Board of Directors

Executive Chairman


Colin Bird is a chartered mining 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.  Colin has multi commodity mine management experience in Africa, Spain, Latin America and the Middle East. He has been the prime mover in a number of public company listings in the UK, Canada and South Africa. His most notable achievement was founding Kiwara Resources Plc and selling its prime asset, a copper property in Northern Zambia, to First Quantum Minerals for US$260 million in November 2009.

Managing Director


Martyn Churchouse is a Geologist and consultant with over 40 years’ experience working in the mining industry. He graduated from the University of London with a BSc in Geology and also has a MSc in Mining & Exploration from the Camborne School of Mines. Martyn has had experience as a board director and founder of many AIM listed mining and resource companies. Since the beginning of 2022 Martyn has been a consultant to an exploration company with oversight of exploration and mine development programmes covering multiple targets and resources on the African sub-continent.

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.