Managing Director – Adrian Welbourne
Adrian is a founding director of Alumtek Minerals. He has a degree in environmental science, a diploma in maritime studies and was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2001 for research into Aluminium waste stream minerals recovery. He has also operated his own consulting company for the past 30 years that has consulted in environmental assessment work covering many types of contamination, waste stream and recycling solutions. Adrian has extensive project management experience both in the private and government sectors, including managing some of the Department of Defence’s most sensitive contamination and rehabilitation work.  A graduate of Britannia Royal Naval College UK, and Commanding Officer of a Navy ship, Adrian also carried out senior Defence staff roles in the Royal Australian Navy.


Business Manager – Cherrell Picton
Cherrell has extensive executive-level experience in strategic business development and management.  She helped establish Alumtek Pty Ltd as an environmental consulting business and was instrumental in the development and start-up of Alumtek Minerals.

Cherrell has worked within government, banking, insurance, and more recently, focused on the social impact sector, locally and internationally.    She has contributed significantly to help businesses become more sustainable, as a business mentor with the Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance and Generation Innovation, Ted O’Brien’s (Federal member for Fisher) program for young entrepreneurs. Cherrell had time internationally with the Australian Business Volunteer program, training and mentoring small business owners in Port Moresby, PNG, who were clients of the Bank of South Pacific in 2020.  She was a business mentor at the Center for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship (National Economics University) Hanoi, Vietnam, and spent time in Indonesia, capacity building with one of Indonesia’s largest and most respected disability NGO’s.

Cherrell has under-graduate and post-graduate qualifications in business.  She completed an Executive MBA in 2019 and has a Bachelor of Commerce.  She is trained in conflict resolution and has a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.

Cherrell was named the University of the Sunshine Coast, Outstanding Alumnus of the Year 2023.