Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Metallurgy and Chemistry, BA Economics and Politics, MBA
Appointed: 1 January 2011
Chris Tonkin has over 35 years’ experience as a senior business executive with a broad industry background in business generation, management, and strategy development. He began his career as a metallurgist and environmental specialist, diversifying into commercial roles at several major industrial companies and subsequently project finance, corporate and project advisory roles at AIDC, The Chase Manhattan Bank, KPMG Corporate Finance and ANZ, where he was Head of Natural Resources Project Finance for many years, leading a very successful team of project financiers.
In early 2012, Chris was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Arafura Resources Limited and assisted the company through a difficult period before stepping down to concentrate on his project advisory activities as Executive Director of Capital Advisory Services Pty Ltd and Managing Director of Catalyst Capital Solutions Pty Ltd.
Chris is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the Finance and Treasury Association. He is a member of Arafura's Remuneration and Nomination and Audit and Risk Committees and is also Chairman of Lakes Oil NL.