We are a cobalt game-changer

The world is turning to renewable energy. It's inevitable. Typically, the problem with renewable energy is its intermittent generation – that is, it isn't always available when needed.

Batteries can provide the way to store and dispatch that power at any time of the day or night. Large lithium-ion batteries can now power entire cities, and that's just the beginning. These batteries are largely dependent on cobalt. Soon, they will be ever-present around the world.

Our story

Cobalt Blue Holdings Limited was founded in 2016 and is now ASX-listed (ASX:COB). We are a cobalt development and technology company focusing on advancing and developing cobalt mining and refining operations in Australia.

As the world adapts to renewable energy and the demand for energy storage soars, so does the world's reliance on batteries. Cobalt is a necessary part of that energy storage equation.

Cobalt Blue is committed to the Broken Hill Cobalt Project and becoming the world's premier producer of ethical cobalt to meet this growing demand for energy storage.

Between Cobalt Blue and Broken Hill, we have the skills, resources, and process to take on the world

There are several factors that Cobalt Blue, and the world, are fortunate to have at Broken Hill.

There is the local workforce, many of whom are seasoned, well-trained mining industry professionals.

There is the location of the mine itself, which sits just 25 kilometres outside Broken Hill and is linked by established rail and highways – both essential for access to the mine site and export of our market-ready products.

There is also the Project’s proximity to a dedicated water supply, power, and even a potential source of wholesale reusable energy from wind or solar generation nearby.

Then there is our cobalt processing technology itself. Each stage of our process already exists and is in commercial operation around the globe. However, we are the first to ‘book-end’ the parts of the process together and engineer them to extract cobalt. Our process is the only one of its kind in the world. The way it effectively and efficiently extracts cobalt from pyrite and difficult host minerals is a game-changer.

Our People

Board of directors

Our Board is committed to bringing sustainable growth to Cobalt Blue’s shareholder value by combining extensive expertise in mineral exploration and mine development, investment management, corporate law, and energy storage.

Robert Biancardi

Independent Chairman

Robert has held senior roles with numerous major corporations over 35 years, including IBM, Citibank, Westpac, and Evolution Healthcare. He has also held several directorships of private companies - Rockridge Private Equity, Infomedix Health, Engagis Digital, and Hutchisons HCCS Ltd. Robert is also a past Board Member of the Heart Foundation, past President of the Restaurant & Catering Assoc, and is currently Chairman the Diabetes Research Association. Robert has a Bachelor of Commerce along with a post-graduate Diploma in Management from the University of NSW- AGSM and a Harvard Leadership Certificate. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries

Joe Kaderavek

Chief Executive Officer

Joe has held senior management roles with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Five Oceans Asset Management, Bankers Trust, and Deutsche Bank. He has managed operational reviews and strategic option assessments across mining, processing, railway, and port facilities throughout Australia, North America, and Europe. In addition, Joe has worked in equities and investment research, focused on mining, minerals processing, energy storage, and battery technologies. Joe has managed investments in the global resources and minerals processing industries, including the management of turnaround projects supporting corporate targets, mergers, and divestment activities.

Hugh Keller

Independent Director

With 35 years' legal experience before retiring from full-time practice, Hugh was a Managing Partner at Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) and its predecessor firms. Hugh has also been a Non-Executive Director and an Audit Committee Member of ASX-listed Thakral Holdings Ltd and LJ Hooker Ltd.

Rob McDonald

Independent Director

For over 10 years, Rob held Business Development and Strategic Planning roles with the Rio Tinto Group. He then spent over 20 years in investment banking as Director and Principal of Resource Finance Corporation and Managing Director of N M Rothschild and Sons. Rob has spent a further 10 years in Non-Executive Director roles, including Chairman of several publicly-listed mining companies.

The Team

A skilled, experienced, and knowledgeable team is pivotal to our success, and they will help us continue to meet the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.

Dr Andrew Tong

Executive Manager

Andrew is a metallurgist with over 20 years of experience in project development, mining and processing. He has formerly held senior management corporate roles including CEO and Board roles for Compass/Northern Territories Resources, Goldsmith Resources (Peru) and Australia Gold. He is an inventor and holds several patents for processing minerals containing base and precious metals. Andrew is a member of the AUSIMM.

Danny Morgan

Chief Financial Officer

Danny has over 30 years professional financial and commercial experience, including senior roles at Donaldson Coal, Hydra Energy, Oil Search and Roc Oil. He has experience across IPO’s, Mergers & Acquisitions, Project Financing, Joint Ventures, Project Developments and Financial Reporting. Danny holds a Master of Applied Finance, a Batchelor of Commerce, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.

Heath Porteous

Exploration Manager

As a Geologist with 15 years of experience within the resource sector, Heath’s work spans a broad commodity profile of base, precious and industrial minerals. Heath’s expertise in mineral exploration has realised measurable returns on investments across mature and green-field terrains. With a recent focus on strategic minerals, Heath has been instrumental in the delivery of sustained Mineral Resource growth at the Broken Hill Cobalt Project, realising a 270% increase in Mineral Resource tonnes and a 196% increase in contained cobalt metal since 2016.

Dr Bruce Blunden

Approvals Manager

Bruce is an Environmental Engineer with over 30 years of experience in the private and public sectors in environmental management, approvals, regulation, and research. Bruce was previously Approvals Manager (Surface) for BHP/South 32 (Illawarra Coal) and a Senior Operations Officer with the NSW Environment Protection Authority. Along with his PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Wollongong, where he developed innovative methods for managing acid sulphate soils, Bruce has extensive on-site environmental management experience to ensure compliance with relevant approval and regulatory obligations.

Adam Randall

Demonstration Plant Manager

Adam has been directly involved in the mining industry and associated mineral processing technology development for over 30 years. During this time, he has worked both within Australia and internationally on gold, copper, zinc, tin, and mineral sands projects, in roles ranging from mining and processing operations through to cutting edge research and development for hydrometallurgical mineral processing. He has overseen the successful construction and commissioning of several pilot and demonstration processing facilities, as well as refurbishment and upgrade projects for commercial processing plants.

Joe Lam

Technical Manager

Joe is a chemical engineer with more than 25 years of experience in minerals processing project development in Australia and China. For the past 10 years, Joe has been representing Australian parties to export sustainable mineral processing technologies to China, focusing on secondary metal resources and recycling industrial metallic intermediaries. Joe is the sole inventor of a halide copper electrowinning cell and the co-inventor of a technology used for upgrading low-grade polymetallic ore or concentrate.

Andrea Roberts

Communications and Engagement Manager

Andrea has held a range of leadership roles across Government, industry boards, and the private sector, all working for the benefit of people and place. She works with communities, industries, and other stakeholders to enable places to thrive. Her background is extensive in marketing, communications, engagement, and brand. The Northern Rivers (NSW), Fleurieu Peninsula (SA), Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges, and the Great Ocean Road (Vic.); are all places where Andrea has led transformational change. Born in Broken Hill, her DNA is connected to its future.