Board & Management
Non-Executive Chairman

Brian Rowbotham B.A., FICA

After graduating from London University Brian qualified as a Chartered Accountant. His early career included roles at Save & Prosper and F&C Management where he was a director. In 1997 he joined Teather & Greenwood where, as a partner and then Finance Director, he was involved in the company’s flotation on AIM and subsequent move to the Official List.

Brian joined Hitchens, Harrison & Co PLC as FD in January 2005. Hitchens, Harrison was sold to Religare Enterprises in May 2008, and he stepped down from the Board in October of that year. Since then, he has held a portfolio of non-Exec roles. Currently he is Senior Independent Director of Blue Star Capital PLC and non-Exec Chairman of Hot Rocks Investments PLC. “

Chief Executive Officer

Charlie Long

Charlie is a mining specialist with industry and financial services experience. He started his career in mining over 20 years ago as the founder of a building materials quarrying company in China. He has worked as a sell-side mining analyst for over 10 years, including at Singer Capital Markets, Sanlam Securities and finnCap. Charlie was business development manager for AIM-listed Avesoro Resources and more recently CFO for Audere Solutions, a UK based risk management advisory group.

Non-Executive Director

Richard Hawken

Richard is an entrepreneur with 15 years’ experience in Southern Africa sourcing and trading various metals with a focus on base metals. He has extensive knowledge of minerals sector trading and has been involved in all aspects of the trading supply chain from financing and logistics to offtake agreements. He consulted to Bushveld Minerals and Afritin on the Uis Project in Namibia and previously worked for Nizi International as their African Representative as well as stints with various trading companies in Johannesburg and London.

Non-Executive Director

Andrew Daniels

Andrew is a geologist with over thirty (30) years of international mining, exploration and mining finance experience including management and supervisory experience at senior levels in open pit and underground mines and large-scale exploration programs. Experienced in the understanding of capital markets related to mining finance and corporate financing strategies in the mining industry. Extensive international experience working in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran), Southeast Asia (Philippines), Former Soviet Union (Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Russia), Cuba, Central and South America, India, Canada, Africa (Mali) and Australia with industry leading mining houses WMC, Anglo American, Minorco and Kilborn SNC-Lavalin.

Exploration Manager

Nigel Chapman

A UK qualified Geologist with 29 years’ international experience in diamond / gemstone, precious, base metal, iron ore, sectors in Latin America, Southern-Central-West Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe, India, and Australia.

Nigel has been involved in private and public fundraising for exploration project finance and IPO’s and has acted as a Consultant, Executive and Non-Executive positions held with listed and private exploration companies. Discovered, as part of the Rio Tinto Africa-Europe exploration team, the world class Simandou Iron Ore deposit, Guinea. Founded Luna Recursos Naturales SAC, generated Epithermal Au-Ag, Cu-Au porphyry, copper / gold VMS projects in a variety of locations worldwide. Created and developed three gold and platinum companies in Choco, Colombia from their conceptual stage to trial mining. Discovery of currently economic, hard rock and detrital iron ore deposits, Rio Tinto, Pilbara, Western Australia.


Martyn Churchouse

Martyn is a geologist with over 35 years’ experience in Europe and Africa in exploration, mine development, feasibility and as a mine manager. He worked for Anglo American and Gold Fields before joining the Junior Mining Sector and has been involved in bringing several exploration companies to the AIM Market. Martyn was an adviser to Georgian Mining Corporation prior to which he was Senior Adviser New Business Development to Lundin Mining Corporation. He has been responsible for a number of discoveries and successful definitive feasibility studies.