Director Profiles

Eugene Davis

Eugene Davis

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Davis is the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PIRINATE Consulting Group, LLC, a privately held consulting firm specialising in turnaround management, merger and acquisition consulting, hostile and friendly takeovers, proxy contests and strategic planning advisory services for domestic and international public and private business entities.

Since forming PIRINATE in 1999, Mr Davis has advised, managed and served as a Chief Executive Officer, Chief Restructuring Officer, Director, Committee Chairman and Chairman of the board of a number of businesses operating in diverse sectors including metals, energy, oil & gas, import-export, mining and transportation and logistics. Previously, Mr Davis served as Chief Executive Officer of Total-Tel Communications, President, Vice Chairman and Director of Emerson Radio Corporation and Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of Sport Supply Group, Inc. Mr Davis is also a director of Spectrum Brands, Inc., U.S. Concrete, Inc., WMI Holdings Corp, Hercules Offshore, Inc., and Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd.

Mr Davis began his career as an attorney and international negotiator with Exxon Corporation and Standard Oil Company (Indiana), and has also been as a partner at two Texas-based law firms, specialising corporate and securities law.

Mr Davis holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College, a master of international affairs degree in international law and organisation from the School of International Affairs of Columbia University, and a Juris Doctor from the Columbia University School of Law, USA.


Cliff Lawrenson

Cliff Lawrenson

Managing Director

Mr Cliff Lawrenson joined Atlas in January 2017. Prior to this Mr Lawrenson was Managing Director of early-stage phosphate producer Avenira Limited (formerly Minemakers Limited) from 2012 and ended that role in January, 2017. Mr Lawrenson has led Avenira from exploration to early stage production.

Mr Lawrenson joined Avenira Limited after holding the position of Chief Executive Officer of Pilbara iron ore development company FerrAus Limited, which he led to a recommended takeover by Atlas Iron Limited in December 2011. Mr Lawrenson held the position of Group Chief Executive Officer of GRD Limited from 2006 to 2009. GRD incorporated GRD Minproc Limited, OceanaGold Limited and Global Renewables. Prior to joining GRD Limited, Mr Lawrenson was a senior executive and vice president of CMS Energy Corporation in the United States of America and Singapore for seven years.

Mr Lawrenson has worked extensively in investment banking around the world and holds postgraduate qualifications in Finance and Strategy. He has served on several boards in international locations, leading the development and financing of numerous major infrastructure projects. He has been Non-Executive Chairman of ASX-listed Pacific Energy Limited since August 2010.


Alan Carr

Non-Executive Director

Mr Carr is an investment professional with 20 years’ experience with investing in and leading complex financial restructurings globally, as well as serving on boards of directors. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Drivetrain LLC, which he founded in 2013. Mr Carr also served as Managing Director at Strategic Value Partners UK LLP from 2003 to 2013. Prior to these positions, Mr Carr worked as an attorney at Skadden, Arps and at Ravin, Sarasohn, specialising in corporate restructuring.

Mr Carr currently serves as a director of various companies, including Tanker Investments Ltd, Midstates Petroleum Company, Inc., Brookfield DTLA Fund Office Trust Investor Inc, NewPage Corporation and Syncora Holdings Ltd. He also served on the board of directors of LightSquared Inc from 2013 to 2015.

Mr Carr has served on various boards of other private companies in North America, Europe and Asia.

Mr Carr holds a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Tulane Law School, New Orleans, USA and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology from Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA.


Cheryl Edwardes

Hon. Cheryl Edwardes

Non-Executive Director

Hon. Cheryl Edwardes was appointed Non-Executive Director of Atlas Iron Limited on 6 May 2015. A solicitor by profession, Mrs Edwardes is a former Minister in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly with extensive experience and knowledge of WA’s legal and regulatory framework relating to mining projects, environmental, native title, heritage and land access. Mrs Edwardes assists the clients of FTI Consulting with a range of complex statutory approvals required for resources and infrastructure projects. She was the Executive General Manager for External Affairs for Hancock Prospecting and Special Counsel at Minter Ellison in Perth where she practised in government relations, climate change and environmental regulation and compliance.

During her political career, Mrs Edwardes held positions including WA Attorney General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Labour Relations. She also has broad experience and networks within China’s business community. Mrs. Edwardes is also Chairman of Vimy Resources Limited, Councillor AMEC and Chairman of School Volunteer Program.


Daniel Harris

Daniel Harris

Non-Executive Director

Mr Harris brings a wealth of mining and resources industry experience to Atlas from a career spanning more than 35 years, having worked previously as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Atlantic Ltd and Strategic Minerals Corporation’s (formerly Union Carbide) vanadium business.

Mr Harris has also worked for Evraz in Moscow as Vice President, Vanadium Assets. Mr Harris is currently an independent technical and executive consultant to GSA Environmental Limited in the United Kingdom.