Andrew McIlwain
BE (Mining) Melb, MAusIMM

Non-Executive and Independent Chairman (appointed February 2007)

Mr McIlwain has over 35 years experience in the mining industry. He is a qualified mining engineer and throughout his career has held operational, technical, senior management and executive roles in Mount Isa Mines Limited, WMC Resources, Lafayette Mining Ltd and Unity Mining Ltd. More recently, as an independent consultant, he has worked with Oxiana, Heemskirk and Tusker Gold focusing on corporate transactions. Mr McIlwain has held Non-Executive Director positions with Tusker Gold, Verus Investments, Windy Knob Resources, Goldstone Resources and Kidman Resources Ltd and is currently the Managing Director of ASX listed Investigator Resources Ltd.

Mr McIlwain brings operational and corporate experience in a variety of fields including establishment of operational sustainability, project development and both equity and conventional debt financing. He joined Emmerson's Board in February 2007.

Rob Bills


Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (appointed September 2007)

Mr. Bills holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Monash University 1984) and a Master of Science (James Cook University 1989). He joined Emmerson Resources in September 2007 after a 25 year career in exploration and mining with Western Mining Corporation (WMC), then BHPBilliton. During his career with WMC Mr. Bills held numerous senior management positions including Senior Mine Geologist at Kambalda, Senior Research Geologist for Australasia, President Director of WMC Indonesia, Group Exploration Manager with WMC and most recently at BHPBilliton held the position of Global Commodity Specialist. Mr. Bills brings to the Company a track record of global exploration and management success including a detailed knowledge of Iron Oxide Au-Cu-U deposits and a deep understanding of the exploration business.

Dr Allan Trench 
B.Sc (Hons), Ph.D, M.Sc, MBA

Non-Executive Director (appointed March 2015)

Dr Trench is a geologist/geophysicist with extensive experience in strategy, project development and operations within the natural resource sector. Dr Trench holds degrees in Geology, a Doctorate in Geophysics, a Masters in Mineral Economics and a Masters in Business Administration. His former roles include management of nickel and gold/base metal exploration teams in the Yilgarn region of WA, initially for WMC and subsequently for a group of junior ASX listed companies. From 2002 Dr Trench worked as a business consultant for McKinsey and Company, then as a manager at KCGM Pty Ltd and Woodside Petroleum, and more lately as a consultant with the CRU Group, providing business analysis and intelligence on the global mining and metals markets. He is also a non-executive independent director of a number of Australian listed resources companies.

Alan Tate 

Non-Executive Director (appointed November 2021)

Mr Tate has over 30 years' experience as a commercial and finance lender and extensive experience in public listed companies at Board and Committee level. He is currently Group CFO of BGC and a non-executive director of the not-for-profit company, Ride against Domestic Violence.  He has previously held senior executive roles providing strategic, commercial, and financial leadership to a variety of international and ASX 100 companies including Iluka Resources, BHP Billiton and WMC Resources. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.