In December 2019 Petra Diamonds announced the appointment of Peter Hill CBE as Non-Executive Director and Chairman-designate with effect from 1 January 2020, and as Non-Executive Chairman on 31 March 2020, in succession to founder and Chairman Adonis Pouroulis who will step down from the Board on 31 March 2020.
Mr. Pouroulis leads the Board of Directors and works with the Executive Directors on strategy and other matters. He graduated from the University of Witswatersrand, South Africa, with a degree in mining engineering. He is a mining entrepreneur whose expertise lies in the discovery and exploration of natural resources across Africa, including diamonds, precious/base metals, coal and oil and gas, and bringing these assets into production. Mr Pouroulis founded the Company in 1997 and it became the first diamond company to float on AIM. He has since chaired the Company as it has developed into a mid-tier diamond producer of global significance and London’s largest quoted diamond mining group. Mr. Pouroulis is a non-executive director of Chariot Oil & Gas plc and is non-executive chairman of Rainbow Rare Earths Limited.
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.
Mr. 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.
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.
Dr. Bartlett is a member of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a registered Professional Natural Scientist. He was formerly chief geologist for De Beers until his retirement in 2003 and is an acknowledged leading expert on kimberlite geology and block caving. Dr Bartlett has extensive experience working across southern Africa and has an in-depth knowledge of several of the mines acquired by the Company, having previously worked at Finsch, Koffiefontein, Kimberley Underground and Cullinan. Since retiring from De Beers, he has consulted on block caving projects for BHP Billiton, Anglo American and Rio Tinto.
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.
Peter Hill was appointed as Non-Executive Director and Chairman-designate on 1 January 2020.
Peter, a Mining Engineer, is currently Non-executive Chairman of the world’s largest geotechnical specialist contractor Keller Group plc, and of the leading international building products company Volution Group plc.
Peter has extensive Board experience, as a Non-Executive Director of Essentra plc from 2013 through 2017, Cookson Group plc from 2010 to its demerger in 2012, Meggit plc from 2004 to 2010 and Oxford Instruments from 1999 to 2004. From 2005 to 2008 he was a Non-Executive Board Member of UK Trade and Investment, now the Department for International Trade, and from 2013 to 2018 a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the UK Royal Air Force.
His early career was spent with natural resources companies Anglo American, Rio Tinto, BP and Consolidated Gold Fields; he was an Executive Director on the Board of the engineering and construction company Costain Group plc, and he has also held management positions with BTR plc and Invensys plc.
Peter holds a BSc in Mining Engineering, and an MBA from the London Business School. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and holds a South Africa Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency.
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 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 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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