Board of Directors

Ian Clyne 

Chairman

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Mr Clyne has over 35 years’ experience in international banking having worked in senior executive positions in ten countries in Asia, Oceania, Australia and Europe.  He has specialised in emerging markets and has held roles of President, Director, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer with universal banking operations that have extensive branch networks and large employee bases.  Mr Clyne has successfully re-engineered banks in Indonesia, Italy, Poland and PNG.

Mr Clyne held the role of Managing Director and Group CEO of Bank South Pacific (BSP), based in Port Moresby (2008 – 2013).  He undertook a major transformation program changing BSP from a typical emerging economy banking institution into an innovative, technology driven, modern bank.  Under his leadership, the bank grew from having 400,000 accounts in PNG to over 1 million in PNG and 1.5 million across the Pacific, including Fiji and the Solomon Islands, with a market capitalisation of $1.7 billion at the end of his term.

Mr Clyne is also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Mr Clyne is currently a Non-Executive Director of Union Bank of Nigeria.

Ron Heeks

Managing Director

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With 30 years’ mining industry experience, Mr Heeks was a founder of Exploration and Mining Consultants and has had previous experience with WMC, Newcrest, Newmont (US) and RSG Consulting.

Mr Heeks has held senior roles in both mine management and exploration and is a Former General Manager – Technical for Straits Asia Indonesian Operations and Chief Technical Officer for Adamus Resources Southern Ashanti Gold Operation. He has lived and worked in various countries around the world gaining extensive experience in South-East Asia and Indonesia in particular.

Mr Heeks was appointed Managing Director of the Company on 28 March 2013 after the Takeover of Worldwide Mining Projects Ltd

Colin Gilligan 

Non Executive Director

Mr. Gilligan is a mining engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the resources sector, in Australia, South Africa, North America and Asia. He has held technical, executive and director roles with a number of companies throughout his career including Mitsui, Thiess, Anglo, Coalspur Mines and Resource Generation.

During his career Mr. Gilligan has provided leadership to a number of operations, EPC contracts, mining contracts and development projects across different commodities. He has also successfully contributed to raising development funding in various forms. Colin brings a successful background in organisational leadership, project development and delivery, predominantly achieved through a focus on people, culture and optimal efficiency. He also contributes significant board-level experience at private and public company level, particularly on technical matters, governance, funding, risk management, strategy and leadership.

Matthew Smith

CFO / Company Secretary

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Mr Smith has over 15 years’ experience in the resource industry across a broad range of commodities including precious metals, industrials and bulk commodities.  Mr Smith has worked for a range of companies operating in the Asia Pacific region and most recently held the role of Chief Financial Officer at ASX listed Kingsrose Mining Limited, with gold operations in Indonesia.

Mr Smith is a Chartered Accountant with relevant industry experience on an array of financing transactions across debt and equity markets.  Mr Smith also brings specialist knowledge in the areas of international taxation, corporate structuring, accounting and corporate governance. 

Mr Smith has previously held the role of Company Secretary at Straits Resources Limited and is currently a Non-Executive Director of Kula Gold Limited.