The suits behind Lynas..

Ms. Amanda M. Lacaze, BA, ATCL, has been the Chief Executive Officer of Lynas Corporation Limited since June 2014 

Ms. Lacaze serves as a Principal and Managing Partner of MLC Consulting Pty Ltd. Ms. Lacaze served as Managing Director of Commander Communications Ltd., since December 2007 and served as its Chief Executive Officer since January 2008. She served as Chief Executive Officer of AOL|7 Pty Ltd. She served as a Managing Director of Marketing for Telstra’s Commercial & Consumer Division.

She has 20 years of experience in management and marketing in telecommunications for major Australian companies, including 10 years experience in the telecommunications sector. She held various business management roles at ICI Australia (now Orica and Incitec Pivot). Her early experience was in consumer goods with Nestle. Her early experience was in the manufacturing sector, at ICI and Nestle. She served as an Executive Chairman of Orion Telecommunications Ltd. from April 24, 2006 to October 12, 2007. Ms. Lacaze has been a Non Executive Director of ING Bank (Australia) Ltd. since May 31, 2011. She serves as a Director of ING Direct Australia. She has been a Director of McPherson’s Ltd., since September 22, 2011 and Lynas Corporation Limited since January 1, 2014.

She served as a Director of Orion Telecommunications Ltd. from April 24, 2006 to October 12, 2007. She serves as a Member of Human Research & Ethics Committee of Fermiscan Holdings Limited. She serves on the Advisory board to the CMOS research unit at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a member of the AICD and Chief Executive Women. Ms Lacaze holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Queensland and a postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Australian Graduate School of Management.


Eric Noyrez was director of Lynas Corporation from March 31st, 2013 to June 5th, 2014, (only 14 months)

Mr. Eric Noyrez served as the Chief Executive Officer of Lynas Corporation Limited from March 31, 2013 to June 5, 2014 and served as its Managing Director until June 5, 2014. Mr. Noyrez served as the President of Lynas Corporation Limited from March 2011 to March 31, 2013 and its Chief Operating Officer from February 16, 2010 to March 31, 2013.

Mr. Noyrez served as President of Rhodia Silcea at Rhodia group of companies and served in Rhodia group for 9 years. He has extensive senior management and board level experience in major multinational industrial and chemical companies. He also has detailed knowledge of the international rare earths industry. He spent 11 years with the Shell group of companies, managing chemical and industrial businesses. Mr. Noyrez began his career designing automobiles for the Peugeot / Citroen group.

He served as an Executive Director of Lynas Corporation Limited from March 31, 2013 to June 5, 2014. He holds a Masters degree in Engineering and Mechanicals from ENSM (Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines) in France. After a surprise resignation as CEO of Lynas Corp.  Not hard to read into Lynas press releases and other related statements, Lynas has portrayed Noyrez’s resignation as great reward for having completed what he was brought in to do, which apparently was to bring the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) in Malaysia to full operation. It seems Noyrez has decided to move back to France after having gathered much experience in Asia?


Nicholas Anthony Curtis was the director of Lynas Corporation from 28 June 2001 – until March 31st 2013.

According to the Australian Securities & Investment Commission (ASIC) as of April 2011, Mr Curtis is also a Director of the following companies; Conquest Mining; Forge Resources; Kumamba Mining Pty Ltd (since Oct 2010); Lynas Africa Holdings Pty Ltd; Lynas Corporation; Lynas Services Pty Ltd; Mt Weld Holdings Pty Ltd; Mt  Weld Mining Pty Ltd; Mt Weld Rare Earths Pty Ltd; NOC Resources Pty Ltd, Nyco Pty Ltd; Riverstone Advisory Pty Ltd; Riverstone Capital Pty Ltd; Wilkes Holdings Pty Ltd; and Wilkes Minerals Pty Ltd.

Described by the Sydney Morning Herald as a “Corporate Titan” Nick Curtis has not only been in the media spotlight for the planned Malaysian rare earth processing plant (Lynas Advanced Materials Plant) but also for proposing the sub-leasing of the highly valuable rare earth deposit at Mount Weld in Western Australia which was eventually terminated following a shareholder revolt.

Meanwhile his son Oliver Curtis has been in the media for insider trading controversy with the corporate regulator, ASIC ‘treating an investigation of Mr Curtis, 25, on insider trading suspicions raised by a court judgment, as a priority matter.’

Former Chair of the Board of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Ziggy Switkowski, a well known pro-nuclear advocate, became a director of Lynas Corporation in early 2011 and left 20th August 2013.

The Mt Weld deposit was bought by Lynas Corporation from Anaconda Nickel, part-owned by Glencore International. Anaconda’s CEO at the time was Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest, Australia’s richest man, who went on to start Fortescue Metals, the fourth-biggest supplier of iron ore to China.

Having developed an interest in rare earths whilst working with Madame Bai Jie, a former head of raw materials at China’s state planning commission, Nick Curtis also worked for six years from 1994 at a unit of China National Nonferrous Metals Industry Corp, which controlled all of China’s non-steel-related metals until 2000. His Chinese connections have undoubtedly helped the rise of chinese businessmen operating and investing in Australian rare earth companies.

Other companies associated with Curtis, particularly in his role as Founding Partner and Chairman of Riverstone Advisory (formerly known as Sino Resources Capital Pty Ltd,) have been “bridging the gap between western resource opportunities and the increasing Chinese demand for raw materials” including brokering deals which will open Tibet up for mining.



Stop Lynas! Campaign

What is the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP)?

Health and Safety Concerns for Workers and Local Communities

Environmental Issues

Economic Benefit or Liability for the Malaysian People

Who are Opposing the LAMP in Malaysia?

Who is Lynas Corporation?

What Are Rare Earths?

How Can I Get Involved with the Stop Lynas! Campaign?





Leave a Reply