Board of Directors
Mr Fergus Wilmer - Chair
Mr Wilmer is a private equity executive and investor for the past 15 years. Previously, he was CEO of SUNDAY, a mobile telecommunications services provider in Hong Kong.
Mr Wilmer’s earlier roles include starting and leading the operation as the CEO of the fastest growing mobile telecommunications operation in India, Spice Telecom. From 1981 to 1996, he was with the Hutchison Whampoa, where his assignments included being the CEO of Hanny Magnetics, a Hong Kong listed company that manufactured and distributed electronic storage products. He was also the CEO of Orange France, based in Paris. He also spent eight years with Husky Oil, a fully integrated oil and gas company based in Alberta, Canada and two years with Shell Canada.
Mr Todd Hannigan
Mr Hannigan was the Chief Executive Officer of Aston Resources from 2010 to 2011. In this period, Todd led the growth of Aston Resources from a small private company into one of Australia's largest publicly listed coal companies. Aston raised a total of $855 million in debt and $1.1 billion in equity funding to acquire and fully fund the Maules Creek coal project through to first coal.
Prior to Aston, Mr Hannigan worked for Xstrata Coal where he focussed on business development and mergers and acquisitions. Previously he was Commercial Director of Hanson Aggregates UK where he was responsible for national sales, marketing and business development. Mr Hannigan was a director and Chairman of United Marine Holdings and a director of Hanson Quarry Products Europe and Mendip Rail.
Mr Hannigan is a mining engineer and holds a Queensland first class mine manager's certificate. He has worked internationally in the mining and resources sector for over 18 years with Aston Resources, Xstrata Coal, Hanson PLC, BHP Billiton and MIM.
A graduate of The University of Queensland, he holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) with Honours, and holds a MBA from INSEAD.
Mr Tom Todd
Mr Todd was the Chief Financial Officer of Aston Resources from 2009 to November 2011. During this time, Aston successfully acquired and fully financed the Maules Creek Project - raising an initial $505 million of acquisition debt funding in February 2010 followed by $420 million of equity raised in an IPO and a further $715 million raised through project stake sales (agreed in December 2010 and October 2011). Subsequent to the initial acquisition debt financing, a revolving credit facility of $250 million plus a bank guarantee facility of $100 million was negotiated with Macquarie Bank and ANZ in July 2011.
Prior to Aston, Mr Todd was Chief Financial Officer of Custom Mining, where his experience included the closing of the project acquisition and funding of project development for the Middlemount project to the sale of the company to Macarthur Coal.
Prior to Custom Mining, Mr Todd was responsible for structured finance transactions in the equipment finance business of GE Commercial Finance. Tom spent four years with GE, ultimately as an Executive Director in the Energy Financial Services business, responsible for sourcing investments in the coal and oil and gas industries in Australia and New Zealand.
Mr Todd started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London before moving to Sydney, working across industries within the audit, business recovery and transaction services businesses. A graduate of Imperial College, Tom holds a Bachelor of Physics with first class Honours. He is a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.