Vern Tidy


Mr Tidy joined Avanco in July 2015 as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

Mr Tidy’s skills encompass corporate governance, financial compliance and exceptional accounting, tax and audit knowledge. He is well known in the Australian resources sector, having formerly been the Senior Audit Partner at Ernst & Young where he led the mining and metals industry group. He has worked extensively with the largest multinationals to junior explorers, in Australia, South America, Asia and Africa for companies listed on the ASX, LSE and TSX. Currently Mr Tidy consults to the sector and is involved in industry transactions , notably project identification and financing.

Mr Tidy has a BComm Business from the West Australian Institute of Technology. He is a qualified accountant, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and an Associate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Mr Polglase has been Managing Director of Avanco since the company was formed and listed on the ASX in December 2007.

Mr Polglase started his career at the South Crofty Mine in Cornwall. Subsequently he studied a degree in metallurgy at the Camborne School of Mines, which helped launch his career internationally, working for over 40 years across different mining disciplines for companies including Ashanti, Rio Tinto, TVX and Invernia in Africa, Europe, the FSU and for the last decade in Brazil. Mr Polglase is recognised for his project management skills in the mining sector, notably critical evaluation, implementation and commissioning of mining projects.

Mr Polglase has a BEng Metallurgy from the Camborne School of Mines. He is fluent in Portuguese and resident in Brazil.

Tony Polglase
Simon Mottram


Mr Mottram joined Avanco in January 2011 as Executive Director of Exploration.

Mr Mottram is a geologist with over 20-years management and exploration experience in Australia, Asia and Brazil, predominantly in iron oxide copper gold and precious metals. Mr Mottram has been part of several significant exploration successes, and also seen a number of these discoveries advance through to commercial development. Indeed, Mr Mottram and his team are accredited for discovering Antas North, the deposit that is now the company’s operating Antas Mine. Mr Mottram is an expert in the application of modern exploration techniques, large-scale drill programmes and feasibility studies.

Mr Mottram has a BSc in Applied Geology from RMIT University and is a Fellow of the AusIMM. He is fluent in Portuguese and works in Brazil.


Mr Azevedo joined Avanco as a Non-Executive Director in December 2012, though he has been involved with the company since inception. He subsequently become an Executive Director with responsibility for Brazilian legal, licensing and regulatory matters.

Mr Azevedo is recognised as one of the best lawyers in the Brazilian resource sector. He has a broad 35 years of experience across a range of companies and commodities, enhanced by the fact that he is also a qualified and experienced geologist. He has held senior positions at Western Mining, Barrick and Harsco, and presently runs a successful legal and accounting practice called FFA which provides specialist legal and technical support to resource companies operating in Brazil.

Mr Azevedo has a BSc in Geology from the University of Rio de Janeiro, and LL.B from the University of Candido Mendes and LL.M from the Pontifical Catholic University Rio de Janeiro. He is a Brazilian national and resident and speaks English.

Luis Azevedo
Luiz Ferraz


Mr Ferraz was appointed to the Board in July 2016 as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

Mr Ferraz is a well-respected Brazilian businessman, with considerable experience and expertise in the Brazilian resources and finance sectors. He was formerly the CFO and subsequently CEO of Paranapanema, the largest copper smelter in Brazil, which he developed into strong business, increasing production significantly. Consequently, Mr Ferraz is well known to Brazilian and international copper producers and commodity traders. Having held senior positions at Banco Bandeirantes, Mr Ferraz also has considerable financial experience, notably with regards to debt financing.

Mr Ferraz has a BA in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas in São Paulo. He is currently a partner of Brasil Agro, a Sao Paulo based specialist agribusiness investment fund. He also sits on the board of a number of industrial companies. He is a Brazilian national, resident, and speaks English.


Mr Chapman joined the Avanco Board in April 2017 as an Independent Non-Executive Director.

Mr Chapman has considerable commercial skills gained across corporate finance and treasury, and a deep understanding of financial markets and the resources sector. His career has spanned senior commercial management roles at Western Mining, Alcoa and Minara Resources, before transitioning to board positions across a range of ASX mid and small-cap mining and development companies, notably Silver Lake Resources, where as a founding shareholder, he grew Silver Lake into an ASX 200 company, acting as Chairman until 2015.

Mr Chapman has a BComm Commerce from the University of Melbourne, and a Graduate Diploma in Taxation from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

He is a member of The Australian Institute of Company Directors and The Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and The Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is resident in Australia.

Mr Chapman is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of Encounter Resources and Black Cat Syndicate.

Paul Chapman