Board & Management

Board & Management

Board of Directors

Clive Jones, B.App.Sc (Geol), M.AusIMM
Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Jones has been involved in mineral exploration for over 25 years and has worked on the exploration for a range of commodities including gold, base metals, mineral sands, uranium and industrial minerals both in Australia and overseas. Mr Jones has proven corporate and exploration success and is a founding Director of Cazaly Resources Ltd. He is currently the Managing Director of Cazaly Resources Ltd, Director of Bannerman Resources Ltd, Chairman of Unity Mining Limited (formerly Cortona Resources Ltd) and Non-Executive Chairman of Corazon Mining Ltd. All companies are currently listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. Bannerman is also jointly listed on the Toronto and Namibian Stock Exchanges.

Brett Smith, B.Sc Hon (Geol), M.AusIMM, MAIG
Managing Director

Mr Smith has acquired over 25 years of experience in the mining and exploration industry as a geologist, manager, consultant and director in Australia, Canada, South America and Africa. His broad industry experience is dominated by exploration and resource definition for mining operations. Mr Smith is also a Director of uranium exploration company Cauldron Energy Ltd, Director of African metals explorer Metals of Africa, and Non-Executive Director of oil and gas company Jacka Resources Ltd.

Jonathan Downes, B.Sc Geol, MAIG
Non-Executive Director

Mr Downes has over 18 years of experience in the minerals industry and has worked in various geological and corporate capacities. He has experience in nickel, gold and base metals and has been intimately involved with numerous private and public capital raisings. Mr Downes was a founding director of Hibernia Gold (now Moly Mines Ltd), founding director and subsequent executive eirector of Siberia Mining Corporation Ltd (Siberia) (which has merged with Monarch Resources Ltd). Mr Downes is currently Managing Director of Ironbark Zinc Ltd and Non-Executive Director of Corazon Mining Ltd.

Dr. Mark Yumin Qiu, PHD Economic Geology
Non-Executive Director

Dr. Mark Yumin Qiu has a PhD in Economic Geology from the University of Western Australia and has a strong track record in project generation and development in the resources industry. Dr. Qiu was previously General Manager, Project Generation and Acquisition and Head of Exploration and Business Development at Sino Gold. In this role Dr. Qiu played a key role in the development of the business, from its formation to its $100 million IPO on ASX in 2002 and its $2.5 billion sale to Eldorado Gold Corporation in 2009. At Sino Gold, he led the team that discovered the White Mountain gold deposit and brought it into production within four years.

Most recently in 2013, Dr Qiu led the acquisition of the Southern Cross Operations at Marvel Loch in WA. After its successful exploration and development into production in 2015, the Project was sold for $330 million in February 2017. Other positions currently held by Dr Qui include: Executive Director and Vice President – China Hanking Holdings Limited (HKSE: 03788),  Managing Director and CEO – Hanking Australia Investments Pty Ltd, and Non-Executive Director – Primary Gold Limited (ASX:PGO)


Robert Orr, B Bus Acc, CA
Company Secretary & CFO

Mr Orr is a Chartered Accountant with a significant level of commercial experience in the roles of Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for a number of ASX listed companies. Mr Orr has over 20 years of experience in public practise and commerce and has worked extensively in the resource industry and is experienced in capital raisings, project development, contract negotiation and mining operations. Mr Orr currently holds the position of Company Secretary for Ironbark Zinc Ltd, Plymouth Minerals Ltd and Corazon Mining Ltd.