Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Metallurgy and Chemistry, BA Economics and Politics, MBA
Chris Tonkin has over 40 years’ experience as a senior business executive with a broad multiple industry background in resources, telecommunications and banking and finance covering project finance, business generation, management, technical and strategy development roles. He began his career as a metallurgist and environmental specialist, diversifying into commercial roles at several major industrial companies and subsequently into project finance, corporate and project advisory roles at AIDC, The Chase Manhattan Bank, KPMG Corporate Finance and ANZ, where he was instrumental in the successful financing of many resources, telecommunications and infrastructure projects within Australia and globally. Chris was Head of Natural Resources Project Finance at ANZ for a number of years, leading a highly 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 Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is Chairman of Arafura Resources’ Audit and Risk Committee and a Member of its Nomination and Remuneration Committee.
First Appointed: 1 January 2011
Other Directorships: None
Former Directorships in the last 3 years: Lakes Oil N.L. – Chairman
Special responsibilities: Chairman of the Audit Committee, Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and Member of the Risk Management Committee
Interests in shares, performance rights and options: 426,140 ordinary shares in Arafura Resources Limited (Direct)