Michael de Villiers, B. Comm. MIOD Professional AccountantExecutive Chairman and Company Secretary, aged 50
Michael qualified as a Professional Accountant with Ernst & Young in Cape Town. Michael gained his experience as financial manager at mining and chemicals operations in Namibia, Botswana, Ghana, Bulgaria and the United Kingdom.
He is currently CFO of Eurasia Mining plc, and was previously the Finance Director of Mercator Gold (now ECR Minerals plc), Oxus Gold plc and Navan Mining plc.
Michael is chairman of the Company's Remuneration Committee and is chairman of the Audit Committee.
Kerim Sener, BSc (Hons) MSc DIC PhDManaging Director, aged 37
Kerim graduated from the University of Southampton with a first-class BSc (Hons) degree in Geology in 1997 and from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, with an MSc in Mineral Exploration in 1998. After working for Independence Gold Mining Pvt. Ltd. (Lonmin Zimbabwe) he completed a PhD at the University of Western Australia. During his PhD, in 2000-2003, he worked with ASX-listed Northern Gold NL in the Northern Territory and on a variety of exploration consultancy projects in Western Australia. In 2009, he completed his military service in Turkey.
He is a Fellow of The Geological Society of London, Member of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, Member of the Chamber of Geological Engineers in Turkey and a member of the Society of Economic Geologists.
Kerim is a director of Matrix Exploration Pty. Ltd., a private mineral exploration consultancy based in Perth, and is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for Exploration Targeting, University of Western Australia.
William Payne, BA (Hons) ACANon-Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer, aged 48
William studied Accountancy at Exeter University before training and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in London. He left after five years there to become a partner in W H Payne and Co. in 1991.
In 2003 he became a partner in top thirty accountancy practice Wilkins Kennedy at their London office. He has a wide diversity of clients, and roles range from audit and assurance to planning, reporting and compliance. William is also a director of a number of companies, including Sprue Aegis plc, a company quoted on the London ISDX Market.
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