Board & Management

Jurie Wessels
Jurie Wessels

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Jurie Wessels has 23 years’ experience in the exploration industry and co-founded a number of exploration and mining companies, including Bauba Resources Ltd (BAU.J), GoldStone Resources Ltd (GRL.L) and Vanadium Resources Ltd. Mr Wessels has significant experience in the sourcing and assessment of exploration and exploitation projects and in the governance, funding and management of resource companies. Mr Wessels explored for various minerals in Africa, South America and Europe and practised as a minerals lawyer up to 2003 but still is admitted as an attorney (non-practising) and a notary of the High Court of South Africa.

Nico van der Hoven
Nico van der Hoven

Non-Executive Director

Mr Nico van der Hoven is a businessman and entrepreneur holding degrees in Commerce (BCom) & Law (LLB) and has over 30 years' experience in exploration and mining, having co-founded and operated 5 mines over this period. Nico is also the founding member of Hernic Chrome, Bauba Resources Ltd (BAU.J), Vanadium Resources (Pty) Ltd and GoldStone Resources Ltd (GRL.L). He currently acts as Chairman of Bauba Resources Ltd, an active chrome mining company and platinum explorer. As Chairman of an active miner Mr Van Der Hoven has hands-on local experience in mining, beneficiation and shipping to export markets that will be invaluable in progressing the project. In addition, Mr Van Der Hoven brings skills with exposure to marketing and trading a wide range of commodities including negotiating offtake agreements.

Michael Davy
Michael Davy

Non-Executive Director

Michael is an Australian executive and Accountant with over 16 years’ experience across a range of industries. Michael previously held a senior management role in Australia for Songa Offshore (listed Norwegian Oil and Gas drilling company), where he assisted with the start-up of the Australian operations and managed the finance team for a two rig operation with multi-hundred million dollar revenues. Prior to that Michael had worked in Australia and London for other large organisations overseeing various finance functions.

Michael is currently a director and owner of a number of successful private businesses all under his personal management. During the past five years Michael has held directorships in several ASX listed companies and is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of Raiden Resources Limited (ASX: RDN).

John Ciganek
John Ciganek

Non-Executive Director

Mr Ciganek has worked in the mining sector for more than 30 years. His experience spans working in mining operations, project finance, M&A and the equity capital markets. Mr Ciganek is a mine engineer and holds an MBA. He was an executive director for BurnVoir Corporate Finance, where he headed the Perth business of BurnVoir, which included providing financing and structuring advice, as well as arranging debt and equity financings for capital intensive projects. Mr Ciganek has experience in a range of roles covering business development, research and analyses, and mining engineering.
Eugene Nel
Eugene Nel

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Nel has 25 years’ experience as a metallurgical and process engineer in the operations, management, design and optimisation of mineral beneficiation in Africa, South America, Europe and the Middle East. He has been involved in a number of successful mining and processing operations and has assisted client teams throughout project lifecycles and disciplines. As a registered Pr. Tech. Eng. with the Engineering Council of South Africa, as well as member of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and Mine Metallurgical Managers Association of South Africa, he qualifies as a competent person under JORC.