Board of Directors

 

 

William Howe

William Howe

Managing Director

B.Sc., Fellow of the AusIMM

William was appointed to the Board on 17 July 2009. William, Hampton Mining founder, has over 30 years’ experience in the mining industry and has worked in southern and west Africa, Australia, South East Asia and North and South America. He has been instrumental in the development of a number of new mining operations in Australia and South East Asia including the development and management of the first copper heap leach operation in Australia. He specialises in optimising existing operations in addition to the development of new operations, both in underground and open pit environments, and has extensive experience in mine development, mine management and corporate management. William was a founding director of Straits Resources Limited and was Managing Director of Ghana Gold Mines Limited, Hargraves Resources NL, Selwyn Mines Limited and Hampton Mining Limited.

Dr Roger Higgins

Dr Roger Higgins

Non-Executive Director

BE, MSc, and PhD

Roger was appointed to the Board on 8 October 2013. He has over 40 years of mining industry experience, which has included environmental, strategy, project development and operational roles. He commenced working in the industry as an engineering hydrologist working on pit flooding and tailings disposal issues. Subsequent experience included responsibility for projects and operations in arid Australia and the deserts of northern Chile, as well as in eastern and western Canada.

Roger’s earlier career included various hydrology related positions in Papua New Guinea (Australian Government and Bougainville Copper), and 4-years at the University of New South Wales, where he completed a PhD in water resource economics. He subsequently spent 26-years with BHP as Manager Planning and Development BHP Copper, General Mine Manager Escondida, Managing Director Ok Tedi, Vice President Project Development Chile and Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Australia, responsible for the Olympic Dam and Cannington mines. Thereafter he spent 5-years with Teck Resources Limited as Senior Vice President Copper in Vancouver BC where he was responsible for Teck’s copper business unit and its related operations in Canada, Chile and Peru.

Francisco Vergara-Irarrazaval

Francisco Vergara-Irarrazaval

Non-Executive Director

LLB

Francisco was appointed to the Board on 01 April 2010. He has over 30 years’ experience in the mining industry in Chile and other Latin American countries where he was Vice President of CompaÒ"a Minera El Indio and CompaÒ”a Minera San Jose, subsidiaries of St. Joe Minerals Corporation until 1991. In 1991, he established Vergara & Cia, Law Firm, providing legal services to different mining companies and international engineering firms focused in natural resources, energy, shipping, salmon industry in Chile and agriculture. He has also acted on behalf of foreign governments through their embassies in Chile, and has served as a Director of several listed companies, and Chairman and Director of a number of unlisted companies.

Ram Venkat

Ram Venkat

Non-Executive Director

MBA, BaSC

Mr. Venkat is a seasoned capital markets executive who has worked across the Investment Banking, Equity Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions and multi-asset structuring groups at several global investment banks. Most recently, Ram was a Director at a leading Australian investment bank, and prior to that at Citigroup Global Markets where he was responsible for structuring funding solutions and providing capital structuring advice to corporate clients.

Mr Venkat’s career has focused on helping companies navigate through complex and evolving landscapes of risk, including strategy, growth, funding/capital, acquisition and market-related tasks.

Ram has an undergraduate BASc degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto, and an M.B.A. from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto (summa cum laude).