Directors & Management
Mr Williams is a geologist with over 40 years experience in mineral exploration and mine development.
He was the
President and CEO of Equinox Minerals Limited (Equinox), a dual listed TSX - ASX
resources company which he co-founded in 1993 with the late Dr Bruce
Nisbet. Mr Williams 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 (Barrick) for $7 billion, ending a challenging and exciting 18 year history at Equinox.
Williams joined the Board of OreCorp as Chairman in December 2011.
CEO & Managing Director
B.Sc. (Hons), MAIG
Mr Yates is a geologist with over 30 years industry experience, covering most facets of exploration from
generative work to project development. Prior to founding OreCorp Limited, 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 25 years,
including resident Exploration Manager in Tanzania for Tanganyika Gold
Mr Yates joined the Board of OreCorp as Director in June 2010.
M.Sc (Hons), Grad Dip App Fin & Inv, MAIG, GAICD
Mr Morrison is a geologist with more
than 30 years experience in mineral exploration and investment.
He initially worked for more than six years in
Australia as an exploration geologist in Western
Australia, then for North Flinders Mines in the Northern Territory
during the development of the +5 million ounce Callie gold
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.
Mr Morrison joined the Board of OreCorp as Non-Executive Director in June 2010.
B.Bus., CPA, MAICD
Mr Klessens is a CPA with over 30 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 where he was responsible for finance, debt and equity financings, treasury and all financial functions of the company and its operations.
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 Non-Executive Director in March 2012.
B.App Sc, FAusIMM, MIEAust, GAICD
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 from 2002 - 2011, 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, Mr Rigo managed the construction of Equinox's Jabal Sayid
(underground) Copper Mine in Saudi Arabia for Barrick.
Amongst Mr Rigo's roles prior to Equinox, 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 joined the Board of OreCorp as Non-Executive Director in April 2016.
Chief Financial Officer
Tania is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of accounting and finance experience primarily within the resources sector. After commencing her career in a large international Chartered Accounting firm, Tania has subsequently worked with the Apollo Group Pty Ltd group of companies and at Myanmar Metals Limited. Tania’s involvement with OreCorp commenced in 2012 and she has held senior finance roles within the Company from September 2016 to February 2018 and since September 2019.
Ms Cheng was appointed CFO in July 2021.
CPA, GradDipAcc, B.Com
Mr Loney is a Certified Practicing
Accountant with significant experience in financial and management
accounting, particularly in the mining and resources sectors. Since
2005, Mr Loney has held senior accounting and finance roles for a number
of ASX listed and Australian Privately held companies with experience
in exploration, development, mining and bulk haulage within the gold,
iron ore and manganese sectors.
Mr Loney was appointed as Company Secretary in July 2019.