Board of Directors

Christo­pher Sang­ster (Direc­tor and Chief Exec­u­tive Officer)

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.

John Bent­ley (Non Exec­u­tive Chairman)

John is British and has 40 years expe­ri­ence in the nat­ural resources sec­tor.  He was Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Gencor’s Brazil­ian min­ing com­pany, Sao Bento Min­er­a­cao, from 1988 to 1993 when he became chief exec­u­tive of Engen’s Explo­ration & Pro­duc­tion divi­sion. In 1996 he was instru­men­tal in float­ing Energy Africa Ltd on the Johan­nes­burg stock exchange and became Chief Exec­u­tive for the fol­low­ing five years. More recently John was Exec­u­tive Chair­man of FirstAfrica Oil plc and a non-executive direc­tor of Adas­tra Min­er­als Ltd.

He cur­rently serves on the board of a num­ber of resource com­pa­nies includ­ing as chair­man of Faroe Petro­leum plc , deputy chair­man of Went­worth Resources Ltd and non-executive direc­tor of Resaca Exploita­tion Inc, Kea Petro­leum plc and SacOil Hold­ings Ltd. John holds a degree in Met­al­lurgy from Brunel Uni­ver­sity and lives in Scotland.

Phillip Jack­son (Non Exec­u­tive Director)


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.