John Hick BA, LLBChairman/Non-Executive Director
Mr. Hick has over 30 years of experience in the mining industry in both senior management positions and as an independent director, during which he has spent the majority of his time based in Toronto, Canada. He is also an independent director of a number of TSX (or TSXV) listed companies, most of which are in the mining sector. Previously Mr. Hick has held board and/or senior management positions with a number of other Canadian mining companies, including Medoro Resources Ltd., Defiance Mining Corp./Geomaque Explorations Ltd, TVX Gold Inc., Cambior Inc., Rio Narcea Gold Mines Ltd, Rayrock Resources Inc., Revett Minerals Inc. and Placer Dome Inc.
Pieter Britz MBA, B.EngDirector
Mr. Britz is an industrial engineer with over 25 years of experience as a mining professional, and has served on the board of a number of resource companies in Canada, Australia and China. He is a registered professional engineer, and a member of AusIMM. After spending 13 years in the mining industry in Africa with Kumba Resources, Mr. Britz spent 3 years in investment banking with Royal Bank of Canada, and 10 years as a senior investment professional in private equity with The Sentient Group. Mr. Britz was President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian listed resources company Era Resources Inc. from 2014 to 2017. Mr Britz is currently a Managing Partner at private equity group Sentient Equity Partners.
Mike de Leeuw CA (Aust, S. Africa), BCom (Hons), M. AFI.Director
Mr. de Leeuw is a chartered accountant with approximately 30 years’ experience in the mining and private equity industries and has been the Chief Financial Officer of the Sentient entities since 2001. Prior to this he worked for Deloitte internationally for 6 years. He holds a Master of Applied Finance and Investment and has extensive experience in corporate finance, treasury, risk management, auditing, budgeting and taxation on a global basis.
Mr. Link obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours degree from the University of Liverpool, England. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales and admitted as an Attorney in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands in 2000. He has over 25 years offshore legal and accounting experience. Gregory practised in the corporate and litigation departments of a prominent Cayman law firm obtaining significant exposure to both the establishment of Cayman funds and litigation involving funds. His accounting experience was gained working with KPMG both in New Zealand and the Cayman Islands and as the Chief Financial Officer at Schroder Cayman Bank & Trust Company Limited. He has advised on corporate governance matters and has served on the board of Sentient entities since 2007.
André Wessels BEng, MBA, GAICD, MAusIMMChief Executive Officer
Mr. Wessels is an industrial engineer with more than 27 years experience in mining and related fields, steel, financial services and information and communication technology industries. He is a graduate member of the Australian Institute for Company Directors and member of AusIMM and has lived and worked in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia. He joined Era Resources as Vice President in 2015 and was appointed CEO by the board from January 2018.
Alex Dann CPA, CAChief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
Mr. Dann is a chartered accountant with over 20 years experience leading financial operations and strategic planning for multinational companies, primarily in the mining sector. He has held senior roles with Falconbridge Ltd., Rio Algom Ltd., and most recently as CFO of Avion Gold Corp., prior to its acquisition by Endeavour Mining Corporation.