Directors and Management
FAICD BSc Mechanical Engineering (Summa cum Laude)
Bill has more than 40 years’ experience in the energy and mineral sector. Until 2007, he was President of Australia/Asia Gas at BHP Billiton Petroleum. Prior to that, he spent 24 years with ExxonMobil in a variety of senior executive roles in the USA, South America, Europe and Asia. Mr Bloking is also Non-Executive Chairman of Nido Petroleum Limited, Executive Chairman and President of KAL Energy, Inc and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was previously Chairman of Transerv Energy Limited, Norwest Energy NL, the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Authority, Cool Energy Limited, Cullen Wines (Australia) Pty Ltd and was Managing Director of Eureka Energy Limited and Gunson Resources Limited - the former owner of the Mt Gunson Copper Project. He is also formerly a Vice Chairman of the Australian China Business Council, a Non-Executive Director of the John Holland Group, Miclyn Express Offshore Limited, the Australian Petroleum Exploration and Production Association (APPEA), the Lions Eye Institute and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, as well as a Governor of American Chamber of Commerce in Australia and an Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University.
BSc(Hons) (Geol) (MinGeol), BSc (Hons 1st Class) ARSM
Mike is a mining engineer and minerals geologist with 40 years’ industrial experience. A graduate of the Royal School of Mines, London, Mike has worked in Australia for most of his career, which has included periods as a mine geologist at Broken Hill and in South Africa, and as a mining engineer in Mt Isa and in various locations in Western Australia and Victoria. He is a registered mine manager in both Western Australia and Queensland. Michael has significant corporate experience, having served on the boards of several listed companies. His chief professional interest is in the development of mining projects from exploration through to production.
ASMB, BSc(Hons)(Geol), MAusIMM, MAIG
Steve is a minerals geologist and company director with 40 years ’industry experience. A graduate in Applied Geology of the Ballarat School of Mines and Industries (SMB) and its successor institutions, he has wide corporate and field experience in exploration and mining in Australia, Papua New Guinea and South America. Steve founded three ASX-listed mineral companies; Gindalbie Metals Limited (ASX: GBG) in 1993, Oroya Mining Limited (ASX: ORO) in 2002, and Argentina Mining Limited (ASX: AVK) in 2010, in all of which he held senior management roles, before establishing Torrens in 2014.
BJuris LLB (UWA), Grad. Dip. App Fin. Invest. (SIA) Grad Dip App.Corp.Gov (CSA) FGIA
Richard is a legal practitioner and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in Western Australia in 1987. He is a director of his own law practice, Richard Simon Legal, in Perth, which provides legal services to a number of mining and energy companies including to Torrens and its subsidiaries. He has practiced as a solicitor for over 26 years, including as an in-house lawyer and prior to that in top-tier private firms. His areas of practice include commercial agreements, debt and capital raisings, farm-ins, joint ventures, technology transactions, general corporate and commercial matters and corporate governance. Richard is also experienced in mergers, acquisitions and project development. His legal and commercial experience extends to both to Australian and overseas jurisdictions, including the legal function and in-house counsel role for a number of Australian companies. From 1997 to 2008 he held various positions, including directorships with Halliburton Energy Services (HES) covering Australasian, South East Asian and African jurisdictions during which period he was based in Africa, including Egypt, for several years. From 2008to 2010 he was Senior Legal Counsel with Apache Energy in Perth.