Board of Directors

nathanielNathaniel le Roux – Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Nathaniel “Nat” le Roux spent most of his career in financial markets and was Chief Executive of IG Group plc between 2002 and 2006.  He is an independent director of the London Metal Exchange and a trustee of various charities. Nat was born in Scotland and went to school in Edinburgh.  He holds an MA in Law from Cambridge University and an MSc is Anthropology from University College London.

david-swanRichard Gray – Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Mr Richard Gray most recently served as Head of Mining & Expansion at Avocet Mining PLC. He has extensive international experience, in both underground and open pit mine operations, and brings considerable operational knowledge and management experience and skills to the Company, particularly in the development and implementation of gold mining projects.  He has previously held various roles at both majors and juniors within the gold mining sector and his successful career has included 15 years working in South Africa for Gencor Ltd and 10 years in West Africa for Golden Star Resources Ltd.  Whilst at Golden Star he served as General Manager of Bogoso Gold Limited, General Manager of Golden Star Wassa Limited and Senior Vice President Operations of Golden Star Resources Ltd.  He holds a BSc (Hons) Mining Engineering from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business, Cape Town University.

Christopher Sangster – Non Executive Director

BSc (Hons), ARSM, GDE Mr Sangster is a mining engineer with over 28 years experience in the mining industry. He has a BSc Hons in Mining Engineering from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College in London and a GDE in Mineral Economics from the University of Witwatersrand. He currently lives close to the Company’s exploration licences at Comrie in Scotland with his wife and family. Mr Sangster’s career covers extensive production and technical experience at senior levels in both junior and multi-national companies in gold, diamonds and base metals in Africa, UK and Canada and covers a wide range of mining applications. Between 1996 and 1999 Mr Sangster was General Manger for Caledonia Mining Corporation for the Cononish Gold Project and a Director of Fynegold Exploration, where he was responsible for all aspects of the project including feasibility study preparation, project due diligence, finance negotiations, exploration initiatives and planning permission applications. After 1999, Mr Sangster moved to the Zambian Copperbelt with Anglo American Plc / KCMPlc where he attained the position of Vice President Mining Services and in 2005 joined Australian Mining Consultants as a Principal Mining Engineer. More recently, Mr Sangster was employed as General Manager for AIM – listed company European Diamonds Plc.

Phillip Jackson – Non-Executive Director

BJuris LLB MBA FAICD Mr Jackson is a barrister and solicitor with over 25 years legal and international corporate experience, especially in the areas of commercial and contract law; mining law and corporate structuring. He has worked extensively in the Middle East ; Asia and the United States of America. In Australia , he was formerly a managing legal counsel for Western Mining Corporation, and in private practice specialized in small to medium resource companies. Mr Jackson is currently a director and senior executive of the Australian and Asian subsidiaries of a large multinational oil services company. He has been a director of a number of Australian public companies, particularly junior mining companies. His experience includes management, finance, accounting and human resources. He has been chairman of Aurora Minerals Limited since it listed in 2004 and Desert Energy Limited, since it listed in August 2007.

Gabriel Chiappini – Non-Executive Director and Company Secretary

Gabriel Chiappini is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience as a finance professional and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. For the last 10 years Mr Chiappini has been managing his own Consulting Firm (Laurus Corporate Services) offering Non Executive Director and Company Secretarial services to a variety of ASX listed companies. Mr Chiappini has provided advice and services on equity raisings and divestment and acquisition strategies. Mr Chiappini is an experienced company director and is currently also a non-executive director of ASX-listed Black Rock Mining Limited, Sunbird Energy Limited and Fastbrick Robotics.

David Swan – Chief Financial Officer

David is a chartered accountant (FCA ICAANZ and ICAEW) with more than 30 years’ experience in the natural resources’ sector. David is UK based, originally from Perth, Western Australia. He is a non-executive director of several public mining and natural resources companies. His experience includes successful project funding mandates and he has overseen the transition of a number of companies from start-up through to production. David has been involved with IPO’s, corporate reconstructions and international stock exchange listings.