Nicholas Curtis AM is the founding director of BBI Group and now serves as executive director, with a focus on commercial and finance. His career spans more than 30 years in the resources and finance industries. Mr Curtis graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons). His early career was in banking and finance. In 1990 he became executive director of Macquarie Bank, heading the commodities division. In 1994, Mr Curtis left Macquarie to set up Sino Mining International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the state-owned China National Non Ferrous Metals Corporation. This company developed the first internationally operated mine in China, the Jianchaling Gold mine in Shaanxi Province. In 2000, Mr Curtis founded Sino Gold and was its executive chair. This company operated gold mines in China and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 2001. During 2001 Mr Curtis took control of ASX-listed Lynas Corporation, developing the Mt Weld rare earth deposit in Western Australia and a large downstream rare earth processing plant in Kuantan in Malaysia. He retired from Lynas in 2013 after the plant in Malaysia was fully commissioned. In 2011 Mr Curtis founded Forge Resources, a junior ASX mining exploration company which acquired the Balla Balla Mine in the Pilbara in Western Australia. It was privatised by him and Todd Corporation in 2014, and is now BBI Group which is focused on building a large-scale integrated iron ore system in the Pilbara in Western Australia. Between 2011 and 2013, Mr Curtis was a governor of the Mining and Metals Industry Partnership Group and co-chair of the Global Growth Company community for the World Economic Forum where he attended the Davos Summit. He received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Australian Eastern Division in 2011 and in that same year, Mr Curtis was awarded an AM (member of the Order of Australia) for his services to the community through executive roles supporting medical research and healthcare organisations and also for his work fostering Australia-China relations.