Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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Patrick Cheetham - Executive Chairman

PatrickPatrick Cheetham has a first class honours degree in Mining Geology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, University of London. He is also a former winner of the Cominco (Europe) prize for mining geology. Patrick co-founded Archaean Gold N.L. in 1993 with his wife, Karen. At the 1995 "Diggers and Dealers" mining forum in Western Australia, Archaean Gold N.L. was awarded "Best Junior Explorer of the Year", and in July 1996 it was the subject of a successful $50 million takeover bid by Lachlan Resources NL. Prior to founding Archaean Gold, Patrick was, from 1986 to 1993 joint managing director of Dragon Mining NL, during which time he was responsible for the formation of that company, the identification of and acquisition of its exploration projects, its listing on the Australian Stock Exchange and the subsequent development of its exploration projects. Patrick operated a private mineral exploration company, Sovereign Mining Limited, in the UK from 1983 to 1985 and prior to that worked for Western Mining Corporation in Western Australia, and for Imperial Metals Corporation in British Columbia, Canada. He is also Chairman of Sunrise Resources plc.

Richard Clemmey - Managing Director

RichardRichard is a Chartered Engineer with more than 20 years of mine/quarry development and management experience. A graduate of the Royal School of Mines in London, Richard spent the first 7 years of his career in the Middle East for Derwent Mining Ltd developing and managing a chromite mining business. On return to the UK Richard has held many senior positions including Operations Manager for Lafarge running their flagship industrial minerals operation in the north of England; General Manager for Hargreaves GB Ltd responsible for their quarrying and recycling operations and UK Operations Manager for Marshalls plc responsible for 8 quarrying operations. Richard returned back to the Middle East working as General Manager for CFE Rock managing their industrial minerals operations in Oman before joining Tertiary Minerals plc in September 2011.  He was appointed by the Board to the position of Operations Director in May 2012 and became Managing Director in November 2013.

Donald McAlister - Non-Executive Director

DonaldMr McAlister is a founding director of the Company. He is also Financial Director of Moxico Resources plc and Finance Director of ZincOx Resources plc.

Previously he was Finance Director of Mwana Africa plc, Ridge Mining plc and Reunion Mining. He also worked at Enterprise Oil plc, Texas Eastern N Sea Inc. and Cluff Oil Holdings plc. He has over 20 years’ experience in all financial aspects of resource industry, including metal hedging, tax planning and economic modelling.

Mr McAlister's experience also includes the economic evaluation of gold and base metal mines and the arranging of project finance for feasibility studies and mine developments.

He was also involved in the listing of Reunion Mining plc on the Luxembourg and London Stock Exchanges.

Colin Fitch MA, LLM, FCIS, Barrister-at-Law - Company Secretary


Colin Fitch is a Barrister-at-Law and was previously Corporate Finance Director of Kleinwort Benson, Partner and Head of Corporate Finance at Rowe & Pitman (SG Warburg Securities) and Assistant Secretary at the London Stock Exchange. He has also held a number of non-executive directorships of public and private companies, including Merrydown, African Lakes and Manders plc and was until recently Company Secretary of both Ridge Mining plc and Cluff Gold. He is currently Company Secretary for Sunrise Resources plc.