Board of Directors

Rob Adamson
Rob AdamsonChairman
Rob is the Executive Chairman of RFC Ambrian and has over 30 years’ experience as a corporate finance professional where he has been involved in numerous transactions in the mining, oil and gas, and related industry sectors. He has extensive knowledge of the resources sector and has in addition to his role as an adviser played leading roles in the creation of a number of successful companies. In addition to his roles within NextOre and the RFC Ambrian group of companies Rob is the Chairman of PhotonAssay technology company, Chrysos Corporation.
Nick Bell
Nick BellDirector
Nick has over 35 years’ experience as a professional services provider to the global resources sector with a deep network across Africa, North and South America and Australasia encompassing clients, construction contractors, engineers, lenders and consultants and a very mature understanding of what it takes to be successful in a competitive capital projects environment. Nick has a strong focus on business development for small to medium scale projects with additional experience of much larger projects either stand-alone or with partners.
Dr Nick Cutmore
Dr Nick CutmoreDirector
Dr Cutmore is Commercial Advisor – CSIRO Mineral Resources where he initiates and shepherds the development and commercialisation of novel measurement systems for global impact in industry. He has a career interest in the commercialisation of technology, and has been involved in the creation and oversight of spin-off companies and Joint Ventures that have launched CSIRO technology in the global market.
Joanne Palmer
Joanne PalmerNon-Executive Director
Ms Palmer is a Registered Company Auditor and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia & New Zealand, England and Wales. Ms Palmer is currently an Executive Director of Pitcher Partners in Perth. Ms Palmer brings over 25 years of industry experience providing audit and assurance services on company listings, mergers, acquisitions and takeovers and significant experience in auditing international mining companies. Ms Palmer is a council member of the Association of Mining & Exploration Companies (AMEC) and a Non-Executive Director of Paladin Energy Limited, an ASX listed company.

Alternate Directors: For Rob Adamson, Stephen Allen who is a Managing Director of RFC Ambrian.


Chris Beal
Chris BealChief Executive Officer
Chris Beal is an experienced engineer and corporate financial advisor for natural resources companies. Chris has a passion for supporting the growth and commercialization of innovative companies in mining. For three years Chris had a leading role within RFC Ambrian’s technology and innovation portfolio, working with companies across sectors including renewable energy, ionizing and non-ionizing radiation and radio systems.
Shivika Singh
Shivika SinghChief Operating Officer
Prior to joining NextOre in 2019, Shivika was the Technology Integration Manager for CSIRO responsible for commercialising key Magnetic Resonance and X-ray technologies in the Sensing and Sorting program. She has an MBA in Strategy from University of Aberdeen, Scotland and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering . She has over 12 years of experience in business strategy, project management, product development and engineering , with a focus on new technology and novel process design. She also has experience as a project manager for technologies used in Iron and steel plants.
Uno Makotsvana
Uno MakotsvanaChief Financial Officer
Uno Makotsvana is a Chartered Accountant and experienced Chief Financial Officer who gained experience from resources, energy, infrastructure and government services sectors. He has over 22 years of experience gained in the advisory and commercial environments. Uno has a passion for developing people and leading organisations through periods of significant growth. Uno is an experienced strategy and finance executive with expertise in debt and capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions, as well as managing complex commercial and contract negotiations.
Geoffrey Herkes
Geoffrey HerkesProject Scientist
Geoff is one of the experimental physicists on the NextOre team. He completed his Bachelor of Advanced Science (Hons) majoring in Physics and Mathematics at the University of Sydney where he was awarded first class honours. He has also completed numerous research projects in various fields such as Non-linear Optics, General Relativity and Galactic Dynamics, and has previous experience working with Magnetic Resonance apparatus.

LATAM Management

Jesús Caro
Jesús CaroDirector Latam
Jesús is an Electronic Engineer with more than 30 years of experience in providing technological solutions that improve the profitability of mining companies. Knowledge of production processes, automation solutions and sampling systems for metallurgical balance. Involved in the business and design of online analyzers currently operating in the main concentrator plants in Latin America. Clear concepts to advise to the metals producers on when to apply Ore Sorting technologies in their mines or beneficiation plants.

Advisory Board

Dr Peter Coghill
Dr Peter CoghillTechnology Manager
Dr Coghill has a PhD in physics and 20 years of experience applying measurement technology to the minerals industry. His current research interests include: magnetic resonance analysis, gamma activation analysis, bulk ore sorting, and studying grade heterogeneity with respect to its effect on bulk ore sorting.
Nicholas Russell
Nicholas Russell Senior Mechanical and Mining Engineer
Nick is a Senior Mechanical and Mining Engineer at Worley. He completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and Masters of Engineering Management at Queensland University of Technology, and then completed a Master of Science (Applied Earth Science) working with a variety of universities across the globe. Nick has over 10 years of experience working in the Mining and Mechanical engineering industry.
Dr Alan Monaghan
Dr Alan Monaghan
Dr Alan Monaghan is the Senior Vice President of Technology & Expert Solutions at Worley. He has over 25 years of experience in the resources, engineering and construction sectors, with a focus on business leadership, strategy implementation, business improvement, project management, research management and technology commercialisation. Alan holds a PhD in physics and geophysics from the University of Queensland.

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