MR IAN MIDDLEMAS 

B.Com, CA
FOUNDING CHAIRMAN

Mr Middlemas is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Mr Middlemas has an enviable track record of identifying and developing major resource projects. Mr Middlemas was a Senior Group Executive for Normandy Mining for more than ten years prior to forming the Apollo Group. Normandy was Australia’s largest gold miner (+2m ounces per annum) before merging with Newmont Mining. As Chairman of the Apollo Group, Mr Middlemas is also currently Chairman of Prairie Mining Limited, Berkeley Energia Limited, Equatorial Resources Limited and a number of other listed resource companies. Mr Middlemas was also previously Chairman of Papillon Resources Limited and Mantra Resources Limited.

MR MARK PEARCE 

B.Bus, CA, FCIS, FFin
FOUNDING DIRECTOR

Mr Pearce is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Governance Institute  of Australia and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. He has  had considerable experience in project acquisition and the development of listed  resource companies. He is currently a Director of several listed companies  that operate in the resources sector, including Prairie Mining Limited, Equatorial  Resources Limited and Salt lake Potash  Limited. Mr Pearce was also a founding  director of Mantra Resources Limited.

MR ROBERT BEHETS

B.Sc (Hons), FAusIMM, MAIG
NEW PROJECTS – TECHNICAL

Mr Behets is a geologist with over 28 years’ experience in the mineral exploration and mining industry in Australia  and internationally. Mr Behets is a Fellow  of The Australasian Institute of Mining and  Metallurgy and a Member of the Australian  Institute of Geoscientists. He was until  recently a member of the Australasian  Joint Ore Reserve Committee (JORC). He  was the founding Managing Director of  Mantra Resources Limited and remained  on the Board from the IPO in late 2006  until its takeover by Atomredmetzoloto.

Prior to this he held various senior management positions with WMC Resources Limited in Australia, Cuba and Brazil. He was a Director of Papillon  Resources Limited and is currently a Director of Berkeley Energia Limited.

MR MATTHEW SYME

B Com, CA
NEW PROJECTS – DEAL ORIGINATION

Mr Syme is a Chartered Accountant  and an accomplished mining executive  with over 26 years’ experience in senior  management roles in Australia and  overseas. He most recently held the position of Managing Director of copper-  gold developer Sierra Mining Limited,  which merged with RTG Mining Inc in early  June 2014. Mr Syme was responsible for the acquisition of Sierra’s key Mabilo  Project in late 2011. Prior to joining  Sierra in 2010 he was Managing Director  of Berkeley Energia Limited where he  successfully guided the acquisition and  scoping studies of Berkeley’s Salamanca  Uranium Project in Spain.

MR GRANT DAVEY 

B.Eng (Hons), AICD
NEW PROJECTS – TECHNICAL

Mr Davey is a mining engineer with over 20  years of senior management and operational  experience in the construction and operation  of gold, platinum and coal mines in Africa,  Australia, South America and Russia. More  recently, he has been involved in venture  capital investments in several exploration and mining projects and he has been  instrumental in developing the Panda Hill  niobium opportunity. During the financial year, Mr Davey was also  a Director of Panda Hill Mining Pty Ltd and  Panda Hill Tanzania Ltd, and is a member of  the Australian Institute of Company Directors  (AICD).

MR ANASTASIOS (TASO) ARIMA 

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Mr Arima is highly regarded by the  investment community for his ability to  identify and develop new bulk commodity  projects, in particular, coal. Mr Arima  previously worked in the hydrocarbon  division at WorleyParsons Limited, and  more recently was working as an analyst  for an investment banking firm, where he  specialised in the technical and financial  requirements of resource projects.

Mr Arima was directly responsible for  identifying and negotiating the acquisition  of Coalspur Mines Limited Vista Coal  Project, the Piedmont Lithium Project for WCP Resources and the Buck Creek  Project of Paringa Resources.

MR BEN STOIKOVICH 

NEW PROJECTS – TECHNICAL/  ENGINEERING

Mr Stoikovich holds a Bachelor of Mining  Engineering from the University of NSW;  a Master of Environmental Engineering  from the University of Wollongong; and a MSc in Mineral Economics from Curtin  University. Mr Stoikovich also holds a  1st Class Coal Mine Managers Ticket  from the Coal Mine Qualifications Board  (NSW, Australia) and is a registered Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Chartered  Environmentalist (CEnv) in the United  Kingdom. He has extensive experience in  the resources sector gained from a unique  career firstly as a Mining Engineer with  BHP Billiton and more recently as a senior  executive within the investment banking  sector in London. He is currently Chief  Executive Officer of Prairie Mining Limited.

MR HUGO SCHUMANN

MBA, CFA, B.Bus.Sci (Finance CA)
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT – LONDON

Mr Schumann holds an MBA from  INSEAD, is a Charterholder of the CFA  Institute and holds a Bachelor of Business  Science from the University of Cape  Town. He is currently the Commercial  Manager for Berkeley Energia Limited and Head of Business Development  for Prairie Mining Limited and provides business development advisory services to  other Apollo Group companies including  focusing on new project origination.

MR NATHAN AINSWORTH 

B.Com, CFA, CA
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT – NEW YORK

Mr Ainsworth is a Charter holder of the  CFA Institute, member of the Institute of  Chartered Accountants of Australia and  holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the  University of Western Australia. He has  over 12 years of experience in Investment  Banking, Investment Advisory and  Accounting specialising in the resources  industry, across Europe, Middle East, Asia  and Australia.

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