Tellus Holdings Ltd Board
B.Build, FIEAust, FAIB, FAICD
Group Non Executive Chairman
Philip has over 40 years’ experience in infrastructure construction, development, operations and investment management, most recently as Global Head of Infrastructure at AMP Capital Investors. He has also been Chief Executive Officer of Tenix Infrastructure and prior to that he was a long term senior executive at Lend Lease Corporation culminating in his role as Chief Executive of Lend Lease Capital Services (the development capital, infrastructure development and project finance arm of Lend Lease). Philip is a former member of the Federal Government Environment Industry Action Agenda, and a former Councillor of Environment Business Australia. He was the inaugural Chairman of the ASX listed DUET group and a director for seven years. Other current directorships include Downer EDI Limited and Charter Hall. He is also Chairman of Energy Queensland, and the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group.
Managing Director and CEO
(Tellus Holdings Group)
Nate is a global leader with a consistent record of success in a broad range of industries – including logistics, warehousing and distribution, technology, financial services, mining, infrastructure and waste management. He has deep experience in driving B2B sales, managing a wide range of capital raisings and achieving complex government approvals, having closed deals in 60+ countries, with values up to US$16.6 billion. Nate has additionally led the launch of multiple start-ups and also served as a senior executive at, or advisor for, some of the largest companies in the world.
Prior to joining Tellus, Nate was Vice President and lawyer for UPS in Atlanta (USA), where he supported various areas of a multi-billion dollar business, including key B2B sales relationships, global M&A, UPS’s venture capital fund, procurement, compliance and UPS’s Emerging Markets business unit. He also helped launch Ware2Go, a technology and logistics venture backed by BCG Digital Ventures. Before UPS, Nate worked for the global law firms of Sullivan & Cromwell and Latham & Watkins (in Sydney, London and the U.S.), focusing on corporate matters, particularly capital markets, governance and securities. He also worked as a business strategy consultant for IBM.
Nate holds a Juris Doctor with High Honours from Emory Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs with Distinction from the University of Virginia. He is qualified to practise law in New South Wales, California and Washington D.C. and is a former adjunct professor on international legal transactions at Emory Law School.
GAICD, IDP-C (INSEAD), FAIA, CTA,
Non Executive Director
Patricia has over 38-years experience as a Non-Executive Chair & Director and former CEO, with a functional corporate & professional background as a CFO and EY Partner.
Patricia was CEO of the largest Australian freight rail leasing & maintenance business, RailFirst Asset Management, where she served for over 16 years, initially as Chief Financial Officer, driving business growth from early-stage development to a business managing assets of over $500M.
Patricia’s background as CFO includes local ASX listed and Hong Kong trading groups. Prior to this she started her career at EY where she worked for over 16 years, initially advising companies in the London Oil & Gas Group, and then moved to EY Hong Kong, with the last 4 years as Partner, advising large multinational US, European & Australian clients expanding in the Asia Pacific region.
Industry experience includes a broad range of industrials (including heavy asset management, airlines, oil & gas, manufacturing), wholesale trade, consumer retail, media, financial institutions & SaaS businesses. She brings a depth of experience across governance, audit & risk, finance, capital raising, strategy development, commercial operations, technology transformation, M&A, and a deep understanding of the strategic importance of organisational culture.
Other directorships currently include Chair of the Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation with prior board roles held in all companies in the RailFirst Asset Management Group and the British Chamber of Commerce.
B.Bus, MBA, GAICD, FCPA
Non Executive Director
Ken Kanofski is a director, independent advisor and former CEO.
He has a deep knowledge and experience of the waste and recycling industry having led WSN Environmental Solutions for almost 10 years prior to its sale to Suez. More broadly Ken has a wealth of infrastructure and utilities experience across transport, water, energy and telecommunications.
In addition to WSN Environmental Solutions, Ken has served as Chief Executive Officer of a further three large organisations, NSW Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Land and Housing Corporation and Government Property NSW. He has been a board member and chair on national policy bodies, statutory authorities, industry bodies and community organisations, he has contributed significantly to policy at a state, national and international level in transport, infrastructure, waste and energy. He is previous director of the Australian Landfill Owners Association and Environment Business Australia.
Non Executive Director
Ross is a global expert in leading large-scale strategic assessments, corporate restructuring and transformation. He has worked with Boards and Executive teams in multiple industries and geographies as a Senior Partner at The Boston Consulting Group, where he worked for over 25 years. He held several transformational leadership positions within BCG, most recently as Head of its New York business. He is currently Senior Partner Emeritus, The Boston Consulting Group, Chairman of the Water Corporation of Western Australia, Chairman of the Fremantle Port Authority, Member of Westport Steering Committee and the Future of Fremantle Planning Committee, and Director (and formerly Chairman) of the Hopeland Foundation (New York.) He has degrees from UWA and Harvard Kennedy School, and qualifications from the London Business School. He has previously been a Director of Jawun and the Wunan Foundation. Other career highlights include a role as Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Minderoo Group, Andrew Forrest and Chief of Staff to the Premier of Western Australia, Carmen Lawrence. He is based in Perth, but also spends time in Sydney and New York.
Non Executive Director
Joe has been nominated by Hume Partners Investment Group (Hume) to the Tellus board under the terms of Hume’s significant equity investment in Tellus earlier this year. Joe is an advisor to, and sits on the Investment Committee for, Hume, which manages wealth creation for a number of family offices in Australia.
Joe is an experienced senior executive and director with 24 years of involvement in online digital and education businesses, telecommunications and sports technology. He brings a depth of experience in leading teams in purpose driven customer focused organisations that have delivered results for organisational stakeholders.
