Michael is co-founder of W Resources Plc and has an exceptional track record in establishing and financing new resources companies. In 2010, Michael took on an Executive role with Fortescue Metals Groups overseeing the FMG Iron Bridge iron ore company and completed the US$1.15bn sale of a 31% interest in the project to Formosa Plastics Group. He was CFO and Executive Director of Anaconda Nickel (now Minara Resources). Michael oversaw the financing of the US$1.2 billion Murrin Murrin Nickel and Cobalt project in Western Australia, involving the negotiation of a US$220m joint venture agreement with Glencore International and the raising of US$420m in project finance from a US capital markets issue – the first of its kind for a green fields mining project. Prior to joining Anaconda Nickel, he spent 8 years at McKinsey & Company serving major international resources companies principally in the area of strategy and development. He is a founding shareholder at Fortescue Metals Group, Po Valley Energy and Atacama Metals.
Byron is Managing Director of Port Jackson Partners Limited, a Sydney based strategy management consulting firm. Prior to joining Port Jackson Partners in 1992, Byron spent six years with McKinsey & Company working out of the Sydney, New York and London Offices and across the Asian Region. He has extensive experience in advising CEOs and boards of both large public and small developing companies across a wide range of industries and geographies. Byron is a Non-Executive Director of Po Valley Energy Limited.
David is the former General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of Dominion Petroleum Limited (an oil and gas exploration company then listed on the LSE). Before joining Dominion, he had practised as a barrister for 18 years from Brick Court Chambers, a leading commercial barristers’ chambers in London. David was a founder, and is currently a director, of Atacama Metals Holdings Limited, a private Hong Kong registered copper exploration company, with mining interests in the Atacama Desert in Chile. He is also the Legal Advisor to Hague and London Oil plc (an oil and gas exploration company listed on the LSE).
James Argalas has extensive experience in the financial and investment sectors. In 2006, he founded Presidio Union, LLC, a company that specialises in providing financial analysis and corporate advisory services to early stage growth companies and their investors, taking an active role in developing ventures that have the potential to create significant shareholder value. Prior to founding Presidio Union, James was a Principal at Watershed Asset Management and NM Rothschild, where he was responsible for investments in distressed credit, liquidations, real estate, special situations, and debt and equity investments in Asia-Pacific. Prior to Watershed, James was an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company and an Associate at Goldman Sachs. With a Master of Business Administration degree from Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University) with majors in Finance, Entrepreneurship and International Business. James also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Fernando holds a B.Sc. in Geology and a MSc in Geology from the University of Granada in Spain and has over 44 years experience in the Exploration and Mining Geology industry in Europe, Africa and North America and Latin America. He is also a member of the Spanish College of Geologists (Number 49), the Spanish Society of Mineralogy, founder member of the Spanish Society of Geology, member of the Spanish Association of Applied Geology to Mineral Deposits, member of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc., member of PDAC. He is Managing Director and main shareholder of Fernando de la Fuente Consultores, S.L. a mining exploration and geological consulting company with projects in Europe, Africa and America. Fernando also is Global Head of Project Management Ltd. of SBS Mining, Ltd a London based company, providing specialised mining consultancy services and expertise to fund managers. He was the Regional Manager for Anglo American Corporation of South Africa in West Africa and has also worked for Rio Algom and Phelps Dodge. Fernando is a “qualified technical person” in respect of the AIM Rules for Companies.
Aaron is a mechanical and process engineer with 10 years’ experience in mineral processing and resource development. He carries field experience in operational and technical services roles presenting a broad range of process skills. Aaron has worked for Fortescue Metals Group, Syncrude and Composites Innovation Centre.
Juan is a Mining Engineer with 25 years of experience in management of industrial processing plants and design, planning, management and rehabilitation of open pit mines. Juan was Operations Manager for the Rio Tinto and Imerys groups talc ore mining and processing operations in Spain, and Mining & Safety Manager in the development of the reopening project of Alquife iron ore open pit in Granada, Spain.