Board

Andrew Richards PhotoAndrew Richards

Executive Chairman

Mr Richards is a geologist with over 30 years of experience in the international mining industry which included company management and project finance. He has worked at a senior level in both production and exploration over a wide variety of areas and commodities and also undertaken technical reviews, project audits and monitored project construction. He is a member of the AusIMM, AIG and SEG. Mr Richards has worked extensively with gold, base metals, rare earths and industrial minerals in Australasia, Asia, Africa and South America. He is and has been on the boards of several listed companies on ASX and AIM and was previously Managing Director and CEO of two ASX listed companies operating in China.

john evans B& WJohn Evans

Non-Executive Director (BCom (Hons), FCA, CPA, MAICD)

Mr. Evans holds a Commerce (Hons) degree from the University of Queensland, is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, and is a member of both CPA Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr. Evans is currently the Principal of a Business Broking and Advisory practice, and advises a broad range of businesses, in both the SME sector and larger corporate clients, on matters such as strategic planning, marketing, governance, and financial analysis. Prior to this, Mr. Evans held a series of executive positions in Finance and General Management in Australian public company groups over a 15 year period, in industries including telecommunications, banking and insurance, superannuation and funds management, media, hospitality and property development.

He has held several other non-executive directorships in Australian public companies, including Intermoco Limited, MediVac Limited and HealthLinx Limited. He is also a director of several private companies, one not-for-profit organisation, and provides board consulting services to three other company groups.

John Cathcart

Non-Executive Director

Mr Cathcart has 30 years experience in mining and mining investment analysis and extensive experience in the resources sector at a technical, corporate and financial level, working in gold, copper and nickel at several major operations. He made the successful transition to the financial sector and broking in 1994 where he established a very strong reputation with several brokers including Baillieu’s, BT, HSBC and CommSec before running the Resources portfolio at Thorney Investments.

Mr Cathcart remains an investment manager at Thorney as well as a director of the recently established stockbroking firm Rawson Lewis.

Beau Nicholls

Non-Executive Director

Mr Nicholls is a geologist and project manager with over 25 years of international experience and has worked in over 20 countries including Australia, Eastern Europe, West Africa and South America and established a solid technical and practical base to operate in challenging environments.

Mr Nicholls has a wide technical and corporate management experience at a senior level in gold exploration and mining for both mining groups and international consulting groups. He spent 8 years working in Brazil and speaks Portuguese fluently.