Shaun Browne, Chairman & Managing Director
Shaun Browne has led AME Group for 25 years. He coordinates and drives AME’s group strategy and global business operations. Shaun has pioneered, developed and run large-scale research platforms for the resources and basic industries sectors. He has authored expert and consulting reports across many commodities and advised on numerous transactions.
Leonard Rowe, Sales Director
MBA, MEmpRel, BE (Mining) (Hons), MAusIMM (CP Min)
Leonard Rowe heads AME’s business development division providing detailed technical support to AME’s broad client base in Australia and Asia. Leonard is a mining engineer with experience at BHP and Rio Tinto across the copper, iron ore and coal operations in Australia. He has vast knowledge of Autonomous Haulage Systems (AHS), drill and blast, mine design, scheduling, grade control and managing open pit operations. Prior to joining AME, Leonard was also involved in mine to port supply chain optimization for Yandi iron ore fines, with a focus on iron ore blending requirements.
Lloyd Hain, Consulting Director
BE (Mining), BSc (Hons), MAusIMM
Lloyd Hain heads AME’s consulting division, which provides commissioned reports and studies related to infrastructure, transactions and financing in the resources industry, as well as strategic and project advice. AME’s detailed engineering knowledge and projects experience also forms a credible base for scoping studies. Lloyd is a mining engineer with over a decade of experience in the coal industry having worked in technical, operational and management roles. He has experience in the planning and operation of all types of coal deposits from simple, single seam to highly complex, faulted, steeply dipping, multi-seam deposits.
Kate McCutcheon, Research Operations
BE (Mining) (Hons), M.Eng (Mining), MAusIMM (CP)
Kate is the manager of precious metals at AME. She has broad experience in precious, base and industrial metals and has been based in Australia, Laos, Colombia and Chile. She has over 8 years’ onsite operational experience in mine design, optimisation and project evaluation. Prior to AME, Kate worked on feasibility studies with a consultancy in Santiago, spent four years as a senior geotechnical engineer with MMG and over three years with Xstrata Copper as a mining engineer. Kate is a Chartered Professional with the AusIMM and is based in Sydney.
Yolanda Cao, Senior Accountant
MAcc and MCom
Yolanda is a finance professional with more than 10 years’ experience in commercial services and financial consulting. Previously, she held a CFO position at a retail business with operations in Australia and Asia. Yolanda holds a Master of Accounting and a Master of Commerce in Finance from the University of Sydney.
Stacey Wang, Team Leader Copper Supply
BE (Mining) (Hons), M.Eng (Mining), M.Eng (Project Management)
Stacey is the team leader of copper supply at AME. Her focus includes site-by-site analysis, supply and pricing forecasts, as well as process modelling for copper and base metals. She has four years on-site operational experience in open-pit mine design and short-to-long-term scheduling. Prior to joining AME, Stacey worked as an open-pit mining engineer in Western Australia and China.
Robert M Ekstein, Senior Consultant
BSc (Geology), GDip Eng Sc (Upstream Petroleum), MAusIMM
Robert M Ekstein is a geologist with business development, marketing and consulting services experience. Before joining AME, Robert had experience as a gas geologist for Arrow Energy where he was involved in well-side geology, sub-surface modelling and applied his skills in stratigraphic correlations to daily operations. Robert was part of a group that spearheaded live well monitoring for deviated development and appraisal wells with the aim of providing live situational analysis.
Tony Hespe, Industry Director
BSc (Geology and Geophysics), Master of Business and Technology, MAIG
Anthony Hespe has 40 years of experience in mineral exploration, mine geology, resource definition and project development, which includes the leadership of teams exploring for base metals, gold and bulk commodities in Australia and China. He has extensive experience in identifying and acquiring projects and negotiation and management of joint ventures. Tony was Managing Director of Zenith Minerals, an ASX-listed mining company, identifying an iron ore project and developing it from resource definition through to scoping study.
Sien Wei Phua, Industry Manager
BCom - Ac Stud, Industry Manager
Sien Wei is the industry manager of iron ore at AME. His focus includes iron ore, freight and product development. Over his career in AME, Sien Wei has been responsible for the global iron ore and freight research and market analysis, as well as the development of global trade flow model. Sien Wei has also had significant involvement in AME’s iron ore consulting transactions, including IPOs, internal market reports, M&A, due diligence and financing.
Andrew Denton, Industry Manager
BE (Chem) (Hon), MPM
Andrew is a process engineer with eight years practical experience within alumina refining operations. He has experience in data analysis, process modelling and improvement and has contributed to on-site process impact assessments and feasibility studies. Prior to joining AME Andrew held several site based technical positions in process development, projects and refinery operations in Queensland, Australia. His experience spans the alumina production chain, covering digestion, precipitation, settling and materials handling.