IG’s expert Board is the cornerstone of the company bringing a wealth of technical and commercial experience in all facets of industrial metals processing and the global graphite market. Our Board and Executive are supported by our technical partners who provide inhouse engineering, technical and project management expertise.

Executive Chairman
Phil Hearse

One of Australia’s leading metallurgists and an authority on graphite project development, Phil is an engineer with more than 40 years’ experience in diverse and challenging projects around the world. His extensive career has taken him from operational and technical roles at Broken Hill, Bougainville Copper, Queensland Nickel (QNI) and Gove Alumina, to senior executive and managerial positions in engineering and operating companies. Phil is leading International Graphite’s push to be a  leading international business in downstream graphite processing. He holds a Master of Business Administration from UK’s Hull University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Primary Metallurgy, from the University of South Australia.

Non-Executive Director
Andrew Worland

Andrew is a seasoned mining executive and experienced TSX/ASX Director with over two decades of experience working in senior finance, corporate and project management and marketing roles in the Western Australian mining sector. He is the President, CEO and Corporate Secretary of Canadian company Leadfx. Prior to this role, he was the General Manager and Company Secretary of ASX listed Toro Energy Limited, overseeing their Wiluna Project’s successful state and federal environmental permitting efforts. He also managed their project development team and corporate, financial and business development activities.His commodity experience includes nickel, cobalt, gold and iron ore operations and marketing molybdenum and uranium. Andrew has a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Finance and Marketing from the University of Western Australia and is a qualified chartered company secretary.

Non-Executive Director
David Pass

David has played a key role in the technical development of International Graphite since the company’s inception. A metallurgist with 30 years’ experience in the mining industry, he is currently CEO of  mining project development and engineering consultancy BatteryLimits, recognised as specialists in the graphite sector. David has previously held key positions including Manager Metallurgy, General Manager and CEO with the ASX-listed company Moly Mines focused on the development of the large Spinifex Ridge moly/copper project, and the company’s iron ore project, in Western Australia. David worked in Western Australia’s gold industry for 20 years, including 10 years at Barrick Gold’s Granny Smith project, where he was Manager Processing and Chief Metallurgist. He has extensive skill and expertise across all aspects of mining and processing operations, project management and governance.

Non-Executive Director
Matthew O’Kane

Matthew is a senior mineral industry executive and company director with 25 years’ experience in the mining, commodities, and automotive sectors. He has held senior leadership roles in Australia, the USA and Asia, in both developed and emerging markets, from start-up companies through to multinational corporations. He has served on the board of mining companies in Canada, Hong Kong and Australia, and is currently Managing Director of Comet Resources and a non-executive director of Azarga Uranium and Pursuit Minerals.