Michael E. Beckett, Chairman, Non-executive Director1, 2, 3, 4
Michael E. Beckett has some 40 years' experience in the mining sector and he has been involved in the development of some of the largest gold mines in the world, in Africa and Papua New Guinea; Iron Ore mines in West Australia; Industrial Minerals in the Ukraine, Russia and Indonesia; and Platinum in South Africa. As a former of chair of Ashanti Goldfields Ltd. and former Managing Director of Consolidated Gold Fields plc, Mr. Beckett has a deep knowledge of Africa. Mr. Beckett is a Non-executive Director of International Hotels Investment Ltd., Northam Platinum Ltd., Orica Ltd., Petroamerica Oil Corporation and The Egypt Trust Ltd.
Ian Cockerill, Non-executive Director3
With nearly 40 years of experience in exploration and mining, Mr. Cockerill has extensive knowledge of the global gold industry and the African operating environment. He is the former CEO of Gold Fields Limited and Anglo Coal Ltd., and former Executive Officer of Business Development and African Operations at AngloGold Ltd. Mr. Cockerill is currently Non-executive director and Vice Chairman of African Minerals Limited, the AIM-listed iron ore producer with operations in Sierra Leone, Chairman of Hummingbird Resources PLC, the AIM-listed Liberian gold explorer, Executive Chairman of Petmin Limited, a JSE quoted natural resource company, Lead Independent director of Ivanhoe Mines, a TSX-listed African exploration and development company and Non-executive director of Orica Limited in Australia. Mr. Cockerill is also Chairman of the LCA (Leadership for Conservation in Africa) which has the vision to save 20 million hectares of rainforest in Africa by 2020.
Frank Giustra, Non-executive Director
Mr. Giustra is President and Chief Executive Officer of Fiore Financial Corporation, a private firm managing a broad portfolio of private equity investments. Mr. Giustra has an established track record of building natural resource companies through access to capital and creative deal-making. As President and later Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yorkton Securities in the 1990s, he grew the firm into a leading natural resource investment bank. As Chairman of Endeavour Financial from 2001 to 2007, his vision and leadership led to the successful launch of numerous resource companies, including Wheaton River Minerals Ltd. (acquired by Goldcorp Inc.), Silver Wheaton Corp. and Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. Mr. Giustra's entrepreneurial successes also include the founding of Lionsgate Entertainment Corporation, now one of the world's largest independent film companies. Frank Giustra is a member of the board of the International Crisis Group, Lionsgate Entertainment Corporation, Petromanas Energy Inc., Streetohome Foundation and a Trustee of the Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. He is also founder and President of The Radcliffe Foundation. In 2007, Frank Giustra and Former President Bill Clinton launched the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, alleviating poverty in the developing world through education, training and supply chain distribution.
Ian Henderson, Non-executive Director2, 3
Ian Henderson was Managing Director at JP Morgan Asset Management and managed JPMorgan's Natural Resources Funds for over twenty years until January 2012. Most recently he acted as a consultant to JP Morgan advising the Global Equities Team on Natural Resources equities. An employee since 1991, he was previously responsible for international portfolios and has extensive knowledge of the mining and oil and gas industries. Previously, Mr. Henderson spent nine years as director and chief investment officer at Wardley Investment Services International Limited. Prior to this, he served five years as an international portfolio manager involved in business development in London and New York for Morgan Grenfell & Co. Mr. Henderson began his career as an accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. He holds an LLB in Scots Law and an MA in Philosophy and Politics from Edinburgh University. He is also an ACA and FCA.
Wayne McManus, Non-executive Director1, 2, 4
Wayne McManus is based in the Cayman Islands and has extensive work experience in the private banking sector, providing accounting and wealth management services for high net worth clients. He has an LLM in taxation, a Juris Doctor degree, an MBA and has more than 20 years of academic experience in the accounting field. He is a Certified Public Accountant, holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute.
Miguel Rodriguez, Non-executive Director1, 4
Mr. Rodriguez has extensive experience in the private, public and academic sectors. He is currently a Director of several international companies in the natural resources area, including the highly successful Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. where he has been Director since its foundation. In the financial sector, he is currently the Director of D.Societe Financiere in Geneva. In the public sector, Mr. Rodriguez was the Economic Minister and Chief of the Economic Cabinet of the Republic of Venezuela from 1989 to 1992. He was also President of the Central Bank of Venezuela in 1992, and Governor to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank during 1989-1992. From 1992-1994, he was Senior Advisor to the World Bank. He also had a long academic career as Professor of Economics at IESA in Caracas from 1984 to 2008. He was also a Visiting Scholar at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington DC, in 1987-1988, and has written extensively on the Latin American and the international economy. Mr. Rodriguez holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University, with specialisation in Macroeconomics, International Trade and Finance, and Money and Banking.
Neil Woodyer, Chief Executive Officer and President, and Director
Neil Woodyer is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Endeavour. He is responsible for implementing the Corporation's strategic growth plan and co-ordinating and directing the management team. Mr. Woodyer has extensive experience in the mining sector developing, implementing and financing strategic growth plans. His experience in the natural resource business spans more than 30 years, including as Chief Executive Officer of Lloyds International Trading, a subsidiary of Lloyds Bank plc specializing in project and trade finance and commodity trading and of Amalgamated Metal Corporation plc's group of New York and Latin America-based metal trading and mining finance companies. Mr. Woodyer is a director of Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp. and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.