Berkeley Energia’s highly experienced international mine exploration and development team

Robert Behets

Acting Managing Director

B.Sc. (Hons.) FAusIMM, MAIG

Mr Behets is a geologist with 30 years’ experience in the mineral exploration and mining industry in Australia and internationally. He has had extensive corporate and management experience and has been Director of a number of ASX-listed companies in the resources sector including Mantra Resources Limited (“Mantra”) and Papillon Resources Limited. Mr Behets was instrumental in the founding, growth and development of Mantra, an African-focused uranium company, through to its acquisition by ARMZ for approximately A$1 billion in 2011. Prior to Mantra, he held various senior management positions during a long career with WMC Resources Limited.

Francisco Bellón

Chief Operations Officer

MSc, MAusIMM
Francisco

Mr Bellón is a Mining Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in project management and operations including more than a decade in senior management roles with TSX listed Rio Narcea Gold Mines prior to its takeover by Lundin Mining. At Rio Narcea he gained experience in the development, construction, commissioning and operation of new mines in Spain and West Africa including El Valle-Boinás (Au-Cu), Carlés (Au-Cu), Tasiast (Au) and was Operations Manager and General Manager of the Aguablanca Ni-Cu in Spain. He laterjoined Duro Felguera, a large Spanish engineering house, as Manager of the Mining Business, overseeing the peer review, construction and commissioning a numerous large scale mining operations in Africa and South America.

Ian Middlemas

Chairman

B.com, CA

Mr Middlemas is a Chartered Accountant and has been in commerce for over twenty five years.  He was previously Chairman of Mantra Resources Limited, an African-focussed uranium exploration and development company, and is also a director of a number of other publicly listed companies. He has considerable corporate, financial and management expertise and is a Member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Robert Behets

Acting Managing Director

B.Sc. (Hons.), FAusIMM, MAIG

Mr Behets is a geologist with 30 years’ experience in the mineral exploration and mining industry in Australia and internationally. He has had extensive corporate and management experience and has been Director of a number of ASX-listed companies in the resources sector including Mantra Resources Limited (“Mantra”) and Papillon Resources Limited. Mr Behets was instrumental in the founding, growth and development of Mantra, an African-focused uranium company, through to its acquisition by ARMZ for approximately A$1 billion in 2011. Prior to Mantra, he held various senior management positions during a long career with WMC Resources Limited.

Adam Parker

Non-Executive Director

M.A. (HONS), CFA

Mr Adam Parker has been appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director of the Company, effective 14 June 2017.

Mr Parker joins the Company after a long and successful career in institutional fund management in the City of London spanning almost three decades, including being a co-founder of Majedie Asset Management, which today manages assets of approximately £14 billion. He began his career in 1987 at Mercury Asset Management (subsequently acquired by Merrill Lynch and now part of BlackRock) and left in 2002 when he co-founded Majedie and was instrumental in building it into the successful investment boutique that it is today.

Mr Parker holds a M.A. Hons in Chemistry from Oxford University and is an Associate of the CFA Society United Kingdom.

Nigel Jones

Non-Executive Director

M.A. (HONS)

Mr Nigel Jones has been appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director of the Company, effective 7 June 2017.

Mr Jones has thirty years’ experience in the international mining sector. He has considerable corporate development and marketing expertise, including being responsible for the negotiation of key uranium supply agreements for Rio Tinto. Mr Jones spent two decades at Rio Tinto, where ultimately he held the position of Global Head of Business Development and prior to that Managing Director of Rio Tinto Marine, Head of Investor Relations and Marketing Director, Uranium.

Mr Jones was recently appointed as Head of Private Side Capital Markets at ICBC Standard Bank, the global markets subsidiary of ICBC Bank, which is the world’s largest bank by assets.

Mr Jones is an Oxford University graduate and has completed a Corporate Finance Programme at the London Business School.

Deepankar Panigrahi

Non-Executive Director

MS, MBA

Mr Panigrahi is an Investment Manager in the Private Equity division of the SGRF and has extensive experience across a variety of sectors and geographies covering all stages of the private equity process, including post investment management. Mr Panigrahi holds an Undergraduate and Master’s degree in Economics with Distinction and Honours from the University of Michigan followed by an MBA from Cambridge University.

Mr Panigrahi was appointed a director of the Company on 30 November 2017

Dylan Browne

Company Secretary

B.Com, CA, AGIA

Mr Browne is a Chartered Accountant and Associate Member of the Governance Institute of Australia (Chartered Secretary) who is currently Company Secretary for a number of ASX and European listed companies that operate in the resources sector. He commenced his career at a large international accounting firm and has since been involved with a number of exploration and development companies operating in the resources sector including Papillon Resources Limited and Prairie Mining Limited. Mr Browne was appointed Company Secretary of the Company on 29 October 2015.

