Board of Directors

Non-Executive Chairman
Edward Nealon

Mr Nealon, aged 65, is a geologist with more than 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 Platinum Limited’s introduction into the platinum industry and served on its board for a number of years.  He holds a Master’s degree in Sedimentary Geology from the University of Reading and is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.  He has successfully developed and transacted natural resource projects across the globe and has spent significant time working in the Philippines, where Bezant's primary asset is located.

Executive Director
Dr. Bernard Olivier

Dr Olivier, aged 40, received his PhD in Economic Geology from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2006. He has been working as a geologist since 1998 and has worked throughout various African and Asian countries, among them Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, Burundi, Malawi, Namibia, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Australia and the Philippines. He has worked on various exploration and development projects as well as active mining operations on a variety of commodities including, gold, gemstones, uranium, diamonds, PGE’s, base metals and coal.  He is an Executive Director of Richland Resources Limited.

Executive Director
Laurence Read

Laurence has spent the last 12 years advising natural resources companies, funds and advisers on strategic development and global investor relations. He has experience working with off-take groups, producers, resource developers, service providers and explorers across a diverse range of minerals. Laurence was previously a founding director of the natural resources team at Threadneedle Communications Ltd (currently Newgate Threadneedle) and a founding director of Conduit PR. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Mowbrai Limited, a company which acts as a strategic partner to companies across the commodities sector.

Non-Executive Director
Dr. Evan Kirby

Dr Kirby, aged 64, is a metallurgist with over 30 years of international involvement. At the end of 1975, he moved to South Africa and worked for Impala Platinum, Rand Mines and then Rustenburg Platinum Mines. In 1992, he moved to Australia to work for Minproc Engineers and then Bechtel Corporation from 1997 until 2002. After leaving Bechtel, he established his own consulting company to continue with his ongoing mining project involvement. Evan’s personal “hands on” experience covers the financial, technical, engineering and environmental issues associated with a wide range of mining and processing projects. He is a Non-Executive Director of Ferrum Crescent Ltd (ASX:FCR).

Non-Executive Director
Ronnie Siapno

Mining Engineer holding a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering and he is a lifetime member of the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers.  Ronnie is the President of Crescent Mining and Development Corporation and also a Director of Bezant Holdings Incorporation in the Philippines.

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