Our
People

Our Board and Management Team

Paul Lock

Paul Lock

Executive Chairman & Managing Director
David Hobby

David Hobby

Technical Director & Chief Geologist
David Docherty

David Docherty

Non-Executive Director
Thanasak Chanyapoon

Thanasak Chanyapoon

Non-Executive Director
Ian B Mitchell

Ian B Mitchell

Non-Executive Director

Paul Lock

Executive Chairman & Managing Director

Paul has been involved in minerals exploration in South East Asia since 2012, with his work in this region forming the foundations of what is now Pan Asia Metals.

 

Before Pan Asia Metals Paul was a corporate adviser at Everspring Partners, a boutique Sydney based advisory firm that he founded. Before Everspring Paul worked in corporate advisory and leveraged finance roles at Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Paul initially focused on corporate and single asset project finance in the resource sector before moving into leveraged finance for private equity initiatives and then into a corporate advisory role where he was sector agnostic and focused on generating corporate transactions.

 

Prior to banking Paul worked for Rothschild & Co in Australia where he was a derivatives trader and a high yield bond investor focusing on a variety of asset classes, generally distressed or complex assets. Paul also had some involvement in structuring derivatives solutions for resource companies in conjunction with Rothschild’s corporate advisory team. Prior to Rothschild Paul worked for Japanese trading conglomerate Marubeni Corporation in the soft commodity trading division.

 

Paul graduated from Hale School in Perth, Western Australia, and has obtained the following academic qualifications: Master of Political Economy, University of Sydney; Master of International Studies, University of Sydney; Master of Commercial Law, Macquarie University; Master of Business Administration, Macquarie Graduate School of Management; and Bachelor of Business, Marcus Oldham College. Paul is an associate member of AusIMM.

David Hobby

Technical Director & Chief Geologist

David is an Economic geologist and has been involved in the minerals industry for over 30 years. Since graduating from the University of Canberra in 1989 David has worked in a variety of geological terrains in Australia, Asia, South America, USA and Africa, and has experience in all facets of the minerals project cycle with a focus on exploration and evaluation.

 

David has held senior geological management and consulting positions with listed and private companies and progressed several projects through to feasibility and pre-production, including the Adelong Gold Project, Broula King Gold Project, Webb’s Silver Project and the Woodlawn Zn-Cu project.

 

David has been focused on SE Asia since 2013. His geological qualifications and experience are complimented with skills in project management, environmental management, Occupational Health and Safety, contractor, government and stakeholder management.

 

David has been a member of AusIMM for 24 years and qualifies as a Competent Person under the JORC Code for a range of mineral deposit styles. David has also published and presented at conferences and seminars and is a former member of the NSW Minerals Council, Metalliferous Mining Committee.

David Docherty

Non-Executive Director

David has gained a lifetime of experience in the resource sector commencing with stockbroking in London before commencing a valuable career experience as an analyst with Investment Bank, Slater Walker London in 1965. David moved to Sydney in 1968 with Slater Walker to develop resource investment strategy, organising finance to enable Poseidon to drill its ‘famous’ Mt Windarra nickel discovery in 1969, as well as financing many other resource assets of that time. The same year David organised the ASX float of Slater Walker sponsored Mining Finance Corporation, becoming its Managing Director. In later times, David successfully guided Sedimentary Holdings as CEO to joint ownership and open-pit development of the old Cracow Gold Mine (Qld) in 1984-87.

 

David became an equity partner in the Thai resource sector in 1987 when the Government deregulated gold exploration and mining. Thereafter, he jointly financed the formation of a team of young, keen local geologists who were responsible for the discovery of what is now the Chatree Gold Mine, a prospect which ultimately developed into the core gold asset of Kingsgate Consolidated and which, at its peak, was capitalised at more than $1 billion.

 

In 2002 David was a foundation director and is CEO of Thai Goldfields NL, an unlisted public company which holds Thai applications (and re-applications) over gold resources defined by previous JV partners Oxiana and Tigers Realm Minerals and exploration tenements previously investigated by Newmont, Ivanhoe, Phelps Dodge.

Thanasak Chanyapoon

Non-Executive Director

Thanasak is a Partner at The Capital Law Office, a leading Bangkok based legal practice. Thanasak’s area of expertise is tax law, advising national and international financial institutions, equity funds and corporations.

 

Thanasak’s directorships include: Executive Director of Hillcrest Resorts (Samui) Co., Ltd., Independent Director and Audit Committee Member of Cal-Comp Electronics (Thailand) PCL; Supervisor of XYZprinting Inc., Taiwan (Republic of China), Non-Executive Director of Cal-Comp Holding (Brasil) S.A., Brazil; and Director of Vana Nava Company Limited, Thailand.

 

Thanasak’s qualifications are: Master degree in law (LL.M.), University of Cambridge, UK; Master degree in law (LL.M. in Business Law), Chulalongkorn University; Certificate of American and International Law, Dallas, USA; and Bachelor degree in law (LL.B. (Hons)), Chulalongkorn University.

Ian B Mitchell

Non-Executive Director

Ian is a practicing solicitor of over 44 years’ standing. Ian has been a director of over 13 ASX listed companies since 1987 and also as a company secretary of many more ASX listed and non-listed public companies.

 

Ian has over 30 years’ experience as a director and company secretary of listed and nonlisted mining, exploration and industrial companies. Ian’s legal expertise is in commercial law, contract law and ASIC and ASX compliance.

Company Secretaries

Wayne John Kernaghan

(B.Bus, ACA, FAICD, FCIS)
Company Secretary, Australia

Mr Kernaghan is a qualified chartered accountant who spent 5 years with Price Waterhouse. On leaving Price Waterhouse he has spent over thirty years as Finance Director and Company Secretary within the mining industry for ASX and UK listed companies, unlisted public companies and as an Investment Manager in Australia and the United Kingdom. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Chartered Secretary.

Fiza Alwi

Company Secretary, Singapore

Fiza Alwi is a Director of ZICO Corporate in Singapore. She acts as Secretary to a diversified range of local and foreign listed and non-listed companies. In her role as Company Secretary, Fiza helps the Company on matters related to corporate transactions and also advises and provides guidance on procedures and practices, code of corporate governance, compliance and regulatory requirements.