Michael Martineau, MA, D.Phil, FIMMM, is Non-Executive Chairman. Following a First Class Honours degree and a Doctorate in Geology from Oxford University, he has had 40 years experience in the mining and minerals industry. He was in charge of global exploration for BP Minerals International later becoming Exploration Director of its Australian listed subsidiary, Seltrust. In 1987, he joined Cluff Resources PLC, as Director Minerals and Managing Director of Cluff Mineral Exploration Limited. In 1989 he co-founded Samax Resources, which listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 1996 and which was acquired by Ashanti Goldfields in 1998. He has been an independent director of several public companies including Ashanti Goldfields and Golden Star Resources and is currently an independent director of First Quantum Mining.