Board of Directors
BSc (Geology and Geophysics), MAusIMM, MAIG
Managing Director and Executive Chairman
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.
Lyndon Hopkins is a geologist with more than 30 years’ experience in gold exploration, development and production. Mr Hopkins was Chief Operating Officer of Equigold NL’s Ivory Coast operations and managed the in-country aspects of the project development and feasibility study for the Bonikro Gold Mine which commenced production in 2008. More recently, he was Mine Manager for the construction of Regis Resources Ltd’s Rosemont Gold Mine.
He has been involved with numerous gold operations in Australia and Africa in various roles with Equigold and Regis.
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.
Nigel Spicer joins the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Mr Spicer is a Mining Engineer with more than 40 years’ experience in mining and has held operational and executive management positions with mining companies in Africa, UK, Australia, Indonesia, PNG, Brazil and Philippines. He has extensive open pit and underground (narrow vein and bulk tonnage) mining experience across a range of commodities, including gold and copper. Mr Spicer has significant experience managing both owner and contract mining fleets and has been involved in the successful commissioning of a number of gold mines in Australia and Africa.
Mr Leonard is one of the founding Directors of Lycopodium (ASX: LYL) and served as an Executive Director of Lycopodium Limited from 2004 to 2019. He has more than 40 years’ experience in the operation and project development of major projects in North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. He has been involved in many aspects of the mineral processing industry from process development, feasibility studies, and design assignments as well as commissioning of projects. Mr Leonard has been directly involved with Lycopodium’s strong track record in Burkina Faso, recently delivering EPCM projects at the Hounde and Karma gold projects for Endeavour Mining, Natougou gold project for Semafo, Bissa and Bouly gold projects for Nordgold as well as other many other recent projects in West Africa. Mr Leonard remains on the Lycopodium Board.
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.