Board of Directors

Kerry Harmanis

Kerry Harmanis joined the Talisman board on 15 July 2020 and is one of Western Australia’s most successful mining executives and investors. Kerry has been a major shareholder and strong supporter of Talisman since 2007 and currently holds an 18% stake in the Company.

With a career spanning more than 40 years in the Australian exploration and mining industry, Kerry was the founder and Executive Chairman of Jubilee Mines NL, a highly successful West Australian nickel miner which he established in 1987.

Through a combination of exploration success, focused project development and operational consistency, Jubilee Mines grew to become one of the most successful mid-tier miners on the ASX until its acquisition by Xstrata for A$3.1 billion in October 2007.
During this period, Kerry led a highly successful geological and operational team which helped Jubilee set new benchmarks on the ASX for shareholder returns in the resource sector.

Jeremy Kirkwood Bcom ANU
Non-Executive Director

Jeremy Kirkwood joined Talisman in April 2016 and has extensive experience in corporate strategy, investment banking and global capital market and provides invaluable strategic input and guidance to the Company’s board and management team.

Jeremy is a principal of Pilot Advisory Group and was previously a Managing Director at Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and Austock. He has primarily worked in public markets, undertaking merger and acquisitions and capital raisings for companies principally in the metals and mining, energy and infrastructure sectors.

Jeremy is also the Chair of Geelong Grammar School,Chairman of Nurturecare Pty Ltd, Director of Independent Schools Victoria and Trustee of R E Ross Trust.

Jeremy serves on the Company’s Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees. With extensive industry experience, Jeremy is considered qualified to hold these responsibilities.

Brian Dawes B.Sc. Mining, MAusIMM
Non-Executive Director

Brian is a mining engineer with extensive international mining industry experience. He holds a BSc in Mining from the University of Leeds UK, and is Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

He has worked in the UK, Africa, the Middle East and across Australia and holds several First Class Mine Managers’ Certificates of Competency. Brian’s diverse expertise covers all key industry aspects from exploration through the discovery, feasibility, funding, approvals, project construction, commissioning, operations, optimisation, logistics, marketing, and closure phases. This includes site management and corporate responsibilities in a diversity of challenging and successful underground and open pit operations across many commodities and geographies; mainly in copper, nickel, gold, zinc and lead, with iron ore, graphite, and coal. Prior to joining Talisman, Brian held senior positions with Jubilee Mines NL, Western Areas, LionOre Australia, WMC, Normandy Mining, and Aberfoyle.

Brian serves on the Company’s Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees. With extensive industry experience, Brian is considered qualified to hold these responsibilities.

Brian also serves as a Non Executive Director of Kin Mining Ltd.

Peter Benjamin B.Sc (Hons), Grad Dip (Exploration), (Bus. Admin), MAusIMM, AICD, AAIM
Non-Executive Director

Peter Benjamin was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in July 2019. Peter is an experienced geologist who has worked in the mining industry for more than 40 years, predominantly in senior exploration, project, operational and executive management roles with junior and mid-tier ASX-listed companies.

These positions have included Managing Director of gold and copper explorer Kalamazoo Resources Ltd, Managing Director for Shaw River Manganese Ltd, General Manager Geology for Iluka Resources Ltd and Divisional Project Manager for Newcrest Mining Ltd.

These roles have included significant experience in the development and subsequent operations for open pit and underground precious, base metal and bulk mineral mines throughout Australia.

During his career Peter has overseen large gold and base metal exploration programmes which have resulted in new mineral discoveries and the extension of Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves. This includes operating exploration and project development programmes in the Lachlan Fold Belt of NSW, which is a key focus area for Talisman.

Peter is Member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Graduate and Mentor at the Australian Institute of Management.

Peter serves on the Company’s Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees. With extensive industry experience, Peter is considered qualified to hold these responsibilities.