Management Team

Peak’s leadership team has extensive international and African project development, mining, refining, marketing and rare earth expertise.


Chief Executive Officer
GAICD, MAppFin, GradDipAcc, BAg Econ (1st Class Hons)

Bardin has over 25 years of investment banking and corporate experience in the mining and energy sectors. He commenced his career with diversified mining group, North Limited, before moving into investment banking and has also spent time working in renewable energy.

Previous roles include the Chief Financial Officer of UPC\AC Renewables (now ACEN Australia), the Head of the Resources & Energy Group – Asia Pacific, Deputy Head of Corporates – Asia Pacific and Head of Advisory – Australia for HSBC and Head of Metals & Mining Asia for Macquarie Capital.

Bardin has significant emerging markets experience and has worked on a broad range of international advisory, capital markets and financing transactions.


Company Secretary & Chief Financial Officer
CA, DipBus

Philip is a former Partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWatehouseCoopers) and a Director at Ferrier Hodgson. He is now a sole practitioner Chartered Accountant specialising in providing company secretarial, compliance, accounting and reconstruction services.


Country Manager, Tanzania
B.BusAdmin, CPA (Tanzania)

Ismail has a background in accounting and worked as the Business Manager and later as the Managing Director of the Warthog Safari Tanzania in Iringa. He joined Peak in 2015 as a Regulatory Liaison Officer with responsibility for administering compliance with Tanzanian laws and regulations in Tanzania and government communications. Ismail was subsequently appointed to the role of Commercial Manager, before being promoted to Country Manager, Tanzania.



Head of Development and Operations
BSAE, MSAE (Aerospace Engineering)

Since 1998 Lello has been a project manager and developer for 14 brownfield and greenfield international mining and large infrastructure projects. Lello has a strong track-record in the delivery of greenfield projects, cost control and schedule targets, best practice with respect to safety, environmental and community outcomes and the development of associated infrastructure. His international experience extends to the Democratic Republic of Congo (“DRC”), Guinea, South Africa, Peru, Chile, Guyana, Spain, Australia and Canada.

Lello was most recently Vice President Project Development & Construction with Sabina Gold & Silver Corporation. Other select positions include Project Director – Phoenix Potash Project (ICL, Spain), Project Director and Chief Operating Officer – Aurora Gold Mine (Guyana Goldfields, Guyana), Project Director and General Manager – Iron Ore Expansion Projects (Rio Tinto, Australia & Guinea), Senior Project Manager – Tenke Fungurume Mine (Freeport McMoran, DRC) and Senior Project Manager – Copper Powder Project (Phelps Dodge, US).


Head of Technical Services - Consultant
BSc. Chemical Engineering

Mark holds over 40 years of metallurgical experience and has worked with a broad suite of leading international mining companies including Glencore, Newcrest, MMG, Rio Tinto, BHP and Impala Platinum. Mark hasspent a significant portion of his career in Africa and has extensive experience in overseeing feasibility studies, pilot plant testwork, optimisation of flow sheets, commissioning of projects, debottlenecking and operational enhancements.

His most recent role was as Technical Manager Metallurgy at the Komoto Copper Project (Glencore) based in the DRC. Other select positions include Principal Metallurgist – Group Technical Services (MMG), Principal Metallurgist – Northparkes Mine (Rio Tinto), Principal Advisor Hydrometallurgy – Technology & Innovation Group (Rio Tinto), Process & Technical Manager – Yabulu Extension Project (BHP) and Head of Hydrometallurgy Research (Gencor).


Head of Technical Services
BSc, MSc, MAusIMM, P. Eng

Ray holds over twenty-five years, extensive international hands-on experience (UK, Africa, Canada and US, Middle East, Russia, Pakistan, and Middle East) in pyro-metallurgical and mineral processing fields.

His has key proven skills include business case development, managing economical and efficient operations, commissioning and optimization of metallurgical processes, establishing strong controls and procedures, designing, developing, implementing. His international experience and language skills, give the cultural understanding that allows him to bring the best out of his colleagues and co-workers. He has excellent interpersonal and technical problem-solving skills and is a proven team leader.

Ray’s major achievements are the recent commissioning and optimization of rare earth mines in Australia and Canada, sulphuric acid plant and Pierce Smith Converters in Namibia, vanadium refinery in Australia, installation of crushing plant in UAE, installation of crushing circuit, on-line stream analyser, Outotec ceramic filter for copper-gold mine in Bulgaria.


Consulting Metallurgist
BSc (Extractive Metallurgy)

Gavin specialises in rare earths and critical metal sectors and holds over 30 years of relevant technical and operational experience. Gavin was the General Manager of Metallurgy for Peak between 2015 and 2017 and was responsible for the development and optimisation of the metallurgical process from Ore-to-NdPr Oxide and other separated rare earth products. Gavin managed pilot plants for the beneficiation, hydrometallurgy and solvent extraction separation processes that led to the original BFS completed in 2017. Since leaving Peak, Gavin has consulted on a broad range of international rare earth projects


Head of Corporate Development and Investor Relations

Matthew holds over 10 years of experience within the mining industry. Matt was most recently a senior associate within Azure Capital, a boutique investment bank based out of Perth, where Matt worked on several M&A transactions within the metals and mining space. Prior to his role at Azure, Matt spent over nine years at the aluminium company Alcoa where he worked across a number of roles spanning corporate development, strategy, market development and technical (chemical engineering). Prior to departing Alcoa, Matt was manager of global corporate development where he focused on business development initiatives across Southeast Asia

MARY Duncan Mwaiswelo

Community Liaison Officer
Masters Community Development

Mary is an experienced Community Development expert with 9 years of professional experience dealing Community affairs. She joined Peak in 2015 as a Community Liaison Officer after serving as a Community Development tutor at St. John’s University in Tanzania.


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