Mark Connelly was previously Managing Director of Papillion Resources and was instrumental in the US$570m takeover of Papillion by B2Gold Corp in October 2014. Prior to Papillon, Mr Connelly was Chief Operating Officer of Endeavour Mining, following its merger with Adamus Resources Limited where he was Managing Director and CEO. Mark is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of Barton Gold Holdings Ltd, Olko Resources Ltd and Chesser Resources Ltd.
Mark is a Member at Australian Institute of Co. Directors, (MAICD) a Member of the Australian Institute of Management, (AIMM) and a Member of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).
David Reeves is a Perth-based, qualified mining engineer with 30 years of experience in the mining industry, he is currently a director of Keras Resources Plc (AIM). Mr Reeves has extensive experience in international capital markets through his involvement with various listed London and Australian companies.
Mr Reeves has a first class WA Mine Managers ticket and a Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment. He was managing director of Keras Resources Plc when Keras consolidated the Calidus project area and has over 20 years experience in gold and precious metal development.
John Ciganek has more than 30 years in the mining sector across a range of roles including mining engineering, stockbroking, executive management and corporate finance.
John began his career as a Mining Engineer with Comalco / CRA (Rio Tinto) before moving to Reynolds Yilgarn Gold, Byrnecut Mining and Hargraves Resources. John subsequently joined Commonwealth Bank as Senior Bank Engineer responsible for technical due diligence, before moving to the role of Risk Executive responsible for the management of existing debt facilities and new corporate and project debt financings.
More recently, John has gained substantial experience in debt financings including project financings, project bonds issuances, convertible note offerings, working capital facilities, hedging facilities, offtaker funding, and equity raisings through his role as Executive Director for Burnvoir Corporate Finance. John is a Non-Executive Director of ASX listed Vanadium Resources Limited and Ookami Limited.
Keith Coughlan has almost 30 years’ experience in stockbroking and funds management. He has been largely involved in the funding and promoting of resource companies listed on ASX, AIM and TSX, has advised various companies on the identification and acquisition of resource projects and was previously employed by one of Australia’s then largest funds. Keith is currently the Executive Chairman of EMH. He is currently Non-exec Chair of Doriemus plc.
Julia Beckett is a Corporate Governance professional, having worked in corporate administration and compliance for the past 15 years. She has been involved in business acquisitions, mergers, initial public offerings, reverse takeovers, capital raisings as well as statutory and financial reporting. She has held a number of company secretarial positions for ASX, AIM and NEX listed companies and has also held non-executive director positions for a number of ASX listed and non-listed companies. Julia holds a Certificate in Governance Practice and Administration and is a Member of the Governance Institute of Australia.
Paul Brennan is a qualified mining engineer with 20 years of experience in the mining and resources industry, having previously held roles in Technical, Operations Management, Project Management and Consultant capacity.
Most recently, he was General Manager of Saracen Mineral Holdings’ (ASX: SAR) Carosue Dam gold mine in Western Australia, where he was responsible for the management of production, safety and financial reporting.
Mr Brennan holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from the West Australian School of Mines, a Master of Business Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Curtin University.
Chief Financial Officer
Richard Hill is an accomplished finance professional with more than 20 years of experience in the resources sector, primarily in the gold industry. Most recently he was Chief Financial Officer at Echo Resources Limited. Mr Hill brings direct experience with respect to feasibility studies, construction and development, mine operations as well as corporate combination and integration activities.
Mr Hill’s experience incorporates arrangement of project and corporate financing agreements, treasury and derivative management, financial management and reporting, corporate governance and compliance, strategy development and risk management. Mr Hill holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, is a member of CPA Australia and has a Graduate Diploma of Advanced Corporate Governance.