Board & Senior Management

Directors

Dr Benjamin (Ben) Robert Spincer 

Non-Executive Director and Chairman

MA, PhD, GAICD. (Age 49)

Appointed as a Non-Executive Independent Director on 18 March

Ben has extensive experience supporting and developing businesses and applied research. For six years he was the Executive Director of Deakin Research Innovations, responsible for Deakin’s commercial research partnerships, as well as the commercialisation and translation of the University’s research and oversight of the ManuFutures advanced manufacturing scale-up facility. He was a member of the Victorian Government Innovation Taskforce in 2020 and represented Deakin on a number of research centre and institutes Boards.

Prior to joining Deakin in 2015, Ben was Director of Technology Strategy and Innovation at Telstra, working with the Chief Technology Officer to oversee the long-term technology strategy of the company and to instil a culture of innovation in the company. From 2007 to 2013, Ben was the Director of Investor Relations for Telstra, managing relationships between the company and its shareholders after its full privatisation.

Previously, Ben was Vice President and financial analyst at Credit Suisse in London covering the European telecom industry.

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Mr Robin Levison 

Non-Executive Director

CA, MBA, F.A.I.C.D. (Age 63)

Appointed as a Non-Executive Independent Director on 12 July 2019 and a member of the Audit Committee.

Other listed public company directorships held in the last 3 years:

  • Director of PPK Group Limited and Executive Chairman from 22 October 2013 to 29 April 2015, Non-Executive Chairman from 29 April 2015 to 28 February 2016, and re-appointed Executive Chairman from 28 February 2016. Member of the PPK Group Limited Audit Committee 14 August 2017 to 25 January 2018.
  • Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Mighty Craft Limited (formerly Founders First Limited) since 17 December 2019.

Robin Levison has 20 years of public company management and board experience. During this time, he has served as Managing Director at Industrea Limited and Spectrum Resources Limited and has held senior roles at KPMG, Barclays Bank and Merrill Lynch. He is a Non-Executive Director of a number of PPK Group Limited’s related companies including White Graphene Limited, BNNTTL, BNNT Precious Metals Limited, 3D Dental Technology Pty Ltd, Ballistic Glass Pty Ltd, Craig International Ballistics Pty Ltd, Strategic Alloys Pty Ltd and AMAG Holdings Australia Pty Ltd.

Robin holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Queensland, is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and NZ and is a Graduate and Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors. Robin recently retired as Chair of the University of Queensland Business, Economics and Law Alumni Ambassador Council.

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Mr Anthony (Tony) McDonald 

Non-Executive Director

LL.B. (Age 63)

Appointed as a Non-Executive Independent Director on 12 July 2019 and a member of the Audit Committee.

Other listed public company directorships held in the last 3 years:

  • Non-Executive Independent director of PPK Group Limited since 13 September 2017 and a member of the PPK Group Limited Audit Committee since 25 January 2018.
  • Executive Director of Santana Minerals Limited from 15 January 2013 to December 2019 and Non-Executive Director (non- continuously) since December 2019.
  • Non-Executive Independent Director of Plant Gas Limited since 19 November 2003 to 20 June 2019.

Tony graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology in 1981 and was admitted as a solicitor in 1981. He has been involved in the natural resource sector for many years both within Australia and internationally and for the past 19 years has held senior management roles in this sector. He is a Non-Executive Director of a number of PPK Group Limited’s related companies including White Graphene Limited and Strategic Alloys Pty Ltd.

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Ms Hedy Cray 

Non-Executive Director

LL.B. (Hons), LL.M. (age 48)

Appointed as a Non-Executive Independent Director on 21 April 2021 and a member of the Audit Committee.

Hedy Cray graduated with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours in 1996 and a Master of Laws in 1999 from Queensland University of Technology. She has been a law firm partner since 2001 and a partner with Clayton Utz since 2005 and is the Senior Partner of the Workplace Relations Employment and Safety Group for the firm.

She has extensive experience in commercial and corporate strategy, risk management, corporate governance, acquisitions and company restructuring as well as employment, human capital and safety and has worked with multinationals across energy, renewable resources, manufacturing, transport and logistics and the government sector.

