Managing Director & CEO – Northern Minerals Limited
George is an experienced executive, with 25 years’ experience in the resources industry. George holds a Bachelor of Business from Edith Cowan University and a MBA from the University of New England. Throughout his career, George has demonstrated strong acumen in strategic management, business planning, building teams, finance and capital/debt fund raising.
Prior to leading Northern Minerals, George held global operational and corporate roles with WMC Resources, Arafura Resources and Western Metals, with experience across a variety of commodities, including nickel, rare earths and lithium. In many ways, George’s career has evolved in parallel with the cleantech boom, developing into sectors that will drive electric vehicle and renewable energy growth in the future.
George joined Northern Minerals in 2010 as it was transitioning from a uranium explorer to a heavy rare earths focused company. Under George’s stewardship, the company has rapidly transitioned from a greenfields heavy rare earth explorer to now being poised to become the next global producer of high value Dysprosium outside of China.
Dysprosium is used as a key component in permanent magnets that allows electric motors to be developed in more compact sizes and operate at higher temperatures. It is these properties that make them ideal for use in electric vehicles and wind turbines, two sectors set to grow solidly with the shift to clean energy sources.
The Browns Range Project, located in the East Kimberley region of WA, is Northern Mineral’s first development opportunity. Following approval by the Northern Minerals Board in April 2017, a three-year Pilot Plant development is currently under construction, with first mixed rare earth concentrate production expected in mid-2018. Over the three-year R&D pilot plant phase, the project will produce 1,719,000kg of mixed rare earth carbonate containing 148,200kg of dysprosium.
George is a passionate member of the WA resources industry holding a number of senior governing positions with the Chamber of Minerals and Energy, including his current role of Vice-President on the Executive Council. George is also non-Executive Chairman of Lithium Australia NL, an ASX-listed company focused on providing metallurgical solutions and technology to the global lithium sector.