Board of Directors

Executive Chairman


Colin Bird is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining with more than 40 years’ experience in resource operations management, corporate management, and finance.


The formative part of his career was spent with the National Coal Board in England where he was assistant underground manager. He moved to the Zambian Copper Belt in 1970 as an assistant underground manager before joining Anglo America Coal Division in 1974 as section manager. He then moved to Botswana in 1979 to be mine manager of the BCL Nickel Copper Mine, a joint venture between Anglo American Corporation, Amax, and the Botswana Government. On his return to the UK, he worked with Hampton Gold Mine areas as a director of their coal mines in Scotland before joining Costain Mining Ltd as technical director in 1987 and thereafter Plateau Mining Plc as managing director in 1989.


In 1993 he was appointed operations and technical manager for Petromin, Saudi Arabia, of their gold mining activities with responsibility for an underground mine producing 175,000oz of gold and three gold mines in various stages of feasibility study and development. In October 1995 he joined Lion Mining Finance Ltd in London as technical manager and is now managing director and majority shareholder of that company.


Colin founded and floated Jubilee Metals Group Plc. He is Chairman and CEO of Galileo Resources Plc and Chairman of Xtract Resources Plc. Colin serves as Chairman of Tiger Royalties and Investments Plc, an AIM listed investment company and largest shareholder in the Company. He is also a member of the board of the TSX listed exploration company, Revelo Resources Corp, formerly known as Polar Star Mining Corp, where he served as CEO for a period as well. Colin serves as executive Chairman of Bezant Resources Plc. He joined the board of the Company as non- executive Director in April 2018. He founded and floated Kiwara Plc which discovered copper in northwest Zambia. The company was sold for US$260million to First Quantum within 30 months of formation.


Colin is also executive chairman of African Pioneer plc which was admitted to trading on the LSE as a Standard Listing on 1 June 2021.

Non-Executive Director


Kjeld Thygesen is a mining investment veteran of more than 45 years. After being a mining analyst at James Capel in the latter half of the 1970’s he was manager of the commodities department at Rothschild Asset Management between 1980-89. In 1990 he formed Lion Resource Advisors as a specialist adviser in the mining and natural resource sectors. LRA was the advisor to the Midas Fund in the US between 1992 -2000, which was one of the top performing funds during that period. From 2002-2008 he was Investment director of Resources Investment Trust, a London listed investment trust which returned a threefold investment during that period. He has served on several mining company boards over the past twenty years.

Non-Executive Director


Alex Borrelli, FCA, initially studied medicine and then qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, London in 1982. He then worked in corporate finance at Guinness Mahon, Samuel Montagu and as a corporate finance and main board director at Charterhouse. His subsequent investment banking business included nine years as Head of Corporate Finance and AIM Nomad qualified executive at Shore Capital. He has acted on a wide variety of corporate transactions in a senior role for over 20 years, including flotations, takeovers, mergers, and acquisitions for private and quoted companies. For the last 15 years, he has been acting as chairman and director of various listed companies, including AIM-listed Greatland Gold PLC, Xpediator PLC, Tiger Royalties and Investments PLC, Bradda Head Lithium Limited and Red Rock Resources PLC.

Non-Executive Director


Evan Kirby is a metallurgist with over 40 years’ experience in the mining sector.  He worked for 16 years in South Africa with Impala Platinum, Rand Mines and Rustenburg Platinum Mines. He then worked in Australia for Minproc Engineers and latterly Bechtel Corporation. Evan’s experience base includes gold, platinum group metals, base metals, battery metals, diamonds, coloured gemstones, and mineral sands.