Executive Team

Daniel Justyn Peters LLB, LP, BA (Politics/Jurisprudence) GDLP - 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. 



Cristian Bolda BCSEng (Mech), PMI, MEIAust – General Manager, Operations

Cristian is an Executive General Manager with 18 years’ experience in the resources, energy and power sectors. He has successfully led business lines and cross-functional teams across multiple geographic locations both in Australia and internationally. Cristian during his career worked with Chevron, Origin/ConocoPhillips, Petrofac/ZADCO(Exxon/ADNOC), OMV/Petrom, Rompetrol/KazMunayGas, Ramboll.

Cristian has a proven track record for driving operational and project excellence and generating business growth. As an Executive General Manager, Cristian has extensive experience in engineering and construction, strategy development and implementation, contract negotiation and execution along with client and stakeholder management and safely operating the assets. He was involved along his career in Oil and Gas, Coal Seam Gas; Pipeline, Compression, Water Treatment, Power plants, HV Power Transmission & Distribution, airports and infrastructure.



Noreen Byrne MSC Mgt, BCS Geol,– General Manager, People & Sustainability

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 in the goldfields.

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.



Noel Whitcher CA, BCom, Grad Cert HRM – Chief Financial Officer

Noel is CA with more than 15 years’ experience in financial management across the resources sector, along with State & local Government departments.

He began his career as a graduate with PIRSA, before moving to the UK to take up a position managing the finances of a social housing company. Since returning to Australia, Noel has worked predominantly in the Industrial Minerals Industry in a business partnering role across South Australia and Western Australia for Sibelco Australia Limited. Prior to his current role Noel was head of Finance Manager for NAWMA, a waste management and resource recovery company operating in northern Adelaide. In this role he had overall responsibility for all corporate and client facing functions of the business.

Noel became a full member of CPA Australia in 2009 and has since been accepted as a member of the Charted Accountant Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).



Richard Peasgood MBA, MCIPS – General Manager, Commercial

Richard is an experienced commercial manager across the resources sector and other industry divisions.

He has worked predominantly in the Oil & Gas industry in senior supply chain roles in Australia at Santos and Beach Energy. Prior to his current role at Leigh Creek Energy Richard was Managing Consultant at Rowe Advisory, a leading boutique advisory services providing strategic commercial advice to companies on strategy, outsourcing, tendering and contract management best practice.

Prior to moving to Australia, Richard held a number of supply chain roles in the UK in both public and private sectors. His last role in the UK was as Head of Major Procurement at London Fire Brigade. Richard has vast experience in supply chain and operations management in both the building and civil engineering industry.

Former Chair of the CIPS SA/NT Committee and has taught Business Operations for UniSA’s School of Management.



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