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Petra is headed by an effective Board, with the appropriate balance of skills, independence and knowledge of the Company to properly discharge its responsibilities and duties

Board of Directors


Peter Hill CBE Non-Executive Chairman Committees: Nomination Committee (Chairman)

Peter Hill was appointed to the Board on 1 January 2020 and assumed the role of Non-Executive Chairman, and Chairman of the Nomination Committee, on 31 March 2020.

Peter, a Mining Engineer, is currently Non-Executive Chairman of the world’s largest geotechnical specialist contractor Keller Group plc, He was previously Non-Executive Chairman of Volution Group plc from 2014 to January 2020; of Imagination Technologies plc from February 2017 until its sale in November 2017, and of Alent plc from 2012 until the end of 2015. He was Chief Executive of the electronics and technology group Laird plc from 2002 to late 2011. His early career was with Anglo American Corporation, Rio Tinto, BP Minerals and Consolidated Gold Fields.

Richard Duffy Chief Executive Committees: HSE Committee, SED Committee, Executive Committee

Mr. Duffy leads the management of the Company, implements the agreed strategy and runs the business on a day-to-day basis. He has 27 years of global mining industry experience, initially with Anglo American plc and then AngloGold Ashanti Limited, from its inception in 1998. In 2008 he was appointed Executive Vice President, Africa Region and continued in this role until January 2010 when he took charge of the Continental Africa Region, with operations in Namibia, Tanzania, Guinea, Ghana and Mali and a Joint Venture in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2013 he was appointed Chief Financial Officer with direct responsibility for all financial matters including the formulation and execution of financial business strategy, debt and equity financing. In 2015 Richard became a co-founder and director of Africa Energy Management Platform, a private energy company targeting industrial and mining clients in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mr Duffy holds a B. Com degree from the University of Witwatersrand and an MBA from Henley Management College in the UK.




Jacques Breytenbach Finance Director Committees: Executive Committee

Jacques BreytenbachMr. Breytenbach assumed the role of Finance Director in February 2018. He leads the financial management of the Company and is responsible for financing, treasury, financial controls, reporting, legal, investor relations, compliance and corporate governance. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Breytenbach previously held the role of Finance Manager – Operations at the Company since 2006, with responsibility for financial management across the Group’s operations, before becoming Chief Financial Officer of the Group in June 2016. He joined Petra from Anglo Platinum, where he held various roles, culminating in his position as Finance Manager – Capital Projects, with oversight for Anglo Platinum’s extensive capital expansion programmes. He is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Tony Lowrie Senior Independent Non-Executive Director Committees: Audit & Risk Committee, Remuneration Committee, Nomination Committee

Mr. Lowrie received a Royal Commission from the Sandhurst Military Academy. He has over 45 years’ association with the equities business and is an experienced non-executive director. He has had a lengthy and distinguished career, which included senior positions with the Hoare Govett group and HG Asia Securities. Between 1996 and 2004 he was chairman for ABN AMRO Asia Securities and was formerly a managing director of ABN AMRO Bank. He has been a non-executive director of Allied Gold Mining Plc, Kenmare Resources plc, Dragon Oil plc, J. D. Wetherspoon plc, as well as several quoted Asian closed end funds.

Gordon Hamilton Independent Non-Executive Director Committees: Audit & Risk Committee (Chairman), Remuneration Committee, Nomination Committee

Mr. Hamilton is an FCA qualified chartered accountant with ICAEW. He retired from Deloitte & Touche LLP in 2006 after more than 30 years as a partner primarily responsible for multinational and FTSE 350 company audits, mainly in the mining, oil and gas, and aerospace and defence industries, as well as heading the Deloitte South Africa desk in London. He served for nine years until 2011 as a member of the U.K. Financial Reporting Review Panel. Mr. Hamilton has extensive experience as a non-executive director across a wide range of businesses. He is non-executive director of Nedbank Private Wealth Limited and other related companies within the Nedbank Group, and Atrium Underwriting Group Limited, a Lloyd’s of London insurance underwriter. He was formerly a director of Barloworld Limited and Beazley plc.

Octavia Matloa Independent Non-Executive Director Committees: SED Committee (Chair), Audit & Risk Committee, Remuneration Committee, Nomination Committee

Ms Matloa is a chartered accountant who completed her articles with PwC in South Africa in 2000 before joining the Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works, first as deputy chief financial officer, followed by chief director management accountant. Since this time, Mrs Matloa has founded a number of businesses, including Tsidkenu Chartered Accountants Inc and Mukundi Mining Resources, and is a non-executive director of eXtract Group Limited. She brings broad business, financial and auditing experience to the Board.

Varda Shine Independent Non-Executive Director Committees: Remuneration Committee (Chair), Audit & Risk Committee, Nomination Committee, HSE Committee, SED Committee

Varda Shine is a CEO mentor and a diamond industry Advisor. Previously, she was CEO of De Beers Trading Company where she worked with stakeholders across the supply chain (producing governments to luxury retailers) and delivered record sales and profits. She currently sits on the Boards of the Mineral Development Company Botswana and Sarine Technologies. She is also a Governing Board member of the Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) and a trustee of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Mrs Shine has completed business and management courses at Templeton College, Oxford, Cranfield and INSEAD. During her thirty years of work in the diamond industry, she became the first woman to be awarded honorary lifetime membership of the Israel Diamond Exchange (IDE) and in 2011 she received the Women’s Jewellery Association (WJA) Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014 Mrs Shine was made an honorary member of the London Diamond Bourse.

Bernard Pryor Independent Non-Executive Director Committees: HSE Committee (Chairman), Audit & Risk Committee, Remuneration Committee, Nomination Committee

Bernard Pryor is a Metallurgical Engineer with over thirty-five years’ experience in the international mining industry. He has held senior executive positions across a range of disciplines including project acquisition, development and construction and has run large scale, fully operational mining assets. His experience also includes international commercial and general management, most notably in Australia, Brazil, West and Southern Africa, the Middle East and Russia. He is currently CEO of Alufer Mining and Non-Executive Chairman of MC Mining Limited. Mr Pryor was previously CEO of African Minerals Limited and Q Resources plc. Between 2006 and 2010 he held senior positions within Anglo American Plc as Head of Business Development and was CEO of Anglo Ferrous Brazil Inc. Prior to that he was COO at Adastra Minerals Inc in the DRC.

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