Joe is currently the Executive Chairman of Alffie, a leading provider of online training and compliance solutions to Employment Service Providers. Prior to this he held the position of Chief Executive Officer of publicly listed global sports technology leader – Catapult Sports.
His career experience includes 10 years with SEEK Ltd where he was Managing Director of SEEK Education and Managing Director of SEEK Employment, and 11 years in telecommunications at Singtel-Optus in various management roles.
Joe also has significant board experience, previously with Online Education Services and IDP Education and is a current Director of the Richmond Football Club and Migration Council Australia.
Joe will bring significant go-to-market expertise to the Tellus board which will be valuable as Tellus continues the process of executing on the commercial potential of the Sandy Ridge project.
Executive Leadership Team
BCom, CPA, GradDip AppFin
Chief Financial Officer
Nicholas is an experienced finance executive with more than 20 years of success across a broad range of industries and geographies. Following a decade with BHP in Europe, the US and South America largely focused on treasury and corporate finance helping launch US and Euro denominated bond issuances and both on and off market share buy backs, Nicholas moved into the oil and gas industry working with BG Group and Shell in broader finance and commercial roles as they embarked on multi-billion dollar investments with local JV Partners in the Brazilian offshore pre-salt oilfields. After returning to Australia Nicholas took up the role as Head of Finance for Pacific National’s mining division where he established a proven track record as a trusted business partner within the operational team in the country’s largest rail company, being part of the team that hit record results for the division in 2019.
Nicholas is degree qualified in Commerce (BCom) from Melbourne University, he also is a qualified CPA with a graduate diploma in Applied Finance and Investments.
BCom, CA, MBA, MAICD
Chief Strategy Officer
Sterling is a seasoned executive with over 30 years’ experience in strategy and finance. He has architected and delivered growth in businesses operating across a broad range of industries. He is passionate about delivering successful outcomes.
Prior to joining Tellus, Sterling acted in a number of C-Suite roles at Velocity Frequent Flyer, where he helped double the size of the business in 5 years.
Sterling has also worked for NAB, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Sterling is degree qualified in Commerce (BCom) through the University of NSW and has also completed an MBA with distinction at INSEAD in France. He is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
BAppSc (Hons) Geology
Chief Operating Officer
Michael is a Geologist and brings over 28 years of experience in operational roles in mining, mineral processing, and resource industry project management. Michael has previously worked in a range of industrial minerals operations including garnet sands, kaolin, and mineral sands. Past roles also include project management and study lead roles in engineering consultancies with clients such as Tronox, Iluka Resources, and ERA (Rio Tinto), for projects in Australia, Africa, and the USA.
Having joined Tellus in late 2014 and after completing early Sandy Ridge study work, he has led the development of the operational team and the transition of the Sandy Ridge project into an operational facility. The Sandy Ridge Facility is Tellus’ first and flagship operation, and Michael’s team is very proud of the quality, efficiency, and safety of this unique remote site operation, which is setting new standards in hazardous waste disposal. Visitors to the Sandy Ridge Facility are always welcome.
Under Michael’s leadership, the Tellus Operations team now numbers approximately 40 people and includes transport and logistics services, chemical and radiological waste specialists, health and safety management, as well as the on-site operational team at Sandy Ridge.
LLB, BCom, BCL (Oxon)
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Kavita Paw is a senior corporate and commercial lawyer with experience in equity capital markets, debt capital markets, and M&A. For over ten years, she has advised Australian and offshore clients on initial public offerings, capital raisings, note programs, private placements, acquisitions, divestments, credit facilities and general commercial matters. Kavita’s previous private practice roles were in the United States and Australia, at top-tier law firms Davis Polk & Wardwell, Sullivan & Cromwell and Jones Day. Most recently, she was a senior lawyer at Chevron Corporation.
BEng (Hons), BSc (Hons), ACSM, MAusIMM
Chief Development Officer
Stephen is an experienced executive with a passion for creating value by delivering innovative infrastructure solutions to global problems. Over the last 20 years, he has held leadership positions on a broad range of developments across the mining, property, transport, and waste sectors – in Europe, Asia and Australia.
He seeks to build collaborative, high-performing teams with the requisite skills and experience to drive results for clients, whether they be internal or external to the business. At Tellus, Stephen led the feasibility and construction phases of the Sandy Ridge project which was delivered during the Covid-19 outbreak. Despite the additional challenges that the pandemic presented, Australia’s first commercial scale geological repository was commissioned under budget, to schedule and with no lost time injuries.
Stephen has previously worked for BHP, Newcrest and Atlas, as well as multinational consulting companies Golder Associates (now WSP) and Halcrow Group (now Jacobs). He is a mining engineering graduate of Camborne School of Mines and a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
B.Com (HD), Grad Dip, GAICD
Head of People & Culture
With extensive experience across several industries including within the construction and mining industries, Corrina is a senior leader in People and Culture and brings over 25 years of strategic and operational leadership experience in employee and industrial relations; workforce planning and organisational design; talent and capability management; recognition and remuneration; wellness, safety, and injury management; community relations; and HR systems and analytics.
With a focus on culture, employee engagement, building leadership capability, change management and compliance, Corrina remains commercially focused to support businesses to achieve their strategic objectives through maximising the performance of their greatest asset – their people.
Corrina has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Marketing) from Curtin University; Graduate Diploma in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Western Australia; is a Certified Executive and Organisational Coach; and is a Graduate and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Corrina is a Certified member of the Australian HR Institute; a Fellow member of the Australian Institute of Management; and a member of Chief Executive Women and the Industrial Relations Society.