About Us

One of the key ingredients to the success of Northern Minerals is our people. We have passionate, highly motivated, intelligent people with strong corporate and resources sector experience.

Team Members

  • Colin McCavana

    Non Executive Chairman

    Colin McCavana has 35+ years’ experience in the mining sector, having led projects in Australia, Tanzania and the United States. Also Chairman of Reward Minerals and PVW, Colin oversaw the advancement of numbered mineral recovery projects from explorer to producer.

  • Ming Lu

    Non Executive Director

    Ming is a senior finance executive with over 15 years of commercial experience in successful multinational businesses worldwide. Professionally he is member of CPA Australia and Australian Institute of Company Directors. Throughout his career, he has gained versatile industry experience in manufacturing, engineering and R&D, education, mining services and private equity. He has extensive experience in working with investors, the board and senior executive teams in setting up long-term strategic goals, providing hands-on financial support and delivering returns.

  • Liangbing Yu

    Non Executive Director

    Liangbing has over 20 years' experience in business operations and management. This includes investment analysis and strategy setting and implementation. Liangbing is based in Beijing China and has a dual bachelor degree in Investment Economics and Economic Law from Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

  • Bin Cai

    Non Executive Director

    Bin is the Managing Director of Conglin International Investment Group Pty Ltd based in Brisbane. He has a record of successful strategic investments in emerging Australian resources companies based on his long experience in resources investment. Prior to joining the Conglin Group Mr Cai had eight years’ experience with the China Investment Bank.

  • Mark Tory

    Chief Executive Officer

    Mark is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of professional experience in the mining industry and accounting professions. Prior to Northern Minerals, Mark held senior positions at Crescent Gold Limited, Anglo American Exploration and Homestake Gold (now Barrick Gold). Before joining Homestate, Mark worked for Deloittes in the Audit Division with the majority of his clients being in the mining and resources industry. Mark is also a member of the Executive Council of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy.

  • Robin Jones

    Chief Operating Officer

    Robin has more than 20 years’ experience in the mining industry, the majority of which has been in the assessment and development of resource projects from scoping study level through to operation. Robin has worked on PGM, nickel, copper, gold and uranium projects in Australia, South Africa and China, and has held senior management positions in several companies including Mega Uranium, CopperCo, Aquarius Platinum and Impala Platinum.

  • Simon Pooley

    General Manager Geology

    Simon is a geologist with over 30 years of broad international experience encompassing roles in the corporate, mine development, operations, and exploration areas. He has held senior industry positions that have demonstrated leadership and management of base and precious metal exploration and mining operations, development of project assessment types including definitive/bankable feasibility studies and their conversion into mining operations and managed teams undertaking exploration evaluations and valuations. He is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His career includes work for Dominion Mining, Ashton Mining and Rio Tinto covering commodities as diverse as gold, base metals, diamonds and industrial minerals. He has helped lead a number of mining operation start-ups from exploration through to construction and production.

  • Hayley Patton

    HR Manager

    Hayley is a highly knowledgeable Human Resource professional with over 15 years’ experience in senior leadership and management roles within the mining and resource sector and other industries. Hayley has a strong background in strategic and value driven HR practices. Hayley is a member of the Australian HR Institute.

Company Events

  • 2006


    • ASX Listing
  • 2009


    • Significant Rare Earth’s Results
  • 2010


    • Placement
    • Shift in Focus
    • NTU Shifts Focus To HRE
    • John Galt Acquisition
    • Rock Chip Samples
    • Bench-Scale NAGROM Beneficiation Results
  • 2011


    • Maiden Drilling Campaign at Browns Range
    • Name Change
  • 2012


    • Bench-Scale NAGROM / ANSTO Hydro-Metallurgy Results
    • Maiden JORC Resource Released
    • Maiden JORC Resource
  • 2013


    • Discovery of Boulder Ridge
    • Upgraded JORC Resource
    • $26 Million Capital Raised
  • 2014


    • 80t Bulk Sample Processed
    • Maiden JORC Ore Reserve
    • EPA Approval Granted
    • Mining Licence Granted
    • Native Title Agreement
    • Pre-Feasibility Study Finished
    • JORC Resource Doubled
  • 2015


    • Definitive Feasibility Study Released
  • 2016


    • Divestment of Non-Core HRE Assets
    • Commitment to the New Three Stage Business Plan
    • Pilot Plant Project Approved For Browns Range
  • 2017


    • $38 Million R&D Financing Facility Executed
    • $14 Million Lind Facility Executed
    • Fabrication 98% Completed in China
    • Mining Campaign Completed
    • Final Investment Decision (Pilot Plant)
    • Offtake Agreement Signed With JFMAG
    • $42 Million Capital Raised
  • 2018


    • First Heavy Rare Earth Shipment
    • Begun New Business Plan
    • First RE Carbonate Production Shipped
    • Mechanical Completion
    • Re-Commence Exploration
    • 100% Fabricated and Delivered To Site
    • Pilot Plant Installed and Commissioning Commences
    • Ore Sorting Test Work And Study Completed
    • $11.7 Million SPP Completed
  • 2019


    • Maiden Dazzler JORC Resource
    • ATO Advances $10.8 Million R&D
    • $20 Million Placement
    • $15 Million Placement / Convertible Note
    • $6.9 Million Rights Issue
    • $30 Million Placement Announced
    • Community Collaboration
    • Completed Diamond Drilling
    • Offtake Agreement Announcement
    • Browns Range Access Upgrade


Company History

Northern Minerals Limited aspires to be a principal supplier of ethically produced Rare Earth Metals and separated products from the world’s largest Heavy Rare Earth Element inventory within 10 years. The Company has a large landholding in Western Australia and the Northern Territory that is highly prospective for this element. Its current portfolio consists of three projects, the Browns Range and John Galt projects in WA, and the Boulder Ridge Project located in the NT.

Of these projects, Northern Minerals’ 100% owned Browns Range Project is its flagship project, where it has built a pilot plant to test a number of deposits and prospects that contain high value dysprosium and other Heavy Rare Earths (HREs), hosted in xenotime mineralisation.