Board of Directors
Tony Kiernan, Non-Executive Chairman
Mr Kiernan is a former solicitor with extensive experience gained over 35 years in the management and operation of listed public companies. As both a lawyer and general consultant, he has practiced and advised extensively in the fields of resources, and information technology. He is Chairman of Chalice Gold Mines Ltd and Venturex Resources Ltd, both listed on ASX.
Mr Kiernan is Chairman of the Fiona Wood Foundation which focuses on research into burns injuries.
Ken Brinsden, Managing Director & CEO
B. Eng (Mining)
Mr Brinsden is a Mining Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in surface and underground mining operations, including roles in mine management, production, and brown-fields and green-fields development roles across a range of commodities. Most recently Mr Brinsden was Managing Director of Atlas Iron, contributing to the substantial growth of the Company from a junior explorer to a significant Pilbara iron ore producer.
Mr Brinsden joined Pilbara Minerals as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in January 2016 and was appointed Managing Director and CEO in May 2016.
Neil Biddle, Non-Executive Director
BAppSc (Geology), MAusIMM
Mr Biddle is a geologist and Corporate Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He has over 30 years’ professional and management experience in the exploration and mining industry, and was a founding Director of Pilbara Minerals, serving as Executive Director from May 2013 to August 2016.
Throughout his career, Mr Biddle has served on the Board of several ASX listed companies, including as Managing Director of TNG Ltd from 1998-2007, Border Gold NL from 1994-1998 and Consolidated Victorian Mines from 1991-1994.
John Young, Technical Director
B.AppSc (Geology), MAusIMM
Mr Young is a highly experienced geologist who has worked on exploration and production projects encompassing gold, uranium and specialty metals. From 2002 to 2006 Mr Young was Exploration Manager for Haddington Resources and was responsible for resource exploration and definition for their Bald Hill Tantalum mine.
His corporate experience includes appointments as Chief Executive Officer of Marenica Energy and CEO and Director of Thor Mining PLC.
Mr Young was Pilbara Minerals Exploration Manager from June 2014 until August 2015 and appointed Technical Director in September 2015.
Nick Cernotta, Non-Executive Director
B. Eng (Mining)
Mr Cernotta has more than 30 years’ experience in the mining industry, spanning various commodities and operations in Australia, Africa, South East and Central Asia, Saudi Arabia and Papua New Guinea.
He holds a Bachelor of Mining Engineering and has held senior executive roles with extensive operational experience in both the public and private sectors of the mineral resources industry.
Previous roles Mr Cernotta has held include Director of Operations at Fortescue Metals Group, Chief Operating Officer at MacMahon Contracting and Director of Operations at Barrick Gold.
Mr Cernotta was appointed Non-Executive Chairman of ServTech Global in October 2016.
Steve Scudamore, Non-Executive Director
FCA, SF Fin, FAICD
Mr Scudamore is an experienced Australian company director. His distinguished career includes more than three decades with KPMG, including senior roles in Australia, London and PNG including Chairman of Partners WA, Head of Corporate Finance in WA and National Head of Valuations, KPMG Australia.
Since 2012, he has been a non-executive Director and Chairman of MDA National Insurance Pty Ltd, the insurance arm of a mutual medical defence organisation founded in Perth in 1925. He was previously Non-Executive Director of Aquila Resources and is currently a non-executive Director of Altona Mining.
His prolific involvement in community organisations includes roles as Chairman of Amana Living, Member of Council and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee at Curtin University and Trustee at the Western Australian Museum.