Ibaera Capital
helping mining companies to build mines



About Us

Ibaera provides the funding to help great management teams advance new mines to construction. We enable these teams to accelerate business strategies by taking the funding challenge off the table.

Founded in 2012 by executives from some of Australia's leading mining companies, Ibaera works with existing management teams to take projects from exploration through to construction. We set ourselves apart from the mainstream investment market by providing significant technical expertise and exploration knowledge, through our team of geologists and engineers that are collectively and individually recognized for their contribution to the discovery and development of world-class mining ventures. 


We invest in early stage, quality development assets that are often unappreciated by the listed market. We help re-value those assets through appropriate funding, astute management and considered development.


We will support quality precious and base metals projects from exploration to construction, providing a development conduit from Explorer to Producer.


We continue to actively search for attractive mining investment propositions in established mining jurisdictions.

Our People

Each is a recognized leader in their respective discipline in mining, from research and exploration to investment, construction and implementation.


Managing Partner

James Wallbank

James Wallbank has led Ibaera since the formation of the fund in 2013. He was the former Manager of Business Development for Fortescue Metals Group, responsible for the acquisition of new non-iron investments in Australia and internationally.  Prior to joining FMG, James was Manager of Iron Ore for WorleyParsons, one of the largest project delivery businesses with over 30,000 staff. James has a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons), from the University of Adelaide, Australia.



General Partner Evaluation and Exploration

Paul L’Herpiniere

Paul L'Herpiniere leads the team that generates and evaluates investment opportunities for Ibaera. Former Manager of Exploration at Fortescue Metals Group, and prior to that Gold Fields and Anglo American, Paul has carried out multi-commodity project generation and exploration management across Mongolia, South-East Asia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Botswana, Mozambique, Nigeria, New Zealand and Australia.

Paul was employed by FMG in 2004, four years before first production. In 2011, his exploration team was one of the largest operating in Australia, with a $100 million exploration budget, over 20 drill rigs and 200 staff in the field. Paul has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Applied Geology from Curtin University, Australia.



General Partner Global Targeting and Research

Dr Jon Hronsky

Jon Hronsky (OAM) was recently awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia, for services to the mining industry. A well deserved honour for Jon’s more than 30 year’s contribution to the science and practice of mineral exploration; particularly in the areas of project generation, exploration targeting, technical innovation and exploration strategy development. Jon has worked across a diverse range of commodities and has particular expertise in targeting for gold and base metal deposits, predominantly in Western Australia. Jon is Chairman of the Board of the Centre for Exploration Targeting in Western Australia, former Manager of Strategy & Generative Services for BHP Billiton Mineral Exploration, and former Global Geoscience Leader for WMC Resources Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mining Geology from the West Australian School of Mines and a Doctorate in Geology from the University of Western Australia.



General Partner Study Management

Peter Hairsine

Peter Hairsine is a specialist study manager with more than 20 years of experience in mining. Former Project Study Manager and Manager of Business Development for Fortescue Metals and Study Manager at WorleyParsons, Peter has been responsible for a number of large project studies in Australian mining. Peter utilizes a total project approach by integrating geology, mining, process and infrastructure inputs to maximize the value of the projects. He combines this with an excellent appreciation of the key commercial and financial requirements to ensure a successful project.

Peter has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia.


General Partner and Chief Financial Officer

Christopher Alexander

Christopher Alexander is an internationally experienced global business leader and qualified Chartered Accountant within the traditional and alternative investment industry. An investment professional with more than 15 years of experience in London, New York and Australia managing a number of high profile onshore and offshore investment management companies including hedge funds, private equity and traditional asset managers, Christopher’s key skills are focused on board-level business strategy, business management, finance, treasury and operations.

Christopher has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Finance), is a Chartered Accountant in Australia, New Zealand, England and Wales, and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Experience | more than 100 years of mine development and investment