Mark Wellesley-Wood (Executive Chairman)
Mark Wellesley-Wood joined the Board as Non-executive Chairman in March 2015 and was appointed Executive Chairman in July 2017. Mark is a mining engineer, with over 40 years of experience in both the mining industry and investment banking. Previously, Mark was a director of Investec Investment Banking and Securities in London. He has been closely involved in mining activities in Africa, having started his career on the Zambian copper-belt, and is a former Executive Chairman and CEO of South African gold miner, DRDGold Limited. Mr Wellesley-Wood also chairs the Remuneration Committee.
Karen O’Mahony (Acting Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer)
Karen O’Mahony joined the Board in June 2017 as Non-Executive Director and was appointed Acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer in March 2018. Karen remains a Managing Director of PE Advisors Limited (“PEAL”), a boutique firms that specialises in monitoring, managing and restructuring direct private equity investments. Prior to the establishment of PEAL in 2014, Karen was Deputy Chief Investment Officer at Misland Capital Ltd where she helped manage a multi-asset portfolio with a focus on both public and private equity investments. From 2002 to 2004, she was a Director at Davy Stockbrokers Ltd in Dublin and prior to that, she worked as an Associate at Goldman Sachs. She holds a master’s degree in Quantitative Finance from University College Dublin and an undergraduate degree in Finance from Trinity College Dublin. Karen also sits on the board of Chronos Therapeutics Limited, a clinical stage biotech company that specialises in degenerative and behavioural diseases of the brain and nervous system.
Adrian Collins (Senior Independent Director)
Adrian Collins joined the Board in August 2010. Adrian has worked in the fund management business for over 35 years, a large part of which was at Gartmore Investment Management where latterly he was Managing Director. He has held a number of positions in the Fund Management industry over the years and is currently Chairman of Liontrust Asset Management and Bahamas Petroleum plc. He is also on the boards of City Natural Resources High Yield Trust plc, New City High Yield Fund and a number of other companies both in the UK and overseas. Mr Collins is a previous Chairman of the Company, having served in that capacity from August 2010 until March 2015.
David Fletcher (Non-executive Director)
David Fletcher joined the Board in June 2017. David is a Partner and Non-Executive Chairman of Odey Asset Management. He has been part of the management team there for over 20 years since joining as Chief Executive in 1995. David is also a Senior Adviser at Social Finance, a not for profit social sector innovator. Prior to Odey Asset Management, David was Chief Executive Officer at Leopold Joseph, the quoted UK merchant bank, where he had worked since graduating from New College, Oxford, in 1980.