Michael de Villiers

B. Comm. Professional Accountant (SA) MIOD

Chairman and Company Secretary

Michael qualified as a Professional Accountant with Ernst & Young in Cape Town. He gained his experience as Financial Manager at mining and chemicals operations in Botswana, Bulgaria, Ghana, Namibia and the United Kingdom. He was previously CFO of Eurasia Mining plc, Finance Director of Mercator Gold (now ECR Minerals plc), Oxus Gold plc and Navan Mining plc.

Michael is Chairman of the Audit Committee and serves on the Sustainability Committee.

Kerim Şener

BSc (Hons) MSc DIC PhD

Managing Director

Kerim graduated from the University of Southampton with a first-class BSc (Hons) degree in Geology in 1997 and from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, with an MSc in Mineral Exploration in 1998. After working in gold exploration and mining in Zimbabwe, he completed a PhD at the University of Western Australia in 2004 and worked on a variety of projects in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Since then he has been responsible for the discovery of over 3.8Moz of gold in eastern Europe. In 2009, he completed his military service in Turkey. Since late 2016 he has been based in the United Kingdom.

He is a Fellow of The Geological Society of London, Member of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, Member of the Chamber of Geological Engineers in Turkey and a member of the Society of Economic Geologists.

Kerim is also Non-Executive Chairman of Panther Metals plc and a Director of Matrix Exploration Pty. Ltd., a private Australian mineral exploration consultancy. In addition he is an Adjunct Research Associate at the Centre for Exploration Targeting, University of Western Australia.

William Payne

BA (Hons) ACA

Non-Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer

William studied Accountancy at Exeter University before training and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in London. In 2003, he became a partner in top 20 accountancy practice Wilkins Kennedy LLP at their London office, which is now part of the Cogital Group. His role ranges from audit and assurance to planning, reporting and compliance. William is also a director of a number of companies, including Fire Angel Safety Technology Group plc, a company listed on AIM.

William is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and serves on the Audit Committee.

Chris Sangster


Non-Executive Director

Chris is a mining engineer with over 35 years’ experience in the mining industry. He has a BSc Hons in Mining Engineering from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College in London and a GDE in Mineral Economics from the University of Witwatersrand and is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining. His career covers extensive production and technical experience at senior levels in both junior and multi-national companies in gold, diamonds and base metals in Africa, Canada and United Kingdom and covers a wide range of mining applications. Between 1996 and 1999, Chris was General Manager for Caledonia Mining Corporation for the Cononish Gold Project and a Director of Fynegold Exploration. After 1999, he moved to the Zambian Copperbelt with Anglo American plc/KCM plc where he attained the position of Vice President Mining Services and in 2005 joined Australian Mining Consultants as a Principal Mining Engineer. In 2007, Chris co-founded ASX and AIM listed Scotgold Resources and was its CEO / Managing Director until October 2014. He remains a Non-Executive Director and Technical Consultant to Scotgold and is also an Associate Consultant for Bara Consulting Ltd.

Chris is Chairman of the Sustainability Committee and serves on the Remuneration Committee.