Board of Directors
Mark Darras: Non-Executive and Independent Chairman
Mr Darras, a lawyer by background, brings to the company absolute excellence in corporate governance. By example, his roles in Australia Post and John Holland Engineering demonstrates the level of approbation he has within the industry. Mr Darras an extensive network in the ACT and New South Wales with governments, regulators and businesses that will be directly relevant and important aspect of our social and regulatory license to operate.
Peter Smith: Non-Executive and Independent Director
Mr Smith, a mining engineer by background, has extensive experience in mining operations. Mr Smith is a tier-one mining engineer who is regarded as a master articulator in the leadership of strategic thinking. It can be expected that Mr Smith will promote professional communication and collaborative decision-making while challenging the underlying thinking, justification and purpose of the Company’s activities and overall plan. His direct experience in gold mining operations in Queensland and New South Wales, like Mt Rawdon and Cadia, are directly relevant to the Company’s assets.
Alistair Stephens: Executive Director
Mr Stephens, a mining geologist by background, has working in mining operations in geology, mine design and processing plant operations and experience in marketing and commercial contract management. He has worked at KCGM, Australia largest gold mine, and Big Bell and has underground mining and open processing experience in nickel at Leinster. In his first role as CEO he took Arafura Resources from a market capitalisation of $4m to almost $400m in 4 years. His goals and aspirations with Force are similar and he believes the underlying value of the assets exceed the market capitalisation of the company. Prudent management of development activities and sincere engagement with community stakeholders at Mt Adrah and Halls Peak, as well as targeted promotions and implemented extraction plans, will deliver shareholder value.
Patrick Glovac: Non-Executive Director
Currently the Managing Director of ASX listed Applabs Technologies Limited and Non-Executive director of GB Energy Limited and Cirrus Networks Limited, Mr Patrick Michael Glovac has also recently joined the Sovereign Gold Board of Directors. Mr Govac had a successful career in Stockbroking for more than 10 years with a strong emphasis on providing corporate advisory and financial support for mining and resource companies. Additionally he brings his wealth of experience in service products, marketing and business planning. He has a strong M&A and business integration background, having served as director of multiple companies.
Michael Fry – CFO and Company Secretary
Mr Fry, a highly-experienced finance and company executive, has worked in a broad range of industry sectors. Mr Fry has a strong background in accounting and corporate advice having worked with KPMG (Perth), Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (Melbourne) and boutique corporate advisory practice Troika Securities Ltd (Perth). For almost 10 years Mr Fry was the Chief Financial Officer and Finance Director at Swick Mining Services Limited, a publicly listed drilling services provider contracting to the mining industry in Australia and North America. Mr Fry is a Non-Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Cougar Metals NL, and he is Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of Globe Metals & Mining Limited.
Geoff has been selected because of his experience in mining, resource definition and estimations, and a broader experience in exploration orientated at development.
Dr Marc Steffens
Marc has excellence in feasibility studies and project engineering and is well suited in metallurgical studies that lead to optimised engineering design.
Environmental Specialist – To be engaged
At the right stage, the Company intends to engage an environmentalist that will assist in on-going environmental management and exploration rehabilitation and planning the design of closure rehabilitation at the end of mining operations.