Tellus Holdings Ltd Board

Philip Garling

Group Non Executive Chairman

Philip has over 37 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 Essential Energy, Downer EDI Limited, Charter Hall and the Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation. He is also Chairman of Energy Queensland, and the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group.

Dr Nikki Williams

BA Hons, Ph.D
Non Executive Director

Nikki is a senior executive and industry ambassador with diverse international and Australian experience in the mining, energy, chemicals and waste management sectors. Her deep involvement with public policy formation and political advocacy spans the last 30 years. She has driven international project developments with Shell International Coal and Shell Gas International. She commenced her career as an Industrial Relations Officer with Esso Australia in the Bass Strait. She has served on a wide variety of international and Australian Boards, government and university advisory panels, including the Victorian Government’s Hazardous Waste Consultative Committee. Nikki has held CEO and Company Secretary roles with the Plastics and Chemicals Industry Assoc, NSW Minerals Council and the Australian Coal Association. She was previously a member of the CSIRO Business Advisory Board and an accredited energy expert with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Nikki has held Board positions on a $5 Billion Superannuation Fund, $1 Billion Low Emission Technology Fund and a $0.5 Billion workers compensation fund, mines rescue and health business. Nikki is the inaugural patron of the NSW Women in Mining Network, is an Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and former Chair of the NeuRA Foundation and a former member of the Board of Neuroscience Research Australia.

Chris Berkefeld

Non Executive Director

Chris has 27 years’ experience in the industrial services and waste management sectors. He has held a range of senior executive positions across a number of industry leading groups, including as CEO and Managing Director of Brambles Industrial Services and Cleanaway Australia and CEO and Managing Director of BIS Cleanaway and BIS Industries. During his career Chris has been instrumental in driving shareholder value through successful sales, integration and growth of his businesses. Chris was also Chairman of WSN Environmental Solutions, a NSW Government waste business, and led the privatisation of that business through the sale to SITA. Chris has also served as deputy executive general manager of HWE Mining P/L (Leighton Mining P/L) focussed on BHP Billiton Iron Ore mining contracts in the Pilbara. Chris is currently an adviser to Wagner Group and is a non-executive director to Hiway Group (NZ), John Swire Australia, Triple Energy and IncentiaPay.

Joe Powell

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


Nathaniel Smith

Chief Executive Officer
(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.

Yvonne Martins

Interim Chief Financial Officer
BCom, M.Tax, CA, MAICD

Yvonne brings over 20 years of experience in finance and tax, focusing on infrastructure. She has held leadership roles in organisations that have undergone significant change, operated in complex environments and dealt with various stakeholders.

Yvonne is commercially focused on promoting the finance function to play a key role in supporting the business execute its strategy. She strives for continuous improvement in transforming finance functions and initiates and drives change to improve the finance capability.

Prior to joining Tellus, Yvonne was the Head of Financial Control and Transformation at Ausgrid, where she was responsible for financial governance, finance and treasury reporting, insurance, tax and finance transformation.

Before Ausgrid, Yvonne was the General Manager: Finance & Tax for Axicom (formerly Crown Castle Australia), where she was responsible for financial governance, finance and treasury reporting, insurance, tax, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and licence and lease administration.

Yvonne has also worked for Ernst & Young, PwC, Optus and Sonic Healthcare.

Yvonne is degree qualified in Commerce (BCom) through the University of NSW and has also completed a Masters of Tax at Sydney University. She is a Chartered Accountant and most recently, has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

Michael Ingram

BAppSc (Hons) Geology
Chief Operating Officer

Michael brings 25 years of practical experience in mining and mineral concentrator operations, design, engineering, project and construction management in Australia, Africa and USA. This experience covers various industry sectors including exploration, mining, minerals processing and R&D.

Stephen Hosking

BEng (Hons), BSc (Hons), ACSM, MAusIMM
Chief Development Officer

Stephen is a project development specialist with over 17 years’ experience supporting the delivery of large scale infrastructure and mine development projects across Australasia, the Middle East and Europe. He has previously worked for BHP Billiton, Newcrest, Atlas Iron, Golder Associates and Halcrow.

