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Developing the next major nickel project in Brazil

Senior Management

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

Simon Retter
Company Secretary and Chief Financial OfficerBSc (hons), ACA.
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.

Pedro Rodrigues
Project Director for AraguaiaBSc. Eng.
Mr Rodrigues, a Brazilian national, is a Civil Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in project management and civil engineering across mining projects in Brazil, Chile, Africa and Peru. Mr. Rodrigues brings with him a wealth of project experience, most notably having worked as MMG’s Project Director to lead the $7 billion Las Bambas Project in Peru, which came into production ahead of schedule and under budget. His experience includes other major mining projects, as Project Director or equivalent positions such as: Mina Justa, Cerro Verde, Cerro Corona, Antamina, Tenke Fungurumi, Yanacocha, also participating in a development of water and waste water treatment facilities design and built in Brazil and contributing within Consultants industries organizations such as Jacobs and MWH (actual Stantec) within several industrial PFS, FS and EPCM projects around the world.

Katie Millar
Head of ESG & CommunicationsMBA, BA, PG Dip.
Ms Millar is a corporate responsibility specialist with extensive social development, licensing & policy experience. Ms Millar possesses an MBA from IE Business School, a Post-Graduate Diploma from Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science from the University of Queensland. Her experience includes working for the Australian Government (Federal & State), Anglo American Plc Metallurgical Coal and Anglo American Plc Base Metals Brazil. Ms Millar possesses knowledge in working across the IFC Performance Standards, Equator Principles, Global Reporting Initiative, 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 over 7 years.

Antonio Valério da Silva
Local Brazilian DirectorBSc.
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 Pará State University and lives in Belém, Brazil. He is a legal representative of the Group`s Brazilian subsidiaries.

Fabiano Araujo
Country ManagerBSc. Eng., Mba, FAusimm.
Mr Araujo is a mining engineer with over 27 years of experience in mining operation and project implementation in Brazil, North America and Africa. He has held executive and technical positions in leading mining producers and international consultant companies including Vale, ArcelorMittal/London, Anglo American and Snowden consultants. He has extensive experience progressing large capital projects from feasibility through commissioning and into production. Mr Araujo possesses knowledge in working across international mining reporting codes. He has experience working as an advisor in Brazil and Latin America for international investment banks. Fabiano is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and holds a post-graduation degree in economics and mine planning.

Anthony Finch
Studies ManagerB Eng (Min), B Econ, MAusIMM (CPMin), P Eng. (APEGBC).
Mr Finch is a professional mining engineer who has over thirty years’ experience in mining engineering, mining operations management and mining consulting. Mr Finch`s mining operations career ranges from production engineer to mine manager. Additionally, Mr Finch has provided technical mining engineering consulting services throughout the world on a broad range of underground and surface mines and commodities. Mr Finch has lead and participated in many mining studies from scoping to full feasibility in a variety of commodities, jurisdictions, and mining methods. He possesses competencies in mine planning, mine design and scheduling, economic evaluation, mine management, mine optimisation, due diligence, audits, mergers and acquisitions, project management, technology development, and business consulting. Mr Finch is a competent and qualified person in most commodities, in most jurisdictions, and most mining methods and has published papers on mine optimisation and mining technology.

Michael Drake
Head of ProjectsB Eng, MBA.
Michael is a Mechanical Engineer with extensive international leadership experience in the construction, operation and optimisation of medium to large capex projects, with extensive expertise in both ferro-nickel, and nickel acid-leach operations. Prior to joining Horizonte, Michael worked for BHP, Newcrest Mining, and WMC Resources. At BHP, Michael led Cerro Matoso’s US$350 million ferro nickel production line refurbishment with a complete furnace rebuild in Colombia. As Vice President: Projects and Engineering at Nickel West, he was responsible for the implementation of a US$5 billion capital investment programme, and he led the asset ramp-up phase of the Ravensthorpe nickel operation in Australia. Michael is a graduate from Curtin University and also has an MBA from the University of Western Australia.