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The Team behind the success of Leaf Resources is responsible for the day to day operations of the Company and possess a wealth of valuable experience and skills between them, which will ensure a positive and progressive future for Leaf.

The Leaf Team has depth in delivering large complex projects over a variety of fields including mining, agriculture, biotechnology and manufacturing with budget ranges from $1 million up to $100 million.

They have extensive hands-on leadership and management of small to large R&D based global companies and research teams including cross-border and outsourcing of R&D projects.

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.

Alex Baker

Chief Operating Officer

Alex Baker

Chief Operating Officer

Alex is the Chief Operating Officer of Leaf Resources Limited. He is an experienced executive with over 20 years multi-sector experience in the life sciences and industrial biotechnology areas delivering technical product innovation and management. He has worked in a range of companies including listed Australian stock exchange (ASX) groups and was part of the listing team for one of Australia's largest IPO's in the biotechnology sector. He has held senior management roles with start-up ventures or companies resetting via business transformation including CEO and SVP roles. His tertiary qualifications include a Master of Technology Management, Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology and a Bachelor of Science and he is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Les Edye

Head of Research & Development

Les Edye

Head of Research & Development

Les has over 30 years professional experience in research and development in Australia and in the US, with a strong interest in biomass conversions by thermochemical, biochemical, microbial and hybrid processes. He is recognised internationally and since 2007 held the position of National Task Leader, International Energy Agency, Bioenergy Task 39 – Commercialising Advanced and Conventional Liquid Biofuels from Biomass. Les has a background in carbohydrate chemistry, expertise in biofuels production processes and sustainable biomass supply. He also has research interests in the conversion of lignocellulosic to fuels and chemicals, biorefining for total biomass utilisation and heterotrophic algal oil production.

Helen Pennisi

Chief Financial Officer

Helen Pennisi

Chief Financial Officer

Helen joined Leaf Resources Limited in March 2015, bringing over 30 years of experience in the accounting profession to her role as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary. She has extensive experience in public practice and has acted as financial controller of several businesses in Brisbane, notably as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for a publicly listed national franchisor. Helen holds a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from the Queensland University of Technology and a Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning). She is a CPA and Chartered Tax Advisor.

Marc Sabourin

Vice President for Project Development & Engineering- Americas

Marc Sabourin

Vice President for Project Development & Engineering- Americas

Marc has 29 years professional experience in research & development, process engineering and project execution. He formerly held positions in process and research engineering in the pulp & paper industry, transitioned to Andritz, a globally leading supplier of industrial equipment and technology to the pulp and paper, bioproducts and other industrial sectors, where he served in several roles including manager and director of research and development and subsequently director of process development. Marc's responsibilities also included managing a pilot plant facility providing global support to the pulp and paper and bioproducts industries. He has worked in several capacities on projects across the globe from conception to start-up. His qualifications include Bachelor and Master's degrees in chemical engineering, Ph.D in science (energy reduction mechanisms in thermo-mechanical pulping) and certification as a professional engineer. In 2011 he received one of the highest awards in the Pulp and Paper Industry, the Arne Asplund Award, in recognition of outstanding achievement in the research and development of mechanical pulping field.