General Manager Exploration & Development
Qualifications: BSc (Hons)
Richard Brescianini is a graduate in Geology and Geophysics, and has extensive private and public-sector experience in the minerals industry in a career that spans over 30 years.
From 1987 to 1999, Richard worked with BHP Minerals on base and precious metals exploration programs throughout Australasia and North America, contributing to significant economic discoveries at Eloise (copper-gold) and Cannington (silver-lead-zinc).
Richard led the Northern Territory Government’s Geological Survey as its Director from 2003 to 2007, and was responsible for major geoscience initiatives and investment attraction strategies. Prior to that he was the Survey’s Chief Geophysicist.
General Manager Sales & Marketing
Qualifications: B App Sci (App Chem), B Eng. (Chem)
He was appointed Marketing Manager in 2011. He has more than 10 years' experience in the sales and marketing of industrial minerals into high value sector markets including the nuclear, automotive, and advanced ceramics sectors.
Prior to joining Arafura, he held several senior positions in account management, business development and marketing across a diverse range of commodities and chemicals including alumina, coal, industrial minerals, refractories, and ceramics.
Lloyd has also worked in the chemical industry for CIBA and BASF, amassing over 10 years in process and tailings technology.
Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary
Qualifications: BBus, CA
Peter is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
He commenced employment with Arafura in 2008 as Commercial Manager and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in July 2013. He has more than 20 years’ experience in professional and corporate roles in Perth. Prior to working with Arafura, he held senior finance and commercial positions with several ASX and public unlisted entities. He has also worked in public practice for 10 years in the areas of business services and corporate advisory.
General Manager NT & Sustainability
Brian Fowler has worked for over 40 years in private sector mineral companies developing a range of commodities, including rare earths, base metals, and gold.
He has significant experience in several disciplines including environmental management, safety management, community engagement, project permitting and approvals, and land access. He has worked at various mining operations and in exploration throughout Australasia. In these roles Brian has been involved in taking projects from discovery, through production, to mine closure, rehabilitation, and compliance management.
Prior to joining Arafura in 2007, Brian worked with Newmont Australia and Normandy Mining in a variety of senior management roles.
Brian is a member of the Northern Territory Mining Board, Management Board of the Northern Territory Minerals Council of Australia, and a member of Work Health & Safety Advisory Council of the Northern Territory.
General Manager Projects
Qualifications: BEng (Hons) Chemical Engineering
Stewart Watkins has twenty five years’ experience in many facets of the mining industry including operations, engineering consulting, project development and management. This has included a wide range of roles including corporate and business management, business development, project/study management, process design, commissioning and process plant operation.
Stewart has technical experience in the areas of mineral dressing, flotation, hydrometallurgy and pyrometallurgy in commodities as diverse as base metals, iron ore, mineral sands, gold and uranium, both in Australia and internationally. Prior to joining Arafura in 2018, Stewart gained business experience including being a partner in Intermet Engineering, which was sold to Sedgman Limited in 2007, along with executive project development roles held at Continental Nickel and IMX Resources, which included close involvement with strategic planning, investor relations and financing.
Stewart is a Fellow of the AusIMM.