Board of Directors
Patrick Cheetham Executive Chairman
Francis Johnstone Non-Executive Director*
Neil Herbert Non-Executive Director**
Colin Fitch LLM, FCIS Company Secretary
Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Audit Committee
** Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee
The Directors and Officers of the Company are:
Patrick Cheetham, aged 49 Executive Chairman Mr Cheetham is the founder of the Company. He is a mining geologist with 28 years experience in mineral exploration and 22 years in public company management. Mr Cheetham started his career as an exploration geologist in Australia with Western Mining Corporation and prior to that worked for Imperial Metals Corporation in British Columbia, Canada. From 1986 to 1993 he was joint managing director of Dragon Mining NL, during which time he was responsible for the formation of that company, the identification of and acquisition of its exploration projects, its listing on the Australian Stock Exchange and the subsequent development of its exploration projects. Patrick co-founded Archaean Gold N.L. in 1993 — the subject of a successful $50 million takeover bid by Lachlan Resources NL. He is currently also Chairman of Tertiary Minerals plc.
Francis Johnstone, aged 44 (Senior) Non-Executive Director Mr Johnstone is a founding director of the Company with over 20 years experience in the mining sector. He was until recently Commercial Director of Ridge Mining plc, an AIM listed mining company, focused on its platinum and associated metal projects in South Africa. In July 2009, Aquarius Platinum Limited acquired Ridge Mining in a
recommended takeover for £143 million. He is currently a non-executive director of Brazilian Diamonds Limited, a company which is actively exploring a number of diamondiferous kimberlites in Brazil and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and AIM. He is also a non-executive director of Hidefield Gold plc, an AIM listed company with gold exploration interests in North and South America.
Neil Herbert, aged 43 Non-Executive Director Mr Herbert is also a founding director of the Company. He is Executive Deputy Chairman of Polo Resources Limited, and a non-executive director of Vatukoula Gold Plc and UrAmerica Plc. He was Finance Director of UraMin Inc from July 2005 until December 2007 where he managed the company through a series of acquisitions and rapid growth,
the raising of over US$400 million of funding and the eventual sale of the company to AREVA, the nuclear group, for US$ 2.5 billion. Mr Herbert has 11 years experience in the mineral sector and was formerly Finance Director of Galahad Gold Plc, International Molybdenum Plc, Kalahari Diamond Resources Plc and HPD Exploration Plc. He was also Chief Financial Officer of the AIM listed Argentinean gold explorer Brancote Holdings plc from September 2001, until the successful completion of its acquisition by Meridian Gold Inc in July 2002 and prior to this he was Group Financial Controller of Antofagasta plc from 1998 to 2001. Before joining the mineral sector he worked for accountancy firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers and he is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Colin Fitch MA, LLM, FCIS, aged 77 Company Secretary
Colin Fitch is a Barrister-at-Law, and was previously Corporate Finance Director of Kleinwort Benson, Partner and Head of Corporate Finance at Rowe & Pitman (SG Warburg Securities) and Assistant Secretary at the London Stock Exchange. He has also held a number of non-executive directorships of public and private companies, including
Merrydown Plc. He is currently Company Secretary for Tertiary Minerals plc.