Aspire Mining

Board of Directors & Management

Mr Achit-Erdene Darambazar

Managing Director

Mr Darambazar is a financial adviser to Mr Tserenpuntsag and President and CEO of Mongolia International Capital Corporation LLC (MICC), a leading Mongolian investment banking firm. He is also a successful Mongolian businessman in his own right.

Mr Michael Avery

Non-Executive Chairman

Michael (Mick) has been involved in the establishment and management of successful public and private companies in mining, exploration & development, mining consulting services and mining contractor services.

He is a 30 year plus mining industry veteran with a Bachelor of Mining Engineering and a Master of Business Administration. He is also a qualified Australian Coal Mine Manager and a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

He has worked for blue-chip mining and contracting companies (including Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and Brambles) at operations and projects both in Australia and internationally.

These roles covered the full life cycle of open cut and underground mines from resource exploration and evaluation, through conceptual design, pre-feasibility, feasibility, construction, operation, and management.

He has also held executive level positions in the mining sector including being appointed as a Director on both public and private company boards and has held positions of Managing Director and Chairman. Mick has international experience in the mining sector outside of Australia including Mongolia, Indonesia, China, USA, South Africa, and Madagascar.

Mr Russell Taylor

Non-Executive Director 

Russell is a qualified and experienced Mining Engineer, Project Director, General Manager and Mining Executive with over 24 years of industry experience.

His employment history is with both large global resource companies and international mining contractors. Russell has experience in multiple commodities including coking coal, thermal Coal, PCI coal, mineral sands, copper/gold, iron ore and lithium. Russell has led international teams commissioning several open cut mines and associated major infrastructure to world class standards in Australia, Mongolia and India.

He is highly experienced in Operational Rescue Projects and has successfully turned around mines with quality assets, yet poor performance and negative margins.

Mr Boldbaatar Bat-Amgalan

Non-Executive Director

Mr Boldbaatar Bat-Amgalan has had senior roles in public relations and publishing and was previously a director of Erdenet Mining Company. He also previously held senior roles in the Government of Mongolia, including the State Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Chairman of the Communication Regulatory Commission.

Emily Austin

Company Secretary

Emily is an experienced Company Secretary and Corporate Governance Advisor to a portfolio of companies including ASX & NSX listed, incorporated overseas and within Australia, Unlisted Public and Private companies, Not for Profits and Charities in range of industries including Technology, Education, Health, Funds and Insurance, Finance and Treasury and oil, gas and mining. Emily is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Mr Samuel Bowles

Chief Operating Officer

Sam Bowles has extensive technical, operational and executive experience within the coal industry. This experience has been gained in Australia and Mongolia across both underground and open pit coal mining, and the processing, transportation, and sales of thermal and coking coals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering for the University of New South Wales. Sam has over 10 years professional experience in Mongolia, having worked previously as Chief Operating Officer for Mongolian Mining Corporation and Mongolia Business Unit Head for TerraCom Limited. As a long-term resident of Mongolia, he is passionate about implementing sustainable mining practices, with goal to provide benefits from mining to the wider community.