Directors & Management


Timothy Spencer

Managing Director

Mr Spencer has over 25 years’ experience in the resources sector and precious metals markets, working in various executive, accounting, treasury and finance roles including with three mining companies as an executive director and/or Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary as well as with a large gold refining and trading enterprise. He joined Essential Metals in October 2017, and prior to his appointment as Managing Director has served in the roles of Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretary, and CEO.


Warren Hallam

Director (Non-Executive)

BAppSci (Metallurgy), MSc MinEcon

Mr Hallam is a Metallurgist, a Mineral Economist and holds a Graduate Diploma in Business. He has over 35 years of technical and commercial experience across numerous commodities and businesses within the resources industry including with top-tier mining companies Western Mining Corporation, Metals X Limited, Westgold Resources and is currently Chairman of ASX listed Nelson Resources.

Mr Hallam was a member of the senior leadership team at Metals X (both as Executive Director and Managing Director) and played a critical role in the development of Metals X as a leading global tin producer and top-10 gold producer. Mr Hallam also held a range of senior operation, strategic and business development roles with diversified ASX-100 resource company Western Mining Corporation.


Craig Ian McGown

Chairman (Non-Executive)

Mr McGown is an investment banker with over 35 years of experience consulting to companies in Australia and internationally, particularly in the natural resources sector. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is an executive director of the corporate advisory business New Holland Capital Pty Ltd. Mr McGown has had extensive experience in the corporate finance sector, including mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings in both domestic and international financial markets, asset acquisitions and asset disposals, initial public offerings and corporate restructurings. Mr McGown is also currently Non-Executive Chairman of Sipa Resources Limited.


Carl Travaglini

Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

Mr Travaglini is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Company Secretary. Before joining Essential Metals, Mr Travaglini worked for a number of WA based lithium and gold producers and explorers.


Paul Payne

Director (Non-Executive) - B App Sc (Geology), Grad Dip Min Ec

Mr Payne is an experienced geologist with a strong technical background as well as senior executive and board experience across a range of commodities in both Australia and internationally. Mr Payne’s experience includes the role of founding Managing Director of Dacian Gold Limited where he was instrumental in the major initial gold discoveries at its Mount Morgans project. Mr Payne is currently non-executive director of a number of ASX listed resource companies and continues to provide expert technical services to the resources industry through his consultancy PayneGeo.


Andrew Dunn

Exploration Manager - Bachelor of Science (Geology), Honours in Science (Geology), AIG membership

Andrew has over 17 years of experience in brownfield and grassroots exploration, as well as exposure to the mine environment throughout his career with both Gold Fields and Millennium Minerals. His geological expertise spans a variety of commodities, including gold and copper.