Michael Atkins – Non-Executive Chairman
Mr Atkins is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He was a founding partner of a national Chartered Accounting practice from 1979 to 1987 and was a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia until resigning in June 2011.
Between 1987 and 1998 he was a director of, and involved in the executive management of, several publicly listed resource companies with operations in Australia, USA, South East Asia and Africa. From 1990 to 1995 he was Managing Director and later a non-executive director of Claremont Petroleum NL and Beach Petroleum NL during their reconstruction, and then remained as a Non-Executive Director until 1995. He was also founding Executive Chairman of Gallery Gold Ltd until 1998, and remained a Non-Executive Director until 2000.
Since February 2009 Mr Atkins has been a Director - Corporate Finance at Patersons Securities Limited where he advises on the formation of, and capital raising for, emerging companies in the Australian resources sector.
He is currently non-executive Chairman of ASX listed public company, Legend Mining Ltd, and a non-executive director of Structural Systems Limited and Castle Minerals Limited. During the previous three years he was also non-executive director of Enterprise Uranium Limited (resigned 31 March 2014). He is a member of the Audit Committee of Azumah.
Stephen Stone – Managing Director
Stephen Stone graduated with honours in Mining Geology from University of Wales, Cardiff and has since gained more than 30 years’ operating, project evaluation, executive management and corporate development experience in the international mining and exploration industry.
Mr Stone worked for several years at the large open pit and underground copper mines of the Zambian Copperbelt. He came to Australia in 1986 and since then has been involved in the formation and management of several junior ASX listed exploration companies.
He joined Azumah as its Non-Executive Chairman in November 2006, was appointed its Executive Chairman in December 2007 and Managing Director in October 2009.
Mr Stone is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Editorial Board of International Mining Magazine. He is currently also a non-executive director of ASX listed public companies Alto Metals Limited and Castle Minerals Limited.
Geoffrey Jones – Non-Executive Director
Mr Jones is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree. He has over 30 years’ experience in the evaluation, design, development, commissioning and operation of major resource projects in Australia and overseas, especially in Africa, including Ghana.
He spent over six years as Group Project Engineer for ASX-listed Resolute Limited with responsibility for the successful development of its Obotan Gold Project in Ghana, Golden Pride Gold Project in Tanzania, as well as the Chalice and Bullabulling Gold Projects in Western Australia. For all of these projects, his involvement ranged from feasibility study preparation through to development, commissioning and start-up operations.
Mr Jones has operated his own project management and engineering consultancy, JMG Projects Pty Ltd, servicing the mining industry. In this capacity Mr Jones has completed works on gold and base metal projects for Australian and overseas based mining groups. Mr Jones is currently employed with GR Engineering Services Limited as the Managing Director.
Mr Jones is also a director of GR Engineering Services Limited, Marindi Metals Limited (formerly Brumby Resources Limited), Energy Metals Limited and Ausgold Limited.
William (Bill) LeClair – Non-Executive Director
Mr LeClair is a Chartered Accountant and a resident of Canada. He has many years of financial and mining experience and an extensive background in North American markets as a past executive and director of several Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) listed companies.
He was President and CEO of TSX-listed Crew Gold Corporation, prior to it being taken over in 2010. Crew Gold employed up to 3,000 staff in operating mines and exploration projects in multiple jurisdictions, including West Africa where it operated the 250,000-ounce per year LEFA gold mine in Guinea.
Currently Mr LeClair is also a director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Copper North Ltd. and Qwick Media Inc., both Vancouver based companies listed on the TSX. He is the chairman of the Audit Committee of Azumah and a member of the Remuneration Committee. Previously Mr LeClair was a director of Goldbrook Ventures Inc. and the CRO of Veris Gold Corp., both Vancouver based and TSX-listed mining companies.
Dennis Wilkins – Company Secretary
Mr Wilkins is the founder and principal of DWCorporate Pty Ltd a privately held corporate advisory firm servicing the natural resources industry.
Since 1994 he has been a director of, and involved in the executive management of, several publicly listed resource companies with operations in Australia, PNG, Scandinavia and Africa. From 1995 to 2001 he was the Finance Director of Lynas Corporation Ltd during the period when the Mt Weld Rare Earths project was acquired by the group. He was also founding director and advisor to Atlas Iron Limited at the time of Atlas’ initial public offering in 2006.
Since July 2001 Mr Wilkins has been a running DWCorporate Pty Ltd where he advises on the formation of, and capital raising for, emerging companies in the Australian resources sector.
He is currently non-executive director of Australian listed companies Key Petroleum Limited (since 5 July 2006), TSX listed Mawson West Ltd (since 3 August 2015), and an alternate director of Middle Island Resources Ltd (since 1 May 2010). During the previous three years he was also a non-executive director of Duketon Mining Limited (resigned 18 November 2014), A1 Consolidated Gold Limited (resigned 11 May 2015) and Shaw River Manganese Ltd (resigned December 2015).