Our Team

Board of Directors

Michael Masterman

Michael Masterman

Chairman

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.

David Garland

David Garland

Non-Executive Director

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), Legal Advisor to Hague and London Oil plc (an oil and gas exploration company listed on the LSE) and non-executive chairman of Saffron Energy plc (an oil and gas exploration company 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 currently provides flexible legal counsel services to various private and listed companies through The Legal Director Limited.

James Argalas

James Argalas

Non-Executive Director

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.

Pablo Neira

Pablo Neira

Executive Director

Pablo Neira brings 32+ years of international experience specializing in managing listed industrial manufacturing companies and family office direct investments in SME. Most recently he worked with Casa Grande de Cartagena, family office of several members of Del Pino family, involved with direct investments. Pablo is former CEO of Urbar, a listed industrial group that manufactures equipment for multiple sectors, including raw materials, minerals and quarries; as well as turn-key waste treatment plants. Prior to this, Pablo was Corporate Services General Manager at Valdepesa Textil, a global retail textile company PE backed, and Finance Director at Global Steel Wire Group, a listed steel wire rod manufacturer. Prior to joining Global Steel Wire Group, he was Manager at A.T. Kearney in New York and before that Controller of Southern Europe at the Swedish group Mölnlycke. Pablo has broad-based experience managing operations across international and cultural boundaries and brings in depth finance experience under listed companies. He holds a BS in Economics and a Harvard MBA. He is professor at IE Business School.

 

Oscar Marin Garcia

Oscar Marin Garcia

Non-Executive Director

Oscar Marin Garcia has over 20 years’ experience, specialising in retail business in the Extremadura region of Spain and managing family office investments. He is co-founder and CEO of Lider Aliment, SA, a €200m sales family owned company. Prior to Lider Aliment, Oscar was a Regional Finance Director for Western Europe of Procter & Gamble in Geneva, Switzerland. He holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Economics from ICADE – Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, Spain and a Master of Business Administration degree from San Telmo Business School in Seville, Spain.

Key Executives

Fernando

Fernando de la Fuente

Country Manager, Spain

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 Szumilak

Aaron Szumilak

Development Manager

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 Garcia Valledor

Juan Garcia Valledor

La Parrilla Operations Manager

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.

Paul Hailes

Paul Hailes F.C.C.A

Chief Financial Officer

With almost 30 years’ experience as a qualified accountant and circa 15 years serving as a director to public limited companies listed on the London Alternative Investment Market, Paul brings extensive capital markets, financial and commercial experience to the W Resources Team.

Having previously gained experience with Bowater plc and Courtaulds plc before joining Immuodiagnostic Systems Ltd in 1993 Paul was a key member of the team that carried out the IPO (Initial Public Offering) in 2004 and became Group Finance Director at Immunodiagnostic Systems Holdings plc, where he provided strategic, corporate and financial guidance for the Group and its subsidiary companies.

Paul also served as a Non-Executive Director for almost 6 years at Utilitywise plc, a utilities brokerage company during which he served as Head of the Audit Committee for a number of years.

The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors comprises five members; one Executive Director and four Non-Executive Directors. Chairman, Michael Masterman (Executive Director), has a wealth of minerals exploration and development experience. David Garland, Non-Executive Director, has a wealth of experience in both the minerals industry and in law. Executive Director Pablo Neria, has broad-based operations management experience and in-depth finance experience. James Argalas, Non-Executive Director has extensive experience in the financial and investment sectors. Non-Executive Director, Oscar Marin Garcia has a wealth of experience in finance and corporate development in the Extremadura region of Spain. The structure of the Board ensures that no one individual or Group dominates the decision-making process.

The Audit Commitee

As W Resources is a relatively small publicly listed company by comparison to other listed entities which is reflected by the size of its operations, Board structure and Board composition it is not considered practical to have a formal internal audit function. The Board has agreed not to elect an Audit Committee as it considers that the functions normally conducted by an Audit Committee are adequately undertaken by the full board.

The Remuneration Committee

The Remuneration Committee comprising the Non-executive Directors, meets at leat once a year and is responsible for making recommendations to the Board of Directors, on senior executives remuneration. Non-executive Directors’ remuneration and conditions of engagement are considered and agreed by the Board. Financial packages for Executive Directors are established by reference to prevailing market conditions and performance of each executive director.