John Cotter
– Executive Chairman

John has over 20 years’ experience in major projects across Australia and is a recognised expert in the field of infrastructure planning.

John is a seed investor in North West Phosphate and has continued to fund its development due to his commitment to improving fertilisers for farming regions across Queensland and Australia.


Priy Jayasuriya
Chief Financial Officer

Priy has over 25 years’ experience in Commercial and Big 4 Public Accounting and Auditing across diverse industries in demanding international environments. Prior to joining Phosphate International, Priy has held several CFO roles with ASX, LSE and TSX listed companies where he oversaw pre-IPO, IPO and fund-raising activities.


Mike Erwin
– Sales and Marketing Manager

Mike is a highly experienced sales and marketing executive with over 30 years working in senior management positions in Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and the USA. He has extensive experience in phosphate rock, downstream phosphate fertilisers, international trading and bulk shipping. His resume includes senior marketing and business development roles for four phosphate mining companies.


Chris Ramsey
– Marketing and R&D Manager / Non-Executive Director

Chris is an agriculture industry expert specialising in sales and marketing and business strategy. He has over 30 years’ experience in agribusiness and is a leader in agricultural input sales, product development and application.

Chris has experience in business development and growth and will assist with customer development, management and product development.


Michelle Mercieca
– Geologist

Michelle has significant experience with the Paradise Phosphate project having been involved with the project between 2008 and 2015 as the Senior Project Geologist. Between 2008 and 2011, she was based in Mount Isa to supervise the resource definition drilling and sampling for metallurgical test work.


Adam Teague
– Metallurgist

Adam has significant experience with the Paradise Phosphate project, having been the Metallurgy Manager between 2009 and 2013. During this time Adam was responsible for managing the development of the beneficiation process, including 10 tonne per day pilot plant and DFS detailed design.


James Gleeson
– Land and Tenure Manager

James has over 15 years experience within the mining, infrastructure and transport sectors spanning project approvals, greenfield exploration activities, business development and operations management. He was previously a Director of Vecco Group, Founder and Managing Director of FuelCorp, a bulk fuel and transport company (sold in 2018) and Managing Director of Gleeson Consulting upstream consulting services to energy and resources companies across Queensland, New South Wales & ACT.


Hamish Manzi
– Environment and Sustainability Manager

Hamish is an Environment and Sustainability professional with 25 years experience across executive, operational and consulting roles in the resource, utility and infrastructure sectors in Australia and Internationally. Hamish has extensive experience leading the planning and approval processes for resource and infrastructure projects and in providing functional strategy, systems and support across the full project lifecycle from feasibility and financing to project approvals, development, commissioning & operations.