William (Bill) James Beament is a mining engineer with more than 25 years’ experience in the resource sector. In 2010, he was a founder of Northern Star Resources (NST), one of Australia’s largest listed gold producers and the 7th largest global gold producer with a market capitalisation that reached A$16 billion (US$11.2 billion). Under his leadership from 2010 to 2021, where he served as Managing Director/CEO and Executive Chair, NST’s share price increased from A$0.015 per share (A$2 million market capitalization) to over A$17 per share (over A$16 billion market capitalization), which represents an IRR of 63%. The Company now employs 6,000 staff and business partners across two continents. Since July 2021, Mr. Beament is the Managing Director/CEO of Develop, an ASX listed base metal developer and specialist underground mining service provider. In the first six months at Develop he has taken the share price from $0.50 per share to $4.50 per share.
Prior to his role at NST, Mr. Beament held several senior management positions, including General Manager of Operations for global underground mining contractor Barminco Limited and General Manager of the Eloise Copper Mine in Queensland. Mr. Beament is also currently a non-executive director of Precision Opportunities Fund Ltd., a position he has held since October 2016. Mr. Beament is a board trustee of prominent Western Australian charity organisation Telethon, a Patron of Western Australia School of Mines Curtin University Alumni, and was named 2016 CEO of the Year by the Australian Financial Review as well as First Amongst Equals at the 2013 Business News Forty under 40 Awards.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) with Honours and a Doctorate in Engineering, both from Western Australian School of Mines (part of Curtin University)
Nicholas Power is the Co-Founder of Omnia Company, a family office and advisory business based in Perth, Australia, which operates within the resources, energy, and agriculture sectors. Mr. Power founded Omnia in October 2019. Prior to Omnia, Mr. Power held various senior management roles across the mining and construction industries internationally. Most recently, during his tenure with iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group from May 2014 to September 2018, he held positions including Manager of Projects, Mine Manager, and Ore Processing Manager. In these roles, Mr. Power played a major part in the development of Fortescue into the world’s lowest cost, fourth largest iron ore producer through rigorous cost management and innovative improvement projects.
Mr. Power holds First-class Honours degrees in Engineering (Mechanical) and Business (Finance) from Swinburne University of Technology.
Ashley Elizabeth Zumwalt-Forbes is an engineer with ten years’ experience in acquiring, financing, and developing both greenfield and brownfield natural resources projects around the globe. Ms. Zumwalt-Forbes currently serves as Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Black Mountain CarbonLock, a private carbon negative company established in 2021, and Black Mountain Carbon Streaming, a private carbon streaming company established in 2022. She was previously Co-Founder and President of Black Mountain Metals, a private battery metals mining company established in 2018, and Black Mountain Exploration, a private natural gas company established in 2019. Ms. Zumwalt-Forbes has served on the Strategic Advisory Board for Hennessy Capital’s fifth SPAC (NASDAQ: HCICU) since January 2021, TCU’s Energy Institute, and OU’s School of Petroleum Engineering. Ms. Zumwalt-Forbes has been Executive Director of REEGenerate Pty Ltd since November 2021 and serves as an Alternate Director and Senior Advisor to Black Mountain Energy (ASX: BME) since December 2021. Prior to joining Black Mountain in 2017, Ms. Zumwalt-Forbes attended Harvard Business School from 2015 to 2017. Prior to that, Ms. Zumwalt-Forbes worked in several Lead Project Engineering roles from July 2012 to July 2015 at ExxonMobil and its subsidiary XTO Energy, managing drilling, completions, and planning aspects of international shale exploration, laying the groundwork for >US$1 billion capital deployment.
Ms. Zumwalt-Forbes graduated summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ms. Zumwalt-Forbes was recently highlighted as the featured honoree on the 2020 Forbes 30 under 30 in Energy list