Management Team

Richard Taylor

Chief Executive Officer

Richard is a mining executive with more than 15 years’ experience in senior international and resource sector roles. He was most recently Managing Director of PanAust Ltd’s Asia business subsidiary, Phu Bia Mining Limited, where he held responsibility for business development initiatives in Myanmar and exploration in Laos. He has held senior executive roles with Mineral Deposits Limited, Oxiana Ltd, MMG and the World Bank. Richard is a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and has held board roles with a number of companies and not for profit organisations. Richard holds an MBA from the University of Cambridge and is a qualified lawyer admitted to practice in New South Wales.

Simon Iacopetta

Chief Financial Officer/Company Secretary

Simon is a mining executive with broad experience in corporate finance and financial management functions in the resources and professional services sectors. He was most recently Chief Financial Officer of ASX listed gold miner Ramelius Resources Limited responsible for capital management, corporate treasury, financial management and project evaluation. Previously, he held senior management roles with an international accounting firm specialising in the provision of corporate finance and assurance services primarily focussing on publicly listed companies. Simon is a graduate of the University of Adelaide, has completed post graduate study in both Finance and Accounting and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Martin Janes

Executive Officer

Martin is a mining executive with more than 20 years’ experience in the resources and finance industry. He is a former Chief Financial Officer of Terramin from 2005 to 2010 during which he undertook debt financing and capital raising to finance the development of the Angas Zinc Mine and the advancement of the Company’s other projects.  Previously, he was a senior corporate executive for Normandy Mining and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited. Most recently, he was General Manager (Marketing and Project Finance) of Toro Energy Limited.

Scott Salisbury

Project Manager – Tala Hamza Project

Scott is a senior manager with more than 25 years’ experience in the international and domestic mining sector. He has extensive experience in project development and operation in challenging countries from Africa, Central Asian Republics to Asia, including major projects in Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Uganda,  Kyrgyzstan and Indonesia. Scott has been the Project Manager for the Tala Hamza Project for the past two years, coming from an operational role at Martabe Gold Mine on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. His previous project experience covers range of mineral commodities including gold, iron ore, cobalt, chrome, copper, zinc and lead. Scott holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of southern Queensland.

Stéphane Gauducheau

Company Secretary

Stéphane is the Group’s Legal Counsel. He is a lawyer with experience in commercial, corporate and financing transactions. Mr Gauducheau is admitted to legal practice in South Australia and in France.