Board of Directors

The Board has a wealth of mining, finance and governance experience across a range of industries and jurisdictions

The Board

David Hathorn

Chairman

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Brad Sampson

Chief Executive Officer

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Jonathan Trollip

Non-Executive

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David Netherway

Non-Executive

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Timothy Keating

Non-Executive

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José Antonio Merino

Non-Executive

David Hathorn

Chairman

David Hathorn is the ex-CEO of the Mondi Group (30 April 2017). The Mondi Group, is a FTSE 100 global packaging and paper listed group on both the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges, with operations in 30 countries and employing 25,000 people. The Mondi Group performed exceptionally well under David’s leadership.
Before Mondi, David was at Anglo American, where he was a member of the Group Executive Committee from 2003 and an Executive Director of Anglo American PLC from 2005, serving on several of the Boards of the Group’s major mining operations.

Brad Sampson

Chief Executive Officer

Brad Sampson has more than 25 years resources industry experience building and operating large scale mining projects internationally including in West and Southern Africa. A qualified Mining Engineer, he has held leadership and board roles in several public listed companies.
Brad has led the successful turnaround of mining businesses in Cote d’Ivoire and the DRC and has previously been the CEO of Discovery Metals and held General Manager roles at Gold Fields operations in South Africa and Australia.

Jonathan Trollip

Non-Executive

Jonathan is a globally experienced Director (Executive and Non-Executive) with over 30 years of commercial, corporate, transactional, governance and legal experience. He is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of Global Value Fund Ltd (ASX listed), Plato Income Maximiser Limited (ASX listed), Spheria Emerging Companies Limited (ASX listed) and Future Generation Investment Company Ltd and Antipodes Global Investment Company Ltd and holds various private company Directorships in non-profitable organisations.
Jonathan is also a Principal and Director of Meridian International Capital Limited, which is a Sydney (Australia) based structured finance group where he has been in engaged for the past 22 years. During this time, Jonathan has been involved in financing numerous resource transactions in various global locations.
Prior to this, Jonathan was a Partner with Herbert Smith Freehills law firm. He holds postgraduate degrees in economics and law, he is an admitted attorney in both England and Australia and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David Netherway

Non-Executive

David Netherway is a mining engineer with over 40 years of experience in the mining industry. He was involved in the construction and development of the New Liberty, Iduapriem, Siguiri, Samira Hill and Kiniero gold mines in West Africa and has mining experience in Africa, Australia, China, Canada, India and the Former Soviet Union. Mr Netherway served as the CEO of Shield Mining until its takeover by Gryphon Minerals.
Prior to that, he was the CEO of Toronto listed Afcan Mining Corporation, a China focused gold mining company that was sold to Eldorado Gold in 2005. He was also the Chairman of Afferro Mining which was acquired by IMIC in 2013. Mr Netherway has held senior management positions in a number of mining companies including Golden Shamrock Mines, Ashanti Goldfields and Semafo Inc.
Mr Netherway is currently the Chairman of AIM & TSXV-listed Altus Strategies plc and ASX-listed Canyon Resources Ltd. He also holds various private company directorships.

Timothy Keating

Non-Executive

Tim Keating is Head of Mining Investments Private Equity at the State General Reserve Fund (SGRF), a sovereign wealth fund of the Sultanate of Oman. Prior to joining SGRF in 2015, Mr. Keating was CEO of African Nickel Limited, a nickel sulphide development company where he grew the business through several acquisitions, project development and fund raisings.
He also worked at Investec Bank for the Commodities and Resource Finance Team (2004-2010), and at Black Mountain Mine owned by Anglo American plc, in South Africa. He is a Non-Executive Director of Kenmare Resources plc. He has a BSc Mining Engineering from West Virginia University and has a Mine Managers Certificate of Competency.

José Antonio Merino

Non-Executive

José Antonio is currently Senior Manager of Business Development at Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM), one of the world largest Lithium, Iodine and Specialty Fertilizer producers. He is also a board member of the Ajay-SQM group, a Joint Venture between SQM and Ajay Chemicals that produces Iodine derivates, with presence in North America, Europe, and Chile. Prior to joining SQM, he worked at EPG Partners as head of a mining private equity fund, at Asset Chile, a Chilean boutique investment bank, and at the equity research department of Santander Investment. He is a qualified Civil Engineer having graduated from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.