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Board and Management


Edward Nealon, Non-Executive Chairman: Mr Nealon is a geologist with 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’ introduction into the platinum industry and served on its board for a number of years. He holds a Masters degree in Geology and is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Bernard Olivier, Director and Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Olivier is a qualified geologist and has been involved with the mining and exploration industry for the past 22 years.  Dr. Olivier has over 13 years’ experience as a public company director of ASX-listed and AIM-quoted mining and exploration companies. Dr Olivier was previously the CEO of Richland (formerly Tanzanite One Limited) and was credited with restructuring and returning the group to profitability in 2010. He also led the team which established a maiden JORC Resource estimate of 3.9 million gold ounces for Bezant Resources plc’s Mankayan project and achieved an 8 pence per share return of capital to its shareholders. Dr. Olivier is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).

Rhoderick Grivas, Non-Executive Director: Mr Grivas is a professional geologist with over 25 years’ experience in the natural resources industry. He is currently Non-Executive Chairman of ASX listed explorer Okapi Resources Limited (ASX: OKR). Mr Grivas has also held a number of director and management positions with publicly listed mining and exploration companies, including Managing Director of ASX and TSX listed gold miner Dioro Exploration NL (ASX:DIO), where he oversaw the discovery and development of a gold resource through feasibility to production. Mr Grivas has a strong combination of equity market, M&A, commercial, strategic, and executive management capabilities. Mr Grivas is a member of the AusIMM and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently also Non-executive Chairman of Andromeda Metals Limited and Golden Mile Resources Limited.

Melissa Sturgess, Non-Executive Director: Ms. Sturgess holds a BSc. and an MBA and has many years’ experience acting as a director of AIM-quoted and ASX-listed companies, mainly involved in the acquisition, structuring and financing of natural resources transactions across Africa. Ms. Sturgess commenced her career in Australia as a member of the Executive Committee of Aquarius Platinum Limited, one of the first Australian/UK dual listed companies and a miner of platinum in South Africa and Zimbabwe.  She was also founding director of Sylvania Resources Limited and a number of other companies operating in the metals and mining sector throughout Africa and quoted on AIM.  Ms. Sturgess relocated from Australia to London in 2006 and during her career has raised significant amounts of capital. She was a key driver in the successful recapitalisation of Messaging International plc during 2016 which subsequently changed its name to SigmaRoc Plc, acquired a building materials business from LaFargeHolcim via a reverse takeover and raised £50 million from a range of investors in the Channel Islands and the UK. Ms. Sturgess is also a non executive director and shareholder of Imperial X plc and CEO and a major shareholder of Ananda Developments Plc, both quoted on the Aquis Stock Exchange in the UK.

Senior Management

Mike Allardice, Group Company Secretary: Mike is a UK and Hong Kong qualified accountant and started his career in the mid 80’s with a London based firm of accountants before moving to Hong Kong in 1993 where he joined the corporate services industry , and in 2000 established his own corporate advisory business. Mike has a wide range of industry experience which includes the mining, financial services and commodities industries and has been actively involved in the commercial aspects of identifying, structuring, managing and exiting of private and public transactions in relation to projects and investments in Asia, Africa , Europe and South America.

Louis Swart (CFO): Louis Swart joined Lexington Gold as Group Chief Financial Officer in April 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Pretoria, a Honours degree in Commerce (Accounting) from the University of South Africa and is a chartered accountant and a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia. Louis qualified as a chartered accountant in South Africa, completing his articles in 2001 at Kotze and Abbott. He has over 15 years of accounting, finance and senior management experience including over 10 years of working in diverse financial roles in the mining industry. Louis previously worked for the Richland group as Financial Manager in 2003, working at its operations in Tanzania until 2008. Since then he has served as Financial Manager at Simmer & Jack Mines Limited and from 2011, until joining Lexington Gold, as Senior Staff Accountant at Tronox Western Australia Pty Ltd