Management Team

Ian Ilsley
President & CEO

Ian has over 40 years of experience in non-executive and executive director roles including CEO, in public and private companies, with a depth of experience that spans corporate administration, corporate governance, revenue growth, and taking companies public in a variety of sectors including the oil and gas and property sectors. He has mining and minerals experience gained over several years, specifically in the area of copper exploration in south/central Africa.

In 2013, Ian established and headed Meridian Partners to provide corporate finance consultancy services to start up and development stage companies. Earlier, he established Heritage Cie S.A. to provide fiscally efficient corporate management and corporate administrative services to clients.

In 1999, Ian became a director and major shareholder of Garnham & Co, a boutique corporate finance consultancy specializing in corporate structuring and small cap listings. Over the next decade, Ian worked with multiple corporations as finance director, guiding them through the initial period after listing, ensuring their compliance with the appropriate regulatory requirements, and helping them grow revenues to meaningful levels.

Ian started his career with the property development firm Crest Nicholson Plc, where his role included installing and strengthening management systems and internal controls, as well as providing finance and commercial direction for the firm’s group of subsidiary companies.

He was subsequently appointed CEO of one of Crest Nicholson’s subsidiaries, Camper and Nicholson International, a position which he held for four years.

Ian is a qualified accountant, a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Stewart A. Jackson, PhD. P.Geo.
Consultant Geologist

Stewart has been involved in exploration and development of base and precious mineral deposits in a wide range of environments. He is a specialist in carbonate-hosted mineral deposits and limestone sedimentology.

He has also been involved in the discovery and development of several major mineral discoveries including the very large Red Dog zinc-lead deposit in Northwestern Alaska operated by Teck (formerly Cominco).

He participated in the discovery and development of the Borealis, South McCoy and Manhattan gold deposits in Nevada for Houston Oil and Minerals and discovered and developed several million ounces of gold in a group of gold mines in northern Washington State, USA including the Buckhorn mine for Crown Resource Corporation which he founded in 1981. Stewart raised $150
million for the discovery and development of these and other projects including gold, silver, diamonds, and base metals; nickel and uranium.

He participated as a vendor of the Viken deposit in Sweden which contains multi-billion pound resources of molybdenum, vanadium, and nickel, and over 1 billion pounds of U3O8 and was instrumental in unravelling the mysteries of the Turnagaini nickel-cobalt-platinum deposit at Dease Lake, BC, Canada resulting in a billion+ tonne resource held currently by Giga Metals.

Stewart has been involved in evaluation of QA/QC programs and nugget effect resolution, and mineralogical and separation problems, particularly in gold deposits with the GPT (Grain Treatment Protocol) team of Greg Hryniw, Montreal, Canada.

Paul Ray
Senior Advisor

Paul is an Australian citizen, and was educated in Maryborough and Brisbane until 1967. In 1969 he joined Theiss Bros (a civil engineering and exploration firm) as a cadet surveyor.

Paul joined Placer Exploration and Development Corporation in1971 evaluating and working on exploration projects throughout Australia and the Pacific region and from 1976 to 1978 he worked as a consultant to the exploration and mining industry.

From 1979 to 1984 Paul was employed by Amoco Minerals Australia Co. and involved in geodetic, geophysical and geological surveys, property acquisitions, assessments, negotiations, contracts, logistics and public relations.

In 1985 became Director and Operations Manager for Dolerite Mining and Exploration Pty. Ltd. which successfully discovered, developed and or joint -ventured mining properties in Australia and the Pacific region.

Since 1989 Paul has been a member of the board of various exploration and mining companies both public and private and is presently a director of Raptor Capital International, a private Streaming and Royalty Company, Global Mining and Exploration Management S.A.R.L., and El Alamo Gold Mining Corporation.

His past Directorships include Golden Glacier Resources Ltd (TSX) which became Exeter Resource Corporation (TSX- Nasdaq), Dynasty Resources Limited (TSX), Chase Resources Limited (TSX), Newport Resources Limited (TSX), Sennen Resources Limited (TSX), and Heritage Petroleum Plc (United Kingdom).

Eileen Carr
Senior Advisor

Eileen Carr is a Non-Executive Director of Bacanora Lithium, an AIM listed company focused on developing the world’s next major lithium project in Mexico.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Carr has been a key member of teams behind the development of a number of successful mining operations across the world, including the Freda Rebecca gold mine in Zimbabwe, the Ayanfuri gold mine in Ghana, the Kalsaka gold mine in Burkina Faso and the Angovia gold mine in Ivory Coast. She has served as Finance Director/ CFO for both private and public companies starting with Cluff Resources in 1993. She has since gone on to hold several executive directorships in the resource sector, including CFO at both AIM traded Monterrico Metals plc and Alexander Mining plc. She was also a Director at European Goldfields Inc, a TSX listed gold exploration company with operations in Romania.

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