Stephen is a graduate of Camborne School of Mines and a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Barbara King

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Barbara is a highly experienced corporate lawyer and company secretary with a diverse career spanning 25 years, first qualifying as an environmental lawyer in global law firm Clifford Chance London in 1995. Since then, she has gained a wide breadth of hands-on legal, governance and operational experience in top tier international law firms and large corporates, most relevantly spending 10 years in-house in the NSW mining sector. Her legal advisory experience has been supplemented by 5 years as a merchant banker at Rothschild in the early 2000s, largely in debt finance for the resources, renewables and property sectors.

Barbara’s career highlights have included leading multi-disciplinary teams in advising a UK nuclear power generator on safety incident litigation; running significant incident response (including regulatory engagement and longer-term strategies for process change); as co-convenor of the COVID-19 crisis management team for a large aged care provider; construction contract and leasing arrangements for 7 diesel locomotives and accompanying wagons; negotiation of an innovative 20-year water management project in NSW; and a cultural change project to align local operations with wider corporate values in a pan-Asian diversified energy company.

Richard Phillips

DipAppSci, BEnvSci (Hons)
General Manager Public Relations and Approvals

Richard brings 20 years of experience in environmental impact assessment (EIA), water resource and approvals management. Richard’s experience extends to project management, community and contractor engagement. Richard’s career includes working on significant EIA infrastructure projects in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East. Richard studied Environmental Science (Honours) from the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia. Richard also has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science majoring in Environmental Engineering.

Corrinne Zuchetti

Senior Human Resources Manager

With more than 10 years’ experience in HR business partnering, standalone management roles, and independent consulting across both white and blue-collar environments, Corrinne integrates a wealth of knowledge and broad experience to the HR strategy at Tellus. With both operational management and strategy development experience across all core aspects of HRM including policy, talent management, employee engagement, performance development, WHS and employee relations, Corrinne is a seasoned professional having worked in greenfield environments setting up HR functions through to advising and coaching Executives in large matrix style MNCs.

Corrinne is degree qualified in Commerce (BCom) through the University of Wollongong and has also completed her Masters in Labour Law and Relations from the University of Sydney. Corrinne is a certified professional with the Australian Human Resources Institute, in addition to holding numerous practicing certifications in Return to Work, Ergonomics, DISC profiling and Management Coaching.

Client Solutions Team

Darren Mason

Senior Client Solutions Manager (Sydney, NSW)

Darren brings with him over 25 years international experience in operations, supply chain and sales. He has a diverse industry background with manufacturing and end to end supply chains domestically and internationally. Experienced providing solutions to industries including, waste, Oil & gas, Chemical, power generation and wide range of specialised manufacturing.

Darren has a Master of Logistics management (university of Sydney) and Graduate certificate business administration (Western Sydney university), and has served on the board of Gas Energy Australia (GEA), Canberra Regions Oil industry Emergency Response group (CROIERG) and worked on safety and standards committees including Australian institute of Petroleum (AIP) , Gas Energy Australia (GEA), and Australian Standards (ME57).

Previous roles have included, business development consultant, global client director, and General manager, and Regional logistics manager for various multinational corporations. Darren’s technical experience includes Project Management, end to end supply chain solutions and development of bespoke customer orientated solutions.

Slade Greenaway

Senior Client Solutions Manager (Perth, WA)

Slade brings with him over sixteen years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry specializing in the treatment, management and disposal of drilling waste and associated services. Previous appointments have included positions as Sales Manager, Operations Manager and Business Unit Manager for multiple international Oil & Gas service companies. Slade’s technical experience revolves around project management, contract and operational management for waste, resources and energy infrastructure in Australia Pacific Region.

Scott Carroll

BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, BSc
Client Solutions Manager (Sydney, NSW)

Scott brings over 15 years of operational and business development experience in the environmental analytical laboratory sector, covering contaminated land, waste water treatment, drinking water supply and asbestos analysis. His previous roles include Business Development Manager, Operations Manager and Analytical Services Manager for international laboratory companies such as Eurofins, Scientific Analysis Laboratories and Severn Trent Laboratories. Scott’s technical expertise centred around new start up locations, setting up operations and growing businesses to desired levels within tight timeframes. Scott has worked in the UK and Ireland, Europe and most recently, Australia and New Zealand. He is a graduate of the University of the West of Scotland with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science, papers published in the Applied Association of Biologists 2004 and is member of the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association where he sits on the committees for Sydney and Canberra forums.