Executive Team

Justyn Peters LLB, LP, BA - Executive Chairman

Justyn joined Leigh Creek Energy as Non-Executive Director on 28 November 2014 and was appointed Executive Chairman on 27 May 2015. 

Justyn is a qualified Lawyer and has many years’ experience in the ISG industry and in senior management positions.  He has had over a decade of experience with investing entities based offshore, and in particular in China, investing directly into Australian mining, energy and infrastructure projects and brings with him extensive deal structuring experience and long dated contacts.  Justyn’s experience includes working in the mining industry, for industry representative bodies and for various state and federal environment departments and authorities.

Justyn is a Director and Shareholder of Allied Resource Partners Pty Ltd (ARP) which is a substantial shareholder of Leigh Creek Energy.



Phil Staveley CPA, BA (Acc) (Hons), Dipl Btr - Managing Director

Phil is a qualified Accountant who has 30 years’ experience working in the resources sector.

He started his career in the oil and gas sector working for Schlumberger in London, followed by a number of years with SAGASCO and SAOG (South Australian Oil and Gas Company).  He spent almost ten years with Normandy Mining Ltd.  Whilst with Normandy he fulfilled a number of planning, finance, M&A and commercial roles, including the establishment of a Group Supply Function and three years based in Rio de Janeiro as the CFO of TVX Normandy Americas.

Since 1998 he has been involved in mining and contracting companies in the position of CFO and more latterly, CEO roles with an emphasis on strategy and corporate finance. 



Justin Haines B.App.Sci.(App.Geo.), G.Dip.Sci.(Hons),  M.Min.Eng., MAusIMM - General Manager Technical

Justin has postgraduate qualifications in geology and mining engineering and broad experience across engineering and geological services for multiple commodities including coal, iron ore and uranium. Most recently, he worked as Technical Manager for Carbon Energy Ltd, an In Situ Gasification (ISG) technology developer who successfully operated a demonstration facility in Queensland under the direction of the Queensland Government’s UCG Trial Policy.

In the General Manager Technical role, Justin is responsible for all technical and operational aspects of the development of the Leigh Creek Energy Project through to commercial production.



Noreen Byrne Bsc Geology & Biology, Msc Mgt HRM – Human Resource Manager

Noreen is a Senior Human Resource professional with over 20 years’ experience across several industries including mining, defence, health, media and IT.

Prior to moving into the field of Human Resources, Noreen started her career as a Geologist in exploration and underground mining.

Before joining LCK, Noreen worked across established organizations and entrepreneurial ventures advising them through the stages of creation, growth, and stabilization. Her breadth of experience across diverse industry groups has provided an exceptional platform to link people strategies to business strategies.

As LCK Human Resource Manager, Noreen is helping to accelerate LCK’s transformation through leadership, differentiated talent models, attracting and developing the best talent and building a culture of engagement, agility and excellence.



Jordan Mehrtens LLB/LP, BCom (Fin), GDip (Planning) – Company Secretary

Jordan is a qualified Lawyer, and has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and a Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning.  Jordan has worked with the Leigh Creek Energy Project since its commencement, providing regulatory, compliance and other analytical advice.  Jordan is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia and Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association.

Jordan currently performs the legal role in the Company as well as the formal Company Secretarial duties.