Meet The Team

Board & Management

Brian Kiernan, Executive Chairman

Over 25 years experience in the exploration and mining business in Africa and North America. Previously CEO of the successful exploration and development company Moydow Mines International Inc where he oversaw the discovery and development of several world class gold deposits, most notably at Subika, now part of the Newmont Ahafo mine. Currently Chairman of Minerex Drilling a West African drilling contractor.

Al Gourley , Non-Executive Director

Al is the Regional Managing Partner of the Fasken’s London office. He is a globally recognised resource lawyer, having led many UK and Canadian initial public offerings, secondary and alternative finance transactions, as well as mergers and acquisitions, in the resource sector, particularly cross-border transactions involving Europe, Africa, Australia and Canada.

James Hannon, CFO

Extensive range of financial and corporate finance advisory experience ranging from private company mandates and private equity transactions to international IPOs and secondary fundraisings on the LSE/ AIM/TSX/ASX. Formerly of international natural resources broking and financial advisory firms GMP Securities, as Partner, and Haywood Securities; he has also previously worked for PWC, Old Mutual Securities and Grant Thornton.

Mark Bolton , Non-Executive Director

Mark is the CEO of major shareholder Panthera Resources PLC. Mark has considerable experience in the development and financing of new minerals projects, particularly in emerging economies. He has held senior executive roles in many companies listed on the AIM, ASX, LSE and TSX, including La Mancha Australia and First Quantum Minerals Ltd.

Exploration Team

Kieran Harrington, Geology Consultant

Kieran was formerly Technical Director at Papua Mining plc and Director and Chief Operations Officer at Glencar Mining plc. He has over 35 years experience in mining and exploration. He also previously worked with Minerex, Tara Prospecting Ltd and Burmin Exploration and Development Ltd. He led the exploration teams that discovered the multi-million ounce Wassa gold deposit in Ghana and the Komana deposit in Mali.

Antony Truelove, Geology Consultant

Over 30 years’ experience in the mining industry, the majority within Australia but with several overseas assignments including work in Indonesia, Zimbabwe, China, India, Korea and West Africa. He has held senior positions with Shell, Billiton, Newmont, Newcrest, Delta Gold, Indo Gold and most recently floated and was Managing Director of ASX listed company Southern Cross Goldfields Ltd.

Tahir Ahmed, Chief Geologist with PW Nigeria Limited

Tahir holds a BSc degree in Geology and MSc in Mining & Mineral Exploration. He has 15 years’ experience working in the solid mineral exploration sector, much of which has been focused on gold and base metal exploration. Her has worked on projects in Nigeria for numerous companies including Erin Mineral Resources and Watts Griffis & McOuat Limited and for London Africa Limited in Eritrea. Tahir is a corporate member of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) and a registered member of the Nigerian Council of Mining Engineers and Geoscientists (COMEG). Tahir is based at PW Nigeria’s Mining Division in Minna.

Schadrac Ibrango, Consulting Exploration and Resource Geologist

Dr. Ibrango is a consulting geologist with twenty-two years of experience in the mining industry the majority within Canada and Burkina-Faso but with several overseas assignments including work in USA, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Morocco, Mauritanian, Ivory Coast and Republic of Congo. His experience covers a whole range of commodities including gold, base metals, iron, bauxite, lithium, Rare Earth Elements, graphite, phosphates and potash. Dr. Ibrango is acting as an QP (Qualified Person) and Competent Person (CP) for reporting Mineral Resource Estimates, writing and releasing reports according the Ni43-101 and JORC codes. He is member as professional geologist of the Ordre des Géologues du Québec as well as the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador. Dr. Ibrango hold a Master of the University of Ouagadougou (Burkina-Faso), a PhD of the Darmstadt University of Technology (Germany) and an Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) of the Quebec University in Montreal (Canada).