Board & Management


Will Burbury

Non-Executive Chairman

Will Burbury practised as a corporate lawyer with a leading Australian law firm prior to entering the mining and exploration industry in 2003. During his career, he has been actively involved in the identification and financing of many Australian and African resources projects. He has held senior management positions and served on the boards of several private and publicly listed companies. Mr Burbury was previously Chairman of Warwick Resources Limited prior to its merger with Atlas Iron Limited in 2009. He was also formerly a director of Lonrho Mining Limited (ASX: LOM) and an executive of Nkwe Platinum Ltd (ASX: NKP).

Bruce McFadzean

Managing Director

A qualified mining engineer with more than 35 years’ experience in the global resources industry, Mr McFadzean has led the financing, development and operation of several new mines around the world and his skills will drive progress of Sheffield’s world-class Thunderbird minerals sands project through to production.
Bruce McFadzean’s professional career includes 15 years with BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto in a variety of positions and four years as Managing Director of successful Western Australia gold miner Catalpa Resources Limited (ASX:CAH). Under his management, Catalpa’s market capitalisation grew from $10 million to $1.2 billion following the Evolution merger. He has raised in excess of A$350 million in debt and equity from Australian and overseas markets.

David Archer

Technical Director

David Archer is a geologist with 24 years experience in exploration and mining in Australia. He has held senior positions with major Australian mining companies, including Renison Goldfields Consolidated Limited, and has spent the last ten years as a director of Archer Geological Consulting specialising in project generation, geological mapping and project evaluation. Mr Archer was a consultant to Atlas Iron Limited (ASX: AGO) and Warwick Resources Limited and was responsible for significant iron ore discoveries for both companies in the Pilbara. He was also involved in the discovery of the Magellan lead mine and the Raleigh and Paradigm gold mines.

Bruce McQuitty

Non-Executive Director

Bruce McQuitty has 30 years experience in the mining and civil construction industries and was previously Managing Director of Warwick Resources Limited prior to its merger with Atlas Iron Limited in 2009. Prior to that he held senior positions with Consolidated Minerals Limited, Renison Goldfields Consolidated Limited and Gympie Gold Limited. Mr McQuitty has significant technical expertise in exploration, project generation, feasibility, underground mining and engineering geology and has managed exploration teams in Australia and overseas. Mr McQuitty holds a Masters of Economic Geology and a Bachelor of Science.


Stuart Pether

Stuart Pether

Chief Operating Officer

Mr Pether is a mining professional with over 25 years’ experience in the resources industry. His experience includes project development, technical studies, mine operations and corporate management. Most recently Stuart was the CEO of Kula Gold Limited; previous to this the Vice President, Project Development for Evolution Mining and prior to that Chief Operating Officer for Catalpa Resources. Stuart holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from the Western Australian School of Mines, is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a committee member of WASM Alumni.

Jim Netterfield

Jim Netterfield

Project Manager

Mr Netterfield brings more than 20 years’ experience in the resources industry to the role and has a proven track record in successfully managing mineral development projects through to production. He will take responsibility for delivering the definitive feasibility study (DFS) for Thunderbird, the world’s best undeveloped mineral sands deposit.
Mr Netterfield’s professional career includes 11 years with BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto in a variety of senior operations roles, including Vice President – Railway & Ports, Vice President Operations and Manager Operations, Dampier. He recently served for four years as acting CEO and Operations Director at Oakajee Port & Rail Pty Ltd, leading the feasibility studies for Mitsubishi’s $10 billion magnetite iron ore project. In addition, he has held senior operations roles with Minara Resources, Tomago Aluminium Company and Janus Consulting Australia.

Mark Di Silvio

CFO and Company Secretary

Mr Di Silvio is a CPA and MBA qualified finance professional with over 25 years’ resources industry experience. Mr Di Silvio’s professional career includes gold operations and project development experience in both Australia and overseas, senior finance roles with Woodside Petroleum Limited in Australia and Africa prior to joining Centamin Plc (TSX, LSE listed) as CFO. His most recent position was CFO for Toronto listed Mawson West Limited. Mr Di Silvio has  significant experience in financial management, debt and offtake funding and product offtake agreements which is a key requirement for Sheffield as it advances the development of the world class Thunderbird mineral sands project.

Neil Patten-Williams

Marketing Manager

Mr Patten-Williams is a professional with over 18 years’ experience in the resources industry, including five years as Sales and Marketing Manager for established mineral sands producer the Doral Group, where he was responsible for marketing, logistics and sales globally. Mr Patten-Williams has a strong background in both zircon and titanium mineral products. Prior to his appointment as Sales and Marketing Manager at Doral, he was Operations Manager of the Doral Fused Materials Plant in WA for five years responsible for all aspects of safety, operations and maintenance and also spent five years as the company’s Zirconia Operations Manager. As a metallurgist with hands-on operational experience Mr Patten-Williams has a unique blend of commercial, global marketing and operational skills in the mineral sands industry.

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