About Us

Board of Directors

Tartana is led by the Board which has substantial financial and management experience and a technical manager which has strong expertise in the resources industry.


Executive Chairman - Dr Stephen Bartrop

Education: PhD, BSc(Hons), Grad. Dip. Securities Instit. MAusIMM, F Fin, MSEG, GAICD.

Steve’s professional experience spans more than 30 years covering periods in both the mining industry and financial sector. With a geology background, Steve has worked in exploration, feasibility and evaluation studies and mining in a range of commodities and in different parts of the world. In the financial sector, Steve has been involved in research, corporate transactions and IPOs spanning a period of more than 20 years, including senior roles at JPMorgan, Bankers Trust and Macquarie Equities.

Steve is also Chairman of Stibium Mining Pty Ltd, a company which operates a gold mine in South Africa, and is a director of South West Pacific Bauxite (HK) Ltd, a company developing a bauxite project in the Solomon Islands. He is also Chairman of Breakaway Investment Group and Breakaway Research.

Executive Director - Bruce Hills

Education: BCom, CA (NZ)

Bruce is an accountant and is currently an Executive Director of Breakaway Investment Group Pty Ltd which operates the Breakaway Private Equity Emerging Resources Fund. Bruce is a Director of a number of unlisted companies in the mining and financial services sectors including The Risk Board and Stibium Australia. Bruce has 35 years’ experience in the financial sector including 20 years in the banking industry primarily in the areas of strategy, finance and risk.

Metallurgical Consultant - Peter Rohner

Education: Grad Dip Applied Finance & Investment, BSc Metallurgy

Peter has over 30 years experience in the mining industry and has been involved in mineral processing technology development including development of the Jameson flotation cell, IsaMill fine grinding and more recently had significant involvement in further development of Glencore’s Albion Process (fine grind oxidative leach) technology. Peter is also currently Technical Director of the Core Group of companies which provides metallurgical processing solutions to its global clients.

Non-Executive Director - Craig Nettelbeck

Craig worked in the international sports and entertainment industry for 20 years, based in London he successfully forged global relationships enabling him to negotiate numerous complex transactions before moving into the corporate advisory sector specialising in the agriculture, energy and mining sectors. Craig has been instrumental in completing numerous deals and facilitating the capital raising for a number of junior miners. Craig is currently the Managing Director of emerging polymetallic exploration company Dover Castle Metals.

Non-Executive Director - Rob Waring

Education: B Econ

Memberships: FCIS, FFin, FAICD, MAusIMM

Robert Waring has over 40 years’ experience in financial accounting and company secretarial roles, principally in the resources industry. He is involved as Company Secretary of a number of public companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. Robert has specialist skills in the preparation of company prospectuses, due diligence work and financial assessment of projects and companies. He has a keen interest in the equity markets. Robert is a founding Executive Director of Oakhill Hamilton Pty Ltd.

Company Secretary and In-House Legal Counsel - Veronique Morgan-Smith

Education: LLB Hons (UK), MBDE (Fr), CAPA (Fr), Law Dip. (Aus)

Membership: NSW Law Society

Véronique Morgan-Smith has more than 18 years’ experience as a corporate transactions lawyer, both in major international law firms and in-house, as an Australian solicitor and a French avocat. Her broad practice includes domestic and cross-border transactions and joint-ventures in various legal systems. Véronique uses her varied legal expertise to assist the Board in corporate governance and compliance matters, capital raisings and project acquisition