MR IAN MIDDLEMAS
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
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
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.