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Developing the next major nickel project in Brazil


Our Board and Management team have extensive experience in the exploration and mining sector, demonstrating strength and diversity.

Board of Directors

David Hall
David J. Hall
BA (Hons), MSc, Fellow SEG, P.Geo | Non-Executive Chairman
Mr. Hall is a graduate in geology from Trinity College Dublin and holds a Masters Degree in Mineral Exploration from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. He has over 30 years of experience in the exploration and mining sector and has worked on and assessed exploration projects and mines in over 40 countries. From 1992, Mr. Hall was Chief Geologist for Minorco, responsible for Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. He moved to South America in 1997 as a Consultant geologist for Minorco South America and subsequently became exploration manager for AngloGold South America in 1999, where he was responsible for exploration around the Cerro Vanguardia gold mine in Argentina, around the Morro Velho and Crixas mines in Brazil and establishing the exploration programme that resulted in the discovery of the La Recantada gold deposit in Peru as well as certain joint ventures in Ecuador and Colombia. In April 2002, Mr. Hall became an executive director of Minmet and operations director in September 2002. Mr. Hall led the divestment of Minmet’s exploration assets in the Dominican Republic into GoldQuest Mining Corporation, which is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. Mr. Hall is also founder of Stratex International Plc, an AIM traded company with exploration assets in Turkey and in which Teck is an equity shareholder. Mr. Hall is a fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists and EuroGeol.
Jeremy Martin
Jeremy J Martin
MSc, ASCM | Director and Chief Executive Officer
Mr Martin holds a degree in Mining Geology from the Camborne School of Mines, and a Master’s Degree in mineral exploration from the University of Leicester. He has worked in South America, Central America and Europe, where he was responsible for grassroots regional metalliferous exploration programmes through to resources definition and mine development. Mr Martin has established a number of JV partnerships with major mining companies and has been involved in the formation of four AIM and TSX traded companies. He has served on a number of public company boards and is a member of the Society of Economic Geologists and the Institute of Mining Analysts.
Owen Bavinton
Owen A Bavinton
BSc (Hons), MSc, DIC, PhD | Non-Executive Director
Dr. Bavinton graduated from the University of Queensland in Geology in 1969, holds a Master's Degree in Mineral Exploration from Imperial College, London and a PhD in Economic Geology from ANU, Canberra, Australia. He has over 40 years of varied international experience in the minerals exploration and mining sector in several commodities. After brief periods as a junior consultant and an underground mine geologist on a Witwatersrand gold mine, from 1974 to 1985 he had several positions with Western Mining Corporation, finally as director of WMC’s activities in Brazil. From 1986 to 1992 he was Chief Executive Officer of Aredor Guinea SA. In 1992 he joined the Anglo American group where he stayed until his retirement in 2010. Based initially in Turkey and then in Budapest, he was responsible for Anglo American’s exploration and project evaluation activities in the FSU, Central Europe and the Middle East. He moved to London in 1998, initially as Head of Exploration for Minorco, and later Group Head of Exploration and Geology for the Anglo American Group. In those roles, he was responsible for worldwide exploration and geosciences covering a range of exploration projects, through all stages of development, including advanced projects and feasibility studies, as well as providing geoscience input into numerous acquisitions. He is a fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists, the Association of Applied Geochemists and the Institute of Materials, Mining and Metallurgy. Dr. Bavinton is currently an independent consultant.
Allan Walker
Allan M Walker
MA | Non-Executive Director
Mr. Walker has over 30 years of experience in investment banking and funds management, primarily focussed on energy sector project finance and private equity, particularly in emerging markets. He has extensive contacts in the renewable energy sector worldwide, as well as with governments, multilateral agencies and regional development banks. Mr. Walker is currently a consultant with UK Trade and Investment, where he is Head of Project Finance on the Institutional Investment and Infrastructure team, focusing on attracting foreign direct investment into UK energy and infrastructure projects. Previously he was with Masdar Capital in Abu Dhabi, as Executive Director, responsible for managing the third party private equity funds management business for Masdar, the Abu Dhabi government’s clean energy and sustainability company. Prior to that he founded (in 2005) and ran a similar private equity fund for Black River Asset Management (UK) Limited, an indirectly held subsidiary of Cargill Inc. Prior to Black River, Mr. Walker was head of power and infrastructure in London for Standard Bank Plc, a world leader in emerging markets resource banking. Mr. Walker was also previously a director in the Global Energy and Project Finance Group of Credit Suisse First Boston in London and ran the energy group at CSFB Garantia in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 1998 to 2001, where he spent seven years covering Latin America. He also spent three years in the energy group of ING Barings in New York. Mr. Walker graduated with an MA in Economic Geography from Cambridge University in 1982 and received his financial training on a one year residential training programme with JP Morgan in New York in 1983. He speaks Portuguese and Spanish.
Alexander Christopher
Alexander N. Christopher
BSc (Hons), PGeo | Non-Executive Director
Mr. Christopher, a professional geologist, has more than 30 years of experience in mineral exploration and the mining industry. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists BC and possesses an Honours B.Sc. in Geology from McMaster University and an Environmental Biology Technology Diploma from Canadore College. Mr. Christopher currently holds the position of Senior Vice President, Exploration, Projects & Technical Services at Teck. Mr. Christopher has been with Teck since the mid-1980’s holding a number of positions within the company. He is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and was recently appointed Second Vice President.
William Fisher
William Fisher
BSc (Hons), PGeo | Non-Executive Director
Mr. Fisher graduated as a geologist in 1979 and has extensive industry experience which has included a number of residential posts in Africa, Australia, Europe and Canada in both exploration and mining positions. Under his leadership, Karmin Exploration discovered the Aripuanã base metal sulphide deposits in Brazil. From 1997 to 2001 Mr. Fisher was Vice President, Exploration for Boliden AB, a major European mining and smelting company where he was responsible for thirty five projects in nine countries. From 2001 to 2008, Bill led GlobeStar Mining Corp. from an exploration company to an emerging base metal producer in the Dominican Republic which developed and operated the Cerro de Maimon mine until it was sold to Perilya for USD 186 million. Mr. Fisher was also Chairman of Aurelian Resources which was acquired by Kinross in 2008 for USD 1.2 Billion after the discovery of the Fruta del Norte gold deposit in Ecuador. Mr. Fisher currently serves as Executive Chairman of Goldquest Mining Corp. (TSX: GCQ), independent director of Treasury Metals Inc. (TSX: TML) and Chairman of Rame Energy (AIM: RAME).

