Technical Team


Ian Middlemas - Chairman

Respected resource executive with extensive finance, commercial and capital markets experience. Current Chairman of Berkeley Energia Limited and Equatorial Resources Limited & former Chairman of Papillon Resources Ltd and Mantra Resources Limited.


Matt Syme - CEO

Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of experience in mining and company management. Former MD of Berkeley Energy (BKY) and Sierra Mining (SRM).  Grew BKY from a $4m shell to over $200m by acquiring and completing initial scoping study on the Salamanca Uranium Project in Spain. Grew SRM from $5m to over $80m when sold to RTG Mining inc by acquiring and exploring the Mabilo Copper/Gold Project in the Philippines.


Jason Baverstock - Director

Founded Australia Salt Lake Potash Pty Ltd (acquired entity) with the purpose of establishing the foremost exploration and development business in the emerging salt lake SOP industry in Australia.  Strategically acquired company assets over a 5 year period.  Over 10 years of financial and research expertise focused on the Greater China region, including Chinese fertiliser sector analyst. 


Will Longworth - COO

Australian Mining Engineer with over 25 years of experience across a broad range of mining operations as well as in project analysis and development. For the past 10 years, Mr Longworth has principally been involved in large potash projects around the world, including for Vale and Rio Tinto on the Kronau Potash Project in Saskatchewan, Canada and Potasio Rio Colorado Potash Project in Argentina.


Ben Jeuken - Consultant/ Hydrogeologist

The Principal Hydrogeologist of Groundwater Science, Ben Jeuken, has over 10 years of experience in groundwater resources assessment and management for mining. He has experience in salt lake brine potash evaluation, aquifer testing, wellfield planning and installation for mining, and the development of conceptual hydrogeological models.


Carlos Perucca - Consultant Process Engineer

Minerals Process Engineer with 25+ years of experience in mineral processing engineering, specializing in Potash and Phosphates beneficiation. Significant experience from operations in North, South and Central America, including salt lake brine production.


Marcelo Bravo - Senior Evap/Cryst Consultant

Mr Bravo is an experienced Process Manager Engineer previously working at SQM, the third largest salt lake SOP producer globally. He specialises in the front end of brine processing from feed brine through to the crystallisation of harvest salts.