Non-Executive Chairman – Peter Bilbe, B.Eng. (Mining) (Hons), MAusIMM
Mr Bilbe is a Mining Engineer with over 40 years’ experience in the Australian and International mining industry at the operating, corporate and business level. He has comprehensive experience in all facets of open pit and underground mining and processing operations including exploration, feasibility studies, construction and provision of mining contract services.
Mr Bilbe has previously held senior management positions at Mount Gibson Iron, Aztec Resources Ltd, Portman Ltd, Aurora Gold Corp and Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines and is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of Independence Group NL.
Non Executive Director – Ashok Parekh BBUS FCA, AIMM, FTIA
Mr Ashok Parekh is a chartered accountant, with over 40 years’ experience, who owns a large Accounting Practice in Kalgoorlie, which he has operated for 33 years. He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 by the Governor General of Australia, and was recently awarded the Meritorious Service Award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the highest award granted by the institute in Australia.
Mr Parekh has over 33 years’ experience in providing advice to mining companies and service providers to the mining industry. He has spent many years negotiating with public listed companies and prospectors on mining deals which have resulted in new IPOs and the commencement of new gold mining operations. He has also been involved in the management of gold mining and milling companies in the Kalgoorlie region, and has been the Managing Director of some of these companies. He is well known in the West Australian mining industry and has a very successful background in the ownership of numerous businesses in the Goldfields.
Non Executive Director – Jeffrey Williams BSc (Mining Eng), MBA, FAusIMM
Mr Jeffrey Williams has over 40 years’ industry experience with 16 years’ experience as a professional mining engineer in Australia and seven years in the stockbroking industry, and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. His mining experience ranges from mine planning, underground management and feasibility studies through to mine development.
Mr Williams was the Managing Director of Mineral Deposits Ltd for 15 years and departed in late 2011. He secured the Sabodala gold and Grande Cote zircon projects in Senegal in West Africa, and commenced gold production in March 2009. The market capitalisation of Mineral Deposits Limited increased from AUD$6 million in 2003 to over AUD$1000 million in 2011. Mr Williams has since been involved in other smaller mining companies on the ASX to develop exploration plans mostly in Australia.
He is currently a Director of Herencia Resources plc.
Managing Director – Jon Price MAusIMM, MAICD
Mr Price has over 25 years’ experience in Australia and overseas across all aspects of the industry including exploration, development, construction and mining operations in the gold and advanced minerals sectors. Jon graduated as a metallurgist and holds a Masters in Mineral Economics from the Western Australian School of Mines. He then worked in various gold and advanced mineral operations including general manager of the Paddington gold and St Ives gold operations in the Western Australian goldfields.
More recently, Jon was the founding Managing Director of Phoenix Gold Ltd, currently being acquired by Evolution Mining Ltd. During his tenure, Jon oversaw the reconsolidation of under explored tenure in the Western Australian goldfields and realised significant exploration success.
Company Secretary – Bianca Taveira
Mrs Taveira is an experienced company administrator and manager who has acted as Company Secretary to a number of unlisted public and ASX listed natural resource companies for over two decades. During this time Mrs Taveira has been involved in a number of initial public offerings, reverse takeover transactions, corporate transactions and capital raisings. Mrs Taveira has a corporate and compliance background and is experienced with administration of the shareholder registry, the ASX Listing Rules, mining tenement management and the Department of Mines regulations. Mrs Taveira is currently also the Company Secretary of Reward Minerals Ltd (ASX: RWD) and Yandal Resources Limited (ASX: YRL).