Spodumene production and sales commenced in 2018!

About Us

Charging forward with lithium

Altura is a key player in the global lithium market and is leveraging increasing demand for raw materials for manufacturing lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles and static storage uses. Altura owns and operates the world-class Altura Lithium Mine at Pilgangoora in WA’s Pilbara, which commenced production during 2018 and has a production capacity of 220,000tpa of quality spodumene concentrate. The Company has completed a Definitive Feasibility Study on a potential Stage 2 expansion to 440,000tpa, with a Final Investment Decision due in 2018.

A mining company run by mining people

Altura brings together an experienced and dedicated management team that specialises in converting exploration into real mines and profits.

With nearly two centuries of combined mining and exploration experience, Altura’s senior management team has developed and put into production some of the largest mines around the world.

The Board and Management have extensive bulk materials experience with coal in South East Asia.

Board of Directors and Management Team

James Brown, Managing Director

James is a Mining Engineer with extensive operational and development experience in the mining industry, including 22 years at New Hope Corporation. James was appointed Managing Director of Altura in September 2010 having previously been the Group General Manager since December 2008.

Paul Mantell, Executive Director

Paul is a qualified accountant with in excess of 35 years corporate experience in the mining and associated industries, including 28 years at New Hope Corporation (ASX: NHC), the last 12 years as its’ Chief Financial Officer. He was appointed a Director in May 2009.

Allan Buckler, Non-Executive Director

Mr Buckler has over 45 years’ experience in the mining industry and has been directly responsible for the commercialisation of several projects from resource identification through to production. He is a former Director and Chief Operations Officer of New Hope Corporation, and was appointed a Director of Altura in December 2008.

Dan O’Neill, Non-Executive Director

Dan is an exploration geologist with over 35 years’ international mining experience across various commodities, across Australasia, Africa, Asia and North America. Mr O’Neill was a founding director of current Lithium producer Orocobre (ASX: ORE). He was appointed a Director in December 2008.

BT Kuan, Non-Executive Director

Mr Kuan is a mechanical engineer with considerable experience in logistics specifically the development and management of bulk handling and terminal operations. He was appointed a Director in November 2007.

Zhao Tong, Non-Executive Director

Mr Zhao Tong has over 25 years experience in the international trade of metals and minerals, and has worked for China Shaanxi Metals and Minerals International Trade Co.,Ltd. Mr Tong has been the Director of the Lithium Division of J&R Optimum since October 2016. He was appointed a Director in March 2017.

Chris Evans, Chief Operating Officer

Chris is an experienced civil engineer and project manager. Prior to commencing at Altura, Mr Evans was Project Manager for the Mt Webber mine development for Atlas Iron delivering to an aggressive timetable. Chris joined Altura in 2015.



Altura has attracted and retained some of the best mining and exploration people in the business. We have cemented our position as one of the best in the business, a miner of influence. We are always looking for the right people, are you ready to be part of something greater?”

James Brown, Managing Director

Altura is an industry leader and offers excellent conditions and remuneration. The Company is rapidly growing and is just as quickly becoming an employer of choice, valuing diversity through tangible employment opportunities, not just bold statements.

Positions are regularly advertised on ‘SEEK‘. At times Altura may use recognised Perth based recruitment agencies, but will never recruit via non-Australian based companies.