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Ronnie has had over 40 years experience in investment banking and mining. He was Head of Investment Banking at Rothchild Australia between 1997 and 2002. Since then he has been Chair or a Non-Executive director of a range of mining companies, both in Australia and internationally.
Ronnie is currently also Chair of Felix Gold, which has substantial gold exploration properties around Fairbanks, Alaska on the Tintina Gold Belt, and a director of Mont Royal Resources, which is exploring for lithium and base metals in the James Bay region of Quebec, Canada. Previously he was Chair of AIM listed EMED Mining which acquired, re-developed and operates the original and now 15mtpa Rio Tinto copper mine in southern Spain. Ronnie’s extensive career as a company director included serving on the boards of Riversdale Resources (which proved up the substantial Grassy Mountain metallurgical coal deposit in Alberta, Canada and was taken over by Hancock Prospecting for A$800M in 2019), Talison Lithium (which acquired the Greenbushes lithium mine in WA and was taken over by Tianqi Lithium for C$900M in 2013), Ampella Mining (which was developing a major gold discovery in Burkina Faso, until taken over by Centamin plc in 2014) and Oxiana (which developed the substantial gold and copper operations at Sepon in Laos, acquired the Golden Grove polymetallic mine in WA and developed the Prominent Hill mine in SA, and which in 2008 merged with Zinifex to form OZ Minerals which was taken over by BHP Group for $9.5bn in May 2023).
Ronnie has an Honours degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, and qualified as a chartered accountant in London.
Mike is a respected statesman of the Namibian mining industry. He is a former Managing Director of Rössing Uranium Ltd, past president of the Namibian Chamber of Mines and past Chairman of the Namibian Uranium Association. His career with Rio Tinto started in 1982 when he joined Rössing as an accountant and included a posting as Administration Director of Anglesey Aluminium before returning to Rössing in 1997 as Chief Financial Officer. Mike was Managing Director of Rössing, then the largest open pit uranium mine in the world, for 6 years until he retired in 2011. Since retirement Mike has consulted to the uranium sector and served as a non-executive director of an ASX-listed copper explorer.
Mike’s commitment to corporate social responsibility in Namibia is well known. He was a Trustee of Save the Rhino Trust Namibia and served for 18 years as Trustee of the Rössing Foundation.
Mike was named an honorary life member of the Namibian Uranium Association in recognition of his singular service to the uranium industry.
Brandon has 25 years’ experience as a corporate lawyer and resources executive, including as Bannerman’s General Manager between 2009-2011, based in Namibia. Brandon was appointed CEO of Bannerman in 2016.
Brandon lived in Namibia for over five years between 2009-2015, where he also served as Governance Advisor to the Namibian Uranium Association, Strategic Advisor – Mining Charter to the Namibian Chamber of Mines and Trustee of Save the Rhino Trust Namibia, a high-profile Namibian NGO.
Brandon is a prominent thought leader within the uranium sector and is currently a member of the World Nuclear Association’s Director-General’s Advisory Council, which provides strategic advice to the Association’s Director-General and Board. Brandon served as Co-Chair of the World Nuclear Association’s Nuclear Fuel Demand working group for four years and was an expert contributor on uranium to the UN Economic Commission for Europe.
Brandon’s voluntary service has included board roles in the conservation, arts and education sectors.
Alison is an experienced senior executive and company director with a deep understanding of sustainability, ESG dynamics, legal and corporate affairs and the complexities of major operations. Her recent executive roles have included Director Sustainability and Corporate Affairs and Joint Company Secretary at Fortescue Metals Group, as a member of the company’s Executive team.
Her prior experience spans senior roles in corporate affairs, legal and general management across a number of sectors, including at General Motors Holden Limited in the positions of General Counsel, Company Secretary and Executive Director, Corporate Affairs. Subsequently, she led automotive business development and corporate affairs at the Australian subsidiary of global electric vehicle infrastructure start-up, Better Place.
Alison’s previous non-executive roles include on the boards of NBN Tasmania and the leading industry super fund, AustralianSuper, where she was also a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
She is a member of Chief Executive Women and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Alison is currently a Non-Executive Director of RAC Insurance Pty Ltd, UN Women Australia and the Black Swan State Theatre Company of Western Australia.
Clive has over 30 years’ experience in mineral exploration across a diverse range of commodities, including gold, base metals, mineral sands, critical minerals, uranium and iron ore. He applied for the Etango licence in 2005 and has since been closely involved in the project. Clive has extensive experience as a director of numerous ASX-listed mining and exploration companies.
Twapewa is a successful Namibian businesswoman and a role model for young entrepreneurs. In addition to her impressive business track record, Twapewa brings to the Company a highly respected passion for SME development. Her industry profile and insights will be invaluable in guiding the development of the Etango uranium project.
Twapewa is a Non-Executive Director of the Company’s 95% subsidiary, Bannerman Mining Resources (Namibia) (Pty) Ltd
Ian has over 35 years of mining industry experience. He started his career as a mechanical engineer, then worked as a merchant banker before becoming a senior executive in private equity. He is a former Partner of Resource Capital Funds and a past Associate Director of Rothschild Australia Limited. Ian has sat on the boards of ten mining companies, two mining services groups, a mining technology venture capital firm and a leading mining private equity firm.
