Board & Management

Board & Management

Mladen Ninkov, Chairman, Australian

Mladen Ninkov, Chairman, Australian, aged 55, holds a Masters of Law Degree from Trinity Hall, Cambridge and Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) and Bachelor of Jurisprudence Degree from the University of Western Australia. He is the principal of Keynes Capital. He has a mining, legal, fund management and investment banking background and is admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. He was the Chairman and Managing Director of the Dragon Capital Funds management group, a director and Head of International Corporate Finance at ANZ Grindlays Bank Plc in London, and a Vice President of Prudential-Bache Securities Inc. in New York. He also worked at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in New York and Freehill Hollingdale & Page in Australia. He has been chairman and director of a number of both public and private mining companies.

Roger Goodwin, Finance Director, British

Roger Goodwin, Finance Director, British, aged 61, is a Chartered Accountant. He has been with the Company since 1996 having previously held senior positions in a number of public and private companies within the natural resources sector. He has a strong professional background, including that as a manager with KPMG, with considerable public company and corporate finance experience, and experience of emerging markets particularly in Africa, the CIS and Eastern Europe.

Dal Brynelsen, Director, Canadian

Dal Brynelsen, Director, Canadian, aged 69, is a graduate of the University of British Columbia in Urban Land Economics. Mr. Brynelsen has been involved in the resource industry for over 30 years. He has been responsible for the discovery, development and operation of several underground gold mines during his career. Mr. Brynelsen is the President and a director of Vangold Resources Limited.

Rupert Crowe, Director, Australian/Irish

Mr Crowe, aged 67, is a graduate geologist from Trinity College Dublin.  He was the founding chairman and managing director of CSA Global Pty Ltd, a mining consultancy company founded in Ireland in 1983 and now headquartered in Australia.  He is a specialist in zinc-lead exploration and was involved as a principal in the discovery and development of several notable mines.  He has served on the board of four public companies listed in Dublin, London, Vancouver and Australia.  As a consultant, he was responsible for the re-interpretation of the Caijiaying Zone III pre-mining resource model and also as project manager for the start-up development of the Caijiaying mine between 2003 and 2005.  Later, he oversaw the discovery of the Zone II ore body at Caijiaying.  He is currently a non-executive director of Spitfire Oil Ltd.

Adam Usdan, Director, American (US)

Adam Usdan, Director (appointed 19th March 2014), USA, aged 55, is the President of Trellus Management Company LLC, an equity hedge fund based in the U.S. Mr Usdan founded Trellus Management in January 1994 and has been in the investment advisory industry for over 25 years. Mr Usdan began his investment career in 1987 at Odyssey Partners, where he was responsible for managing long/short U.S. equity (small to mid-cap) pools of capital. Mr Usdan holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University with majors in Finance, Marketing, and Accounting, and a BA in English from Wesleyan University.

Senior Executives

Dr Bo Zhou, General Manager

Dr Bo Zhou, General Manager China, Australian, aged 53, holds a Ph.D in exploration geology from Sydney University and a BSc in economic geology from Peking University. He was Managing Director of Sinovus Mining Ltd, an ASX listed company with mineral interests in China. Before that he was the General Manager for Guangxi Golden Tiger Mining JV, a Sino-Australian JV gold company focussed in Guangxi, China, which is controlled by Golden Tiger Mining NL, an ASX listed company. He has also worked as the Senior Geologist for Silk Road Resources (A Toronto-listed company), responsible for evaluating various gold properties in Gansu Province in central western China. Dr Zhou has considerable experience of and has established extensive contacts in the Chinese resources sector

Mark Hine, Chief Operating Officer

Mr Mark Hine, Chief Operating Officer of the Company, aged 58, is a mining engineer. He graduated from the Western Australia School of Mines and is member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.  He has extensive mining experience with over 25 years of senior management roles in both surface and underground mining operations. He has held a number of senior positions in the mining industry including Chief Operating Officer at Focus Minerals Ltd, Chief Executive Officer at Golden West Resources Ltd, Executive General Manager Mining at Macmahon Contractors Pty Ltd, Chief Executive officer at Queensland Industrial Minerals Ltd, Chief Executive Officer at Consolidated Rutile Ltd and General Manager Pasminco, Broken Hill / Elura Mines.

Michael Hulmes, General Manager, Caijiaying

Mr Michael Hulmes, General Manager of the Caijiaying Mine, has over 30 years experience in the mining industry having held senior management roles in Australia, Portugal, Papua New Guinea and Saudi Arabia including General Manager Lundin Mining in Portugal, General Manager Ok Tedi Mining in Papua New Guinea and Chief Operating Officer Citadel Resources in Australia.  He has extensive experience in zinc, copper, gold and nickel mining operations. Michael has an engineering degree from the Royal School of Mines in London and an MBA from Deakin University.

Wendy Zhang, Finance Manager

Wendy Zhang, Finance Manager China, aged 42, holds a Master of Accounting degree from Macquarie University, a member of the Certified Practising Accountant of Australia and a qualified member of the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountant for 11 years. Prior to joining Griffin she spent the previous 4 years as Financial Controller for Golden Tiger Mining’s joint venture operations in China (a gold exploration and mining company listed in Australian Stock Exchange). Previously she was a Chief Accountant for Shanghai Silk Group and subsequently Ann Taylor Shanghai.