Board of Directors

Non-Executive Chairman – Robin A. Fryer FCCA, CPA, CA(SA)

Robin is a financial consultant by background and a former senior partner with Deloitte LLP, where he held roles including Global Mining and Metals Industry Leader and Global Audit Managing Director during his 40 year tenure. More recently, Mr Fryer acted as a Non-Executive Director for AIM-quoted Shanta Gold Limited for eight years, where he chaired the audit committee. Robin has extensive experience advising multinational companies in mining, manufacturing and construction sectors in Europe, Africa, North and South America and Australia. He has experience in IPO’s, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence on acquisition targets, financial reporting, internal control, risk management and internal audit. Robin is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

CEO – Kevin Van Wouw BSc (Hons) App Sc. – Met., HND, ND Ex. Met., FSAIMM.

Kevin has over 30 years’ experience in the mining industry. He has been CEO of listed and private companies, raising capital and negotiation acquisitions and mergers, with a focus on Africa. He has extensive experience of project management of capital projects from small to large in a multi-discipline environment in excess of US$1 billion in value and has experience of running a major international OEM equipment manufacturing company. Kevin has in-depth knowledge of the development of projects across many different currencies and sovereign regions, and the macro economic impact of African projects. Kevin is the founder of PenMin (Pty) Ltd, a Botswanan mining company, and was previously the general manager of operations for FLSmidth (Pty) Ltd’s South African office, and project director of LionOre Mining International Limited, a London, Toronto and Australian listed mining company, with operations in Botswana and Australia. He pioneered the application of pre-concentration to the nickel industry. He is a Fellow of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

COO – Luke Knight

Luke commenced his career in the mining sector in 1997, working as a Manager for New Projects with the Olympus Mining Group and Miranda Minerals Ltd. His activities saw him supervise mineral exploration projects in various countries in Africa and South America. Luke was a founding member of Platmin Limited and the COO of its South African operating subsidiary. Luke joined AMED as a director responsible for portfolio monitoring. Luke brings a wealth of experience in the management of exploration and development projects in Africa. Luke completed commerce modules in Commercial Law, Business Management, Economics and Accounting at the University of South Africa. He did not complete any formal qualifications in these studies.

Technical Director – Dr Ross McGowan PhD MGeol FGS FSEG

Ross is the founder of the Resource Exploration & Development Group, where he leads and drives the technical, investment and funding strategy with a focus on mineral resources in Africa. He is also the former Managing Director of African Mining Consultants and is the CEO of Armada Exploration Ltd. Ross also holds numerous directorship roles, including with Armada Minerals Ltd, FrontEx Ltd and Red Sea Energy Ltd. He has been involved academically, technically and corporately, with the mining industry in Africa, for over 20 years. Ross is a co-recipient of the 2015 PDAC Thayer Lindsley Award for an international Mineral Discovery for Kamoa in the DRC (which forms part of Ivanhoe’s Kamoa-Kakula project), is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists and completed his PhD research in economic geology, focused on the copper and cobalt deposits of the Zambian Copperbelt.

Non-Executive – Annelise C. I. Barradale LLB (Hons.) European Law (2:1) LLB SA

Annelise is an English and South African dual-qualified international corporate and commercial lawyer who has over 10 years of experience in the energy, mining, oil and gas and mineral exploration sectors (both in-house and private practice). Annelise has held various senior in-house roles, including as senior legal counsel for ArcelorMittal Mining UK Limited and as sole legal counsel for premium-listed Pharos Energy plc. Annelise graduated from both the Rhodes University, South Africa and the University of Warwick.

Non-Executive – Deon Van Der Mescht NHD Metalliferous Mining (Wits)

Deon is experienced in African and Australian gold and copper mining projects, having started his career at Gengold working at the Winkelhaak mine in the early 1980s; he was subsequently appointed by Durban Roodepoort Deep as Production Manager in 1997 at the Buffelsfontein mine, appointed as General Manager of the Blyvooruitzicht Mine in 2001, and appointed as Head of South African operations at DRDGOLD in 2003. Deon has since acted as Director and CEO of Simmer & Jack Mines, President and CEO of First Uranium Corporation and did advisory work for Anglogold Ashanti’s South African operations. More recently, he has worked for Glencore on several projects, including CEO of CSA (Cobar) copper mine in Australia and as COO at Glencore’s Mopani Copper Mines in Zambia. Deon has a National Higher Diploma in Metalliferous Mining from Technikon Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Non-Executive – Roy A. Pitchford CA(SA)

Roy has over 30 years executive and managerial expertise as well as a proven track record in Southern Africa in the junior mining industry. During his career in the resource development arena he has held the position CEO and/or Director for numerous AIM and Main Market companies, including African Minerals Limited, Vast Resources plc, Central African Gold plc, African Platinum plc, Keras Resources plc and Cluff Resources Zimbabwe Limited (listed on the ZSE in Zimbabwe). He has also held directorships with Zimbabwe Platinum Mines Ltd (listed on the ASX), and Delta Gold Zimbabwe (Pvt) Limited. Roy currently acts as Chairman of Contago Holdings plc and Director of Mining, Minerals & Metals plc, both of which are on the Standard List. Roy is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA (Z)).