Board of Directors

The Board of Directors have a broad range of experience and a notable 25 year track record of successfully delivering results.

Michael Lindsay Higgins Non-Executive Chairman
BSc (Hons), FAusIMM

Mr Higgins graduated in 1972 from the University of New South Wales (Sydney campus), majoring in geology. His international experience in the mineral resources sector has included 20 years with Shell/Billiton Group companies at senior executive levels. This included work in all facets of base and precious metals exploration and business development worldwide, and involvement in two major, multi-million-ounce gold discoveries from grassroots stage. Mr Higgins went on to set up several junior exploration and development companies, two of which listed via RTO on the ASX and TSX-V. He is a founding director of IGL.

Geoffrey Douglas Stanley Managing Director
BSc(Hons), FAusIMM

Mr Stanley graduated with honours from the University of Tasmania in 1982 with triple major in geology, geophysics and physical geography. He spent 6 years as an exploration geologist with Billiton in Australia before commencing a long and successful career in the capital markets which included 20 years as a mining analyst, ultimately earning recognition (Wall Street Journal) as the number one ranked metals and mining analyst in North America. During that time, he worked with the Warburg Group, J.B.Were (now Goldman Sachs Australia) and the Bank of Montreal. In 2007 Mr Stanley established Riverfield Capital – a mining, investment and capital markets advisory business based in New York.

David Mathew Stein Non-Executive Director
MSc Geology Queen’s University, Chartered Financial Analyst

Mr Stein is an investment manager specializing in the metals and mining sector and currently leads his own investment firm, Aerecura Capital, and acts as the Portfolio Manager for Ore Acquisition Partners LP, a shareholder of Panthera Resources PLC. Previously, Mr Stein was President and CEO of Aberdeen International, a mining-focus investment company, and prior to 2010 was a partner at Cormark Securities, where he was a gold and precious metals research analyst, director and member of the executive committee. Mr Stein holds a Master of Science degree in Economic Geology and Bachelor of Applied Science in Geological Engineering from Queen’s University, and is a CFA charter holder.

Timothy James Hargreaves Non-Executive Director
BSc Geology, Dip Petroleum/Reservoir Engineering, University of Sydney

Mr Hargreaves has over 40 years’ experience in technical and managerial roles in the petroleum and minerals sectors in Asia and the Middle East for major companies including BHP, Union Texas Petroleum and Fletcher Challenge Petroleum as well as start-ups and independents. He has led successful exploration and commercialisation campaigns in Pakistan and Egypt which were dependent upon technical and commercial innovation in complex regulatory environments. Since 2009 he has been Research Director of Resources for Republic Investment Management, a Singapore based investment fund. He is a current director of Elk Petroleum Limited and a former Director of Skyland Petroleum Limited and The Environmental Group Limited.

Catherine Apthorpe Non-Executive Director Solicitor (UK)

Ms Apthorpe is a solicitor and company secretary with over 14 years’ post-qualified experience and over 8 years in-house experience in the mining sector across a number of jurisdictions.  She has extensive experience in fundraisings, due diligence exercises, acquisitions, strategic investments, project management and debt financing, in addition to the routine day to day commercial challenges faced in-house and as a company secretary.  She was nominated and selected for the Top 100 Global Inspiration Women in Mining 2016.

Minna Gonzalez-Gomez Company Secretary
LLM ISCA

Ms. Gonzalez-Gomez is a qualified lawyer with over 12 year’s in-house experience. She has been involved in legal roles in various industries including retail advertising, telecommunications, and mining, in a wide array of roles including M&A, disposals, joint ventures and due diligence, licencing, IP and general commercial. Ms. Gonzalez-Gomez previously worked for Harronds, Pubilcis Group, and Lebara Group, where Ms Gonzalez-Gomez was also the secretary and legal advisor to the Lebara Foundation, and was previously a director at Yokara Trademarks S.a.r.l., and Yokara Global Trademarks S.a.r.l.. Ms. Gonzalez-Gomez has multi-jurisdictional experience particularly in India, and South East Asia. Ms. Gonzalez-Gomez has a Master’s degree in International Law from the University of Turku, and a Master’s degree in Comparative Corporate and Commercial Law from University College London. Ms. Gonzalez-Gomez is a qualified Company Secretary and member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.