Directors & Management

Craig Williams
Chairman 
BSc (Hons)

Mr Williams is a geologist with over 35 years experience in mineral exploration and mine development. He was the President and CEO of Equinox Minerals Limited, a dual listed TSX - ASX resources company which he co-founded in 1993 with the late Dr Bruce Nisbet. He was instrumental in the financing and development of the major Lumwana Copper mine in Zambia which resulted in Equinox being one of the world’s top 20 copper producers. Following the ramp up of Lumwana, Equinox embarked on an acquisition program that resulted in the takeover of the Citadel Resource Group for $1.2 billion, targeting development of the Jabal Sayid Mine in Saudi Arabia. Equinox was taken over in mid-2011 by Barrick Gold Corporation for $7 billion, bringing to an end a challenging and exciting 18 year history at Equinox. Mr Williams joined the Board of OreCorp as Chairman in December 2011.

Matthew Yates
CEO & Managing Director

BSc (Hons), MAIG

Mr Yates is a geologist with over 25 years industry experience, covering most facets of exploration from generative work to project development. Most recently, he was the Joint Managing Director of Mantra Resources Limited and was instrumental in the acquisition of a number of uranium projects, including Mkuju River (Tanzania), Kariba (Zambia) and Mavuzi (Mozambique). He has worked in Australia and southern, east and west Africa, Central Asia and the Gulf Region. He managed the exploration teams at Nimary and Buhemba gold projects in Western Australia and Tanzania respectively.

Mr Yates has an applied technical background and has held senior positions for over fifteen years, including resident Exploration Manager in Tanzania for Tanganyika Gold Limited.

Alastair Morrison
Non-Executive Director

MSc (Hons), Grad Dip App Fin & Inv, MAIG

Mr Morrison is a geologist with more than 20 years experience in mineral exploration and investment. After graduating from university he worked for more than six years in Australia as an exploration geologist, initially around Western Australia, then for North Flinders Mines in the Northern Territory during the initial development of the +5 million ounce Callie gold deposit.

From 1996-2003 he worked in Tanzania for East African Gold Mines Limited at the North Mara Gold Project in Tanzania. He was responsible for the management of exploration, overseeing the delineation of more than 5 million ounces of resources, including the discovery of the high-grade Gokona gold deposit. In later years, he had additional responsibilities for all in-country development activities, through feasibility and permitting until the commencement of construction. East African Gold Mines was acquired by Placer Dome Inc. in mid-2003 for US$252 million.

Since 2004, he has worked as an investment analyst for a private, resource-oriented investment fund evaluating and investing in mining projects around the world.

Michael Klessens 
Non-Executive Director

B.Bus., CPA, MAICD

Mr Klessens is a CPA with over 22 years practical financial and management experience, particularly within the resources industry. This experience has involved all areas of corporate and treasury management, project financing, capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions, dual listings, feasibility studies and establishment of systems and procedures for new mining operations.

From 2002 - 2011, Mr Klessens was Vice President - Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Equinox Minerals Limited, a dual listed TSX - ASX resources company which developed the major Lumwana Copper mine in Zambia which resulted in Equinox being one of the world’s top 20 copper producers. Following the ramp up of Lumwana, Equinox embarked on an acquisition program that resulted in the takeover of the Citadel Resource Group for $1.2 billion, targeting development of the Jabal Sayid Mine in Saudi Arabia. Equinox was taken over in mid-2011 by Barrick Gold Corporation for $7 billion. 

Prior to Equinox Mr Klessens held senior positions in mid-tier Australian resource companies primarily focused on gold. Mr Klessens joined the Board of OreCorp as Director in March 2012. 

Robert Rigo
Non-Executive Director

Bachelor of Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering), Fellow of AusIMM, Member of IEAust, MAICD

An engineer with over 35 years' experience, Mr Rigo has previously held a number of executive and senior management positions with publicly listed mining companies. He was Vice President - Project Development at Equinox Minerals Limited (Equinox), where he managed the feasibility study, related technical studies and engineering design and construction contracts for the Lumwana Copper Mine in Zambia, which commenced production in 2008. He also established Lumwana's copper concentrate off-take and logistics contracts. Following Lumwana Robert managed the construction of Equinox's Jabal Sayid (underground) Copper Mine in Saudi Arabia.

Amongst Mr Rigo's earlier job roles, he was the Mill Manager at Boddington Gold Mine, at the time Australia's largest gold mine. He then became General Manager - Technical Services for Newcrest Mining Ltd, Australia's major gold producer. His particular expertise lies in the management of mining operations, feasibility studies and construction of mining and mineral processing projects.

Mr Rigo became a non-executive director of OreCorp in April 2016.

Luke Watson
CFO & Company Secretary

B.Bus, CA, ACIS, F Fin 

Mr Watson is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Secretary and a Fellow of FINSIA. He has significant corporate experience including mergers & acquisitions, capital raisings, IPOs and dual listings on the TSX. Since 2005, Mr Watson has held senior corporate and finance positions with a number of African-focused resources companies, including Mantra Resources Limited (‘Mantra’) and OmegaCorp Limited. Mr Watson was the CFO & Company Secretary of Mantra from its $6 million IPO in October 2006 until its acquisition by ARMZ (JSC Atomredmetzoloto) for approximately $1 billion in mid-2011.

Mr Watson was appointed as CFO & Company Secretary in November 2011.

Henk Diederichs
VP - Project Development
 
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), Member of AusIMM

Mr Diederichs is an engineer with significant project development experience. He was Construction Manager at Lumwana Mining Company (wholly owned by Equinox Minerals), where he managed the development of the Lumwana Copper Mine in Zambia. Upon completion, Henk continued his involvement at Lumwana as Project Manager where he managed all project related activities associated with Lumwana’s Chimiwungo Development Project (open pit mining and surface infrastructure project), which commenced production in 2012.

Mr. Diederichs started his career through AngloGold Ashanti, initially within the Vaal River Operations, South Africa followed by a role as Project Engineer at AngloGold Ashanti’s Geita Gold Mine in Tanzania. During his career Henk has also been associated with engineering and project management consultancies such as DRA Mineral Projects and Tenova TAKRAF.

Management

The Company has identified and aims to retain a key group of consultants. These individuals will be utilised on a needs-be-basis until their full-time participation is warranted. They form a core group of key personnel that cover most facets of project evaluation, exploration and development. These individuals have all previously worked together and with members of the Board.