Mr Paul Kopejtka
Mr Kopejtka has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mr Kopejtka has over 25 years’ experience in the Australian and international resources industry. He was a founding Director of Ascot Resources and has been associated with a number of other Australian listed companies, notably Murchison Metals Ltd, Extract Resources Ltd and Indo Mines Ltd. He was a founding director, shareholder and former Executive Chairman of Murchison Metals. Under Mr Kopejtka’s leadership, Murchison successfully developed the Jack Hills Iron Ore Stage 1 mine exporting up to 3 Mtpa of high grade direct shipping Iron Ore. In late 2007, Murchison entered into a Joint Venture with Mitsubishi Corporation to jointly develop the Jack Hills Stage 2 project including rail and port facilities.
Mr Andrew Caruso
Mr Caruso has over twenty years’ experience in the mining industry including operations, management and executive roles within Australia and overseas. He spent over five years working in significant Australian coal operations, including two years at BHP Coal in Queensland. Prior to joining Ascot in 2013, he was CEO of Crosslands Resources Ltd, which was developing the Jack Hills iron ore expansion project in Western Australia. Prior to that, he was the Managing Director of Australasian Resources Ltd (ASX: ARH) which is developing the Balmoral South iron ore project in Western Australia. Mr Caruso has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Engineering and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Chris Corbett
Mr Corbett joined Resource Capital Funds in 2008 after working as a financial analyst and commercial manager within the business development department at Wesfarmers Limited. Prior to this he worked as an engineer for Byrnecut Mining Pty Ltd where he gained technical experience in shaft sinking and equipping and underground mine development and production. Mr. Corbett has a B.Eng. (Mech, First Class Honors) and a B.Com. from the University of Western Australia, Grad. Dip. in Mining from the Western Australian School of Mines and a Grad. Dip. in Applied Finance and Investment from FINSIA. Mr. Corbett also serves on the Board of Directors of portfolio company Wolf Minerals Ltd.
Mr. Shahb Richyal
Mr. Shahb Richyal is a member of the principal investments (and acquisition financing) team at Gunvor Group (Gunvor). He is currently based in Singapore and responsible for the Asia Pacific region. Mr Richyal has over 10 years’ professional experience, the majority of which has been covering the natural resources sector in a principal investment, M&A and capital markets advisory capacity. Prior to joining Gunvor, Mr Richyal held positions with Morgan Stanley (Investment Banking Division), Dresdner Kleinwort (Strategic Advisory & M&A) and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr Richyal is a qualified chartered accountant (member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland) and holds a MChem (Honours) from the University of Oxford.
Mr. Mike Young
Mr. Young is a geologist and a graduate of Queens University, Canada with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Geological Sciences. His experience includes base metals, iron ore, uranium and gold, with a strong focus on mine-camp exploration, resource definition, and mine development. Mr Young was a founding director of uranium developer Bannerman Resources, the first CEO and MD of BC Iron and is the non-executive Chairman and founder of Cassini Resources. Mr Young is currently Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Vimy Resources (ASX: VMY).
Mr Nathan Featherby
Mr Nathan Featherby is currently the Executive Chairman of Ochre Group Holdings (Ochre). He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University, and has spent most of his working career in stockbroking and merchant banking with a focus on small- to medium-mining and exploration companies.