Board of Directors
Mr Bird is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a UK Chartered Engineer. He also holds a UK and South African Mine Managers Certificate for coal mines. The formative part of his career was spent in the UK coal mining industry and thereafter he moved to the Zambian copper belt and then to South Africa to work in a management position with Anglo Coal and BP Coal. On his return to the UK he was Technical and Operations Director of Costain Mining Ltd, which involved responsibility for Costain’s interest in the UK, Latin-America and Spain. Mr Bird has had senior technical and operational experience in a number of commodities to include coal, nickel, gold, copper and industrial minerals.
Following his extensive operational and technical career, he became involved in corporate finance and has been the prime mover in a number of public listings, mainly on the UK's AIM market.
Mr Read brings over 18 years of experience to the Board working with quoted and private companies within the natural resources sector. During his career he has worked with companies in most key natural resources regions operating across a wide range of commodities, often working on behalf of professional investment groups.
Within the publicly quoted company arena Mr Read has significant experience working within the regulatory frameworks of the UK exchanges, TSX, JSE, ASX, Oslo and Hong Kong.
Dr. Evan Kirby
Dr Kirby is a metallurgist with over 40 years’ experience in the mining sector. He spent 16 years working for South African companies, Impala Platinum, Rand Mines and Rustenburg Platinum Mines. During this time, he worked in operations management, process development, plant expansions and new projects. Then in Australia, over a period of ten years with Minproc Engineers and Bechtel Corporation, he held technical and management roles in numerous studies and projects. This work covered a wide variety of metals & minerals and included many world-leading developments. In 2002, he established his own consulting business, Metallurgical Management Services and has had successful and diverse international involvement. Dr Kirby clearly understands the relationships between geology, mining, metallurgy, and production that drive technical and financial success. He has worked as a director of Mining companies listed on the ASX and AIM.
Mining Engineer holding a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering and a lifetime member of the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers. Mr Siapno is the President of Crescent Mining and Development Corporation and also a Director of Bezant Holdings Incorporation in the Philippines.