Jay Hussey

Mr Jay Hussey 

Chief Commercial Officer

Jay Hussey is a highly experienced fertiliser industry executive, with an extensive background in Sulphate of Potash (SOP) marketing, Potash (MOP) supply contracting, and off-take & joint venture negotiations throughout Asia, Europe, North America and South America. Jay served for 10 years as Vice-President of China-based Migao Corporation in both Toronto and Beijing. During his time with Migao, he was responsible for in excess of US$160m in equity and debt financings, which allowed that company to grow into China’s largest non-State owned SOP producer.

Scott Nicholas

Mr Scott Nicholas 

Chief Financial Officer

Scott is a Chartered Accountant with 15 years experience in the resources industry. Scott was previously CFO for MACH Energy Australia and Atlantic Ltd in which he involved in over A$1 billion in debt and equity financings to develop and operate Australian resource assets. Scott has been involved in taking greenfield resource assets through to production including feasibilities, construction, operations, and offtake and marketing. Scott began his career with KPMG and Ernst & Young in audit and corporate finance. Scott has a Bachelor of Law and Commerce from Murdoch University, a graduate Diploma of Applied Finance from FINSIA, and is a Chartered Accountant.

Chris Shaw

Mr Chris Shaw 

Exploration Manager

Chris is a geologist with a career spanning 20 years both within Australia and internationally. Within his career Chris has worked for a variety of junior and major exploration and mining companies, and worked across a broad range of commodities including mineral sands, gold, iron, diamonds, base and rare metals. Successful exploration efforts include mineral sand resource definition along Namibia’ Skeleton Coast, discovery of the Snapper mineral sand orebody in NSW, significant iron ore delineation in Namibia, and target generation that resulted in a 1.1Moz gold deposit in Burkina Faso. Chris holds a B.Sc geology from the University of Canterbury, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Geologists (AIG).

Leigh-Ayn Absolom

Ms Leigh-Ayn Absolom 

Financial Controller

Leigh-Ayn is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary with 16 years experience in auditing, accounting and company secretarial roles within public practice and the resources industry. She commenced her career with Deloitte, originally in South Africa and then Australia, before moving into the mining sector with Murchison Metals Ltd. Leigh-Ayn has held positions as Group Financial Controller and Company Secretary with uranium development company Bannerman Resources Limited, and Manager - Corporate with nickel explorer Resource Mining Corporation Limited. Leigh-Ayn is an Associate Member of the Governance Institute of Australia and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a B.Comm., B.Acc., CA, AGIA

Kylie Bull

Ms Kylie Bull 

Executive Assistant

Kylie is a highly experienced resources industry manager. She has worked across various management roles for over 15 years with the past decade focussing specifically in the mining industry. Prior to working with Australian Potash, Kylie worked as a Personal Assistant to mining entrepreneur Mark Creasy. Kylie brings a wealth of knowledge to the team around organisational administration, remote site logistics and supply relationships.

Raul Valenzuela

Mr Raul Valenzuela 

Site Manager

Raul is an experienced resources industry operator with over 10 years’ experience in the Midwest and Pilbara regions of Western Australiaas well as in Northern Territory operational roles and on-site technical departments. Raul's experience spans multiple commodities including gold, copper, nickel, lithium, vanadium, lead, silver and iron ore. Raul is responsible for the overall management of the Company’s site operations. His responsibilities include safety and operational performance, work flow planning, staffing and rostering, cost control and campaign execution


Mr Ryan Duncan 

Technical Manager

Ryan is an Industrial Chemist with more than 12 years experience, and extensive experience leading integrated operational and technical teams. He has direct salt processing experience at Dampier Salt and Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Mr Simon Page 

Principal Hydrogeologist

Simon is a Hydrogeologist with 25 years experience in the UK, Europe, and Australia with a combination of hands on, field-based roles and leadership positions in multi-disciplinary teams. Before Australian Potash, Simon most recently spent 10 years as a specialist hydrogeologist with Rio Tinto.