Cameron Pearce – Executive Chairman
Cameron Pearce was a founder of the Company and has extensive professional experience in both the Australian and United Kingdom finance industries. In recent times he has provided corporate, strategic, financial and advisory assistance to private and public companies in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Mr Pearce is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants and has been in commerce over twenty years holding senior financial and management positions in both publicly listed and private enterprises in Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa and Central America. Mr. Pearce has considerable corporate and international expertise and over the past decade has focussed on mining and exploration activities.
Mike Ralston – CEO
Mr Ralston is a Chartered Accountant with 25 years’ experience successfully developing businesses worldwide, including in Africa. He has been a senior executive and board member for several junior listed resource companies over the past 15 years and he has raised A$300m in debt and equity over that period. He brings a wealth of corporate and management experience and he has been involved in developing at least three mining companies from start-up through to production. Mr Ralston was previously MD of Balamara Resources Ltd, which developed two large scale coal projects in Poland, and before that CFO of Kangaroo Resources Ltd, which developed several coal projects in Indonesia into production, before trade sale to a major Indonesian coal producer for A$600m in 2010. Mr Ralston is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Trigg Mining Limited.
Iain Wearing – COO
Mr Wearing is a Mining Engineer with 30 years’ experience in the resource industry, including significant project experience in Africa. He has been involved in the technical management of African projects for several companies, including Resolute Mining and Barrick Gold, and he has managed studies for several major projects including the Kibali Gold Project for Moto Gold, Syama Project in Mali, and Golden Pride in Tanzania. He brings a wealth of technical expertise to the team. His knowledge in study management, operations planning and costing, as well as operations management, will be critical to the Orom Graphite Project moving forward as the Company moves towards first production.
Sam Quinn – Non Executive Director
Sam Quinn is a corporate lawyer with over a decade’s worth of experience in the natural resources sector, in both legal counsel and executive management positions. Mr Quinn is currently the Director of Corporate Finance and Legal Counsel for the Dragon Group, a London-based natural resources venture capital firm and a partner of Silvertree Partners, a natural resource focussed back office outsourcing business. Mr Quinn has in addition held several management roles for listed and unlisted natural companies and has gained significant experience in the administration, operation, financing and promotion of natural resource companies. Prior to working in the natural resources sector, Mr Quinn worked as a corporate lawyer for Jackson McDonald Barristers & Solicitors in Perth, Western Australia and for Nabarro LLP in London.
Alex Passmore – Non Executive Director
Alex Passmore is an experienced corporate executive with strong financial and technical background. Mr Passmore managed the arrangement of debt for many well-known resources companies and has a wealth of experience in project evaluation. He also managed the WA natural resources business of CBA which comprised a substantial portfolio of loan, hedge, trade finance and working capital products to ASX-listed and multi-national resource companies. Prior to this, Mr Passmore held senior roles at Patersons Securities and was director of corporate finance and head of research. Mr Passmore holds a BSc (Hons) in Geology from the University of Western Australia and a graduate diploma of Applied Finance and Investments from the Institute of Securities Australia.