Directors

Paul Atherley - Non-Executive Chairman

Paul Atherley is a highly experienced executive with wide ranging international and capital markets experience in the resources sector. He graduated as mining engineer from Imperial College London with and has held a number of senior executive and board positions. He is the Founding Director of Pensana Plc which is looking to establish the world’s first independent and sustainable rare earth processing facility in the UK and is Non-Executive Chairman of Alkemy Capital Investments Plc. Mr Atherley is a strong supporter of Women in STEM and has established a scholarship which provides funding for young women to further their education in science and engineering.

Sam Quinn - Non-Executive Director

Sam Quinn is a corporate lawyer with over fifteen years’ worth of experience in the natural resources sector, in both legal counsel and management positions. Mr Quinn is a principal of Silvertree Partners, a London-based specialist corporate services provider for the natural resources industry. In addition Mr Quinn holds various other Non-Executive directorships and company secretarial roles for listed and unlisted natural resources companies. During time spent in these roles, Mr Quinn has gained significant experience in the administration, operation, financing and promotion of natural resource companies.

Previously, Mr Quinn worked as the Director of Corporate Finance and Legal Counsel for the Dragon Group, a London based natural resources venture capital firm and as a corporate lawyer for Jackson McDonald Barristers & Solicitors in Perth, Western Australia and for Nabarro LLP in London.

Helen Pein - Non-Executive Director

Helen Pein has over 30 years’ experience in natural resources sector and currently serves as a director of Pan Iberia Ltd, Trident Royalties plc and Panex Resources Pty Ltd.

Ms Pein was formerly a Director of Pangea Exploration Pty Ltd, a company affiliated with Denham Capital where she was part of the team directly responsible for the discovery of a number of world-class gold and mineral sands deposit across Africa. Ms Pein is a recipient of the Gencor Geology Award.

Vikki Jeckell – Non-Executive Director

Vikki Jeckell is a strategic procurement and supply chain expert with over 15 years’ worth of experience in the sector and is the former the Head of Supply Chain Strategy Development & Control for Battery Materials at Johnson Matthey. In this role Vikki, led transformative initiatives, including the establishment of an industry-leading responsible sourcing program and the formation of strategic partnerships, contributing substantially to the company's global supply chain capabilities. 

Vikki has also worked as Head of Supply Chain Development for hydrogen company LIFTE H2, held a senior leadership role at Women in Green Hydrogen and in 2022 she founded Supply Tactics Limited, a consultancy firm dedicated to enhancing supply chain management within the batteries and hydrogen sectors. 

Vikki has provided expert testimony to House of Commons committees on several occasions, reflecting her commitment to help shaping policies within energy transition. Vikk holds an LLB and an MBA.