Board of Directors

Mark Connelly


Non-Executive Chairman

Mark Connelly has more than 27 years of experience in the mining industry, and has held senior executive positions with Newmont Mining Corporation and Inmet Mining Corporation. He is the former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Papillon Resources Limited, a Mali-based gold developer which merged with B2Gold Corp in a US$570 million deal. He was Chief Operating Officer of Endeavour Mining Corporation following its merger with Adamus Resources, where he was Managing Director and CEO. Mark has extensive experience in financing, development, construction and operation of mining projects in a variety of commodities including gold, base metals and other resources in West Africa, Australia, North America and Europe.

Richard Hyde

BSc (Geology and Geophysics), MAusIMM, MAIG
Managing Director

Richard Hyde is a geologist with 20 years’ experience in the minerals industry and more than 15 years of experience in West Africa.  Richard has managed large exploration and development projects in a range of different geological environments in Australia, Africa and Eastern Europe.  He has consulted extensively to the mining industry as a senior consultant with RSG Global and Coffey Mining based in West Africa and Australia.  Richard is a founding director and shareholder of West African Resources.  He is Member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Simon Storm

B COM, BCOMPT (HONS) , FGIA, CA
Non-Executive Director and Company Secretary

Simon Storm is a chartered accountant with more than 25 years of Australian and international experience in the accounting profession and commerce.  He commenced his career with Deloitte Haskins & Sells in Africa and then transferred to London before joining Price Waterhouse in Perth.  He has held various senior finance and company secretarial roles with listed and unlisted entities in the banking, resources, construction, telecommunications, property development and funds management industries.  In the past 15 years, he has provided consulting services involving accounting, financial and company secretarial matters to various companies in these sectors.

Ian Kerr

B Eng (Civil)
Non-Executive Director

Ian Kerr has more than 30 years’ experience in mining construction and operations with several Australian and international mining companies including Placer Dome and WMC. He was responsible for construction of Gascoyne Resources Ltd’s 2.5Mtpa Dalgaranga Gold Project, which was completed under budget and ahead of time. He has also held senior positions with engineering firms Lycopodium and Mintrex. Mr Kerr holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Civil) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and is a Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia. Mr Kerr chairs WAF’s Technical Committee that will oversee construction of the Sanbrado Gold Project. He also provides direct guidance and support to the project management team during the build.