Ronnie Siapno

Non-Executive Director

Mining Engineer holding a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering and he is a lifetime member of the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers.  Ronnie is the President of Crescent Mining and Development Corporation and also a Director of Bezant Holdings Incorporation in the Philippines.

Dr. Evan Kirby

Non-Executive Director

Dr Kirby is a metallurgist with over 40 years’ experience in the mining sector. He spent 16 years working for South African companies, Impala Platinum, Rand Mines and Rustenburg Platinum Mines. During this time, he worked in operations management, process development, plant expansions and new projects. Then in Australia, over a period of ten years with Minproc Engineers and Bechtel Corporation, he had technical and management roles in numerous studies and projects. This work covered a wide variety of metals & minerals and included many world-leading developments. In 2002, he established his own consulting business, Metallurgical Management Services and has had successful and diverse international involvement. Evan clearly understands the relationships between geology, mining, metallurgy, and production that drive technical and financial success. He has worked as a director of Mining companies listed on the ASX and AIM, and is currently a director of Bezant Resources plc (AIM).

Laurence Read


Laurence has spent the last 12 years advising natural resources companies, funds and advisers on strategic development and global investor relations. He has experience working with off-take groups, producers, resource developers, service providers and explorers across a diverse range of minerals. Laurence was previously a founding director of the natural resources team at Threadneedle Communications Ltd (currently Newgate Threadneedle) and a founding director of Conduit PR. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Mowbrai Limited, a company which acts as a strategic partner to companies across the commodities sector.

Colin Bird

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Bird is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a UK Chartered Engineer. He also holds a UK and South African Mine Managers Certificate for coal mines. The formative part of his career was spent in the UK coal mining industry and thereafter he moved to the Zambian copper belt and then to South Africa to work in a management position with Anglo Coal and BP Coal. On his return to the UK he was Technical and Operations Director of Costain Mining Ltd, which involved responsibility for Costain’s interest in the UK, Latin-America and Spain. Mr Bird has had senior technical and operational experience in a number of commodities to include coal, nickel, gold, copper and industrial minerals.

After his extensive operational and technical career, he became involved in corporate finance and has been the prime mover in a number of public listings, mainly on the UK AIM market'