Board of Directors

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.



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.



Zheng Xiaojiang - Non-Executive Director

Zheng joined the Leigh Creek Energy Board as Non-Executive Director on 5 December 2017.

Zheng is a senior finance executive and brings wide experience in the finance sector in both Australia and China. His experience includes having been a senior official for The People’s Bank of China in Australia and New Zealand.

Zheng was responsible for facilitating the investment in LCK by China New Energy, LCK’s largest shareholder. 




Zhe Wang  - Non-Executive Director


Zhe joined the Leigh Creek Energy Board as a Non-Executive Director on 1 July 2017. 

Zhe is a Chinese based Energy and Thermal Physics Engineer, who was appointed to the Board as a nominee of China New Energy Group Limited (one of Leigh Creek Energy’s major shareholders). Zhe has over 8 years executive management experience. Zhe also sits on the Board of Beijing Raise Mind Technology Ltd.  

Zhe’s key areas of expertise include; Coal Combustion; Renewable Energy Applications and Steel Sinter. He has a Bachelor of Thermo Dynamics, Renewable Energy Applications as well as a Masters in Energy Engineering and Thermal Physics, Coal Combustion.  




Murray Chatfield  (B.Com (Ag) (Economics and Marketing) MBA (Cass University, London), AMCT, MAICD) - Non-Executive Independent Director


Murray joined the Leigh Creek Energy Board as a Non-Executive Director in June 2016. 

Murray brings a wide area of expertise covering the financial sector, entrepreneurial, commodity, technology and service facing sectors that will ensure strategic focus and vision, together with the attention to detail to guide the creation, reorganisation and expansion of the business to achieve sustained benefits.  

Murray has a diverse skill set covering finance, treasury, accounting, operational efficiency, risk management (business, market, tax and regulatory), legal and regulatory compliance and direct financial market interaction




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 Urea 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.



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