John Hutton has a background in accounting and finance and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mr Hutton has over 26 years’ experience in the direction and management of a diverse range of commercial activities, including over the last 16 years as a director of several ASX-listed companies. He spent many years successfully prospecting in Western Australia and is a director of a number of private entities involved in the resources, pearling and fish farming industries. Mr Hutton is the son of the late prospector Graeme Hutton, who was instrumental in assembling the WA and Northern Territory leases for the public floats of both Brumby Resources and Sandfire Resources. Graeme Hutton was also behind the successful float of Kimberly Diamond Company, which was taken over by Gem Diamonds for $320 million in 2007, and was also the prospector credited with some of Western Australia's most significant iron ore discoveries. Mr Hutton runs Maxima, the family-owned diversified investment company his father founded.