Board and Management

Experienced management team with a proven track record of development success

Mr Bradley Drabsch

B.Sc. (Hons)Consultant

Mr Drabsch is a geologist with over 20 years’ experience and has extensive, first-hand knowledge of the Kroussou Project. He was most recently the Managing Director at Trek Metals Limited, where he was responsible for identifying and securing the Kroussou Project and for validating large scale, near surface zinc-lead potential. He has previously worked as Exploration Manager for Doray Minerals Limited, Montezma Mining Company Limited, Duketon Mining Limited and also had key senior exploration roles for Ivanhoe Mines and Independence Group NL.

Mr Cédrick Gineste

BTS Applied Geology, MSc EGERMExploration Manager

Mr Gineste has overseas exploration experience spanning 20 years in West Africa, Central Africa, New Caledonia, Australia, Madagascar, Guyana and Morocco. Having started as a geology technician to become a senior geologist and then project/exploration manager, Mr Gineste’s technical expertise allowed him to also become a part time lecturer on exploration techniques and GIS tools. He has worked for INCO, Resolute Mining Limited, Armada Exploration and CSA Global. Mr Gineste was also the Exploration Manager at Trek Metals, overseeing the Kroussou Project.

Mr Hugo Schumann

MBA, CFA, B.Bus.Sci (Hons)Non-Executive Director

Mr Schumann commenced his career as a management consultant before moving into the natural resources sector, initially as part of an investing team in London focused on early stage mining projects and then working in corporate development functions for a number of listed mining and energy companies. He has a decade of experience in the financing and development of mining and energy projects globally across a range of commodities. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Business Science (Finance CA) from the University of Cape Town.

Mr Robert Behets

B.Sc. (Hons.), FAusIMM, MAIGNon-Executive Director

Mr Behets is a geologist with over 28 years’ experience in the mineral exploration and mining industry in Australia and internationally. He has had extensive corporate and management experience and has been Director of a number of ASX-listed companies in the resources sector including Mantra Resources Limited (“Mantra”), Papillon Resources Limited, and Berkeley Energia Limited. Mr Behets was instrumental in the founding, growth and development of Mantra, an African-focused uranium company, through to its acquisition by ARMZ for approximately A$1 billion in 2011. Prior to Mantra, he held various senior management positions during a long career with WMC Resources Limited.

Mr Dylan Browne

B.Com, CA, AGIAChief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

Mr Browne is a Chartered Accountant and Associate Member of the Governance Institute of Australia (Chartered Secretary) who is currently Company Secretary for a number of ASX and European listed companies that operate in the resources sector. He commenced his career at a large international accounting firm and has since been involved with a number of exploration and development companies operating in the resources sector, based from London and Perth, including Berkeley Energia Limited, Prairie Mining Limited and Papillon Resources Limited. Mr Browne successfully listed Prairie Mining Limited on the Main Board of the London Stock Exchange and the Warsaw Stock Exchange in 2015 and recently oversaw Berkeley’s listings on the Main Board LSE and the Madrid, Barcelona, Bilboa and Valencia Stock Exchanges.

Mr Ian Middlemas

B.Com, CAChairman

Mr Middlemas is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He worked for a large international Chartered Accounting firm before joining the Normandy Mining Group where he was a senior group executive for approximately 10 years. He has had extensive corporate and management experience, and is currently a director with a number of publicly listed companies in the resources sector.

Mr Robert Behets

B.Sc. (Hons.), FAusIMM, MAIGNon-Executive Director

Mr Behets is a geologist with over 28 years’ experience in the mineral exploration and mining industry in Australia and internationally. He has had extensive corporate and management experience and has been Director of a number of ASX-listed companies in the resources sector including Mantra Resources Limited (“Mantra”), Papillon Resources Limited, and Berkeley Energia Limited. Mr Behets was instrumental in the founding, growth and development of Mantra, an African-focused uranium company, through to its acquisition by ARMZ for approximately A$1 billion in 2011. Prior to Mantra, he held various senior management positions during a long career with WMC Resources Limited.

Mr Hugo Schumann

MBA, CFA, B.Bus.Sci (Hons)Non-Executive Director

Mr Schumann commenced his career as a management consultant before moving into the natural resources sector, initially as part of an investing team in London focused on early stage mining projects and then working in corporate development functions for a number of listed mining and energy companies. He has a decade of experience in the financing and development of mining and energy projects globally across a range of commodities. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Business Science (Finance CA) from the University of Cape Town.

Dr Michel Bonnemaison

D. Sc., PhD F. SEGNon-Executive Director

Dr Bonnemaison is a French geologist with extensive experience in Europe, Africa and South America. D. Bonnemaison spent much of the last 35 years working with the French geological survey (BRGM) and was the Deputy Head of Minerals Resources Division. He was President and CEO of SEIEMSA, a subsidiary of the BRGM mining group in Spain. Dr Bonnemaison completed a PhD on the metallogeny of the Salsigne gold mine and is widely recognized as one of the prominent authorities on gold deposits in France.

Mr Mark Pearce

B.Bus, CA, FCIS, FFin Non-Executive Director

Mr Pearce is a Chartered Accountant and is currently a director of several listed companies that operate in the resources sector. He has had considerable experience in the formation and development of listed resource companies and has worked for several large international Chartered Accounting firms. Mr Pearce is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Mr Ajay Kejriwal

BSc (Economics), ACANon-Executive Director

Mr Kejriwal has over 25 years’ experience in finance and commerce, and is currently a consultant to Juniper Capital, a natural resource investment and advisory business. Prior to Juniper Capital he was a banker leading many investment transactions across oil and gas, mining, real estate and asset management sectors. He has previously worked as a banker for the Principal Investments business at Nomura in London and Hong Kong, Cazenove and Co and Morgan Stanley. Mr Kejriwal is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in 1994.