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Directors and Management

Katina Law BCom, CPA, MBA, GAICD

Executive Chairman

Appointed 7 November 2016

Katina Law has over 25 years’ experience in the mining industry covering corporate and site based roles across several continents. Over the past ten years she has worked with a number of ASX listed resources companies in strategic financial advisory and general management roles. Ms Law has worked on a number of development and evaluation projects which were later subject to corporate transactions including the Deflector gold and copper project and the King Vol polymetallic zinc project. Ms Law was Executive Director and CEO of East Africa Resources Limited from 2012 to 2015, and also held senior positions at Newmont Mining Corporation’s head office in Denver, USA producing the company’s financial plans and providing financial information and analysis to the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. She held the position of New Business Development Executive at LionOre International based in Perth where she was responsible for the financial assessment of development projects.

Ms Law has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UWA, is a Certified Practising Accountant and has an MBA from London Business School. She is a currently a non-executive Director of headspace and Gumala Enterprises Pty Ltd. Ms Law has no other public company directorships.

Ian Buchhorn BSc (Hons), Dip Geosci (Min Econ), MAusIMM

Executive Director

Appointed 17 August 2016

Ian Buchhorn is a mineral economist and geologist with over 35 years’ experience. Prior to listing Heron in 1996 as founding Managing Director, Mr Buchhorn worked with Anglo American Corporation in southern Africa, and Comalco, Shell/Billiton and Elders Resources in Australia, variously as a corporate and research geologist, as well as setting up and managing Australia’s first specialist mining grade control consultancy. For the last 25 years Mr Buchhorn has developed mining projects throughout the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia and operated as a Registered Mine Manager.

Mr Buchhorn is an executive director of Heron Resources Limited and non-executive director of RBR Group Limited. Mr Buchhorn’s role is to provide continuity from Heron’s stewardship of the assets to Ardea’s.

Wayne Bramwell BSc, Grad Dip Bus, MSc, GAICD

Non-executive Director

Appointed 29 January 2018

Wayne Bramwell is an experienced mining executive with over 26 years of international and Australian project evaluation and development expertise across the base metals, precious metals and bulk commodity sectors. Mr Bramwell is currently Chairman of the Bentley Branch of the WA School of Mines Alumni (WASMA). Mr Bramwell was previously the Managing Director of ASX listed Kasbah Resources Limited where he took the company from IPO through all stages of evaluation of the Achmmach Tin Project in Morocco and began the process of project financing. During his tenure he raised extensive funds from the capital markets, off-take partners and international trading houses including negotiating two project level strategic joint ventures with Japan’s Toyota Tsusho Corporation and Nittetsu Mining Co. Ltd.

Prior to this Mr Bramwell held senior executive roles with Iberian Resources Limited, Breakaway Resources Limited, Harmony Gold (Australia) Pty Ltd, Hill 50 Limited and several Australian engineering companies specialised in resource engineering.

Sam Middlemas

CFO and Company Secretary

Appointed 20 October 2016

Sam Middlemas is a chartered accountant with more than 20 years’ experience in various financial and company secretarial roles with a number of listed public companies operating in the resources sector. He is the principal of a corporate advisory company which provides financial and secretarial services specializing in capital raisings and initial public offerings. Previously Mr Middlemas worked for an international accountancy firm. His fields of expertise include corporate secretarial practice, financial and management reporting in the mining industry, treasury and cash flow management and corporate governance. Mr Middlemas is currently CEO and Company Secretary of Bauxite Resources Limited, and CFO/Company Secretary of RBR Group Limited, Alto Metals Limited and Enterprise Metals Limited.

Matthew Painter BSc (Hons), PhD

General Manager Gold

Appointed 3 April 2018

Matthew Painter is a geologist with over 20 years’ professional experience including SRK Consulting, Sabre Resources, AngloGold Ashanti, Geological Survey of WA and MIM Exploration. His expertise is in ore deposit geology and structural geology, and his work has been instrumental in the successful discovery, exploration, and development of greenfields and brownfields deposits globally. Dr Painter has extensive on-ground experience throughout Australia and overseas including east, west, and southern Africa, central and south-eastern Asia, and South America, across a broad range of commodities including gold, copper, zinc-lead-silver, uranium, tin and manganese. Dr Painter has extensive managerial and ASX-listed company corporate experience. He has a Bachelor of Science with Honours degree from the University of Melbourne and has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Economic Geology from the University of Queensland. Dr Painter has no other public company directorships.

Sarah Mitchell

General Manager Technical Services

Appointed 3 April 2018

Sarah Mitchell has 20 years’ experience in mining and engineering projects, from evaluation through pre-feasibility, feasibility and detailed design stages across a series of cobalt and nickel projects, and copper, uranium, iron ore, mineral sands, and gold projects. Having worked on a broad project portfolio, ranging from small concentrators to complex, billion-dollar hydrometallurgical process plants, including:

  • Níquel do Vermelho nickel laterite project, Brazil
  • Syerston nickel-cobalt-scandium laterite project, NSW
  • Tenke Fungurume copper-cobalt project, DRC
  • Goro nickel laterite Project, New Caledonia