Board & Management

Mr Mark Caruso - Director

Mark Caruso is a director of Simto Pty Ltd which is involved in mining, earthmoving and civil engineering construction earthworks. Mark has been a director of ASX listed Mineral Commodities Limited since September 2000 and is currently Executive Chairman responsible for the delivery of Mineral Commodities Limited’s Tormin Mineral Sands Project in South Africa.

Mr Caruso was previously Executive Chairman of Allied Gold Mining PLC, a gold producing company which was previously listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange, the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Australian Stock Exchange.

Mr Caruso was responsible for the delivery of Allied’s Simberi Gold Project in Papua New Guinea and its Gold Ridge Project in the Solomon Islands. Mr Caruso resigned as Executive Chairman of Allied on its successful merger with St Barbara Limited in September 2012.

Mr Ross Hastings - Director

Mr Hastings is a geologist with over 20 years international experience working in the minerals industry with a majority of that time working in Papua New Guinea at Ok Tedi copper mine in the roles of Geotechnical Superintendent and Manager of Mining, and at Misima gold mine as Chief Geologist.

Since 1996, Mr Hastings has been involved with Allied Gold PLC’s Simberi Gold Project where his roles included management of exploration and the feasibility and pre-development studies for mine construction.

Mr Hastings then progressed to General Manager Resource Development and is currently concluding his tenure at St Barbara subsequent to the merger between it and Allied Gold Mining PLC.

Mr Eric Jiang B.Com(Hons), BA – Executive Director

Mr Jiang completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts from Monash University in 2000 and is a member of the Golden Key International Honours Society, the world's largest collegiate honour society recognising students who have excelled academically.

Mr Jiang has over 10 years experience in the financial services sector and in addition to holding senior executive and non-executive positions within several financial advisory firms, he has personally built a substantial financial advice practice advising retail and corporate clients.

In addition to his work within the financial services sector, Mr Jiang has developed broad expertise as a corporate consultant and advisor, and is a non-executive director of two listed groups; ECSI Limited (ASX: ECS) and Central Kimberley Diamonds Ltd (Frankfurt Stock Exchange).

Mr George Karafotias BCom – Executive Director

Mr Karafotias is a qualified accountant, having gained a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Adelaide in 1998.

Since that time, he has been heavily involved in the corporate sector as both a business proprietor and corporate consultant. In this capacity, he has developed specific expertise in providing specialist advice to both listed and unlisted entities in the areas of corporate restructuring, refinancing, and debt and equity raising.

In relation to his experience with ASX-listed entities, Mr Karafotias is currently a director of Biron Apparel Limited (ASX: BIC), ECSI Limited (ASX: ECS) and Atech Holdings Limited (ASX: ATH). In addition, he is a director of Central Kimberley Diamonds Ltd – a diamond exploration and mining company with South African project interests – listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

In addition to his director-related activities, Mr Karafotias has provided company secretarial services to several listed groups over the years.