Richard Williams

president, chief executive officer and director

Richard Williams is a Professional Geologist with a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Geology from Portsmouth University, and a Masters degree in Mineral Exploration from Queen’s University, Ontario. He also serves as CEO of Helio Resource Corp. (TSX-V:HRC), an exploration company with a gold project in Tanzania. He has over 30 years of experience in the mining and mineral exploration sector principally in southern Africa, and south and Central America. Richard has spent the last 16 years in public company corporate management, and has developed a wide network of business and financial contacts. He co-founded, and is CEO and director of, Winshear Gold Corp. (formerly Helio Resource Corp) which previously discovered the 1 million ounce SMP gold project in Tanzania.

Matthew Hird

chief financial officer

Matthew Hird is an experienced finance professional from the natural resources sector who brings a wealth of expertise in driving the strategic analysis, financing, reporting and governance of mining companies. Matthew spent over eight years at Kaz Minerals plc, the FTSE 250 copper producer, including six years as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to his appointment at Kaz Minerals plc, he was Company Secretary and Group Reporting Manager at Vedanta Resources plc. He has also served as Chief Financial Officer at African Minerals Limited and more recently, as Chief Financial Officer at Sierra Rutile Limited until its acquisition by Iluka Resources Limited. Prior to his work in the natural resources sector, he spent nine years at Deloitte. Matthew is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MA in Natural Sciences (Geological Sciences) from the University of Cambridge.


Owen Mihalop

Chief Operating Officer

Owen Mihalop, MIMMM, C.Eng., has 20 years' experience in the mining industry, ranging from grass-roots geological exploration through to production mining. He started his career as an exploration geologist and then gained experience in mining engineering and production in both open-pit and underground mines, following which he became a mining consultant specialising in feasibility studies, project management and project evaluation, gaining broad experience in the mining industry as a whole. In recent years he has concentrated on project development, advancing projects in Europe and Africa towards production. Owen is a Chartered Mining Engineer and a graduate of Camborne School of Mines and he is supported by a strong team of geologists and mining engineers from the local area who have a deep understanding of the United Downs Project and the South Crofty Project.

Fawzi Hanano

chief development officer

Mr. Hanano is a finance professional with over 20 years of experience in the natural resources sector gained in the mining industry and at global investment banks. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in investor relations, capital markets and corporate strategy. He was previously Head of Investor Relations and Communications at SolGold plc, an LSE and TSX-listed copper and gold developer.  Fawzi’s experience also includes over a dozen years in mining equity research, where he covered global large and small cap miners and underlying commodities at a number of top investment banks, including Goldman Sachs, UBS, HSBC, Macquarie and Berenberg, where he authored proprietary research reports on global base metals and bulk commodity projects that were a primary reference for investors and industry players. Fawzi started his mining sector career at Rio Tinto in 2002 and held roles in business development and strategy within the industrial minerals division and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Finance) from McGill University.

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