Diatreme has an experienced Board and management, with expertise across all stages of project exploration, development and financing.

wayne swan

One of only two Australian Treasurers to be named “Finance Minister of the Year” by Euromoney magazine, Mr Swan enjoyed a lengthy career in Australian federal politics, serving as Treasurer of Australia from 2007 to 2013 and Deputy Prime Minister of Australia from 2010 to 2013.

During his parliamentary career, Mr Swan worked to improve legal recognition and protection for traditional owners, as well as supporting workers’ rights and Australia’s clean energy future.

Since retiring from Parliament in 2019, Mr Swan has served as national president of the Australian Labor Party, Director of Stanwell Corporation, and Chairman (incoming) of CBUS (Australia’s leading superannuation fund for the building, construction, and allied industries.)

His qualifications include a BA(Hons)
(University of Queensland).




Mr Starr is a highly experienced corporate leader in the resources sector, with over 25 years of executive management experience across a number of Australian and International companies. This includes roles as Managing Director of KBL Mining Limited (ASX), Managing Director of Crater Gold Mining Company Limited (ASX), President and Director of Kenai Resources Limited (TSX), Chief Executive Officer of Golden China Resources (TSX) and Managing Director of Emperor Mines Limited.

Mr Starr has extensive corporate leadership skills and strong financial and business planning capabilities. This provides him with the capacity to manage the complete cycle of commercial activity, from strategy development, corporate financing, operational implementation and ongoing growth via organic means and/or acquisition.

He has a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology Sydney, and holds a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) qualification through Deakin University.



Mr Chapman is an experienced mining engineer with more than 40 years’ experience in the development, engineering, construction and management of open‐cut and underground mining projects in Australia and internationally.

He recently served as the Chief Operating Officer of White Energy Company (ASX:WEC), following a similar role at Felix Resources, with previous employment at a range of operations across Australia and Indonesia and in commodities spanning coal, iron ore, copper and nickel.

Mr Chapman's qualifications include a NSW Open Cut Coal Mine Manager's Certificate and a Qld Metalliferous Mine Manager's Certificate. He is fluent in English and Bahasa Indonesian.

Appointed: AUGUST 1, 2020


Mr Wang has a finance major from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. For 15 years he held senior management positions in several major Chinese state-owned companies, with his most recent role being in charge of an international commodities trading arm with group assets exceeding $1.5 billion.

Having worked across most provinces in China and understanding Chinese politics and government systems, he has developed wide business connections within China.

Now domiciled in Australia, he has over recent years been active with Australian companies including directorships with China Century Capital Limited, Jupiter Mines Limited and Gulf Alumina Limited.


Kara Keys

An experienced company director, Ms Keys has a strong board and financial background. Her financial experience includes previous roles as a trustee director at Cbus Super (Est. $54Bn under management), energy provider Powerlink and asset manager United Super Asset Management and as a director of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees.

Her advocacy work includes having served as chair of peak women’s organisation Women in Super, an NPO dedicated to improving women’s retirement outcomes, together with being a director and principal consultant of KTL Collective, which works to build coalitions for meaningful change in First Nations communities.

Ms Keys has worked closely with Indigenous communities, including serving for six years as a National Campaign Director and prior to that as the National Indigenous Officer at the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

Appointed: july 19, 2023


Neil McIntyre is a highly experienced mining executive, with over 30 years of senior management experience at ASX-listed and other mining companies across Australia and the Pacific region, together with significant investment banking experience.

Commencing in investment banking, his career spanned eight years as Managing Director of Pacific Capital Limited in Papua New Guinea, a boutique merchant bank owned at that time by NM Rothschild and Sons Australia Ltd, and several major PNG pension and superannuation funds which provided corporate and commercial advisory services with specialist expertise in the mining, petroleum and natural resource sectors.

Mr McIntyre has been involved in the origination, financing and packaging of a number of resource companies in PNG and Indonesia including Belvedere Limited, a major copper/gold exploration project (Yandera Mine) in PNG subsequently sold to ASX and TSX listed Marengo Mining Limited and Indon Energi Limited, a PSC license holder in Indonesia and major holder of coal bed methane prospects jointly with PERTAMINA in Indonesia subsequently sold to ASX listed NuEnergy Capital Limited.

He has held positions as Chairman, Executive Director, Director Finance and Non-Executive Director in various listed and unlisted minerals and petroleum exploration companies regionally.

Mr McIntyre is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and in 2003 was made an ordinary member of the Civil Division of The Order of The British Empire ("MBE") for services to Commerce, Finance and Forestry in PNG.



A long-serving member of Diatreme’s leadership team, Tuan Do has over 30 years’ practical financial and management experience in a diverse range of industries, including the resources sector.

