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

Executive Director

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.

Dr. Bernard Olivier

Executive Director

Dr Olivier, aged 40, received his PhD in Economic Geology from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2006. He has been working as a geologist since 1998 and has worked throughout various African and Asian countries, among them Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, Burundi, Malawi, Namibia, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Australia and the Philippines. He has worked on various exploration and development projects as well as active mining operations on a variety of commodities including, gold, gemstones, uranium, diamonds, PGE’s, base metals and coal.  He is an Executive Director of Richland Resources Limited.

Edward Nealon

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Nealon, aged 65, is a geologist with more than 40 years’ experience in the mining and exploration industry. After graduating in 1974, he commenced his career in South Africa with Anglo American Corporation, before moving to Australia in 1980 where he spent two years in exploration with Rio Tinto.  He founded his own consulting company in 1983 and has practiced in most of the world’s major mining centres.  Mr Nealon was responsible for Aquarius Platinum Limited’s introduction into the platinum industry and served on its board for a number of years.  He holds a Master’s degree in Sedimentary Geology from the University of Reading and is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.  He has successfully developed and transacted natural resource projects across the globe and has spent significant time working in the Philippines, where Bezant's primary asset is located.