Board of Directors
Mr Rob Thomson
Rob Thomson, who was appointed as our managing director in November 2016, has previously had key roles in taking 8 exploration projects through to mining operations. These include Finder’s Wetar 28,000tpa copper cathode project in Indonesia, Kingsgate’s 125,000+ ozpa Chatree open-cut gold mine in Thailand, Oxiana’s 125,000+ ozpa Sepon open-cut CIL gold mine in Laos, and Climax Mining’s Didipio 150,000+ oz ( gold equivalent) gold/copper project in the Philippines.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Queensland and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Wollongong. He is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Rob started his career in underground gold mining in Southern Africa more than a few decades ago and went on to successful roles as CEO; executive director and director (ASX, AIM and TSX.V) and field roles building and establishing mines as general manager and project director, with local and international mining companies.
He is now focused on bringing our fully permitted near-surface South African JORC resource of 3.4Moz into production and ramping it up to a 100,000oz a year operation.
Mr Trevor Fourie
Non-executive director / chairman
Trevor Fourie was appointed as a director of the company in January 2012
He has more than 15 years of resource and mining industry experience as well as 24 years of experience in corporate and retail banking with Barclays Bank and First National Bank, a division of FirstRand Bank. Trevor was formerly a non-executive director of Galaxy Gold , an executive director of FBC Future Bank and marketing director for WesBank, a division of FirstRand Bank .
Following his move to Australia, Trevor was appointed chief executive officer of the leasing division at RMB Australia and executive director of RMB Australia (Rand Merchant Bank Australia). Since 2008, Trevor has pursued his own ventures in the financial services and resources sectors His education includes the Advanced Management Program from Harvard and Advanced Executive Program from University of South Africa
Mr Bill Richie Yang
Richie Yang is an experienced company director, working primarily in the mining resources sector. He has more than 10 years of corporate finance experience working with public and private companies, assisting them with capital raising and corporate structures.
Richie previously held executive positions for various public companies developing iron ore and gold assets where he successfully managed in-house teams and external contractors in completing scoping and feasibility studies for various Australian mining projects.
Richie holds a Bachelor degree from the University of New South Wales majoring in business economics and finance.
He currently holds a non-executive director position with ASX-listed gold company Bligh Resources.
Mr Simon Liu
Simon Liu is a founding partner and president of Hanhong Private Equity Investment Company. He has been a director of our South African registered wholly owned subsidiary Stonewall Mining for the past 18 months and is well acquainted with Stonewall’s operations.
Simon graduated from the School of Journalism and Communication at Renmin University in China. He has more than 20 years of experience in the marketing and consulting industry. He is also highly acknowledged for his skills in petroleum and mining investment projects, having more than 8 years of management experience.
Dr Eric Zhang
Eric Zhang has worked in investment project, financial analysis and policy analysis in Australia and Asia for more than 10 years. He has very rich experiences across financial institutions, government agencies and education sections. He has long been engaged in capital management and risk management for the banking industry. His expertise in project management, bankruptcy prediction, analysis and management has also brought quite substantial benefits for government agencies.
Eric is the chief executive officer and a director of Tasman Funds Management Pty Ltd, a Sydney–China based funds management company. He is also a director of China Construction International Corporation (Australia), a Chinese state-owned enterprise subsidiary in Australia..
Eric holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Macquarie University, a Master of Science by Research from Macquarie University, and a Master of Engineering from University of Technology.