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
Scott Funston


Mr Funston joined Avanco when the company was started and has been instrumental from the December 2007 IPO onwards. He was a Director of the company until October 2016 when he relinquished this position so that Board could transition to more independence and he focussed on his CFO and Company Secretarial roles.

Mr Funston is experienced in financial management, regulatory compliance and corporate advice, having worked for a number or Australian resource companies with operations globally.

Mr Funston has a BBus in Business from the Edith Cowan University. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA) and Company Secretary (AICS). He is resident in Australia.


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
Otávio Monteiro


Mr Monteiro was appointed General Manager at the Antas Mine in March 2016. is a chemical engineer with 25 years’ experience, working in the metallurgical and chemical industries. He worked for over 20 years with Vale, Rio Verde Minerals, and Jarcel.

Mr Monteiro has a BEng Chemical Engineering from the Federal University of Pará and an MBA from the Fundação Dom Cabral. Mr Monteiro is a Brazilian natural and resident and fluent in English.


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.

Simon Mottram
Wayne Phillips


Mr Philips has been with Avanco since the company started. In January 2013, he was appointed as Director of Operations, a position that he later relinquished as the Board sought to be independent. Today, although no longer a board member, he continues his work as the Head of Projects.

Mr Phillips specialises in providing innovative practical solutions to complex metallurgy, with particular expertise in flotation and hydrometallurgy including copper oxide leaching and SX-EW. Mr Phillips has worked for engineering companies including SNC Lavalin, Kvaerner and Minproc in a wide variety of mining projects. Before joining Avanco, he was the Technical Director for Kinross in South America with responsibility for exploration, project development and operations.

Mr Phillips has a BEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rhodesia. He is a Brazilian national, resident and fluent in Portuguese.