Chariman and Non-Executive Director (appointed 7 February 2014)
Mr. Arthur G Dew, aged 76, was appointed Chairman and Non-Executive Director of the Company on 7 February 2014. Mr. Dew graduated from the Law School of the University of Sydney, Australia, and was admitted as a Solicitor and later as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia. Mr. Dew is a non-practicing Barrister with a broad range of corporate and business experience and has served as a Director, and in some instances Chairman of the Board of Directors, of a number of publicly listed companies in Australia, Hong Kong and elsewhere.
He is Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Hong Kong listed companies Allied Group Limited (Stock Code: 373), Allied Properties (H.K) Limited (Stock Code: 56) and APAC Resources Limited (Stock Code: 1104) and is a Non-Executive Director of Hong Kong listed SHK Hong Kong Industries Limited (Stock Code: 666). He is also Non-Executive Chairman of ASX listed company Tanami Gold NL (ASX: TAM) and Non-Executive Chairman of ASX listed company Tian An Australia Limited (previously known as PBD Developments Limited) (ASX: TIA).
Mr. Dew is Chairman of the Nomination Committee.
Executive Director (appointed 7 February 2014)
Mr. Brett R Smith, aged 57, was appointed Executive Director of the Company on 7 February 2014. Mr. Smith graduated from Melbourne University, Australia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering with Honors. He has also obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Henley Management College, the United Kingdom and a Master’s Degree in Research Methodology from Macquarie University, Australia. Mr. Smith has participated in the development of a number of mining and mineral processing projects including coal, iron ore, base and precious metals. He has also managed engineering and construction companies in Australia and internationally.
Mr. Smith has served on the board of private mining and exploration companies and has over 32 years international experience in the engineering, construction and mineral processing businesses. Mr. Smith is Executive Director and Deputy Chairman of Hong Kong listed company APAC Resources Limited (Stock Code: 1104) and a Non-Executive Director of ASX listed companies Prodigy Gold NL (formerly known as ABM Resources NL) (ASX: PRX) and Tanami Gold NL (appointed 27 November 2018) (ASX: TAM).
Independent Non-Executive Director (appointed 19 May 2015)
Mr. Carlisle C Procter, aged 78, was appointed Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 19 May 2015. Mr. Procter graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor's Degree and a Master’s Degree in Economics. He is a fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FFin.). Based in Australia, Mr. Procter worked in the Reserve Bank of Australia for over 30 years, holding various senior management positions. Since leaving the Reserve Bank, he has worked as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank and has also undertaken private consulting work in South East Asia and the Pacific. Mr. Procter has been a Non-Executive Director of a number of public companies. He is also a Non-Executive Director of ASX listed company Tanami Gold NL (ASX: TAM).
Mr. Procter is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and Nomination Committee.
Independent Non-Executive Director (appointed on 24 May 2018 with effect from 5 November 2018)
Mr. Poon Yan Wai, aged 48, was appointed Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 24 May 2018 with effect from 5 November 2018 (the listing date of the Company on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong). Mr. Poon is the Financial Controller, Company secretary and an authorised representative of Hong Kong listed company Kingwell Group Limited (Stock Code: 1195). Mr. Poon is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Hong Kong listed company Emperor Capital Group Limited (Stock Code: 717). Mr. Poon was previously an Independent Non-Executive Director of another Hong Kong listed company China Brilliant Global Limited (formally known as Prosten Health Holdings Limited) (Stock Code: 8026) from 8 October 2015 to 12 February 2018. Mr. Poon has over 20 years of experience in the auditing and accounting field and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy and a Master’s Degree in Corporate Finance from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is a fellow member of The Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Poon is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.
Independent Non-Executive Director (appointed 5 November 2018)
Mr. Pak Wai Keung Martin, aged 55, was appointed Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 24 May 2018 with effect from 5 November 2018 (the listing date of the Company on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong). Mr. Pak has over 25 years of experience in accounting and financial management and has previously worked at several international audit firms and other private companies from 1987 to 2000. Thereafter, Mr. Pak has served as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of a number of listed companies in Hong Kong since 2001.
Mr. Pak is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee.