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

Robert Behets

Acting Managing Director

B.Sc. (Hons.) FAusIMM, MAIG

Mr Behets is a geologist with 30 years’ experience in the mineral exploration and mining industry in Australia and internationally. He has had extensive corporate and management experience and has been Director of a number of ASX-listed companies in the resources sector including Mantra Resources Limited (“Mantra”) and Papillon Resources Limited. Mr Behets was instrumental in the founding, growth and development of Mantra, an African-focused uranium company, through to its acquisition by ARMZ for approximately A$1 billion in 2011. Prior to Mantra, he held various senior management positions during a long career with WMC Resources Limited.

Francisco Bellón

Chief Operations Officer

MSc, MAusIMM
Francisco

Mr Bellón is a Mining Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in project management and operations including more than a decade in senior management roles with TSX listed Rio Narcea Gold Mines prior to its takeover by Lundin Mining. At Rio Narcea he gained experience in the development, construction, commissioning and operation of new mines in Spain and West Africa including El Valle-Boinás (Au-Cu), Carlés (Au-Cu), Tasiast (Au) and was Operations Manager and General Manager of the Aguablanca Ni-Cu in Spain. He laterjoined Duro Felguera, a large Spanish engineering house, as Manager of the Mining Business, overseeing the peer review, construction and commissioning a numerous large scale mining operations in Africa and South America.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ian Middlemas

Chairman

B.com, CA

Mr Middlemas is a Chartered Accountant and has been in commerce for over twenty five years.  He was previously Chairman of Mantra Resources Limited, an African-focussed uranium exploration and development company, and is also a director of a number of other publicly listed companies. He has considerable corporate, financial and management expertise and is a Member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Robert Behets

Acting Managing Director

B.Sc. (Hons.), FAusIMM, MAIG

Mr Behets is a geologist with 30 years’ experience in the mineral exploration and mining industry in Australia and internationally. He has had extensive corporate and management experience and has been Director of a number of ASX-listed companies in the resources sector including Mantra Resources Limited (“Mantra”) and Papillon Resources Limited. Mr Behets was instrumental in the founding, growth and development of Mantra, an African-focused uranium company, through to its acquisition by ARMZ for approximately A$1 billion in 2011. Prior to Mantra, he held various senior management positions during a long career with WMC Resources Limited.

Adam Parker

Non-Executive Director

M.A. (HONS), CFA

Mr Adam Parker has been appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director of the Company, effective 14 June 2017.

Mr Parker joins the Company after a long and successful career in institutional fund management in the City of London spanning almost three decades, including being a co-founder of Majedie Asset Management, which today manages assets of approximately £14 billion. He began his career in 1987 at Mercury Asset Management (subsequently acquired by Merrill Lynch and now part of BlackRock) and left in 2002 when he co-founded Majedie and was instrumental in building it into the successful investment boutique that it is today.

Mr Parker holds a M.A. Hons in Chemistry from Oxford University and is an Associate of the CFA Society United Kingdom.

Nigel Jones

Non-Executive Director

M.A. (HONS)

Mr Nigel Jones has been appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director of the Company, effective 7 June 2017.

Mr Jones has thirty years’ experience in the international mining sector. He has considerable corporate development and marketing expertise, including being responsible for the negotiation of key uranium supply agreements for Rio Tinto. Mr Jones spent two decades at Rio Tinto, where ultimately he held the position of Global Head of Business Development and prior to that Managing Director of Rio Tinto Marine, Head of Investor Relations and Marketing Director, Uranium.

Mr Jones was recently appointed as Head of Private Side Capital Markets at ICBC Standard Bank, the global markets subsidiary of ICBC Bank, which is the world’s largest bank by assets.

Mr Jones is an Oxford University graduate and has completed a Corporate Finance Programme at the London Business School.

Deepankar Panigrahi

Non-Executive Director

MS, MBA

Mr Panigrahi is an Investment Manager in the Private Equity division of the SGRF and has extensive experience across a variety of sectors and geographies covering all stages of the private equity process, including post investment management. Mr Panigrahi holds an Undergraduate and Master’s degree in Economics with Distinction and Honours from the University of Michigan followed by an MBA from Cambridge University.

Mr Panigrahi was appointed a director of the Company on 30 November 2017

Dylan Browne

Company Secretary

B.Com, CA, AGIA

Mr Browne is a Chartered Accountant and Associate Member of the Governance Institute of Australia (Chartered Secretary) who is currently Company Secretary for a number of ASX and European listed companies that operate in the resources sector. He commenced his career at a large international accounting firm and has since been involved with a number of exploration and development companies operating in the resources sector including Papillon Resources Limited and Prairie Mining Limited. Mr Browne was appointed Company Secretary of the Company on 29 October 2015.