Our Board of Directors

Jerry Ellis

Non-Executive Chairman: Jerry Ellis MA Oxon. FTSE FAICD FAIM HonFIEAust

Mr Ellis holds directorships in the fields of finance and mining. He was elected as a Rhodes Scholar in 1959, and completed the degree of Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours at the University of Oxford.

He began his career with Imperial Chemical Industries in the UK and in Australia and in 1967 joined the then Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited where he rose through the company's management structure before serving as Chairman from 1997 to 1999. He was Chancellor of Monash University during the period 1999 to 2007 and was a Director of ANZ Bank from 1996 to 2011.

Mr Ellis is Chairman of Landcare Australia Limited and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships.

  Andrew Lawson

Managing Director: Andrew Lawson B.Eng (Civil), Dip.BM

Andrew Lawson is a qualified Civil Engineer with strong experience in managing major projects and delivery across both the public and private sectors. He has a thorough understanding of project development, management and construction processes to deliver multi-million dollar projects.

Andrew has been involved in MBD since its inception in 2006. In his role as Managing Director, Andrew has been responsible for leading and transforming MBD into a Company that has world-class expertise.

MBD is using knowledge and expertise to deliver a strong commercial business that produces high value algae products and the provision of bioremediation of industrial waste streams.

Under Andrew’s leadership, MBD has assembled an experienced and strong team with considerable depth of technical and financial experience to design, build, own and operate profitable algae based projects in Australia. These projects have strong global markets which MBD is developing.

Robin Batterham

Non-Executive Director: Robin Batterham AO, BE, PhD, LLD (Hon. Melb), DSc (Hon. UTS), Hon DEngin (Qld), FAA, FTSE, FREng, FNAE, FSATW, FAusIMM, FIChemE, FISS, FAIM, FAICD, FIEAust, CE, CPE, CSci, AMusA

Robin Batterham is a renowned Australian scientist specialising in chemical engineering. He served as Chief Scientist of Australia from 1999 to 2006 and is the former President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (2007-2012).

He has contributed significantly to research and development in the chemical and sugar industries and to the advancement of Australia's mining and metals industries. He has been responsible for the implementation of new processes as well as significant work in process improvement, particularly process control and modelling.

He has held positions at the CSIRO, Rio Tinto (including VP Resource and Processing Developments, VP Research and Development, Global Practice Leader Innovation), Comalco (MD Research and Technology). Robin Batterham has served as the Kernot Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne since 2010.

  Graeme Wood

Non-Executive Director: Graeme Wood, BEcon, MInfoSys

Graeme Wood is a digital entrepreneur of over 30 years' standing. In 1999, he founded the online travel website Wotif.com and he remains happily involved with a number of start-ups. He also founded Wotnews, which evolved into We Are Hunted, a music recommendation website that was sold to Twitter in 2013.

Graeme provides support through the Graeme Wood Foundation. His philanthropic interests include environmental sustainability, the arts, and public interest journalism through Guardian Australia.

He is passionate too about the transformative power of the arts for young people. In 2011, he founded Artology, whose goal is youth development and social change through the arts. Combining his interests in conservation and youth development, Graeme founded the Brisbane based not-for-profit Wild Mob, giving young people the opportunity to participate in conservation work and environmental education while experiencing some of Australia's most iconic wilderness destinations.

Graeme was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012. He was Suncorp Queenslander of the Year in 2008, has received an Honorary Doctorate of Economics from the University of Queensland.

Stan Bates

Non-Executive Director: Stan Bates BSc (Mathematics) Melbourne, FIAA

Stan Bates' career has included various senior positions, including Deputy General Manager of the Motor Accidents Board (now Transport Accident Commission), General Manager of the State Superannuation Board of Victoria, Investment Strategy Manager for the BHP Group Superannuation Funds and Senior Manager with Portfolio Partners.

Stan has thirty years' experience in actuarial and investment consulting for large corporate superannuation funds. In 1991 he opened the Melbourne Office of the New York based actuarial firm, Buck Consultants which morphed into Mercer in 2005.

His actuarial consulting roles have included risk management assessments of venture capital projects including commercial and domestic waste disposal, call centres for security alarm systems, a global tracking system for vehicles, wireless medical monitoring devices, sub-prime or non-complying motor car finance both in Australia and the USA, a pyrolysis system for converting waste plastic to diesel fuel, reforestation and timber milling in the Solomon Islands and other resource projects.

Stan has been consulting to SME's in capital raising activities for start-up and expansion capital for the last ten years and providing investment consulting and investment product advice to dealer groups and financial advisers.

  Matthew Critchley

Non-Executive Director: Matthew Critchley B.Eng (Chem), GAICD

Matthew Critchley started his career as a Chemical Engineer with The Dow Chemical Company. During his 13 years with the company, he worked in a range of manufacturing and marketing roles and also spent an extensive period of time living and working in the USA and Hong Kong. On returning to Australia, Matthew spent the following seven years building his own business, Knights Marine Pty Ltd, into one of Victoria's premier marine service facilities.

Following the sale of this business, Matthew returned to a full-time corporate role, initially as Operations Director with Bristol Paint Ltd, then with H.B. Fuller Australia. Matthew first served the company as the Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand and later as Group President of Asia Pacific then Vice President of the Corporation.

Matthew's most recent role was Chief Operating Officer with MYOB Ltd. During more than 7 years with the Company, he oversaw its rapid organic growth across many regions and the acquisition and integration of other companies. After his retirement in 2008, Matthew established an executive consulting business, Mentor Up Consulting Pty Ltd.

Trevor Stay

Non-Executive Director: Trevor Stay B. Engineering (Mining), Member AUSIMM

Trevor Stay is a Queensland University graduate in Mining Engineering (Honours).

He began his career in coal mining with Coal and Allied in 1980 as a mining engineer and progressing through roles including mine manager, mines inspector, and project manager. His work took him as far afield as coal mines in Germany where product was extracted from deep underground coal mines.

Since 2004, Trevor has held senior management positions with Anglo American, including General Manager of Moranbah North and Dawson mines. More recently he has managed gas extraction operations which support underground coal mining and the commercialisation of gas in on-site power generation facilities.

In addition, he participates in the Coal Industry research and demonstration committees (ACARP and ACALET) and is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Government Coal Mining Abatement Technology Support Package and other Government advisory panels.