Directors & Management


Chief Executive Officer

Tom de Vries is a mining engineer with over 30 years’ experience, including 10 years in General Manager roles. He has extensive Victorian gold mining experience from Walhalla, Western Mining (WMC) Bendigo, Stawell Gold Mines, Bendigo Mining, Costerfield mine and more recently as Acting Process Manager for the A1 Consolidated Maldon process plant. Tom has experience in handheld development, handheld stoping as well as broad mechanised mining experience in narrow gold and large metalliferous orebodies such as Mount Isa Copper. Tom was the leading officer in the permitting, tendering, construction of Bendigo Mining and commissioning of both Costerfield and Cobar Consolidated Silver mines. He is fully experienced in single mine organisations and also in Tier 1 companies such as North Broken Hill (Elura) and Mount Isa Mines. He has worked and is certified as a Mine Manager in four States. He has also recently completed a finance focused Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Deakin University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).


Non-Executive Director

Dr Rick Valenta has over 30 years of exploration and development experience in Australia, Canada, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and other parts of Latin America. Rick has a proven track record for discovery and development of high-grade gold resources.  He has spent the past 13 years in senior roles in TSX and ASX-listed junior companies, and has been in Managing Director roles since early 2007.  Most recently as Managing Director of Chesser Resources, he led the team that took the Kestanelik Epithermal Gold deposit in Turkey through to prefeasibility, before selling the project at a significant premium to the prevailing market.   Prior to joining Chesser, Rick was Chief Operating Officer of TSX-listed Fronteer Development, Chief Geoscientist of TSX-listed Aurora Energy Resources, and Central American Exploration Manager for Mount Isa Mines Exploration.  He is a Fellow of the AUSIMM and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors


Non-Executive Director

Ian King has in excess of 25 years’ experience providing investment banking and corporate advisory services to a broad range of domestic and international clients spanning most sectors and industries, including financial, resources and technology sectors, and including State and Commonwealth Governments. He has strong general management skills and transaction execution and marketing capability developed from over 15 years’ experience with ING Bank NV and its predecessor organisations in Australia and the UK (including Baring Brothers & Co). He has managed public takeovers, asset acquisitions and divestments, corporate reconstructions and capital raisings for both mid-cap companies and some of Australia’s largest corporations. Mr King is currently a Director of BBB Capital in Sydney.


Non-Executive Director

Matthew Gill is a mining engineer with over 30 years’ experience. He has a strong technical, operational and executive management background; having worked as an underground miner, mine planning engineer, supervisor, general manager and managing director in Australia, Papua New Guinea, India, Ghana and Bolivia. He holds three First Class Metalliferous Mine Manager’s Certificates of Competency and has been instrumental in the successful development of three gold mines (Porgera, Beaconsfield and Ballarat). He is a three-time winner of the Australian Mine Manager of the Year Award and received the AusIMM Leadership Award in 2008. Previously, he was Group Chief Operating Officer for Singapore-listed LionGold Corp. Also, he has worked for Castlemaine Goldfields, Rio Tinto, WMC, Placer Pacific and Renison Goldfields.  Matthew also provides technical, leadership and risk management consultancy advice to industry, including Myanmar’s largest gold mine and is a lecturer for mining engineering undergraduates at Monash University.


Company Secretary

Mr Hofman has 20 years’ experience in financial reporting and corporate management with a focus on the natural resources industry including the last three years as the Group Finance Manager of Brisbane based ASX-listed exploration company. Prior to this, Brent was employed for two years as a Finance Manager with Southern Cross Gold Fields Limited a Gold and Silver production company. Brent had previously worked in the business services and corporate division of PwC in Queensland and for ten years was the Finance Manager of a dual-listed (NASDAQ/ASX) oil and gas production company. Brent has a Bachelor of Law, a Bachelor of Commerce, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is a Justice of the Peace (Queensland, Australia).