Directors and Senior Management
Qualifications - B.Com, CA
Mr Middlemas is a Chartered Accountant and has been in commerce for over twenty five years. He was previously Chairman of Mantra Resources Limited, an African-focussed uranium exploration and development company, and is also a director of a number of other publicly listed companies. He has considerable corporate, financial and management expertise and is a Member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
Mr Middlemas was appointed a Director of the Company on 27 April 2012.
Non-Executive Deputy Chairman
Qualifications - B.Sc. (Hons.), PhD, FAusIMM, FAICD
Dr Ross is a leading international geologist whose technical qualifications include an honours degree in Geology at UWA and a PhD in Economic Geology from UC Berkeley. He worked for Western Mining Corporation Limited for 25 years before becoming an Executive Director at Aerodata Holdings Limited and Managing Director of World Geoscience Limited in 1988. He was Technical Director with the Emperor Mines Limited Group from 1990 to 1992, Managing Director of Odin Mining Investment Company Limited from 1990 to 1995, Chairman and Executive Director of Tanganyika Gold Limited from 1996 to 2000, and Executive Director of Renewable Energy Corporation Limited from 2000 to 2001. He has considerable international experience in exploration and mining, particularly in developing countries.
Dr Ross was appointed a director of Berkeley Resources Limited on 4 February 2005.
Qualifications - B.SC (Hons), FAusIMM, MAIG
Mr Behets is a geologist with over 24 years experience in the mineral exploration and mining industry in Australia and internationally. Most recently he was instrumental in the founding, growth and development of Mantra Resources Limited, an African-focused uranium company, through to its acquisition by ARMZ for approximately A$1 billion in 2011. Prior to Mantra, he held various senior management positions during a long career with WMC Resources Limited.
Mr Behets has a strong combination of technical, commercial and managerial skills and extensive experience in exploration, mineral resource and ore reserve estimation, feasibility studies and operations across a range of commodities including uranium, gold and base metals. He is a Fellow of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, and is also a current member of the Australasian Joint Ore Reserve Committee (JORC).
Mr Behets was appointed a Director of the Company on 27 April 2012.
General Manager Operations
Qualifications - MSc
Mr Bellón is a Mining Engineer (MSc) with further specialisation in mineral processing and metallurgy with over 18 years experience in operational and project management roles in Europe, South America and West Africa. He held various senior management roles with TSX listed Rio Narcea Gold Mines during a 10 year career with the company, including Plant Manager for El Valle/Carles process facility and Operations Manager prior to its acquisition by Lundin Mining in 2007. During this period, Mr Bellón was involved in the development, construction, commissioning and production phases of a number of mining operations in Spain and Mauritania including El Valle-Boinás / Carlés (currently Kinross' world class open pit and underground gold-copper mines in northern Spain), Aguablanca (open pit nickel-copper mine in southern Spain) and Tasiast (open pit gold mine in Mauritania). He subsequently joined Duro Felguera, a large Spanish engineering house, where as Manager of the Mining Business, he managed the peer review, construction and commissioning a number of large scale mining operations in West Africa and South America in excess of US$1B.
Mr Bellón joined Berkeley Resources in May 2011.
Senior Vice President Corporate
Qualifications - MBA
Mr Colilla is a Mineral Economist and Lawyer, with a MBA degree. With prior experience in auditing and insurance sectors, he has over 25 years experience in the mining sector commencing as the Managing Director of an international drilling company in the early 1980’s. He subsequently worked for Anglo American as General Manager of their Spanish subsidiaries, whilst also contributing as international staff member to several projects in Europe and South America. Mr Colilla held various executive management roles during a long career with the TSX listed Rio Narcea Gold Mines, including Vice President Business Development, Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President Corporate, as well as Administrator/Director of its subsidiaries. During this period, he was involved in all aspects of commercial, legal and joint venture management, permitting, stakeholder engagement, government liaison and project financing for a number of mining operations in Spain and internationally including El Valle-Boinás / Carlés, Aguablanca and Tasiast. Following the acquisition of Rio Narcea Gold Mines by Lundin Mining in 2007, Mr Colilla consulted on renewable energies projects and advised several international leading legal firms in the areas of public aid financing (domestic and international) financing and due diligence exercises in relation to Spanish mining companies being acquired by multinational mining groups.
Mr Colilla joined Berkeley Resources in April 2010
Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer
Qualifications - B.Comm, CA, ACIS, FFin
Mr McGhie is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary. He commenced his career at a large international Chartered Accounting firm, before moving to commerce in the role of financial controller and company secretary. Mr McGhie now works in the corporate office of a number of public listed companies focussed on the resources sector.
Mr McGhie joined Berkeley Resources in May 2012.
The Board has sole responsibility for the following:
Appointing and removing the Managing Director and any other executives and approving their remuneration;
Appointing and removing the Company Secretary / Chief Financial Officer and approving their remuneration;
Determining the strategic direction of the Group and measuring performance of management against approved strategies;
Review of the adequacy of resources for management to properly carry out approved strategies and business plans;
Adopting operating and capital expenditure budgets at the commencement of each financial year and monitoring the progress by both financial and non-financial key performance indicators;
Monitoring the Group's medium term capital and cash flow requirements;
Approving and monitoring financial and other reporting to regulatory bodies, shareholders and other organisations;
Determining that satisfactory arrangements are in place for auditing the Group's financial affairs;
Review and ratify systems of risk management and internal compliance and control, codes of conduct and compliance with legislative requirements; and
Ensuring that policies and compliance systems consistent with the Group's objectives and best practice are in place and that the Company and its officers act legally, ethically and responsibly on all matters.