James Westcott

Project Director

Stedman Ellis

Chief Executive Officer

Stedman is an experienced executive and non-executive director within the resources, research and non-profit sectors. He has wide experience in membership organisations, regulation and policy development, stakeholder engagement and advocacy.  Prior to joining the FBICRC bid consortium in 2018, he was chief operating officer WA for oil and gas association APPEA. He previously worked as a deputy director general with the WA Department of Mines & Petroleum and in senior external affairs roles with BHP Billiton (including assignments to PNG and the US), Woodside Petroleum and the WA Chamber of Minerals & Energy.

Stedman is a director of the Australian Gas Industry Trust and of cultural organisation FORM. He previously chaired the industry advisory group for the WA Energy Research Alliance, was a board member of the Australian Centre for Energy & Process Training and the Minerals Research Institute of WA. He has a bachelor of arts from UWA.

E: stedman.ellis@fbicrc.com.au
P: 08 9266 2882


Jacques Eksteen

Chief Operations Officer

He leads its comprehensive whole-of-value-chain research program for future battery industries and is responsible for driving high quality research outcomes which address industry needs.  Jacques has been a key member of the CRC consortium since its inception leading much of the consultation with industry and research participants which formed the basis of the successful bid for Commonwealth funding.  Prior to joining the CRC he was Director of the Curtin University Gold Technology Group and held the Chair for Extractive Metallurgy in the WA School of Mines at Curtin University.

Jacques has extensive experience in managing complex research projects in industry and academia.  He is the listed inventor on a number of patents relating to the mineral processing, hydrometallurgical and pyrometallurgical processes and have published extensively in these areas. He has led a number of other industry and government funded research projects and is a recipient of various awards in research development, innovation and commercialisation.

E: jacques.eksteen@fbicrc.com.au
P: 08 9266 4419


Derek Hall

Chief Financial Officer

Derek is a Chartered Accountant, Fellow of the Financial Services Institute and Member of the Governance Institute of Australia. A finance and compliance specialist, he has significant commercial experience identifying key business drivers and bringing cost control and process improvement into sharp focus.

Prior to joining the CRC, he was Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for a number of publicly listed and unlisted companies, providing corporate advisory and investor relations services across the technology, mining, oil and gas and construction sectors.

E: derek.hall@fbicrc.com.au
P: 08 9266 3537


Stacy Osenbaugh

Project Coordinator

Stacy is the project coordinator, supporting the implementation and reporting of the FBICRC research projects. This includes coordinating proposal rounds, contracting and all aspects of project tracking and reporting, as well as providing secretariat support for the Research Implementation and Advisory Committee. Stacy joined the FBICRC in October 2018 after acting as the Curtin Project Officer for the CRC during the bid phases in 2018 with experience in industry driven research partnerships

E: stacy.osenbaugh@fbicrc.com.au
P: 08 9266 4330


Kelsee Sewell

Executive Assistant

Kelsee provides direct executive support and coordination for the CEO. She also assists with the management and administration needs of the FBICRC team, the Board chair, directors and advisor.  She provides support across a range of delivery activities such as diary management, travel arrangements and every aspect of day to day requirements.  Kelsee has worked as an Executive Assistant for over 6 years in variety of organisations in Western Australia and Victoria.

E: kelsee.sewell@fbicrc.com.au
P: 08 9266 4630


Research Program Leads (P/T)

Jo Staines

Research Program Lead: Battery Industry Development

University of Melbourne

Jo is currently coordinating the development of projects which support industry growth and battery uptake across policy, provenance and industry hubs.

Jo is also an Associate Professor Enterprise Fellow at the University of Melbourne.  She is a highly respected aerospace industry leader who worked for Boeing in Australia and the United States for more than 22 years.  She has extensive experience in implementing complex transformation projects and contracts, and satisfying competing stakeholder requirements.

E: jo.staines@fbicrc.com.au


Mark Aylmore

Research Program Lead: Resources, Processing and Recycling

Curtin University

He is currently coordinating projects involved in the processing of critical mineral ores to battery precursor products within the CRC.

Mark is also a Senior Research Fellow at the John de Laeter Centre, Curtin University, and currently managing several critical mineral ore assessment projects. He is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.  He has extensive technical experience in extractive metallurgy, process mineralogy, mineral processing and process engineering, including scoping through to feasibility level studies on a number of commodities. He has numerous publications and reports, including several patent lodgements. His early work established him internationally as a leading authority in the fundamentals and practical use of alternative leachates to cyanide in the gold industry.

Mark has held senior roles in managing industry and government funded projects and has worked for various international mining companies, institutions and consultancy firms over his 27 years in industry and academia.

E: mark.aylmore@fbicrc.com.au


Peter Talbot

Research Program Lead: Materials, Components, Manufacturing and Deployment

Queensland University of Technology

He is currently coordinating projects which will extend battery manufacturing and testing facilities in Australia.

Professor Peter Talbot is internationally regarded as a materials science expert and leader in the fields of lithium-ion batteries, nano-materials manufacture and high temperature superconductors. He holds numerous patents and has been co-founder, CEO and Director of several successful high-tech start-up companies. He has jointly established product development with more than 50 international companies.

Peter is currently a Professorial Fellow at QUT, an AQ Founders Fellow and a Program Leader for the Future Battery Industries CRC. He is also a Chief Investigator of the ARC project for Future Energy Storage Technologies and the ARENA program for Renewable Hydrogen Production. He established QUT’s Advanced Battery Facility, Australia’s first lithium ion battery manufacturing plant.

E: peter.talbot@fbicrc.com.au