Our Team

Port Augusta Operations Executive Team

Roger Smeed

Chairman & Director

Roger is a highly experienced company director with both publicly listed and private companies.  With over 35 years’ private sector and government involvement, both in Australia and internationally, he is highly regarded for his expertise in providing advice on markets, risk management, governance, and for assisting with the growth of unlisted and listed companies. 

Roger has a deep understanding of the Australian fundraising markets and is very conscious of the need to provide advice and guidance to the Company that will assist in its growth and improving shareholder value.

Roger is currently Chairman of a listed company in the services sector, with $300M annual revenue and over 5000 employees. Over many years, he has served as a non-executive director on the boards of both public and private companies.

Roger has been a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM), for over 25 years.

Shaun Shan

Managing Director

Mr Shan has extensive experience in the global mining industry including more than 25 years in the iron ore section. Much of his experience is not only in mainland China, but also extended to Asian Pacific regions. Mr Shan also is the Chairman of two Chinese based mining trading and processing companies.

Mr Shan has experience in a variety of commodities having working in underground and open-pit mining operations in the Philippines, Malaysia , China and Australia.

In Australia, in addition to Port Augusta Operations, Mr Shan substantially owns and is the managing director of the following business or projects:

  • Cairn Hill mine and two advanced exploration stage projects with a potential mine life of more than 30 years.
  • Billeroo Magnetite and other regional projects.

John Fullerton


John has 40 years of experience in the rail infrastructure, transport and logistics industry across Australia and has held senior executive and board positions in both the private and public sectors.

In 2020 he retired as CEO and Managing Director of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) after 10 years in the role.  John’s previous role was as CEO of FreightLink, the owner and operator of the Adelaide to Darwin railway and prior he has held senior executive roles at Pacific National and National Rail Corporation. 

John has been a leading figure in the rail freight industry in Australia for many years and has a deep understanding of rail logistics, investment and its role in national supply chains. 

He has been involved in various other rail-based institutions including as non-executive director of the Australasian Railway Association (ARA), non-executive director of the Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator Pty Ltd, chair of Rail CRC Ltd, non-executive director of Tasmanian Railway Pty Ltd and non-executive director of the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board Ltd (RISSB). 

In June 2020 John was appointed by the Deputy Prime Minister as inaugural chair of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy Freight Industry Reference Panel.

John is an engineer by profession and is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers (Australia) (FIE Aust) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD). 

Lawrence Lu


Mr Lu was a senior lawyer with more than 15 years’ practice experience in top-tier law firms in both Australia and China. He has extensive experience in large scale mergers and acquisition transactions between China and Australia and specialises in major resources and energy projects.

With years of corporate transactions experiences cross boarders, Mr Lu has also accumulated significant connections and resources in both China and Australia in the natural resources sector, contributing a great value to Mr Shan’s success in Australia.

Since leaving the legal practice in year-end 2013, Mr Lu has worked for Mr Shan in the role of an executive director or company secretary in all of the projects of Mr Shan, becoming a key component of this group of businesses.

Brendan Connell

Company Secretary

Brendan has been practicing law for almost 40 years and has a wide range of experience. Brendan has acted in litigation matters in all of the South Australian courts and in general commercial and business transactions.

As part of his commercial career Brendan has been a Director of over 30 public companies gaining considerable experience in corporate governance, due diligence and corporate finance.

He was President of the Australian Plaintiffs Lawyers Association and Australian Lawyers Alliance and represented the SA Law Society in a SA Government enquiry into access to justice.

Brendan was a Board member of the SA Law Society’s Litigation Assistance Fund for almost 10 years, a director of the SA Centre for Trauma Injury and Recovery and Chair of Mercedes College Council.