Board of Directors


18 July 2024Proposed issue of securities - SVL

18 July 2024SVL Secures A$30.2 Million Convertible Debenture Funding

01 July 2024Initial Director's Interest Notice - Robert Dennis

Mr Keith Perrett

Mr Perrett has had a long involvement in agriculture as a producer and industry leader at local, state, national and international levels. He was formerly Chairman of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), the National Rural Advisory Council (NRAC), the Wheat Research Foundation, and President of the Grains Council of Australia. Mr Perrett is Chairman of Acumentis Group Limited (Director since February 2018).

Mr Jonathan (Jo) Battershill

Mr Battershill graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Geology) degree (Hons) from the Camborne School of Mines, United Kingdom in 1995. His career spans over 20 years in mining, business development and finance both in Australia and internationally. His industry experience includes senior operational and business development roles with WMC Resources Limited as well as significant stockbroking experience at Hartleys, Citigroup and UBS both in Sydney and London. Mr Battershill was consistently voted one of the leading mining analysts in Australia between 2009 and 2015 by institutional investors.

Ms Kristen Podagiel

Ms Podagiel has a distinguished legal background and over the past 20 years has worked as a commercial lawyer on major projects and developments including those in the mineral resources, technology, agriculture, energy and defence industries.  Ms Podagiel has extensive senior executive-level experience including her prior role as CEO and Managing Partner of McCullough Robertson, a leading Australian independent law firm.

Ms Podagiel is a current director of ADG Capital Pty Ltd and is the founding director of UNIQ You Ltd, a charity supporting women in mining and STEM related areas. Ms Podagiel has recently completed her term as the Interim CEO of Women’s Legal Service Queensland providing free legal and social work to women.

Mr Robert (Rob) Dennis

Mr Dennis is a mining engineer with 50 years’ experience in the nickel, copper, gold and alumina industries. Rob is a skilled leader and has extensive base metals and precious metals operational, technical and project development experience.

Mr Dennis’ past experience includes Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Poseidon Nickel Limited, Chief Operating Officer for the Independence Group (“IGO”) where he was responsible IGO’s nickel, copper, zinc and gold operations including overseeing the development and commissioning of IGO’s Nova Nickel Project.

Prior to that, Mr Dennis held positions including Chief Executive Officer at Aditya Birla Minerals Ltd where he managed the expansion and development of the Nifty Copper Project in the North West of Western Australia and the Mt Gordon operation in North Queensland, General Manager Project Development for Lionore Australia, General Manager Operations for Great Central Mines and Chief Mining Engineer for Western Mining Corporation.

Mr Trent Franklin

Mr Franklin holds qualifications in Finance, Financial Planning and Insurance Broking. He has a Bachelor of Science (Geology/ Geophysics) from the University of Sydney, and he is a Graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Directors.

He is currently the Managing Director of Enrizen Financial Group and Chairman of Gateway Mining Limited. Mr Franklin is formerly a director of the Australian Olympic Committee Inc and Australian Water Polo Inc. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.