Directors and Management

John Hannaford


BCom, CA,FFin

Mr. Hannaford is an experienced Company Director & Executive with extensive experience as an ASX Director, including as Chairman. A qualified Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Securities Institute of Australia, John has founded and listed several companies successfully on the ASX, and has advised numerous others through the listing process in his Corporate Advisory career. He has been principal of an AFSL holder, responsible for new listings and mergers and acquisitions, and has extensive experience in ASX financing, IPOs and RTOs. Recently, John was instrumental in the establishment of ASX-listed Mt Monger Resources Ltd and Forrestania Resources Ltd, and is a director (Chairman) of both firms.

Michael Walshe

Chief Executive Officer

B.Eng. (Hons) Chem., MIEAust CPEng, MBA (Finance), MAusIMM

Mr. Walshe has over 15 years of international experience in engineering, operations, technology commercialisation, and project development roles across the minerals, chemicals, and renewable energy sectors. Michael joins Voltaic after a 10 year career at Metso:Outotec where positions included Director and Vice President roles for the Asia Pacific Minerals business, in addition to being a member of the executive management team. His experience covers team leadership, metallurgy, process design, sales, and structuring project finance packages for junior miners via export credit funding. Michael has been involved in several international minerals projects with particular exposure to Asian countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines, PNG and South Korea, and has worked across a wide range of commodities including lithium, rare earths, nickel, copper, zinc and gold. Michael holds a Bachelor of Chemical and Process Engineering (Hons.) from University College Dublin, Ireland, and a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from the Australian Institute of Business. He is a chartered engineer with both Engineers Australia & the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), and is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (AusIMM).

David Izzard

Non-Exec. Director


Mr. Izzard is a highly experienced Executive and Non-Executive Director with extensive skills in all aspects of financial and commercial management at a senior executive level, in both listed and unlisted companies. A qualified Chartered Accountant, MBA and Mineral Economist, David has founded several companies and has been instrumental in the formulation of joint ventures, distribution agreements, and steering companies through successful capital raising, IPOs and trade sale. Recently, David was pivotal in the establishment of ASX-listed Mt Monger Resources Ltd and Forrestania Resources Ltd, and is a director of both firms.

Lachlan Reynolds

Non-Exec. Director

BSc (Hons), MAusIMM, MAIG

Mr. Reynolds is a professional geologist with over 30 years involvement in mineral exploration, project development and mining, in both Australia and internationally. He has broad resource industry expertise, across a range of commodities including copper, gold, nickel and uranium. Over the past decade, Lachlan has served as a senior executive and manager for a number of ASX-listed companies and has managed the advancement of a diverse suite of mineral projects. Lachlan is currently the Managing Director of Mt Monger Resources Limited.

Simon Adams

CFO & Company Secretary

B.Bus., M. Acc.

Mr. Adams has over 25 years of experience with listed (ASX and NASDAQ) and private companies in Australia where he has filled various executive roles across a range of industries including mining, aquaculture, finance and most recently in the upstream energy sector.  He has experience in the areas of corporate and financial management, corporate compliance and business development.  Simon is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Claudio Sheriff-Zegers

Exploration Manager

BSc Minerals Exploration and Mining Geology, MAusIMM

A highly experienced geologist, Claudio discovered Asra Minerals’ (ASX:ASR) Yttria REE and Critical Minerals deposit and was involved in Northern Minerals’ (ASX:NTU) Browns Range Wolverine HREEs discovery.

His expertise of mineralised systems throughout Australia, Indonesia and Chile covers target generation and systematic ranking, exploration and discovery through to resource drill-out, across a wide range of deposit types incl. REE and Critical Minerals, high-grade narrow vein Au, epithermal Au, structural Cu-Au, base metals, VMS, BHT, and IOCG/ISCG.