Board and Management

Experienced management team with a proven track record of development success

Mr Neil Inwood

M.Sc, B.Sc, FAusIMMExecutive Director

Mr Inwood is a Geologist with over 25 years’ international experience in the exploration and mining industry, particularly in base metals, gold and speciality metals. He has had significant management, consulting, and venture capital experience, and was previously Managing Director of Berkut Minerals Limited, Executive Geologist with Verona Capital, Principal Resource Geologist with the international mining consultancy Coffey Mining, and spent nine years with Barrick Gold.

Mr Inwood led the geological team that established the world-class endowment of the Panda Hill Niobium Project in Tanzania; and most recently assisted Odyssey Gold Limited with their project acquisitions in the Murchison Goldfields of Western Australia. He holds a Master’s Degree in Geology and is Fellow of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

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 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 Neil Inwood

M.Sc, B.Sc, FAusIMMExecutive Director

Mr Inwood is a Geologist with over 25 years’ international experience in the exploration and mining industry, particularly in base metals, gold and speciality metals. He has had significant management, consulting, and venture capital experience, and was previously Managing Director of Berkut Minerals Limited, Executive Geologist with Verona Capital, Principal Resource Geologist with the international mining consultancy Coffey Mining, and spent nine years with Barrick Gold.

Mr Inwood led the geological team that established the world-class endowment of the Panda Hill Niobium Project in Tanzania; and most recently assisted Odyssey Gold Limited with their project acquisitions in the Murchison Goldfields of Western Australia. He holds a Master’s Degree in Geology and is Fellow of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

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.

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.

John Welborn

B.Com, CA, MAICD, SA Fin, MAUSIMM, JPNon-Executive Director

Mr Welborn is a highly accomplished and internationally respected resource company director with significant relevant African experience. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Mr Welborn is currently Managing Director and CEO of Equatorial Resource Limited.

Mr Welborn is French speaking and has operated extensively in West and Central Africa, including the successful development and/or operation of mining projects in Mali, Cote D’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Senegal, Gabon, Cameroon and the Republic of Congo.

Mr Welborn was recently the Managing Director and CEO of African focussed gold producer Resolute Mining Limited over a five-year period which saw the company’s market capitalisation grow from less than $200 million to more than $1 billion, through the development, acquisition, and operation of new underground and open-pit gold mining operations which resulted in production of more than 1.7 million ounces of gold.