Werner has more than 30 years experience in the diamond, coal and uranium mining industries. Prior to joining Bannerman Resources, Werner was Mine Manager at Rössing Uranium Mine in Namibia. During 2001 and 2003 he worked at the Tarong Coal Mine in Queensland, Australia as Business Improvement Manager.
Werner has worked in the diamond industry at Namdeb and in the underground diamonds mines in South Africa.
Mr Herlihy is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ professional experience. His extensive background in the resources sector includes several roles within BHP Limited, commencing as global Financial Controller for BHP Iron Ore before progressing to special project roles. More recently, he was a partner of a national accounting and advisory firm that was part of a top-ten global accounting network.
Mr Herlihy has deep, hands-on experience in project finance and M&A activities. His broad transactional experience ranges from negotiating small joint venture agreements through to lead commercial roles on large-scale multinational transactions.
Mr Herlihy holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Curtin University, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Financial Services Institute of Australia and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Deakin University.
Mr Chamberlain is a civil engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in the mining project space across construction, engineering and project management, most particularly within the southern African mining industry. He brings a wealth of contracting and project build experience to the Bannerman team, including in Namibian uranium development.
Mr Chamberlain was most recently the COO of Kore Potash Limited where he was responsible for advancing its large-scale potash projects in the Sintoukola district of Republic of Congo. This role saw him hold technical and commercial oversight of all internal and external project teams, as well as fostering key lender and equity investor relationships.
Prior to this, Mr Chamberlain was the Regional Director, Mining and Minerals Africa of AMEC Foster Wheeler (now Wood plc). Within this role, he was the responsible Project Director for the development of the US$2 billion Husab Uranium Project in Namibia, now one of the world’s largest operating uranium mines.
Mr Chamberlain holds a Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering) from the University of Natal and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering from the University of Witwatersand.
Olga Skorlyakova has over 25 years of experience in business development, sales and market strategy in international business environments (UK, Europe, USA, Asia).
Over the last 15 years Ms. Skorlyakova held executive roles within the nuclear fuel sector, initially with AREVA (now Orano) as Deputy Chief Representative forRussia and CIS countries. She then oversaw sales of enrichment services in the US market for TENEX.
Most recently, Olga led the World Nuclear Association Fuel Report Working Group, responsible for co-ordinating input from 80 industry leaders (from more than 20 countries) into nuclear fuel market forecasts over a 20-year horizon. Since 2017, Ms. Skorlyakova was the co-author, editor, and head of publication of WNA’s flagship biennial report “The Nuclear Fuel Report: Global Scenarios for Demand and Supply Availability”.
Prior to joining the nuclear industry, Olga held senior sales positions at French industrial giant Legrand.
Ms. Skorlyakova is a UK citizen and lives in London. She holds an Executive MBA from UAMS Antwerp Management School and qualifications in governance and sustainability.
Melvin Yeo is a company director and corporate lawyer with more than 25 years’ experience. He has previously held senior legal roles at Wesfarmers Limited and Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
Melvin has been involved in numerous corporate transactions as principal/director or lead/sole counsel, with deal values from AUD 1 million to AUD 1 billion. He has also co-founded multiple mineral exploration projects in Africa, Latin America, Central Asia and Europe, some of which have become listed in the UK, Australia and Canada. Melvin’s experience includes governance, strategic planning, legal affairs, capital raising, operational oversight and transaction negotiations.
Melvin holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia (now Finsia). He has also completed the Company Directors Course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors. An active contributor to the community, Melvin’s philanthropic activities involve supporting the arts, scholarship funding and various board directorships.
John has more than 40 years experience in the resources industry. John has worked for mining and engineering companies in Australia and North America. While at Homestake Mining Company and Barrick Gold Corporation, he worked in mining and milling operations and project development in the USA, Canada, South America, Australia and Africa.
Prior to joining Bannerman, John was General Manager Leaching at Bateman Engineering, based in Australia. John also led the successful development of the Eskay Creek project in Canada, the Cowal gold project in Australia and the Tulawaka gold project in Tanzania, as well as other development and capital project roles for both Homestake and Barrick.
Jim has over 30 years of experience in the resource sector. He has worked for mining companies, mostly on their interests in Australia and African countries. Jim has worked on commodities from iron ore, ilmenite, bauxite/alumina to gold copper and uranium.
He has worked on environmental, social and governance matters from remote Arnhem Land in Australia to DRC and Mali. Engagements of note include the KCGM joint venture, Anvil Mining and Resolute as Group Manage HSEC.
Jim has consulted to mining companies and worked for government in environmental regulation of the industry. He has capabilities in management of water and industry wastes through to air quality protection. His government liaison has involved permitting and regulation of major projects and extended to consultation and community development.
Jim is an active member of the Australia-Africa Minerals and Energy Group.