Board

Directors

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Martin Eales

Chief Executive Officer

Martin previously held the position of CEO at London listed Rainbow Rare Earths Limited from 2014 to 2019, where he oversaw the development of the company into the only rare earths producer in Africa. Prior to that, Martin enjoyed a 15 year career in the City of London rising to the role of Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets with a strong track record advising natural resource companies on fundraisings and other corporate transactions. He is also a qualified Chartered Accountant.

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Dr. PJ Cox

Technical Director

Dr Cox started his career in the mining industry 30 years ago as a learner surveyor. After studying mining engineering as a JCI bursar, he worked for that company in various positions at gold and platinum mines, ending as a senior section manager. In 1987, he joined a privately owned mining and exploration company, Severin Southern Sphere Mining, as consulting engineer and general manager. Since mid-1991 he has been the managing director of Goldline Global Consulting (Pty) Ltd, an engineering consulting company which serves the mining industry worldwide. He holds a Mine Surveyor's and a Mine Manager's Certificate of Competency. He has a number of achievements to his name, including being the youngest certificated surveyor in South African mining history and designing the country's narrow reef opencast mining method.

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Giles Clarke

Non executive Director

Giles is Chairman of Westleigh Investments Holdings Limited and Kazera Global plc, as well as Chairman of several private organisations. He founded Majestic Wine in 1981 and built it into a national chain of wine warehouses. He also co-founded Pet City in 1990, which he expanded nationwide before it was listed and subsequently sold in 1996 for £150 million, co-founded Safestore which was sold in 2003 for £44 million and was Chairman of Amerisur Resources plc, sold for £242 million in 2019. He was Chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board from 2007-15 and a Director of the International Cricket Council from 2007-18.

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Vred von Ketelhodt

Chief Financial Officer

Mr Von Ketelhodt has over 20 years experience in the global metals and mining sector working as both a Mining Engineer and Corporate Finance professional. Vred has extensive corporate and project finance experience and has negotiated the provision of significant project debt and acquisition finance facilities for metals and mining ventures globally. He has also worked for a number of years in the investment banking sector managing venture capital and private equity investment funds. He gained early career experience in the metals and mining sector as a mining engineer with responsibility for mining operations and metal production leading production teams in the South Africa mining sector. Vred is a South African citizen, holds a BSc Eng degree and has an MBA from Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Nick Harrison

Non executive Director

Nick is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with Arthur Andersen and subsequently held senior positions at Deloitte, Midland Bank (International) and Coopers and Lybrand. He has held board positions at a number of public and private companies with international activities. He was CFO of Pet City during a period of rapid growth prior to its sale for £150m and of Amerisur Resources plc in a similar period of expansion prior to its disposal for £242m. He is currently Chief Executive of Westleigh Investments and a non-executive director of Kazera Global plc. He brings considerable commercial, international and financial expertise to the Board.

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