Alternate Director to Mr. Arthur G Dew (appointed 19 May 2015)
Mr Wong Tai Chun, aged 54, was appointed alternate Director for Mr. Dew on 19 May 2015. Mr. Wong has a Master's Degree in Business Administration and is a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries. Mr. Wong was the Financial Controller of other listed companies in Hong Kong. He is an Executive Director of Hong Kong listed companies Allied Properties (H.K.) Limited (Stock Code: 56) and SHK Hong Kong Industries Limited (Stock Code: 666), the Director of Investment of Allied Group Limited (Stock Code: 373) and an alternate Director to Mr. Arthur Dew in Hong Kong listed company APAC Resources Limited (Stock Code: 1104) and ASX listed companies, Tanami Gold NL (ASX: TAM) and Tian An Australia Limited (formerly known as PBD Developments Limited) (ASX: TIA)..
General Manager, Vammala Production Centre
Mr. Ilpo Mäkinen, aged 62, joined the Company on 17 June 2013 and is the General Manager, Vammala Production Centre in Finland. Mr. Mäkinen has over 37 years of experience within the mining industry having worked on a number of different open pit and underground projects in South Africa, Sweden, Finland, Canada, Australia and Russia. Mr. Mäkinen graduated with a Master of Science and a Licentiate in Technology from the Helsinki University of Technology, Finland in January 1981 and December 1992, respectively. Mr. Mäkinen has been a member of The Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia since March 1998. Mr. Mäkinen was also certified as a first class mine manager by the Department of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia in July 1998.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Daniel Broughton, aged 43, was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Company on 8 September 2014 and is responsible for ensuring the Company’s compliance with corporate and statutory obligation and financial reporting. Mr. Broughton has over 13 years experience with financial operations of mining companies. Mr. Broughton is also the Chief Financial Officer of ASX listing company Tanami Gold NL (ASX: TAM). Mr. Broughton graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Murdoch University, Australia in September 2005 and obtained a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting from The Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia in July 2010.
General Manager of Finance and Administration
Ms. Päivi Mikkonen, aged 52, joined the Company on 13 November 2006. Ms. Mikkonen is responsible for overseeing the administrative and finance function in the Nordic region. Ms. Mikkonen has a Master’s degree from the University of Tampere and a Degree from the University of Sydney, Australia, majoring in accounting, finance and international business. Ms. Mikkonen obtained a Diploma in Business Administration, majoring in public administration, from Valkeakosken seudun kauppaoppilaitos (Valkeakoski Regional Business College), Finland in May 1988. Ms. Mikkonen completed the qualification of a press officer in the Institute of Marketing, Finland in March 1993. Ms. Mikkonen graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business from the University of Tampere, Finland in May 1998, a Master of International Business from the University of Sydney, Australia in March 2000, and a Master of Science (Business Administration) from the University of Tampere, Finland in December 2006.
Mr. Neale Edwards, aged 54, joined the Company 19 August 1996 and has over 25 years’ experience in the mineral exploration and mining industry. Mr. Edwards holds a Bachelor of Science with Honors and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists. Mr. Edwards experience covers major exploration regions throughout Australia, the Pacific Rim, northern Africa, northern Europe, and includes the discovery of significant gold resources in the Southern Cross Province of Western Australia. Mr. Edwards was previously the Senior Geologist with the Samantha Gold group of companies.
Project Manager Fäboliden
Mr. Josh Stewart, aged 38, has over 17 years’ experience in the mining industry and holds a Bachelor of Mining Engineering from the University of Queensland, Australia and is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Mr. Stewart joined the Company in 2004, during the construction and commissioning of the Svartliden Gold Mine. During his time with the Company, Mr. Stewart has held various technical and management roles with the Group, ranging from mine planning to Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Stewart’s current role is leadership of the test mining and full mining permit application processes for the Fäboliden Gold Project. Mr. Steward has a broad range of experience from operation disciplines including safety, environmental performance, mining, mineral processing, near mine exploration, human resources and administration.
Process Plant Manager at Svartliden
Mr. Miettunen, aged 41, joined the Company in 2015 and is the Process Plant Manager at Svartliden, Sweden. Mr. Miettunen graduated with a diploma as Master of Science in Process Engineering from the University of Oulu, 60 credits mineral processing from the Aalto University, and has held positions in Mineral Process Plants for Belvedere Mining Oy (Hitura mine), Endomines Oy (Pampalo mine) and Dragon Mining Oy.
Mill manager at Vammala
Mr. Larkomaa, aged 48, joined the Company in 2015 and is the Mill Manager at the Vammala Production Centre, Finland. Mr. Larkomaa graduated with a Master of Science Diploma in Process Engineering from the University of Oulu in 1999. Later he studied at Aalto University gaining 60 credits in mineral processing. Prior to his current role, Mr. Larkomaa worked in the processing plant at the Northern Resources, Pajala iron ore mine in Sweden.