Pat has specialised in the resources sector with 35 years experience in investment and corporate management. His early career was at Consolidated Gold Fields Australia Limited and covered investment analysis and management, minerals marketing (copper, tin, rutile and zircon). In 1979 he went into investment banking and became Head of Corporate Finance for Morgan Grenfell Australia Limited in 1982. Pat subsequently became Managing Director of Natcorp Investments Ltd in 1986 which owned a number of manufacturing businesses. After its takeover he became an active early stage venture capital investor with an emphasis on resources.

Pat is Chairman of Argonaut Resources NL and he is also a director of Global Geoscience Limited and a number of privately owned companies.

Pat was appointed as Chairman of the Company on 22 December 2008.


Stewart dickson
Chief Executive Officer

Stewart is an experienced corporate financier with a decade of investment banking experience. Most recently, he was Managing Director and Head of Metals & Mining at Cantor Fitzgerald Europe, based in London. He had responsibility for client coverage of public and private mining companies across precious metals and base metals, bulks, fertilizers and specialty metals. He has a broad range of international financial advisory, equity capital markets and corporate broking transaction experience including initial public offerings, financings and M&A.

Prior to investment banking, he Mr Dickson served in the British Army as a commissioned officer and saw operational service overseas. Stewart is a graduate of University College London and holds a MBA from Henley Business School.

Stewart was appointed as Chief Executive Officer on 1 May 2017.


Executive Technical Director

Greg is a geologist with over 30 years of exploration and operational experience gained in a broad range of metalliferous commodities within Australia and overseas. Greg has held senior positions in a number of resource companies including Western Mining Corporation and Sino Gold Mining Limited. His experience spans the spectrum of exploration activity from grass-roots exploration through to resource definition and new project generation, as well as mine geology, ore resource/reserve generation and new mine development.

Greg was awarded the Institute Medal for academic excellence whilst at university and is credited with several economic discoveries including the Blair nickel and the Orion gold deposits in Western Australia. He is a director of Silver City Minerals Limited and Thomson Resources Ltd.

Greg was appointed Executive Technical Director on 1 May 2017 after serving as Managing Director from 20 April 2009.


Non-Executive Director

Chee Seng has extensive experience in senior management and in business. He has investments in the renewable sustainable energy, base metal resources and the biotechnology businesses. Until December 2011, he was a Non-Executive Director and a major shareholder of Singapore listed Van der Horst Energy Limited.

Chee Seng was appointed a Director of the Company on 17 February 2009.


Non-Executive Director

Dr Foo has over 20 years experience in the investment banking, fund management and advisory businesses spanning Europe and Asia. He is qualified in Medicine (MB, BCh BAO) and Business Administration (MBA) from the Queen's University, United Kingdom, with further continuing education qualifications from Insead on Economic Value Added (EVA) and International Project Management.

He has experience with listed companies in Singapore, being previously Executive Director of CyberVillage Holdings Ltd and currently Lead Independent Director of PEC Ltd.

Kah was appointed a Director of the Company in October 2009.


Non-Executive Director

Mike is a mining engineer from the Camborne School of Mines with over 15 years operational and executive management experience across a diverse range of commodities in Australia, West Africa and France. He has previously held senior and executive management roles with a number of companies including Rock Australia Mining & Civil Pty Ltd, Carnegie Minerals PLC and, more recently, with ASX listed Montezuma Mining Company Ltd where he was CEO. Mike's experience includes mine feasibility studies and mine operations, important in supporting Variscan's strategy to successfully advance its French projects towards production.

Mike has previously been a director of Carnegie Minerals Gambia Ltd and Cordier Mines SAS (France).

Mike was appointed a Non-Executive Director on 4 August 2015.


Mark Pitts
Company Secretary

Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has more than 30 years’ experience in statutory reporting and business administration.

Mark has been directly involved with and consulted to a number of public companies holding senior financial management positions. He is a Partner in the corporate advisory firm Endeavour Corporate providing company secretarial support; corporate and compliance advice to a number of ASX listed public companies.