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The Board of Leaf Resources comprises of one executive director and four non-executive directors. The collective group has extensive experience in technology commercialisation, intellectual property protection, capital raisings, government relations and financial management; taking a strategic and hands-on approach to managing Leaf Resources and the development and commercialisation of its core technology, the Glycell™ Process. The board is responsible for the overall performance of the business and determining the strategic direction of the company, which is focused on building and growing a robust global business around sustainable and renewable bio-based products and thereby delivering value to shareholders.

It is also responsible for operating the Company in continuous compliance with all laws and rules which apply to it including the ASX Listing Rules, international legal requirements and industry codes of conduct.

Ken Richards

Managing Director

Ken Richards

Managing Director

Ken Richards has more than 30 years’ experience as a Chief Executive and Managing Director across both public and private companies in the agriculture, finance and technology sectors.

Throughout his executive career Ken has developed a strong track record for growing and transitioning start-up companies from concept phase through to commercialisation. Along the way he has completed corporate transactions including capital raisings, takeovers and asset sales well in excess of $200m.

Currently Ken is the Managing Director of Leaf Resources Limited (ASX: LER) which he and the Leaf team have grown from a $2M market capitalization to a $20M Company and one with imminent commercial opportunities across multiple continents.

Ken is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently a board member of Golf Australia and was previously Deputy Chairman of Surf Life Saving (WA). He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees from the University of WA.

Jay Hetzel

Chairman

Jay Hetzel

Chairman

Dr Hetzel has been involved in the development and commercialization of technology for the past 17 years. Previously he had a distinguished scientific career with the CSIRO in the field of Animal Genetics. In 1998 he co-founded Genetic Solutions Pty Ltd to commercialise genomics technology in livestock and the company was sold to Pfizer Animal Health in 2008. Dr Hetzel holds a Bachelor in Agricultural Sciences (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and a PhD in Animal Genetics from the University of Sydney.

Jay has served on a number of industry and government advisory groups for over 10 years, including the Queensland Biotechnology Advisory Council and the Australian Government Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee. He is currently a non-executive Director of ASX listed Anantara Lifesciences. Jay is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Douglas J Rathbone

Non-Executive Director

Douglas J Rathbone

Non-Executive Director

Doug has extensive experience in agriculture with broad knowledge across the whole sector from production to processing. He is a chemical engineer by training and served as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director at Nufarm Limited from 1999 to 2015, and previously as Managing Director of Nufarm Australia Limited from 1982.

Doug joined the Board of Leaf Resources in 2016 and is currently the Chairman of Rathbone Wine Group, a Director of Cotton Seed Distributors and AgBiTech, and also a member of Rabobank Advisory Board. He is a former Board member of the CSIRO. He has won a number of distinguished awards. These include a Centenary Medal in 2003, for outstanding service to science and technology, and the Rabobank Agribusiness Leader of the Year in 1999. He has also been listed several times in Engineers Australia top 100 most influential engineers and was awarded the Institute Engineers Australia 'Sheddon Pacific' medal for excellence in engineering.

Matthew Morgan

Non-Executive Director

Matthew Morgan

Non-Executive Director

Matthew has over 10 years of executive management experience in private equity funded portfolio companies and 7 years as a venture capitalist. He is experienced in capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions. He is currently a non-executive director at Leaf Resources and ASX listed companies Sensera Limited, Brain Resource Limited and Diversa Limited. He is the principal of Millers Point Company, an advisory business that provides consulting and advisory services to emerging companies with high growth or turnaround objectives.

Matthew holds a B.Commerce, B. AppSc and an MBA from the Queensland University of Technology. He was also the first Australian to be awarded a Kauffman Fellowship.

Ian Hobson

Company Secretary

Ian Hobson

Company Secretary

Ian is a chartered accountant and chartered company secretary with over 30 years’ experience and acts as non-executive director, company secretary and financial controller for ASX listed companies, unlisted public companies, large private companies, indigenous organisations, Trustee companies and not for profits.

Ian’s clients are from a diverse range of industries including mining exploration, technology, biomedical science, charitable concerns, engineering and indigenous affairs.   In addition to the usual governance and finance roles Ian undertakes, he has specialised in IPO’s, reverse take-overs, capital raisings, prospectus drafting, and due diligence.

Ian has facilitated the Australian Institute of Company Director education programs in finance and governance for over 20 years. Ian has worked with various aboriginal corporations and trustee companies throughout the state, assisting them with governance and finance issues and training.

 

William Baum

Non-Executive Director

William Baum

Non-Executive Director

Bill has been an independent consultant in the bio based chemicals and fuels industry, since 2014.  From 2010 to early 2014, Bill was Executive Chairman and Chief BD Officer at Genomatica, where he negotiated and closed major partner and licensing deals. He served on the Genomatica Board, 2006-2016. He has held a variety of executive positions both in the United States and internationally, serving the oil refining, petrochemicals and pulp & paper and chemicals industries.

Bill continues to be engaged as a business strategy and deal transaction consultant with a number of renewable and sustainable companies working in biofuels, bio based chemicals, agbiotech/biomass and human/animal nutrition.  Bill serves as a board director at Gevo Inc., a publicly traded biofuels company based in Colorado.  Bill holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Widener University.