Charles Hall - Non-Executive Chairman
Charles is an experienced International Banker with over 30 years with HSBC in a variety of Finance and Insurance roles. His last position was as CEO & MD HSBC Private Bank (Luxembourg) S.A. He has had significant overseas senior management experience as well as that of running complex businesses. His prime focus has been on strategy and corporate restructuring with the emphasis on re focussing businesses on their core revenue streams. Charles holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Sussex, is an Associate of the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Michael McNeilly - Chief Executive Officer
Michael is an experienced corporate financier having advised several private, Main Market listed, AIM quoted and ISDX listed companies on a variety of corporate transactions during his tenure at Arden Partners (AIM:ARDN) and Allenby Capital respectively. Metal Tiger plc (Brady plc) was one of Michael's clients whilst at Allenby Capital.
Michael was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Connemara Mining Company plc in February 2018, and was also previously a director of GGP, as well as a Corporate Executive at Coinsilium (ISDX:COIN) where he worked with early stage blockchain focused start-ups providing corporate finance and strategy advice. Prior to his career in corporate finance, he worked Simmons & Simmons and PartnerRe and started two start-ups. Michael studied Biology at Imperial College London and has BA in Economics from the American University of Paris. Michael is fluent in French.
Keith Springall - Finance Director & Company Secretary
Keith is a Chartered Accountant and an experienced AIM company Director. Keith was Finance Director of AIM quoted Porta Communications plc, prior to that of Bulgarian Property Developments plc and was Group Finance Director of AIM quoted Bartercard plc, the B2B trade exchange. Earlier in his career he held a number of senior financial positions including that of Commercial and Finance Director of Hi-Tec Sports International, the £100m turnover footwear and clothing brand and Finance Director of Jardine Matheson Companies in Hong Kong , the Philippines and Australia. Keith has recently been a director of World Federation for Mental Health UK Limited and is currently a director of St George’s Hill Lawn Tennis Club in Surrey.
Alastair Middleton - Technical Director
Alastair is a mining industry executive with more than 27 years of international experience, in both underground and open pit operations. He is a qualified geologist and has a Master of Science Degree in Mineral Exploration from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College. Alastair worked for four years as a Mining Geologist with Goldfields of South Africa in the early 1990s before joining Datamine International (UK) where he worked for 14 years as Mining Consultant. In 2008 he joined Standard Bank as a Technical Advisor where he had overall responsibility of technical approvals and “signing off” mining finance deals. Alastair worked on number of deal transactions involving debt finance, corporate finance, off-takes, equipment finance, M&A, advisory and business recoveries.
Mark Potter - Non-Executive Director
Mark is the Founder and a Partner of Sita Capital Partners LLP, an investment management and advisory firm specialising in investments in the mining industry. He was formerly a Director and Chief Investment Officer of Anglo Pacific Group, a London listed natural resources royalty company, where he successfully led a turnaround of the business through acquisitions, disposals of non-core assets, and successful equity and debt fundraisings.
Prior to Anglo Pacific, Mark was a founding member and Investment Principal for Audley Capital Advisors LLP, a London based activist hedge fund, where he was responsible for managing all natural resources investments. Mark worked on several landmark deals in the mining sector including the successful distressed investment and turnaround of Western Coal Corp and its $3.3bn sale to Walter Energy Inc.
Mark invested over $300mm during the period 2005 to 2012 in the mining sector, generating P&L in excess of $600mm and realised proceeds of over $900mm. The Audley European Opportunities Fund was nominated by Eurohedge as a top performing hedge fund in the event-driven space for 2006, 2007 and 2010.
Prior to Audley Capital, Mark worked in corporate finance for Salomon Smith Barney (Citigroup) and Dawnay, Day, a private equity and corporate finance advisory boutique and completed over $2bn of M&A, equity and debt transactions. Mark graduated with an MA degree from Trinity College, University of Cambridge.
Terry Grammer - Non-Executive Director
Terry is an award-winning geologist with over 40 years’ experience in mining and mineral exploration with extensive experience in Australia, Africa, Southeast Asia and New Zealand and has been involved in numerous ASX-listed companies that have achieved dramatic growth.
As geologist, Terry discovered the Cosmos Nickel deposit for ASX-listed Jubilee Mines NL which went on to be an ASX Top 200 company and for which Terry was awarded the AMEC (Association of Mining & Exploration Companies) joint Prospector of the Year in 2000. As co-founder/director, Terry listed Western Areas NL (ASX:WSA) in 2000 (and served as Exploration Manager from 2000 to 2004) which became an ASX Top 200 company. Terry was Chairman of South Boulder Mines (ASX:STB) from 2008-2013 which grew to be an ASX Top 300 company. From 2010 to 2015, Terry was a director of Sirius Resources NL (ASX:SIR) and helped to guide the Company through the discovery, feasibility and development funding of the Nova nickel and copper deposits in Western Australia, that saw the company's share price dramatically rise from AUD$0.05 in July 2012 to a peak above AUD$5 per share in early 2013 and become an ASX Top 200 company.
Neville Bergin - Non-Executive Director
Neville is a mining engineer with almost four decades of accumulated experience in the mining industry. He has had exposure to a range of commodities and both underground and open pit operational experience. His broad experience base encompasses many operational and executive roles, and five years’ experience as a non-executive director of both ASX listed and unlisted companies including Northern Star Resources Limited. Neville was previously Vice President of Gold Fields Australia Pty Ltd where he was in charge of operational management of two mines.
Neville has extensive experience in technical due diligence having undertaken this type of investigation for several past employers. He is also well versed in study management having managed several feasibility studies. He has a BSc from the Camborne School of Mines in the UK and currently runs his own mining consultancy business.