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Chris Sangster, Director

Chris is a mining engineer with over 40 years’ experience in the mining industry.  He is currently a Non-Executive Director of London AIM-quoted Ariana Resources plc and Non-Executive Chairman of Western Tethyan Resources Ltd.

He has a BSc (Hons) in Mining Engineering from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College in London and a GDE in Mineral Economics from the University of Witwatersrand and is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining.

Chris has extensive experience in gold, diamond and base metal production environments. He has held the positions of Vice President Mining Services at KCM plc and Principal Mining Engineer for Australian Mining Consultants. He co-founded ASX / AIM listed Scotgold Resources and was its Managing Director following which he became a Non-Executive Director and Technical Consultant from late 2014. 


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Ian Cooper, Director

Ian has over 30 years’ professional experience as an exploration manager and geologist.

He gained his degrees (BSc (Hons) and ARSM) at the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, University of London in 1977.

Ian is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Fellow of the Geological Society of London.

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Ian was Exploration Manager at AngloGold Ashanti’s Sadiola & Yatela gold operations in Mali and for Equatorial Resources in the Republic of Congo. He has also directed exploration programmes in the Philippines leading to the development of an epithermal gold-silver resource that was the first new discovery in over 20 years in the Eastern Mindanao Mineral Belt.

Ian has been a company director and consultant since 1992 providing exploration, management and geological services to corporations throughout Australia, Asia and Africa. Prior to that he held technical staff positions in major resource companies focusing on a number of commodities including gold, diamonds and base metals. Ian has worked on many types of project including open pit and underground mining operations, alluvial diamond mining and brown-field exploration.


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Michael de Villiers, Director

Michael qualified as a Professional Accountant with Ernst & Young in Cape Town. He gained his experience as a financial manager at mining and chemicals operations in Botswana, Bulgaria, Ghana, Namibia, and the United Kingdom.

He is currently Chairman and Company Secretary of Ariana Resources plc, a London AIM-quoted company with interests including gold production in Turkey and copper-gold exploration and development projects in Cyprus.

Michael was previously CFO of Eurasia Mining plc and Finance Director of Mercator Gold plc (now known as ECR Minerals plc), Oxus Gold plc and Navan Mining plc.


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Stephen Clayson, Director & Company Secretary

Stephen has more than 15 years of diverse international experience as an executive and consultant and is highly familiar with equity markets and the management of public companies. He has an in-depth understanding of mineral exploration and development activities, having been involved with numerous such projects around the world in a board or management capacity.
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Stephen holds qualifications in corporate finance, insurance, investment management, financial planning and securities. His previous work has included several years as CEO of a London AIM-quoted mineral exploration company.

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