About Us


Board of Directors

Denis Waddell, Chairman

Denis Waddell


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 36 years, Denis has gained considerable experience in corporate finance and operations management of exploration and mining companies.

Errol Smart, Managing Director and CEO

Errol Smart

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Errol is a geologist, registered for JORC purposes, and has 28 years of industry experience across all aspects of exploration, mine development and operations with experience in precious and base metals. He has held positions in Anglogold, Cluff Mining, Metallon Gold, Clarity Minerals LionGold Corporation and African Stellar Holdings. Errol’s senior executive roles have been on several boards of companies listed on both the TSX and ASX and currently serves as a Director on the Board of the Minerals Council South Africa.

Mark Palmer, Non Executive Director

Mark Palmer

Non Executive Director

Mark has 13 years experience working with entities in Australia, including 8 years with Dominion Mining.  He previously worked with NM Rothschild & Sons Limited for the London mining project, as part of the finance team where he was responsible for assessing mining projects globally.  He later moved ot the investment banking team at UBS, where his focus was global mergers and acquisitions, and equity and debt financing.  He also ran the EMEA mining team at UBS, later joining Tembo Capital in 2015 as investment director.

Godfrey Gomwe

Non Executive Director

Godfrey is the former chief executive officer of Anglo American plc’s Thermal Coal business, where his responsibilities included oversight over the company’s manganese interests in the joint venture with BHP.  Until August 2012, Godfrey was an executive director of Anglo American South Africa, prior to which he held the positions finance director and chief operating officer.  He was also chairman and chief executive of Anglo American Zimbabwe Limited and served on a number of Anglo American executive committees and operating boards, including Kumba Iron Ore, Anglo American Platinum, Highveld Steel & Vanadium and Mondi South Africa.

Philip Kotze

Non Executive Director

Philip started his career in 1981 with Anglovaal Mining Corporation. During his career he worked for a number of companies including Anglogold Ashanti, Kalgold, Harmony Gold Mining Co Ltd, Deloitte and Anooraq Resources Corporation.  Philip has accumulated significant operational experience over the last 40 years on a number of different mines and has distinguished himself as an expert in finding innovative solutions for complex problems.

Philip has served as a senior executive for listed mining companies since 1996. He was Operations Director for Harmony Gold Mining Co Ltd, and in 2008 joined Atlatsa Resources Corporation, a public company listed on the TSX-Venture Exchange, Amex and the JSE, in the role as President and Chief Executive Officer, a position he held until March 2011. Thereafter, Philip took up the position as Chief Executive Officer of Witwatersrand Consolidated Gold Company in 2011 with the objective of taking it from exploration into production.  Witwatersrand Consolidated Gold Company was subsequently acquired by Sibanye Gold at the end of March 2014.

Philip joined Clover Alloys (SA) Pty Ltd in 2014 when he took over the reigns as Chief Executive Officer.  At that time Clover Alloys had a single wash plant with an annual capacity of 24,000 t/annum. During 2015, it increased its processing capacity to 270,000 t/annum by building a new processing plant in the Kroondal area.  During 2019, Clover Alloys successfully acquired the Lanxess chrome mine in Kroondal and took a loss-making operation to a profitable business in the first year of ownership, whilst establishing it in the bottom quartile of cost producers.  Clover Alloys has continued to grow its processing capacity, which now stands at more than 1.5 million t/annum.