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Senior Management

Dr Lee John Finniear 

Chief Executive Officer

BSc (Hons), PhD, F.A.I.C.D. (Age 57)

Appointed Chief Executive Officer on 14 February 2021.

Lee has more than 25 years’ experience as a senior executive, including 10 years with Intergraph Corporation, (a US-based Fortune 1000 technology company) in roles including Vice President – Asia Pacific, plus 5 years as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of NASDAQ and ASX listed technology company, Metal Storm Limited.  Over the past 5 years, Lee has been the founder and director of a company delivering innovative Internet of Things (IoT) products to business and consumer markets. He was also the Vice President – Asia Pacific for a European telecommunications operator with a market focus on automotive manufacturers and enterprise IoT solutions.

Lee has a First Class BSc. (Hons) degree in Civil Engineering and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Geographic Information Systems.

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Mr Kenneth (Ken) Hostland 

Chief Financial Officer and Joint Company Secretary

CA/CPA (Canada), MBA, BCom (Age 63)

Appointed as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary on 12 July 2019.

Mr Hostland is acting as Chief Financial Officer for Li-S Energy in accordance with an agreement between Li-S Energy and PPK Aust, a subsidiary of PPK Group Limited.

Ken is the Chief Financial Officer of PPK Group Limited and its related mining service companies and the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for BNNTTL, White Graphene Limited, BNNT Precious Metals Limited, Strategic Alloys Pty Ltd, 3 D Dental Technology Pty Ltd and Ballistic Glass Pty Ltd.

Ken has more than 30 years’ experience in Australia as a senior finance executive with public and private companies.

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Dr Stephen (Steve) Rowlands 

Chief Technology Officer

BSc. (Hons) PhD (Age 52)

Appointed Chief Technology Officer on 12 July 2021.

Steve has over 20 years’ experience in the energy storage sector, including the last eight years as Deputy CTO at OXIS Energy, a pioneer of lithium-sulphur battery technology. At OXIS Energy, Steve managed the cathode, electrolyte, cell test engineering and production development teams. He has extensive knowledge of nanomaterials and their effect on the detailed mechanisms of lithium-sulphur technology. Managing the OXIS Energy production development team, he gained detailed knowledge of the scale-up processes required in delivering a pilot production line for lithium-sulphur battery manufacture.

Steve has a First-Class BSc. (Hons) degree in Applied Chemistry and a PhD in Electrochemical Supercapacitors for Energy Storage.

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Mr Glenn Robert Molloy 

Chief Strategic Advisor

(Age 66)

Appointed as Executive Chairman on 12 July 2019, resigned as Executive Chairman on 19 March 2021 with the appointment of Dr Benjamin Spincer as Chairman. With the appointment of Dr Lee Finniear as the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Molloy has resigned as Director and has been engaged by the Company as Chief Strategic Advisor from 12 June 2021.

Other listed public company directorships held in the last 3 years:

Member of the PPK Group Limited Board since listing on 21 December 1994, currently Executive Director, and Chairman of the PPK Group Limited Audit Committee since 14 August 2017.

Glenn founded PPK Group Limited, then known as Plaspak Group Limited, in 1979 and has acted as a director of PPK Group Limited since that time. He has extensive experience on public company boards, and in advising publicly listed and private entities on commercial aspects of mergers, acquisitions and divestment activities. He is a director of a number of PPK Group Limited’s related companies including Executive Chairman of BNNTTL and White Graphene Limited and a Non-Executive Director of BNNT Precious Metals Limited, 3D Dental Technology Pty Ltd, Ballistic Glass Pty Ltd and Craig International Ballistics Pty Ltd.

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Mr Andrew Cooke 

Joint Company Secretary

LL.B. FCIS. (age 61)

Appointed as Company Secretary on 8 July 2021. Mr Cooke’s services as Joint Company Secretary are provided under a consultancy agreement with Mr Cooke’s consultancy company.

Andrew has extensive experience in law, corporate finance and as a Director/Company Secretary of a number of ASX listed companies. Andrew was the Company Secretary for PPK Group Limited for nine years and is responsible for corporate administration together with stock exchange and regulatory compliance.

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