Board of Directors

Peter Freeman Chairman

Mr. Peter Freeman has spent his working life involved almost entirely with the natural resources sector, and undertaken an enormous range of transactions for companies and governments. These include advice on equity raising, funding for major projects, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, asset disposals, government relations and regulatory issues, privatizations, bullion and trade financing, as well as general corporate advice. After receiving degrees at Oxford and London Universities, Mr. Freeman spent eight years with Continental Illinois National Bank in Chicago and London, working mainly with the mining and metals processing industries.

In 1981, he joined N.M. Rothschild & Sons Ltd, eventually becoming a director within the corporate finance department, responsible for the natural resources sector. In 1988, he joined Warrior as one of the founding partners and following its sale to Standard Bank of South Africa in 1997, he agreed to stay on for three years. In 2000, he left to co-found London based Cutfield Freeman & Co. Ltd and continues to run the company as the Chief Executive Officer.


Mr. Robert Champion de Crespigny A.C. is an Australian businessman and was the founder and former Executive Chairman of Normandy Mining Limited from 1985 until its merger in 2002 with Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM). At the time of the merger Normandy Mining was Australia’s largest gold entity and in the top five gold companies in the world. He has served as Chancellor of The University of Adelaide, Chairman of the Economic Development Board of South Australia, Member of the Executive Committee of the South Australian Cabinet, Chairman of the South Australian Museum and Non-Executive Chairman of a number of publicly listed Australian companies. He has acted as Australia’s representative on the Commonwealth’s Expert Group on Democracy and Development, Chairman of the Australian Gold Council, and also as a Member of the Federal Government’s Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, the Business Council of Australia, the Minerals Council of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia and Oxford University Said Business School Advisory Board. Mr. Champion de Crespigny is the Chairman of the C|T Group.

Over the years he has received several awards recognizing his contribution to Australian business and the community, in particular the Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia’s highest honor. The University of Adelaide also awarded him a Doctorate for his services to the University.


Mr. Stuart Champion de Crespigny became the Chief Executive Officer of PBE in April 2011 after completing the acquisition of PBE with private equity majority owners. PBE is now privately owned, principally by investors of Vierville Capital, which Mr. Champion de Crespigny founded in 2009.

Previously, Mr. Champion de Crespigny worked in investment banking for Macquarie in Sydney, Australia and London, United Kingdom, predominantly in principal investment and equity and debt capital raising.

Mr. Champion de Crespigny holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He also holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree with Honours and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, majoring in accounting, from the University of Adelaide, Australia.


Christa became the Chief Operating Officer of PBE in October 2011. With extensive experience in lean manufacturing and process engineering, Christa is focused on fully supporting PBE’s continued growth with industry leading global operations.

Christa holds a Master of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is a certified Project Management professional. She also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Kettering University and a Master of Arts in Education from Stanford University’s School of Education.

Prior to joining PBE Christa worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation specializing in business process re-engineering with Human Resource information systems and resource planning. Christa credits her years as a Manufacturing Engineer at General Motors Powertrain in Flint, Michigan for her knowledge and passion of manufacturing and operations.

Gustav Rober

Gustav became the Chief Financial Officer of PBE in September 2020, responsible for the whole of the PBE Group financial team.

Gustav qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte and holds a BSc in Mathematics from Durham University in the United Kingdom.

Previously, Gustav was with Diploma PLC, a London listed company which is focused on the value-added distribution across the three sectors of Life Sciences, Seals and Controls. Over the last 16 years, Gustav held various roles at Diploma including Group Financial Controller, Head of the Controls sector and Director of Corporate Development (M&A).