Simon Farrell (Chairman)
Simon has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has held a number of senior management and board positions, principally in the natural resource sector over the past 30 years to include Bougainville Copper, Kalgoorlie Super Pit, Hamersley Iron, Woodie Woodie Manganese and Valiant Consolidated. He was a Non-Executive Director of Kenmare Resources plc, listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange until 2013, and was also the Founding Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Coal of Africa Ltd.
David has 30 years’ experience as a resources analyst and fund manager. His career began with the Melbourne Stock Exchange in 1979 and he subsequently became an executive director of M&G Investment Management in London. He headed the International Desk at M&G Investment Management from 1995, where he was concurrently responsible for M&G’s investments in the precious metals and commodities sector globally. He later became involved in Fund Management with Yorkton and AWI Administration Services. He was a founding director of Resources Investment Trust plc at its launch in January 2002. David was also a founding partner of www.minesite.com, a resource industry specific news related website and conference business, and is Chairman of the FTSE gold mines index committee.
Ms. Haruko Fukuda OBE, MA , FSCI is a non-executive director of Investec plc and Aberdeen Asian Smaller Companies Investment Bank PLC. Fukuda has been involved in global economics and investment for over 40 years and has published books on international trade policy. She was a partner of James Capel & Co, an international securities firm now part of HSBC, for 14 years and then spent 10 years as vice chairman and board member of Nikko Europe plc. Haruko has held many other noteworthy positions, including being a senior advisor at Lazard, director of AB Volvo and CEO and Board Director of the World Gold Council.