Mr Justin Rivers BSc Geology (Hons) MAusIMM CP(Geo)
Head of Geology
Mr Rivers possesses greater than 20 years senior executive, technical and commercial experience in Africa, Australia, Asia, Arctic, Middle East, North & South America in the major and junior space, with a particular focus in Iron Ore and Gold. Mr Rivers has a well tenured strategic and tactical approach to the mining industry with intimate commercial, business development and M&A experience in Tier-1, publicly listed and private equity environments.
Prior to joining Lithium Universe Limited, Justin held the position of Executive Director and CEO of a Mauritian domiciled private equity company named Convertible Resources Ltd driving strategic development of its Gold projects in the Siguiri region of north-east Guinea.
Mr Rivers has a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) majoring in Geology and Environmental Science from the University of Tasmania.
Mr Terry Stark BAppSc
Head of Mining
Mr Terry Stark, a veteran mining engineer, has been appointed as Head of Mining and will spearhead the mining strategy for the Apollo First to Market program. Mr Stark was previously Managing Director – Resources Division for Galaxy Resources Limited (ASX:GXY). Terry was responsible for all of GXY mineral resources assets such as exploration and mine operations. Terry oversaw the Mt Cattlin construction and subsequent successful start-up. He also managed the GXY James Bay project and had a good relationship with the local Cree Nation. Terry is veteran mining engineer.
Mr Stark holds a Bachelor of Applied Science specialising in Mining Engineering.
Mr Roger Pover
Head of Processing
Mr Roger Pover has been appointed as Head of Processing and will lead the processing and concentrating strategy for the Apollo First to Market program. Mr Pover was previously Mt Cattlin Plant Manager who operated the Mt Cattlin operation for Galaxy Resources Limited (ASX:GXY). Roger was part of the commissioning and start up team and operated the plant for many years. Roger also directed all the optimisation modifications that were made at Mt Cattlin.
Mr Pover is also a veteran in the lithium industry, having commenced his career at Greenbushes Lithium mine in the early 1990’s. Roger has a 45-year career in the mining and chemical processing industries involving Mineral Sands, Alumina Refining, Lithium, Iron Ore, Tantalum Minerals and Tin Production.
Mr Huy Nguyen BE (Mech) MBA MIEAust
Mr Nguyen has been seconded from Mintrex to act as Lithium Universe Limited’s engineering client representative. Mintrex was the lead engineering company that designed and constructed (together with DRA Global) the Mt Cattlin Spodumene Plant.
Mr Nguyen was part of the construction supervision when Mt Cattlin was built so he is experienced with not only the design, but also the construction process that delivered a project that was on time and on budget.
Huy has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the Curtin University, Master of Business Administration and a member of Engineer Australia (MIEAust)
Mr John Loxton
Head of Lithium Carbonate Refinery
Mr John Loxton’s lithium experience commenced in 2010 with work on the Jiangsu Lithium Carbonate Plant EPCM for Galaxy Resources in China where his responsibilities initially were at a Sponsor level, and further into the project he was Project Manager, managing the final stages of construction and commissioning.
In 2019, John was engaged by Tianqi Lithium as Head of Projects for the execution of their investment in a lithium hydroxide processing plant in Kwinana, Western Australia. John managed the commissioning of the first train achieving first product in 2021 and undertook execution planning and establishing a project team for an identical second train in 2022. Mr Loxton is a project manager with over 45 years of experience across a diverse range of energy, industrial, process, civil, and major infrastructure projects.