About Us

Leadership

Board of Directors

Denis Waddell, Chairman

Denis Waddell

Chairman

Denis is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in the management of exploration and mining companies. Denis founded Tanami Gold NL in 1994 and was involved with the Company as Managing Director and then Chairman and Non-Executive Director until 2012. Prior to founding Tanami Gold NL, Denis was the Finance Director of the Metana Minerals NL group. During the past 30 years, Denis has gained considerable experience in corporate finance and operations management of exploration and mining companies.

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Errol Smart, Managing Director and CEO

Errol Smart

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Errol is a geologist, registered with the South African Council of Natural Scientific Professionals, a Recognised Overseas Professional Organisation for JORC purposes. Errol has more than 24 years of industry experience across all aspects of exploration, mine development and operation, with a key focus on gold and base metals. Errol has a wealth of public and private company corporate experience and has been on the founding teams and managed a number of exploration and mining companies throughout Africa and has had strong exposure to Australian projects. Errol has held positions in Anglogold, Cluff Mining, Metallon Gold, Clarity Minerals, African Stellar Group and LionGold Corporation. Errol is Chairman of the Junior Leadership Forum of the Minerals Council South Africa and is a board member of the Minerals Council.

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Alexander Haller, Non Executive Director

Alexander Haller

Non Executive Director

Alexander is a partner of Zachary Capital Management, providing advisory services to a number of private investment companies including Silja Investment Ltd, focusing on the principal investment activities for these companies. From 2001 to 2007 Alexander worked in the corporate finance division at JPMorgan in the U.S, advising on corporate mergers and acquisitions as well as financing in both the equity and debt capital markets.

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Mark Palmer, Non Executive Director

Mark Palmer

Non Executive Director

Mark has 12 years experience working with entities in Australia, including 8 years with Dominion Mining.  In 1994 Mark joined NM Rothschild & Sons Limited in the London mining project finance team assessing mines and projects globally.  In 1997 Mark moved to the investment banking team at UBS to focus on global mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financing in the mining sector.  Mark ran the EMEA mining team at UBS for 8 years.  Mark joined Tembo Capital as Investment Director in 2015.

Godfrey Gomwe

Non Executive Director

Godfrey Gomwe has extensive experience as an executive in metals and mining industries. He is the former Chief Executive Officer of Anglo American’s Thermal Coal business, whose responsibilities included oversight over Anglo’s Manganese interests in the joint venture with BHP.

Previously Executive Director of Anglo American South Africa until August 2012, his career included roles as Head of Group Business Development Africa, Finance Director and Chief Operating Officer of Anglo American South Africa. Previously, Godfrey was Chairman and Chief Executive of Anglo American Zimbabwe Limited. He also served on a number of Anglo American Operating Boards and Executive Committees including Kumba Iron Ore, Anglo American Platinum, Highveld Steel & Vanadium and Mondi South Africa, the latter two in the capacity of Chairman.

Tom Borman

Non Executive Director

Tom is a respected and highly experienced global mining executive who served more than 11 years working for the BHP Billiton Group in various senior managerial roles, including that of Chief Financial Officer of an Australian-listed mining company. He also held senior roles in strategy and business development, and served as the project manager for the merger integration transaction between BHP Limited and Billiton.

After leaving BHP Billiton in 2006, Mr Borman joined Warrior Coal Investments (Proprietary) Limited, where he formed part of the executive team which established and consolidated the portfolio of assets which became the Optimum Group of companies. Optimum listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 2010, and was subsequently acquired by Glencore for R8.5 billion in March 2012.