Board of Directors

David Cather – Independent Non-Executive Chairman

David joined the Board in April 2021. David was formerly CEO (Mining) of Abu Dhabi Capital Group, a private family office based in UAE and immediately prior to that was CEO of Avocet Mining plc, a LSE and Oslo listed gold production company with a 95,000oz per annum operating mine in Burkina Faso and an advanced development project in Guinea. David’s previous roles include acting as Chief Operating Officer of European Goldfields and a member of a London based fund management team and various positions with Anglo American plc. He has participated in numerous acquisitions and IPOs of mining companies on various stock exchanges and has significant expertise in mine development.

He is currently Non-Executive Director of AK Altynalmas JSC, a Kazakhstan emerging mid-tier gold producer and of Galantas Gold Corporation, a Northern Irish underground gold developer. He is also Senior Independent Director of AIM Listed Tungsten West Plc. 

David Cather is a member of both the Audit and Remuneration Committees.

Darren Bowden – Chief Executive Officer

Darren joined the Board in January 2019 and is a Mining Executive with 25 years’ experience building and developing mining projects across Australia, North and South America. Darren has worked across all aspects of the mining business from M&A to technical to operations and executive management. Some of the notable companies for which he has worked include Anglo Coal Australia, Glencore, Nyrstar and Mubadala. Some of the projects in which Darren has been involved include the Minera San Cristobal a silver, lead, zinc project in Bolivia (green field), the Prodeco coal project (brown field) as the VPO and for Mubadala as the CEO on a large underground gold project (green field), Minesa SA, in Bucaramanga. Darren is a Civil Engineer from University of New South Wales, Australia and is focused on driving strategic development and the successful optimization of companies.

Steven Smith – Non-Executive Director

Steven joined the Board in September 2021 and is currently a director of Candy Ventures S.À.R.L, a Luxembourg based Venture Capital business, funded by British entrepreneur Nick Candy. Steven qualified as a Chartered Accountant at BDO and subsequently as a Chartered Tax Adviser whilst at KPMG. He lectured in Taxation at FTC for four years and then held a number of senior financial positions at large Public and Private Groups culminating in him being appointed as CFO of a FTSE 250 company. Steven now holds a range of Non-Executive roles at companies including Audioboom Group plc, an AIM quoted media business.

Guy Walker – Non-Executive Director

Guy joined the Board in May 2011 and is a highly accomplished director and senior investment management executive with over 20 years financial markets experience. He has previously sat on the boards of several mining companies including exploration, development and production companies. Guy has extensive experience in capital raising through both traditional banks and alternative lenders.

Jeremy Wrathall – Independent Non-Executive Director

Jeremy joined the Board in April 2021 and has over 30 years of experience in the mining finance industry and has advised numerous mining companies on transactions globally. Following his graduation in Mining Engineering from the Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall, he spent three years working as a mining engineer in the South African gold mining industry. Subsequently, Jeremy pursued a career in mining investment banking in London, including senior roles at global investment banks, including his most recent role as Global Head of Natural Resources at Investec Bank London. He has advised on numerous transactions on all of the world’s major mining exchanges and has served as a Non-Executive Director of mining companies listed on AIM and on the ASX. Jeremy is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and is currently CEO of Cornish Lithium Ltd, which he founded in 2016.

Jeremy Wrathall is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.

Andrew Chubb – Non-Executive Director

Andrew joined the Board in April 2021 and is currently a Partner and Head of Mining at natural resources focused investment bank Hannam & Partners. Previously, Andrew was a Managing Director at Canaccord Genuity, where he worked for eight years in the natural resources team. He has a broad range of international corporate finance, restructuring, capital markets and M&A experience focusing on the metals, mining and natural resources sectors. During Andrew’s career, he has successfully advised on numerous IPOs, public and private equity and convertible capital raises and M&A transactions including AIM, TSX, ASX, NASDAQ and Official List companies. Prior to joining Canaccord Genuity, he spent four years with law firm BLP and has a first class law degree from Manchester University.

Andrew Chubb is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.