Managing Director (BSc Geology, FAusIMM, MAIG)
Mr Ferguson is a geologist with 30 years of experience having worked in senior management positions for the past 18 years in a variety of locations. He has experience in the exploration and definition of precious and base metal mineral resources throughout the world, including DRC, Zambia, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, South East Asia and Central America. He has been active in the DRC since 2004 in gold and base metals exploration and resource development.
Mr Ferguson is also Managing Director of Huntsman Resources, an unlisted public company.
Technical Director (BSc Geology, MSc Structural Geology)
Graeme is a geologist with over 30 years’ experience operating Australia, the Middle
East, Romania, Malaysia and recently the DRC. He emigrated to Western Australia in 1986 and worked on various gold projects before joining Rio Tinto (Hamersley Iron) at their Tom Price iron mine as the Site Geotechnical Engineer.
Following this, Graeme was part of the Rio Tino mine development team that
opened up the Yandicoogina, fines iron ore mine before leaving Rio Tinto after 5
years’ service, to diversify his experience. Working mainly in orebody development and near mine-site investigations, Graeme’s technical experience is focused on the transition between orebody delineation and mine opening. In this regard he has worked on over five projects that resulted in new mines being commissioned.
Graeme was the Principal Geologist with Midwest Corporation in 2005 during its sale to Sinosteel Corporation for US$1.4 billion and was their first local Chief Geologist. In mid-2006, Graeme assisted in founding ASX listed Ferrowest Limited, where he was the Technical Director for 9 years until the end of 2016. During this time, he contributed to the successful completion of the Feasibility Study for the Yalgoo Pig Iron Project east of Geraldton.
Graeme joined the AVZ team in May 2017 as Project Manager in charge of the day
to day operations at the Manono Lithium Project managing four drill rigs and a team
of up to 75 personnel.
Non-Executive Director (Dip. Engineering (Civil))
Mr Brans is an experienced director and civil engineer with over 45 years’ experience in project developments. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Australian Potash Limited and Carnavale Resources Ltd. Previously, Mr Brans was a founding director of Perseus Mining Limited and served on the boards of Syrah Resources Limited, Tiger Resources Limited and Monument Mining Limited. Throughout his career, Mr Brans has been involved in the management of feasibility studies and the design and construction of mineral treatment plants across a range of commodities and geographies including for gold in Ghana, copper in the DRC and graphite in Mozambique. He has extensive experience as an owner’s representative for several successful mine feasibility studies and project developments.
Mr Hongliang Chen is a nominee of the Huayou Cobalt Group, and joins the Board in accordance with the subscription agreement entered into on 8 August 2017. Mr Chen joined the Huayou Cobalt Group in May 2002 and is currently a director and the president of the parent company, Shanghai stock exchange listed Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Co Ltd. Mr Chen previously worked in management positions at the Agricultural Bank of China, Tongxiang Branch Investment Corporation Tongxiang Securities Department and Shenyin Wanguo Securities Co Ltd.
Mr Guy Loando is a qualified lawyer based in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He has significant experience with corporate and legal matters in the DRC, and has recently been involved in executive management roles in the resource sector. Mr Loando has joined the Board as a nominee of AVZ’s largest shareholder, Dathomir Resources sarl. Mr Loando's role is to assist with liaison with AVZ’s joint venture partners, as well as liaison with various local, state and federal Government departments as development progresses at the Manono Project.
Joined Company Secretary
Mr Math is a Chartered Accountant with more than 13 years of resources industry experience. He previously worked as an auditor at Deloitte and is experienced with public company responsibilities including ASX and ASIC compliance, control and implementation of corporate governance, statutory financial reporting and shareholder relations.