Board of Directors and Key Management

Board of Directors

Colin Bird

Chief Executive Officer & Chairman

Colin Bird has a Diploma in Mining Engineering, is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and is a certified mine manager both in the UK and in the United States of America. The formative part of his career was spent with the National Coal Board in the UK and thereafter he moved to the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines and then to South Africa to work in a management position with Anglo American Coal. On his return to the UK he was Technical and Operations Director of Costain Mining Limited, which involved responsibility for gold mining operations in Argentina, Venezuela and Spain.


In addition to his coal mining activities he has been involved in the management of mining nickel, copper, gold and other diverse mineral operations. He has founded and floated several public companies in the resource sector and served on resource company boards in the UK, Canada and South Africa. Notably he was on the board of Kiwara Plc which was successfully sold to First Quantum Plc in February 2010. In addition, he currently serves as Chairman of Jubilee Platinum, an AIM listed platinum exploration company with operations in South Africa.


Andrew Francis Sarosi

Executive Director – Finance & Corporate Development
Technical Director

B.Sc. Metallurgy, M.Sc. (Eng.) University of the Witwatersrand, MIMMM


Andrew holds a B.Sc. Metallurgy and M.Sc. Engineering, University of Witwatersrand and is a member of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. He has more than 10 years corporate and 30 years operational experience.


Andrew is a mineral processing engineer and consultant in mineral processing research and development, process and plant design, management of pilot to full scale operations and troubleshooting in gold, silver, tungsten, tin, copper, and zinc and diamond ore processing in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, South Africa, Botswana and the United Kingdom.


Between 1978 and 1985 Andrew was the senior metallurgist for the Amax Hemerdon Tungsten-Tin project in the UK (currently in production under Wolf Minerals plc). In 1986 and 1995 he was mill superintendent at Mahd Ad’ Dahab Gold Silver Copper Zinc Mine in Saudi Arabia including research and process design of the zinc flotation extension to the mine. From 1990 to 1992 he consulted for Mackay and Schnellmann Limited as adviser to the Ethiopian Mineral Resources Development Corporation’s Lega Dembi Mine Project. From 1996 he set up as an independent consultant. Since 2002 he has served on several resource company’s Boards in UK, South Africa, Canada and Australia including Jubilee Metals Group plc (formerly Jubilee Platinum plc) the latter to June 2018.

J Richard Wollenberg

Non-Executive Director

Richard Wollenberg, was, between 1981 and 1996, an investment consultant with Brown Shipley Stockbroking Limited and has over the past 25 years, been actively involved in a number of corporate acquisitions, mergers and capital re-organisations of public and private companies.


Mr.Wollenberg is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Cardiff Property Public Limited Company, a quoted property investment and development company.


He was also a Non-Executive Director of Kiwara Plc alongside Colin Bird.


Christopher (Chris) Molefe

Non-Executive Director

B.Com (Unin); Post graduate diploma (University of Cape Town)


Mr. Molefe was formerly the Chief Executive of Royal Bafokeng Resources (Pty) Limited and is presently the Non-Executive Chairman of Merafe Resources Limited a publicly listed company on the JSE Securities Exchange, and a non-executive Director of Capital Oil (Pty) Ltd and Jubilee Platinum.


Mr. Molefe has held several positions in corporate banking and industry for the previous 20 years.


He commenced his career as Group Human Resource Manger at Union Carbide Africa Corporation. His subsequent positions include being the Manager of Corporate Affairs at Mobil Oil Southern Africa (Pty) Limited; an Executive Director at Black Management Forum; a Financial Analyst at Chase Manhattan Bank; the Marketing Manager at African Bank Limited; an Executive Manager at Transnet (Propnet) (Pty) Limited; and an Executive Director at Dipapatso Media (Pty).

Key Management

Sylvia Vrska

Manager Corporate/Investor Relations

Sylvia has had some 12 years experience in Marketing/Sales.


Her experience had been global, working for Education First (EF) based in Berlin with responsibilities in central Europe and North America. Thereafter she worked in Dubai in architectural and property marketing.


Carina de Beer

Manager Finance

Carina is a Chartered Accountant (SA). She completed her articles with Price Waterhouse Coopers.


Carina has 13 years’ experience in corporate financial management and reporting, company secretarial practice, compliance and corporate governance. Carina has served as an executive member of a number of JSE listed entities. She is a member of the Institute of Directors as well as the South African Institute for Chartered Accountants. She is also currently heading up the finance division of AtlX and AIM listed Jubilee Platinum Plc.

Alex Andersson

Main Project Glenover

B.Sc Mech Eng; MBA from INSEAD in France


Alex graduated as a Mechanical Engineer at Wits where after he worked in the Automotive Industry. He joined the Fer-Min-Ore Group in 1996 as Design Engineer and in 2000 he took over running Fer-Min-Ore’s Process Plant Division which designs and constructs process plants for the Metallurgical Industry. In 2008 he became CEO of Fer-Min-Ore Group and over the last 4 years has worked on moving the group more strongly into the development of its own strategic precious metals projects and into consolidating its energy businesses.


Alex serves on 7 company boards and has an MBA from INSEAD in France.