Vision and Strategy

AusVan’s mission is to increase shareholder wealth through the development of vanadium mineral deposits into profitable mining operations.

AusVan is focused on the following current short to medium term objectives:


  • Match the vanadium resource with vanadium enabled technology such as batteries
  • Complete a PEA and PFS with confident economic parameters.
  • Undertake comprehensive metallurgical test programs to identify definitive processing scenarios.
  • Ongoing drilling to improve and increase the Resource at the Allaru Vanadium Project, including the generation of updated JORC and NI43-101 Mineral Resource estimates.
  • Develop key investor and strategic customer relationships to enable the project to be delivered on time and on budget

Board & Management

Michael Collins – President and Director

Michael is a geologist with over 30 years experience in mineral exploration, deposit modelling and project development. He has exploration and production experience in Greenstone Gold, Newmont Goldcorp, Redlake Mine during the startup and first 2 years of operation. Michael was the past VP North America with Mining Plus Canada Ltd. (5 years), a specialized underground and surface mining engineering consulting company. Was instrumental in reducing the projected capex on the Los Reyes project in Mexico from 120m to 12m and 150% IRR and raised 8.7m.

Blake Morgan – Director

Blake has 15 years’ experience in the mining industry including 10 years dedicated to the mining and natural resource sector in Australia with Rio Tinto, BMA Metals (subsidiary of BHP) and Santos Ltd. Gaining first-hand knowledge, culture, and an understanding of mining operations he then made the move from Australia to Canada and has been instrumental in consolidating significant exploration land packages and financing their development for private resource exploration companies in British Columbia. Blake is also President of Origen Resources Inc a CSE listed public company foucsed on exploration in British Columbia’s Golden Triangle. 

Thomas Northcott – Non-Executive Director

CEO of AusVan’s predecessor group, Vecco Group for 7 years, worked in Vanadium resource development and Vanadium flow batteries.

Thomas is a lawyer with experience in the practical delivery of mining, energy and infrastructure projects throughout Australia. His expertise includes board and senior management positions in operational mining as well as exploration companies.

He has taken a lead role in small and large resource companies and large government infrastructure projects. His experience includes corporate governance, project acquisitions and financing, mine planning and development (including rail, port, water and power), environmental approvals and compliance.

 Luke Robinson – Non-Executive Director

 Luke is a financial advisor working in an Equity Capital Markets (ECM) team for ASX listed Sequoia Financial Group. Luke is also a director of Dart Mining, an ASX listed gold and base metal explorer located in Victoria, Australia.