Senior Management

Simon Retter
BSc (hons), ACA | Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Retter has extensive experience in the public markets and the mining sector, specifically, reverse takeovers, IPOs and secondary fundraising. Starting his career at Deloitte and Touche LLP where he qualified as a chartered accountant, moving on to work for a number of London listed exploration and mining companies with overseas operations.
Roger Billington
BSc, P.Geo. | Senior Nickel Adviser
Mr. Billington is the former head of Falconbridge nickel laterite exploration worldwide. He has project development experience including senior roles in the discovery and evaluation of the Touba- Biankouma nickel laterite deposits (Côte d’Ivoire), the Koniambo nickel laterite deposit (New Caledonia), the Sechol nickel laterite deposit (Guatemala) and the GlobeStar nickel laterite deposit (Dominican Republic).
Dr Philip Mackey
P.Eng, PhD, FCIM | Senior Metallurgical Advisor
Dr. Mackey is a consulting metallurgical engineer with over forty years’ experience in non-ferrous metals processing with a particular focus on nickel and copper sulphide smelting and nickel laterite processing. He has worked for leading producers of nickel including Falconbridge and Xstrata and throughout his career he has been involved in a number of nickel sulphide projects and later on, nickel laterite projects at various stages of the development cycle. Dr. Mackey’s extensive experience has seen him take projects from the start-up stage, through the feasibility stages and into the processing and production of non-ferrous metals. Dr. Mackey is a Member and Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy as well as the Metals and Minerals Society USA. He has also authored or co-authored over 100 publications regarding metallurgy with a particular focus on nickel and copper.
Katie Millar
MBA, BA, PG Dip | Manager of Sustainability & External Affairs
Ms. Millar is a corporate responsibility specialist with extensive social development, licensing & policy experience. Ms. Millar possesses an MBA from IE Business School, Post-Graduate Diploma from Queensland University of Technology and Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science from the University of Queensland. Her experience includes working for the Australian Government (Federal & State), Anglo American Metallurgical Coal and Anglo American Base Metals Brazil. Ms. Millar possesses knowledge in working across the IFC Performance Standards, Equator Principles, Global Reporting Initiatives, CONAMA Resoluções (Brazil) & ISO 14001. She also demonstrates knowledge in working across large capital projects, industrial operations and public policy. Ms. Millar is fluent in Portuguese and has worked in Brazil for approximately 7 years.
Steven Heim
BSc | Local Project Manager
Mr. Heim is an experienced geologist with over 30 years of gold and base metal exploration experience in North and South America. This includes 18 years with INCO during which time he conducted exploration at Brazil’s principle nickel laterite districts, and specifically on the Onça Puma, Jacare, and Barro Alto deposits. He has been involved with planning, implementation and auditing of Quality Assurance Quality Control and Health Safety Environment programmes across the spectrum of mineral exploration and development projects to ensure the quality and integrity of the results. In the capacity of IT and Project Management consultant he managed information technology projects in the banking, insurance, health care and energy/ communications industries for 12 years in the US. Mr. Heim is fluent in Portuguese and has lived in Brazil for approximately 20 years.
Antonio Valério da Silva
BSc | Local Brazilian Director
Mr. da Silva is a Brazilian geologist with over 35 years of mineral industry experience. He worked for five years in the Brazilian Mines department during which he developed a keen understanding of the Brazilian mining code and the associated legal obligations. This was followed by 11 years working for consulting companies on a variety of projects in the Amazon region of Brazil. This included a period with Docegeo, the exploration arm of Vale and Empresas Nucleares Brasileiras, the government’s nuclear mineral exploration company. Since 1983 he has acted as a consultant to a number of local mining companies and in 1986 he co-founded MVR which has worked with companies including BHP, AngloGold and most recently GoldCorp Inc. He has a geology degree from Parà State University and lives in Belém in Brazil. He is a legal representative of the Group’s Brazilian subsidiaries.
Luciano Lima
BGeog | Brazilian Operations Manager
Mr Lima has 20 years of experience in mineral exploration, is a qualified mining technician (Federal Technical School of Goiás) and possesses a degree in Geography from the Faculty of Human Sciences of Anicuns. Mr Lima’s extensive exploration experience in Brazil includes work for the Western Mining Corporation, BHP Billiton and Anglogold Ashanti. He has managed Horizonte Minerals exploration activities, including drilling campaigns, environmental data collection and community relations, since the company’s formation.

Qualification Abbreviations
Listing of all abbreviations
AB/BA: Bachelor of Arts
ACA: Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
ACSM: Associateship of the Camborne School of Mines
BBA: Bachelor of Business Administration
B Geog: Bachelor of Geography
BSc: Bachelor of Science
BSc Chem. Eng.: Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
DIC: Diploma of Imperial College
FCIM: Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining
MA: Master of Arts
MSc: Master of Science
P. Geo: Professional Geologist
PG Dip: Post Graduate Diploma, Education
PhD: Doctor of Philosophy
PMP: Project Management Professional
SEG: Society of Economic Geologists