Mr. Groves has significant experience in operations management in southern and central Africa and is a director of numerous private companies, including companies in Zambia and Zimbabwe. In particular he has experience in introducing start-up companies to AIM, including African Platinum Plc, CGH, and Agriterra Limited. He was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and educated in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Mr. Burns has over 20 years of financial experience working across various sectors in the corporate arena. He previously held the position of Finance Director of Central African Mining & Exploration Company Plc, and played a key role in the expansion of the business and its eventual sale to Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Plc for c. US$ 950 million. Mr. Burns began his career by training as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, after which he held a number of director level appointments with private and public companies. His previous directorships include his position as Chief Financial Officer of Empire Online Ltd and Finance Director Luminar plc.
Mr. Aboubacar Sampil has over 20 years of experience in the West African financial and mining sectors and has held directorship positions in a number of exploration companies based in Guinea. As a French-Guinean national, Mr. Sampil has a valuable network of contacts in the country both in the mining sector and also in the financial industry following his previous experience at the Central Bank of Guinea.