Board & Corporate Executive
Derek La Ferla, Non-Executive Chairman
Mr La Ferla is an experienced corporate lawyer and company director with more than 30 years' experience. He has held senior positions with some of Australia's leading law firms, and is currently a Partner with Western Australian firm, Lavan, in the firm's Corporate Services Group.
Mr La Ferla also serves as the chairman of Sandfire Resources Limited and Threat Protect Australia Limited and is a director of Goldfields Money Limited.
He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and member of the AICD Western Australian Council.
Adam Lamond, Executive Director
Mr Lamond founded his own electrical contracting business in 2003, which evolved into OTOC Contracting in 2008 and was subsequently listed on ASX in 2011 to become, OTOC Limited.
Mr Lamond has over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry with particular expertise in construction and electrical activities in remote Western Australia.
Mr Lamond held the position of Chief Executive Officer of OTOC Limited from its listing in October 2011 to January 2014 and during this time, led the Company into a new strategic direction and diversification. Mr Lamond stepped down from his role as Chief Executive Officer in January 2014 with the appointment of Simon Thomas and he now maintains a role as Executive Director – Business Development.
Tom Lawrence, Non-Executive Director
Mr Lawrence is a qualified accountant with a Bachelor of Laws and a Masters Degree in taxation. Mr Lawrence was the principal of Lawrence Business Management for over 15 years, providing tax and management advice to a diverse range of businesses.
He now works as a solicitor for Capital Legal, advising clients on a broad range of business related transactions.
Mr Lawrence has been an advisor to OTOC from its inception.
Karl Paganin, Non-Executive Director
Mr Paganin has over 15 years senior experience in Investment Banking, specialising in transaction structuring, equity capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and strategic management advice to listed companies.
Mr Paganin was Director of Major Projects and Senior Legal Counsel for Heytesbury Pty Ltd (the private trading company of the Holmes à Court family) which was the proprietor of John Holland Group Pty Ltd.
Mr Paganin holds degrees in Law (B. Juris, LLB) and Arts (BA) from the University of Western Australia and is a Non-Executive Director of ASX listed Southern Cross Electrical Engineering Limited and Vice Chairman of the not for profit charity, Autism West Support Inc.
Lisa Wynne, Company Secretary
Ms Wynne is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary with significant experience in the administration of ASX listed companies, corporate governance and financial accounting.
Ms Wynne has held the role of Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of a number of ASX listed resources companies and was the owner of a consulting company for 10 years, specialising in the provision of corporate services to public companies.
Simon Thomas, Chief Executive Officer
Simon is a former BHP Senior Executive with over 22 years’ experience in the oil and gas, minerals processing, materials handling and manufacturing industries.
Prior to joining Veris, he held the position of Project Manager on BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s Jimblebar project, with responsibility for the overall development and delivery of the Jimblebar Process and Non Process Infrastructure.
Simon holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Melbourne.
Brian Mangano, Chief Financial Officer
Brian has 29 years’ experience in publicly listed companies in the Professional Services, engineering/construction, intellectual property/technology, managed investments and resources industries.
Brian is a former Managing Director of publicly listed companies AirBoss and Australian Growth, and held the position of Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Norgard Clohessy Equity, VDM Group and Chemeq Ltd. He also worked as Financial Controller of a number of companies in Richard Branson’s Virgin Group after qualifying with Ernst & Young in Perth, Western Australia.