant experience in transitioning companies from explorers to producers.

Warren Mundine

Non-Executive Director

Mr Nyunggai Warren Mundine AO is a member of the Bundjalung Indigenous Nation of Australia and a descendant of the Gumbaynggirr and Yuin Indigenous Nations of Australia. He is from Grafton, NSW.

Mr Mundine is a highly respected and influential businessman, political strategist and advocate for empowering the Indigenous people of Australia to build businesses and sustainable economies. He has more than 40 years’ experience working in the public, private and community sectors. He has advised successive Australian governments since 2004 and his appointment as Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council from 2013 to 2017 follows a long career in the public, business, policy, arts and community sectors.

He is currently Chairman and Managing Director of Nyungga Black Group, Chairman of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation, Governor for the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia, Chairman of Fuse Minerals, Director of Aura Energy, and Director – Indigenous Forum at the Centre for Independent Studies. He has previously served as the Chairman of Real Futures, RISE Ventures, NAISDA College, NAISDA Foundation and the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce, among others.

Bryan Dixon

Non-Executive Director

Over 20 years’ experience in the resource sector as a chartered accountant building junior exploration companies into mining producers, with extensive experience in the management of public and listed companies, and joint winner of the Mines and Money Asia-Pacific Mining Executive of the Year in 2017.

Held numerous director and management roles with emerging resource companies and founding Managing of Blackham Resources (ASX:BLK), now Wiluna Mining Corporation (ASX:WMC). Former roles with international accounting firm, Resolute Limited and Archipelago Resources, and specialises in project acquisition, exploration, feasibility, financing, development and operations of mining projects to production.

Andrew Grove

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Mr Grove is a highly experienced mining and finance executive with extensive global industry experience across multiple commodities. This includes more than 30 years of managerial, technical, commercial and finance experience, including significant expertise in uranium and West African development and operations.

He was most recently Managing Director at Chesser Resources Limited which was developing the Diamba Sud Gold Project in Senegal and acquired by Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. for a 95% premium late in 2023. Prior to Chesser, Andrew was the Group General Manager Business Development and Investor Relations at Perseus Mining Limited. Andrew also spent 14 years at Macquarie Bank as Division Director – Mining Finance and Risk Management. He held technical roles at Orano/Areva, Mines and Resources Australia and at Acacia Resources Limited. Andrew currently serves as a non-executive director of Zenith Minerals (ASX:ZNC) an Australian focused lithium exploration company. Mr Grove also holds a Masters in Mineral Economics and a Bachelor of Engineering (Minerals Exploration and Mining Geology) from the WA School of Mines.

Mark Somlyay

Chief Financial Officer

Mr Somlyay has over 20 years’ experience in finance, commercial and business improvement within the mining industry. Importantly, a majority of his experience has been in West Africa and in francophone jurisdictions where he has been involved in the development of three recent greenfield developments.

Most recently Mark was Finance Director, Australia for Agnico Eagle Mines Limited (TSX:AEM). Previously Mark was CFO at Chesser Resources Limited (ASX:CHZ) a Senegal focused gold development company which was acquired by Fortuna Silver Mines (TSX:FVI) in 2024 and Group General Manager Commercial at Perseus Mining Limited (ASX:PRU) where he was intimately involved in the successful development and funding of both the Sissingué and Yaouré gold mines in Côte d’Ivoire.

Mr Somlyay holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland and an Australian CPA accreditation.

Dr Will Goodall

Chief Development Officer

Dr Will Goodall was appointed as Chief Development Officer to rapidly build momentum towards expansion of the Tiris Resource and preparation for uranium production.

Dr Goodall has worked with Aura for over 10 years, has held the role of Aura’s Principal Metallurgist since 2018, and was responsible for delivering the Tiris Uranium Scoping and Definitive Feasibility Studies, and the Häggån Uranium Scoping Study.

He contributes over 20 years of experience in geometallurgy, mineral processing and hydrometallurgy across a wide range of commodities, contributing a strong mix of technical expertise and corporate experience.