Board and Management
Mr Iggy Tan B.Sc MBA GAICD
Mr Iggy Tan, a trailblazer of the modern Lithium industry was one of the first Australian mining executives to identify the significant opportunity within the emerging lithium-ion battery sector when he spearheaded Galaxy Resources Limited (Galaxy). Mr Tan is looking to replicate the success with Lithium Universe, having built Galaxy’s Mt Catlin Spodumene Project and the downstream Jiangsu Lithium Carbonate project. He also acquired the James Bay Spodumene Project in Canada and the Sal de Vida Brine Project in Argentina for Galaxy. When he started at Galaxy the company’s market capitalisation was less than A$10 million and rose to A$2.5 billion when the Company merged with Orocobre Limited in August 2021. Iggy previous experience working with Lithium dates back to the early 1990s when he briefly managed the Greenbushes Lithium Mine and commissioned the first Lithium Carbonate plant for Gwalia Consolidated.
Mr Tan has over 30 years’ chemical and mining experience and been an executive director of a number of ASX-listed companies. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Cross, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Australia and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is currently CEO and Managing Director of Altech Batteries Limited.
Mr Alex Hanly BEng(Mech) MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Mr Hanly has over 10 years of experience in capital delivery and operational management for publicly listed companies within the mining, oil, gas and manufacturing industries within Australia and Africa. Over the last 3 years, Mr Hanly held the role of Chief Executive Officer of ASX-listed gold company Polymetals Resources Ltd (ASX:POL). Mr Hanly was responsible for the successful IPO of the Company, the operational management and the efficient execution of the fast-track exploration strategy.
Mr Hanly has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Masters of Business Administration specialising in Global Project Management.
Mr Patrick Scallan OAM
Mr Scallan’s extensive experience in the lithium industry is a valuable addition to the LGX Board. With over 25 years of management experience at the world-class Greenbushes Mine, he is a seasoned veteran. Greenbushes is the largest lithium hard rock mine globally, also hosts the highest-grade orebody in the world. This makes Greenbushes a unique anomaly, and no other lithium deposit worldwide compares to it.
Mr Scallon oversaw the mine’s many expansions, increasing annual output from 200,000 in 1997 to 1,400,000 tpa today, and navigated numerous ownership changes during his tenure. He is a specialist in hard rock mining and spodumene concentrating, with downstream relationships with major spodumene converters worldwide.
Pat is also highly skilled in managing local community relationships, having acted as shire councillor for nearly 20 years during his time at Greenbushes receiving his Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his community and Local Government contribution. His previous roles include management positions at Capel and Eneabba Mineral Sands in Western Australia and Western Deep Levels Gold Mine in South Africa.
Dr Jingyuan Liu PhD AAICD
Dr Jingyuan Liu is widely regarded as a leading technical expert in the lithium industry. He previously held the position of General Manager of Development and Technologies at Galaxy Resources Limited, where he was responsible for overseeing the construction and commissioning of the Mt Cattlin Spodumene Project and the world-renowned Jiangsu Lithium Carbonate plant. Jingyuan also played a key role in designing the flow sheet for the Sal de Vida brine project. Following his work with Galaxy, he has acted as a special adviser to various lithium carbonate and lithium hydroxide projects globally, including the Lithium Hydroxide Plant operated by Tianqi in Kwinana, Western Australia.
Dr Liu has over 30 years’ experience in project management, process and equipment design for minerals processing and in the chemicals, non-ferrous metals, iron & steel and energy industries, both in Australian and internationally. He was awarded a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has worked in senior chemical engineering roles with leading companies such as Hatch Engineering and Metso Minerals in Australia and Malaysia.
Dr Liu is currently Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Altech Batteries Limited (ASX:ATC) developing high capacity silicon anode lithium ion batteries.
Mr Gernot Abl
Mr Abl was previously a strategic Managing Director with a vast experience in business management, operations and investment for some of the fastest growing industries in the world. After gaining over 15 years of corporate experience, Mr Abl lead the only pure esports play listed on the ASX, Esports Mogul Limited. Mr Abl has a proven background in business management and commercial intuition, initially from working as a management consultant for both Deloitte Consulting and Deloitte Corporate Finance in Perth and Melbourne. As well as this, he lead the restructure and turnaround of a financially distressed ASX listed media company and currently hold directorships for a range of start-up companies, offering corporate advisory, project management and commercial negotiation advice to multiple businesses.
Mr Abl has a degree in Law and Commerce with Hons in Finance and Accounting from the University of Western Australia.
Mr Fadi Diab BBus MBus
Mr Diab was the former Head of Global Payroll at Commonwealth bank of Australia where he managed the global payroll team who are responsible for 55,000 employees across 15 countries. Mr Diab is an accomplished Senior Executive recognised for leveraging strong team leadership and development to drive forward progress. Mr Diab has a background in Human Resources having held the role of of Executive Human Resource Manager at the Commonwealth Bank. Mr Diab currently runs an Investor Relations company.
Mr Diab has Bachelor of Business, Human Resource Management, Industrial Relations from the University of Western Sydney and a Masters of Business Management from University of Technology Sydney.
Mr Vincent John Fayad
Joint CFO / Company Secretary
Mr Fayad is a Chartered Accountant and has more than 40 years’ experience in corporate finance, international M&A, accounting and advisory-related services primarily undertake by mid-tier accounting firm, PKF. In 2016, Mr Fayad established his own firm Vince Fayad & Associates, providing accounting and advisory services within Australia and overseas.
Over the last 25 years, Mr Fayad has spent a significant amount of time advising on various transactions, predominately related to the mining and exploration industries and providing accounting and corporate secretarial experience to mining exploration companies.
Mr Fayad is currently an Executive Director and joint Company Secretary of Astute Metals NL (ASX:ASE) and he is also a joint Company Secretary of Greenvale Energy Ltd (ASX:GRV). He is also a Non-Executive Director of Nexon Asia Pacific Pty Ltd, a telecommunications company, controlled by private equity group EQT. Mr Fayad’s previous public company experience includes being the Executive Director of Greenvale Energy Limited (ASX: GRV), Executive Director and Company Secretary of European Lithium Limited (ASX: EUR).
Mr Kurt Laney
Joint CFO / Company Secretary
Mr Laney is an experienced Chartered Accountant specialising in the provision of advisory, consultancy, taxation, and corporate secretarial services. Mr Laney is currently an Associate Director of Vince Fayad and Associates Pty Ltd, where he provides accounting and taxation services to high-net-worth individuals, family offices, large family-owned businesses, and multinational entities.
Mr Laney is currently the joint Company Secretary and CFO of Greenvale Energy Ltd (ASX:GRV) and Astute Metals NL (ASX:ASE), along with several unlisted public companies, who are primarily focused within the tech and mining industries. He has previously served as the Company Secretary of Polymetals Resources Ltd (ASX:POL).