Jake assumed the role of Executive Chairman at Evolution Mining Limited in November 2011 following the merger with Conquest Mining Limited where he was Executive Chairman. Prior to joining Conquest Mining, Jake had been President and CEO of Sino Gold Mining Limited where he managed the development of that company into the largest foreign participant in the Chinese gold industry. Sino Gold Mining Limited was listed on the ASX in 2002 with a market capitalisation of $100 million and was purchased by Eldorado Gold Corporation in late 2009 for over $2 billion. It became an ASX/S&P 100 Company, operating two award-winning gold mines and engaging over 2,000 employees and contractors in China. Prior to joining Sino Gold (and its predecessor) in 1995, Mr Klein was employed at Macquarie Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Mr Conway was appointed Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer of Evolution Mining Limited with effect from 1 August 2014 (previously a non-executive director since October 2011).
Mr Conway has more than 26 years’ experience in the resources sector across a diverse range of commercial, financial and operational activities. He has held a mix of corporate and operational commercial roles within Australia, Papua New Guinea and Chile with Newcrest and prior to that with BHP Billiton. He most recently held the position of Executive General Manager – Commercial and West Africa with Newcrest Mining where he was responsible for Newcrest’s group Supply and Logistics, Marketing, Information Technology and Laboratory functions as well as Newcrest’s business in West Africa. Mr Conway is currently also a Non-Executive Director of Aurelia Metals Ltd (from 1 June 2017).
Mr Johnstone is a mining engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the resources sector with extensive experience building and operating mines in Africa, Australia, Asia and South America. Mr Johnstone was formerly Vice-President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer at Equinox Minerals Limited, prior to the C$7.6 billion acquisition by Barrick Gold Corporation. Prior to that role, Mr Johnstone was Chief Operating Officer of Sino Gold Mining Limited. He has also served as General Manager at some of Australia’s largest mines including the Kalgoorlie Super Pit in Western Australia, the Olympic Dam Mine in South Australia and the Northparkes Mine in New South Wales. Mr Johnstone is also Chairman of Aurelia Metals Ltd (from November 2016).
Mr Sawiris is currently the chairman of the advisory board of La Mancha Holding S.à r.l, the Chairman of the Board of Orascom TMT Investments S.à r.l. and the Executive Chairman of Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding S.A.E. Mr Sawiris founded Orascom Telecom Holding and developed it into a leading regional telecom player until a merger with Vimpelcom Ltd created the world’s sixth largest mobile telecommunications provider. Mr. Sawiris has also been appointed Chairman of the Board of Euronews, after managing the acquisition of 53% of its shares in 2015.
Mr. Sawiris served and is serving on a number of additional Boards, Committees and Councils including the Advisory Committee to the NYSE Board of Directors, the London Stock Exchange Group’s Africa Advisory Group, the Arab Thought Foundation, and the Boards of Trustees of the American University in Cairo, Nile University, and the French University in
Mr Askew is a mining engineer with over 40 years’ broad international experience as a Director and Chief Executive Officer for a wide range of Australian and international publicly listed mining, mining finance and other mining related companies. He also has extensive technical expertise in open pit and underground mines including design, construction and operations. He has also served on the boards of numerous resource public companies, which currently include Chairman of OceanaGold Limited (chairman since November 2006) and Syrah Resources. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Endeavour Mining Corporation.
Mr de Montessus is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Endeavour Mining. Prior to his role with Endeavour, he was the Chief Executive Office of the La Mancha Group since 2012, where he oversaw La Mancha double its production through optimisation efforts before undergoing a portfolio restructure which enabled La Mancha to become the main shareholder of both Evolution and Endeavour Mining. Prior to his role with La Mancha, Mr. de Montessus was a member of the Executive Board and Group Deputy CEO of AREVA Group and CEO of AREVA Mining. Prior to this role, he was the Vice President Strategy, Marketing and Business Development for AREVA’s Transmission and Distribution – network electrical equipment business.
Before joining AREVA in 2002, Mr de Montessus was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in London (M&A and Equity Capital Market).
Mr Freestone has over 40 years’ experience in the natural resources industry. He has a broad finance, corporate and commercial background obtained in Australia and internationally through senior finance positions with the Shell Group, Acacia Resources Limited and AngloGold. He was Acacia Resources Limited’s Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary from 1994 until 2001. From 2001 to 2009 he was a Non-Executive Director of Lion Selection Limited and its Audit Committee Chair (2001-2009) and Catalpa Resources Limited (Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee) (2009-2011). Mr Freestone is currently also a Non-Executive Director of Kasbah Resources (from February 2017).
Mr McKeith is a geologist with 25 years’ experience in various mine geology, exploration and business development roles. He was formerly Executive Vice President: Growth and International Projects for Gold Fields Ltd where he was responsible for global greenfields exploration and project development. Mr McKeith was also Chief Executive Officer of Troy Resources Ltd and held Non-Executive Director roles at Sino Gold Ltd and Avoca Resources. Mr McKeith is currently also Chairman of ABM Resources (from June 2016).
Ms Hall is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry in roles
involved in internal audit, risk management, corporate and operational governance, external audit, financial
management and strategic planning. Prior to retiring from KPMG in 2012, Andrea was a Perth-based partner
within KPMG’s Risk Consulting Services where she serviced industries including mining, mining services,
transport, healthcare, insurance, property and government.
Ms Hall is currently a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at ASX-listed Pioneer Credit Limited. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Insurance Commission of Western Australia and Lotterywest.
Mr. Wray joined La Mancha as CEO in early 2018. He was most recently CFO of Acacia Mining and has close to ten years direct mining experience. Previously he worked at JP Morgan Cazenove in the Corporate Finance team. He has over fifteen years of experience in advising companies in capital raising activities and other strategic objectives. Prior to joining JP Morgan, Andrew worked for the Kuwait Investment Office in London, dealing with their portfolio of investments in Spain. Andrew holds an Honours Degree from University College London.