AREL’s Board and Management team has significant expertise and experience in the rare earths and mining exploration industries.

The Board

Angus Barker

Chairman

B.Com (Hons), University of Melbourne
M.Phil, University of Cambridge
Graduate
Member of Australian Institute of Company Director

Angus Barker has been a trusted adviser to corporations and governments for decades.

Angus has over 20 years’ experience as a mergers and acquisitions and capital markets adviser, working with global investment banks in Hong Kong, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Angus served for eight years in senior roles advising Australian Government Ministers in relation to policy matters including Trade & Investment and Superannuation & Financial Services.

Mr Barker currently serves as an Non-Executive Director of WAM Capital (ASX: WAM).

Pauline Carr

Non-Executive Director

BEc, Australian National University
MBA, University of Adelaide
Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors
Fellow of Governance Institute of Australia

Pauline Carr is a highly-experienced executive with extensive commercial, management, compliance, and governance expertise as well as over 30 years directorial experience in the resources industry with both Australian and international listed companies.

Pauline has extensive board committee experience, specifically audit and risk committees. Ms Carr currently serves as the Chancellor of the University of South Australia, the Chairman of the Board of National Pharmacies, a Non-Executive Director of Highfield Resources Limited (ASX:HFR), Chair of the Minerals and Energy Advisory Council, and as an Independent Director of the Bayeux Foundation.

Bryn Jones

Non-Executive Director

BAppSc University of South Australia
Masters Mining and Mineral Engineering UNSW

Bryn Jones is an Industrial Chemist with extensive evaluation, development and operational experience in the minerals industry across various commodities.

Bryn specialises in development of extractive metallurgical solutions for economic development. Bryn is the Managing Director of PhosEnergy Limited, Technical Director of Boss Energy Ltd (ASX: BOE) and a non-executive director of DevEx Resources Ltd (ASX: DEV).

The Management team

Travis Beinke

Chief Executive Officer

B.Com, University of Adelaide
CPA

Travis Beinke is a highly experienced executive with more than 20 years’ experience in the resources sector with both Australian and international listed companies. 

Travis has a broad range of strategic, commercial, finance and business development skills, particularly in exploration and growth projects.

Travis has spent the last 5 years with OZ Minerals, initially holding the role of Group Manager Commercial, prior to leading the company’s engagement with equity markets. 

Rick Pobjoy

Technical Director

BSc. Applied Geology RMIT

Rick Pobjoy is a Geologist with more 25 years’ experience in the mining and minerals exploration industry.

Rick has extensive experience in the definition, development, and production from sedimentary hosted deposits across a number of commodities, having successfully delivered projects for VHM Exploration, Murray Zircon and Heathgate Resources.

Noel Whitcher

Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

B.Com, University of South Australia
G.Cert HRM, RMIT
MBA, Australian Institute of Management

Noel Whitcher is an experienced Company Secretary, CFO and Chartered Accountant, with more than 18 years’ experience in finance and accounting across government and commercial industries, with the past 10 years in the mining and energy sector.

Noel has served as CFO services to ASX listed exploration companies for over 5 years and has considerable experience in advising on capital market strategies including debt and equity financing options through traditional and structured financing options.

Jacqui Owen

Manager Community and Land

BA Hons Environmental Studies

Jacqui Owen is an experienced professional with a background in stakeholder engagement, and environmental and regulatory compliance. These skills have been developed over the last 16 years working in oil and gas exploration and development across Australia. The commitment to positive regional development is a priority for Australian Rare Earths and Jacqui is the key contact for community engagement and negotiating land access.

Jacqui lives in the Naracoorte region so is deeply connected to the community and personally invested in driving a positive outcome for the region. She currently serves as the Vice President for the Limestone Coast Ladies CWA and sits on the board of the not-for-profit Limestone Coast Training Centre.

Chris Cockburn

Exploration Manager

BSc. (Hons) Geology University of Manitoba, Canada

Chris Cockburn is an experienced mineral explorer with 18 years’ experience exploring for a broad range of commodities across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG).

Chris has experience in target generation, project evaluation, and resource delineation across a variety of commodities delivering exploration programs and resources for Xstrata, Iluka Resources, and multiple ASX/TSX listed explorers.