Michael Atkins (Chairman)
Mr Atkins is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and was a founding partner of a national Chartered Accounting practice from 1979 to 1987. Since 1987 he has been involved in the executive management of several publicly listed resource companies with operations in Australia, USA, South East Asia and Africa.
He was Managing Director of Claremont Petroleum NL and Beach Petroleum NL during 1990 and 1991 during their reconstruction, and then remained as a Non Executive Director until 1995. He was also founding Executive Chairman of Gallery Gold NL in 1998, and remained a Non Executive Director until 2000.
He is currently Director, Corporate Finance at Paterson’s Securities Limited and Chairman of Azumah Resources Limited.
Mark Wilson (Managing Director)
Mr Wilson is a Member of the Institution of Engineers, Australia and a Chartered Professional Engineer with an Associateship in Civil Engineering from Curtin University in Western Australia. He has an extensive business background, mainly in corporate management and project engineering.
This has included site management of remote construction projects, ten years of commercial construction as a founding proprietor of a Perth based company and the past sixteen years in executive, non-executive, consulting and owner roles in resource focused companies. He served as a Director of Duketon Goldfields NL in 1995/1996 and of Cambrian Resources NL (Servicepoint Ltd) from 1999 to 2003.
Derek Waterfield (Executive Director – Technical)
Mr Waterfield is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and a graduate of the University of Queensland (B.Sc. Hons). He has over 20 years experience in gold, base metals, iron ore, nickel and uranium exploration throughout Australia and Cameroon.
He started his career with CRA Exploration Pty Ltd and has held senior exploration leadership positions with Normandy Mining and Newmont Australia, and led the team that discovered the Moolart Well gold deposit in the Duketon Belt 350km north of Kalgoorlie. He was Exploration Manager at Legend Mining for five years managing Legend’s WA and Cameroon projects. More recently he has been Exploration Manager for Enterprise Metals Ltd, responsible for gold, iron ore, uranium and base metal exploration in WA.
Dermot Ryan (Non-Executive Director)
Mr Ryan is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, a Chartered Professional Geologist and a graduate from Curtin University in Western Australia (B.App.Sc.). He has over 30 years experience in the discovery and successful development of gold, base metals, iron ore and diamond deposits.
He has spent 20 years with the CRA (Rio Tinto) group of companies, including ten years as Chief Geologist for CRA Exploration in various parts of Australia. He was General Manager Exploration for Great Central Mines / Normandy Yandal Operations in the 5 year period up to 2001. He has acted as a mineral exploration consultant to both private and public mining and exploration companies in Western Australia, with an emphasis on the gold industry.
Dennis Wilkins (Company Secretary)
Mr Wilkins is the founder and principal of DWCorporate Pty Ltd a leading privately held corporate advisory firm servicing the natural resources industry.
Since 1994 he has been a director of, and involved in the executive management of, several publicly listed resource companies with operations in Australia, PNG, Scandinavia and Africa. From 1995 to 2001 he was the Finance Director of Lynas Corporation Ltd during the period when the Mt Weld Rare Earths project was acquired by the group. He was also founding director and advisor to Atlas Iron Limited at the time of Atlas’ initial public offering in 2006.
Since July 2001 Mr Wilkins has been running DWCorporate Pty Ltd where he advises on the formation of, and capital raising for, emerging companies in the Australian resources sector.
He is currently non-executive Chairman of Australian listed company Key Petroleum Limited, non-executive Director of Minemakers Limited and Company Secretary of Enterprise Metals Ltd.