Directors & Management

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Stephen Gerlach

Non-Executive Chairman

Stephen Gerlach AM LLB FAICD is a Company Director and Corporate Advisor. Stephen is the Chancellor of Flinders University, and is also the Chairman of Adelaide Capital Partners Pty Ltd and Gerlach Asset Development Pty Ltd, a Director of Beston Global Foods Ltd and Beston Pacific Asset Management Pty Ltd.

He was formerly the Chairman of Santos Limited, Futuris Corporation Ltd (subsequently known as Elders Ltd), Equatorial Mining Ltd, Elders Australia Ltd, Challenger Listed Investments Limited, Amdel Ltd, and Penrice Ltd and a Director and Chairman of resource companies located in the United States of America and Chile. He was also a Director of a number of other public companies including Southcorp Ltd, AMP Australia, Brunner Mond Holdings Ltd (UK) and Elders Rural Bank. Stephen was a partner of the Adelaide legal firm Finlaysons for 23 yeas and its Managing Partner from 1985 to 1991. He has also been involved in a number of community and professional associations.


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James Chisholm

Non-Executive Director

James has worked in the engineering, oil, gas and mining sectors for the past 28 years. James has extensive experience with coal, having worked with collieries in NSW and QLD.

He is a founding shareholder of Ebony Energy, having previously co-founded The Chairmen1 Pty Ltd which sold its assets to Guildford Coal(ASX:GUF) becoming the largest shareholder. He was formerly a director of Ebony Iron Pty Ltd before it was acquired by Strategic Minerals PLC (AIM:SML) and is currently a non-executive Director of Fertoz Ltd (ASX: FTZ)  and Atrum Coal NL (ASX:ATU).


Charles Whitfield

Non-Executive Director

Charles is an experienced senior executive and director whose career has spanned 25 years in the resources, energy and finance industries and he brings strong corporate and governance expertise to the Ebony Board. In particular, an in-depth understanding of the strategy and financing of junior resources companies and positioning in public markets.

As the co-founder and Chief Investment Officer for Drumrock Capital Advisors, Charles also holds a board role on Hexagon Resources (ASX:HXG). Prior to this, Charles has held several senior roles including Executive Director for Galaxy Resources (ASX:GXY) and for tier 1 financial institutions, including Managing Director - Head of Corporate Equity Solutions Group (Asia Pacific) for Citi, and previously at Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse.