Board of Directors

  • Brian McMaster

    Executive Chairman

    Mr. McMaster has almost 20 years’ experience in corporate reconstruction, turnaround, and performance improvement within the mining industry. His experience includes founding Highfield Resources, an ASX listed potash company, with projects in Spain, as well as numerous reorganisations and the recapitalisation and listing of 12 Australian companies. Mr. McMaster’s career to date includes significant working periods in the United States, South America, Asia, and India. He was a founding director of venture capital and advisory firm, Garrison Capital Pty Ltd, and is also currently a director of a number of ASX listed companies.

  • Luis Azevedo

    Non-Executive Director

    Mr. Azevedo has over 30 years of mining experience in Brazil. He is both a licensed geologist and lawyer, specializing in the Brazilian Mining Code, and an independent board director of several TSX, AIM and ASX listed companies. He has built a strong track record originating and founding companies with projects in Brazil that have listed on the TSX, AIM and ASX - the most prominent being Avanco Resources, which he started by assembling the land package, developing and licensing to copper production in the prolific Carajas region of Brazil. ASX-listed Avanco Resources was sold to OZ Minerals for ~A$430 million in 2018. Luis and company founder Tony Polglase, worked together at Avanco from IPO to its sale to Oz Minerals.

    Mr. Azevedo is an active spokesperson within the mining sector in Brazil and works closely with the highest federal levels of all branches of the Brazilian government.  He is also the founder and CEO of the Brazil Prospectors Association - ABPM. Currently, he is Managing Partner of FFA Legal, a legal firm he founded whose main office is in Rio de Janeiro, which is focused solely on natural resources companies. Previously he worked for Western Mining, Barrick Gold, and Harsco.

  • Nicholas von Schirnding

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Mr von Schirnding is a board-level executive with over 25 years’ experience in the natural resources sector. Previously, he was the CEO of Asia Resource Minerals plc (formerly Bumi plc), a FTSE listed mining company, where he played a significant role in restructuring the group. He was also Deputy Chairman of Berau Coal, one of Indonesia’s largest coal producers. Prior to Berau, Mr von Schirnding was a senior executive at Anglo American plc and De Beers, where he worked for over 20 years. He is currently an Executive Chairman of Arc Minerals Limited, a UK listed company and Chairman of Fodere Group, a private mining company. Mr von Schirnding has a Bachelor of Law from the University of Cape Town.