This experience has involved all areas of financial reporting, treasury management, capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions, and establishment of systems and procedures.

He has a degree in Commerce & Business Administration and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.


alastair bauer

An accomplished executive, Alastair Bauer has more than a decade’s experience in the resources sector, with a focus on driving project development including approvals, budgeting, design and construction.

Previous roles include serving as General Manager/COO of a number of miners operating across Queensland and the Northern Territory, including A.I.R. Mining, EV Resources, Moreton Resources and Goondicum Resources. His experience includes delivering major project expansions, restarting mines and spearheading their development.

In addition to his operational expertise, Mr Bauer has demonstrated skills in project acquisition, including conducting due diligence, financial assessment and deal structuring.

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robyn bartlett

With over 15 years of legal expertise in the resources sector, Robyn Bartlett specialises in native title, cultural heritage management agreements, and Indigenous land use agreements.

Her deep roots in Far North Queensland and Cape York, combined with extensive local knowledge and hands-on experience, provide her with invaluable insights into the complexities surrounding remote communities in the region.

As an Executive Officer of an Indigenous land trust, Ms Bartlett gained a strong understanding of implementing agreements and fostering meaningful partnerships. She has also advised Indigenous clients and mining companies in relation to cultural heritage issues.

With her blend of legal expertise, community engagement, and strategic thinking, Ms Bartlett is a highly effective advocate for responsible and sustainable development. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws from James Cook University and company director’s course from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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chris wicks

Chris Wicks is a highly accomplished executive in the commercial management of export-focused, heavy haul infrastructure. He has developed a proven track record in developing and delivering high-value commercial arrangements while driving supply chain innovation.

Previous experience includes serving as General Manager for export facilities North Queensland Export Terminal and the Adani Abbot Point Terminal, while he has also driven commercial operations at Asciano, Pacific National and other organisations.

Mr Wicks’ broad exposure to resources, regulation, and the transport/logistics sectors empowers him to navigate complex landscapes and forge strategic partnerships, focusing on collaboration to deliver long-term value.

His qualifications include a Bachelor of Business Administration at Queensland University of Technology and the Executive program in Corporate Strategy and Managing Change in Complex Organisations at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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A highly accomplished mining professional, Phil McMurtrie’s career spans over 40 years in a range of operational and managerial roles.

His experience encompasses serving as Mine Manager of mineral sands operations on North Stradbroke Island and as a Mining Engineer with Queensland Nickel’s Greenvale nickel mine and Mine Manager at Republic Resources’ Yarrowick gold mine in NSW. He has also served in mine development roles, including at the Yarraman mineral sands mine.

Since 2003, Mr McMurtrie has worked across mineral sands, industrial minerals and other projects from feasibility through to project implementation and commissioning.

His qualifications include a Mining Engineering degree at the University of Queensland and a Diploma in Project Management at the University of New England.


Gene BrookEs

Gene Brookes is a seasoned professional serving as the Site Operations Manager for Diatreme's silica sand projects. With over 20 years’ industry experience, he possesses a diverse background in operations and construction management.

During his 17 years in the building and construction industry, Mr Brookes gained hands-on experience, trade qualifications, and a successful project delivery history. After his experience in construction, he transitioned into operational management roles with Local Government in remote regional North Queensland, developing expertise in governance and business improvement.

With qualifications including a Medium-rise Builder’s Licence, a Diploma in Project Management, and a Bachelor of Communication and Design, Mr Brookes combines academic achievement with extensive professional experience.


frazer watson

An experienced geologist, Frazer Watson currently serves as Senior Geologist focused on Diatreme’s silica sand projects.

Mr Watson has honed his skills across various deposit types in exploration and mining across Northern Australia, with previous roles at companies including Peak Discovery and South32. He also played a key role in building an open-file geochemical dataset for government departments, expanding his expertise in North Queensland's unique geological landscape.

Mr Watson’s qualifications include Bachelor's degrees in Science and Geology along with a Graduate Diploma in Data Science from James Cook University. He is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG).

senior geologist


Neil Mackenzie-Forbes is a highly experienced geologist with a lengthy career in exploration and mining.

Graduating in 1993 with a B.AppSc majoring in Geology from Queensland University of Technology, he commenced his career in gold and base metals exploration before working on the Stuart Oil Shale Project as Mine Geologist and Environmental Coordinator.

In 2006 he joined Metallica Minerals, where he identified the potential for exploiting Surat Basin coals, successfully delineating over 4 billion tonnes of thermal coal deposits. He also served as General Manager of the Columboola JV, progressing the project from initial drilling to the pre-feasibility stage.

Subsequently he has served as a Consultant Geologist, focusing on industrial minerals, metals and coal for a range of companies in Queensland and internationally.