directors

JONATHAN MURRAY
Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Murray is a partner at law firm Steinepreis Paganin, based in Perth, Western Australia. He has significant experience in advising on initial public offers and secondary market capital raisings, all forms of commercial acquisitions and divestments and providing general corporate and strategic advice. Prior to his commencement at Steinepreis Paganin in 1997, he practiced law for two years at national law firm Clayton Utz. Mr Murray graduated from Murdoch University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Laws and Commerce (majoring in Accounting). He is also a member of FINSIA (formerly the Securities Institute of Australia).

 

DAMIAN HICKS
Executive Director

Mr Hicks holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from the University of Western Australia, is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment from FINSIA, a Graduate Diploma in Company Secretarial Practice from Chartered Secretaries Australia and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. Mr Hicks is Executive Director of ASX listed Hannans Ltd, Chairman of advisory firm Corporate Board Services and fertiliser technology company Errawarra Resources Ltd and is a Non-Executive Director of AFSL holder Growth Equities Pty Ltd. 

MARKUS BACHMANN
Non-Executive Director

Mr Markus Bachmann holds a Master (MA) in Business and Economics (cum laude) from the University of Berne, Switzerland. Markus started his career in the corporate finance department of the Credit Suisse Group, before joining SBC Brinson Asset Management Emerging Markets team in 1997. There he was assigned responsibility for the analysis and portfolio management for the equity markets of Greece, Portugal, the Middle East (including Israel) and Africa. In 2000 he joined Coronation Fund Managers in Cape Town, South Africa, as a senior manager for various retail products and institutional mandates. In 2001 he recieved the S&P Award for the best performing large cap equity unit trust in South Africa. Markus co-funded Craton Capital in 2003. He is the Manager of the Craton Capital Precious Metal Fund and the Global Resources Fund. Under his management, the Craton Capital funds recieved a number of prestigious industry awards for management and performance excellence, including Sauren Golden Award, €uro am Sonntag and Mining Journal Outstanding Achievement.

 

KRIS GRAM
Non-Executive Director

Mr. Gram graduated from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 2000 with a MA in Management. After spending 5 years with Capgemini Consulting as a strategy consultant he joined the corporate finance team at the Norwegian investment bank Pareto. At Pareto, Mr Gram has focused on equity- and bond capital raisings, IPO’s and M&A for mining companies. As a Partner at Pareto Mr. Gram originated and managed several large scale international transactions. Mr Gram is currently the MD of a family owned investment company.

OLOF FORSLUND
Non-Executive Director

Mr Forslund is a geophysicist and has extensive international experience in the mineral exploration industry, particularly in the development and application of geophysical instruments and radar technology. His assignments have covered activities in Sweden, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Belgium, Italy, France, Canada and the USA. Mr Forslund commenced with SGU in 1966 and during the period 2003 - 2007 Mr Forslund was Regional Manager of the Geological Survey of Sweden' Mineral Resources Information Office in Mala, Sweden (www.sgu.se). Mr Forslund was a founding shareholder and President of MALÅ GeoScience (www.malags.com) between 1994 and 1998. MALÅ is currently the global leader in the design and manufacture of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) systems.