MARK CARUSO

Executive Chairman & CEO

Mark has extensive experience in mining, earthmoving and civil engineering construction earthworks.

He served as the Executive Chairman of Allied Gold Mining PLC, responsible for the delivery of the Gold Ridge Project in the Solomon Islands and the Simberi Gold Project in Papua New Guinea. He led the company to London and Toronto Stock Exchange listings and ultimately a $1.2 billion dollar merger with St Barbara in 2012.

He also presided over the Executive Chairmanship/CEO of MRC which owned operated the world class Tormin Heavy Minerals sand assets and successfully, under his stewardship, diversified into the battery mineral sector by acquiring some of the highest grade graphite projects in the world.

In addition, Mark has proven track record and ability to raise capital via debt or equity from local international investment jurisdictions.

ROBERT DOWNEY

Non-Executive Director

Rob was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia in December 1999.  He commenced work with the national firm, Phillips Fox, in the areas of energy, corporate law and mining and then moved to Blakiston and Crabb.

Rob has developed an expertise advising both Australian and foreign incorporated entities on dual listings and cross jurisdiction asset acquisition advice. Rob acted as General Counsel for a Canadian oil and gas exploration and production company with assets in Europe and Africa overseeing the dual listing on the TSX-V and AIM, the raising of £50 million and the subsequent takeover of the company by way of scheme of arrangement.

After practicing in this area for many years, Rob established a small corporate advisory firm during 2005 and was involved with the IPO listings of various mining and oil and gas companies on the ASX as well as many dual listed companies.  Rob has held, and continues to hold, directorships of many publicly listed companies and regularly advises board of issues of governance and strategy. Rob subsequently worked as a principal for three years at Perth firm Thompson Downey Cooper before founding Dominion Legal in 2016 to provide specialist and entirely client focused legal services to his clients.

DAVID ARGYLE

Non-Executive Director

David is a global mining and industrial marketing professional with over 30 years of experience in private and public company operations. He held senior management positions in mining and chemical projects in China, South East Asia, Central Asia and Australia.

He has been involved in number of resource and investment companies and recently he was a founder/co-owner of F&M Gold Resources Ltd which acquired the Bonikro Gold Mine in Cote D’Voire from Newcrest Gold Mines and merged with Allied Gold Mines. He led the acquisition and merger teams along with select site operation responsibilities, increased gold production and resources by 30% & 80% respectively while reduce OPEX/Au by 10%.

David holds a Degree in Commerce from the University of Western Australia and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

KIM WAINWRIGHT

Non-Executive Director

Kim is the owner and CEO of Xplore Resources, a Brisbane based exploration and professional services firm focused on working with businesses to develop exploration and mining projects both in Australia and overseas.

Kim has been Chair of the Queensland Exploration Council since 2019 where she is committed to working with the sector in promoting Queensland’s mineral prospectivity across the globe.

In addition, she holds a number of Directorship’s in the not-for-profit sector which are involved in developing strong community ties through charity work, including being on the Board of Prince Charles Hospital Foundation since 2018.

SIMON PHILLIPS

Chief Operating Officer

An experienced Investment professional, Simon has an excellent track record in precious metal mining and exploration investing. During his 10-year Chief Investment Officer role at Aurum Planning, Simon lead significant fund allocations to established and emerging mining operations.

Many of these groups subsequently grew into sizeable operations and created significant value for stakeholders. Simon maintains significant relationships with all aspects of mineral exploration and development, focusing on key dynamics that drive a successful resources project from exploration through to production.

TONY SHEARD

Chief Financial Officer

Tony is a highly-regarded CFO who has held senior finance and executive roles with ASX-listed mining companies for more than 20 years, plus more than 10 years of senior finance and commercial roles in engineering design and construction, resource development consulting and mining-related services.

Tony spent a number of years as CFO at Mineral Commodities Ltd (ASX: MRC), a mineral sands and graphite producer.  Prior to that, he was CFO with MSP Engineering Pty Ltd, an EPC/EPCM contractor, delivering resource development, engineering consultancy, feasibility studies and project management for the mining and minerals processing industries.  Previous senior finance roles included Iluka Resources Limited (ASX: ILU), WMC Resources, Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines and Central Norseman Gold Corp.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UWA, a Master of Business Administration from Charles Sturt University, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from FINSIA and a Graduate Diploma in Energy and Carbon Studies from Murdoch University.

BAHMAN RASHIDI

Chief Geologist

Bahman is a senior geologist with over 25 years’ industry experience in Australia and internationally in Africa, Central Asia, Middle East, Europe, and South America.

He has worked for a variety of junior and major exploration and mining companies including Normandy Mining (renamed to Newmont), 162 Group, Intec, and Mineral Commodities from greenfield exploration and project development to production and executive-level management across a broad range of commodities including gold, silver, base metals, mineral sands, industrial and battery minerals.

Bahman is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and a Registered Professional Geoscientist (RPGeo) with the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) and is a Competent Person as defined by the JORC Code (2012).

ADRIAAN DU TOIT

Consultant Geologist

Adriaan is a mining and exploration geologist with a multi-disciplinary background in mining, geology, hydrogeology and the environment over 30 years. He has worked with more than 300 mining and exploration projects in Africa, Indonesia, Asia and Australia. He has been involved in all phases of mine development – from green field exploration through to mine establishment and production.

He has held numerous senior and management positions as well as director roles in resource companies and has a reputation for excellence in the industry as well as his continuous hands-on approach to project management and field work. His strong experience in environmental aspects, regulations and the environmental assessment process have added significant value in the management and obtaining approvals for new and existing exploration and mining projects.

Adriaan holds a Honours Degree in Geology specialized in Mineral Economics and Hydrogeology, is registered with SACNASP as a Professional Geological Scientist and a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy.

DALE HANNA

Company Secretary

Dale is a Mining Executive with over 20 years experience working with many listed-ASX groups primarily involved in the mining and natural resources sectors, ranging from exploration, development and production phases.

Dale commenced his career with Ernst & Young and is a Chartered Accountant & Secretary, Dale holds current memberships at the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Governance Institute of Australia respectively.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University majoring in Accounting and Finance.

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