Mr Grigor is a highly respected and experienced mining analyst, with an intimate knowledge of all market related aspects of the mining industry. He is a graduate of the Australian National University having completed degrees in law and economics.
His association with mining commenced with a position in the finance department of Hamersley Iron, and from there he moved to Jacksons, Graham, Moore and Partners to become Australia's first specialist gold mining analyst. Mr Grigor left to be the founding research partner at Pembroke Securities and then the Senior Analyst at County NatWest Securities. He left County in 1991 to found Far East Capital Limited that was established as a specialist mining company financier and corporate adviser, together with Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest.
In 2008, Far East Capital sponsored the formation of a stockbroking company, BGF Equities, and Mr Grigor assumed the position of Executive Chairman. This was re-badged as Canaccord Genuity Australia Limited when a 50% stake was sold to Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. Mr Grigor retired from Canaccord in October 2014, returning to Far East Capital. He currently serves as Non-Executive Director of Peninsular Energy Limited.
Mr Grigor's research knowledge and market intelligence gives First Graphite a strong strategic direction.
Craig Robert McGuckin
Craig McGuckin is a qualified mining professional with 26 years experience in the mining, drilling and petroleum industries. He has held senior positions including Senior Planning Engineer, Mine Manager and Managing Director of private and publicly listed companies.
Mr McGuckin was a founding Executive Director of Rheochem Plc (name changed to Lochard Energy Group Plc), which was quoted on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange and listed on the ASX. As Executive Group General Manager, he was responsible for the companys expansion into the Indian, Indonesian and New Zealand drilling fluids market.
Peter Youd is a Chartered Accountant and has extensive experience within the resources, oil and gas services, financial services and e-business industries.
For the last 25 years Mr Youd has held a number of senior management positions and directorships for publicly listed and private companies in Australia and overseas.
Mr Banasik was a founding Director of Exploration and Geology for the ASX listed company Silver Lake Resources Limited and held this position from May 2007 until November 2014.
During this time he assisted in the development of the company from private equity through the IPO process, raising A$30 million as part of an ASX listing. Mr Banasik has a Master's Degree in Mineral Economics from University of WA and Bachelor's Degree in Applied Physics from Curtin University.
Prior to becoming the Director of Exploration and Geology of Silver Lake Resources, he held senior geological management positons over 12 years with organisations including WMC Resources Ltd, Reliance Mining Ltd, Goldfields Mine Management and Consolidated Minerals Ltd. He has gained extensive experience in every aspect of mining, mineral processing, smelting and refining primarily for gold and nickel.