Directors

Christian Taylor-Wilkinson - Interim CEO

Christian has been closely associated with Altona since 2014, as the financial PR adviser to the Company, through his agency, Leander PR, which he founded in 2009. He has spent his professional career in the City and has over 23 years' experience advising and working alongside companies of differing sizes and across many sectors, and where he has built up a solid reputation and contact base within the small-cap arena.

His background spans investment banking (as a corporate broker at UBS), before moving into investor relations and financial PR in 2001. He has a broad perspective of the capital markets landscape, as well as a deep understanding into the needs of businesses and their shareholders.

Christian was appointed Interim CEO on 20 March 2020

Non-Executive Chairman - Martin Wood

Martin is the founder and Managing Director of Vicarage Capital, an FCA registered, full service brokerage house which provides assistance to junior and mid-cap resources companies. Martin established Vicarage Capital in 2003 and has advised many companies on their AIM listings and long-term mining strategies.

Martin was the CEO of ASX listed, Kogi Iron Limited between 2017 and 2019, where he secured a community development agreement with key stakeholders, arranged indicative offers for full bank debt-based project financing, as well as completing various on-going milestones, including a Scoping Study and metallurgical test work, as part of the definitive feasibility study.

Between 1993 and 2003, Martin worked in corporate finance at NM Rothchild & Sons, Standard Bank, London and Benfield Advisory, providing services to resources companies. Martin has an MBA from Exeter University which he gained in 1993.

Audrey Mothupi - Non-Executive Director

Audrey Mothupi aged 50, is CEO of South African based SystemicLogic Group, a global financial innovation, data and technology disruptor, specialising in emergent business models. Her extensive knowledge of the African markets enables her company to deliver tailor-made solutions, providing strategic direction and strong corporate relationships. Prior to joining SystemicLogic, Audrey was head of inclusive banking at Standard Bank Group, where her division in 2013 was awarded the BAI-Finacle Global Banking Innovation Award for innovation in societal and community impact.

Audrey serves as independent Non-Executive Director on the boards of Pick ‘n Pay, Life Healthcare Group and Arden Capital, all in South Africa. She is the Chairperson of Roedean School (SA) and was Chairperson of Orange Babies of South Africa, as well as sitting on the boards of Nordic Female Business Angel Network and the Numeric Board of South Africa. Audrey is a Fellow of the African Leadership initiative, a member of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) and has been named one of Africa’s 1,000 most powerful women. Audrey has over 18 years of business experience.

Simon Tucker - Non-Executive Director

Simon Tucker, aged 50, is an experienced international businessman who is currently CEO of AIM listed SRT Marine Systems PLC, Chairman of Tan Delta Systems Limited and an investor/shareholder in various other early and mid-stage private companies. He has been a Director of SRT since 2002, taking on the CEO role from 2012. SRT is emerging as a global leader with first mover product and market development advantage in the provision of large scale maritime surveillance systems with government and commercial customers around the world. Simon brings 25 years of international business experience, particularly business development and deal structuring in developing countries, 15 years of City PLC management experience and a significant network of contacts.

Cédric Simonet - Non-Executive Director and Geologist

Cédric Simonet holds a PhD in Geology and has 25 years’ experience exploring, developing and mining mineral deposits in Africa and in France. He was Head Geologist and Open Pit Manager at SOGEREM fluorspar mine (Alcan, France) and Africa Region Manager with IGE Resources AB. He is a co-founder of Akili Minerals Services, a Nairobi based exploration services company, and has been involved in several exploration projects on REE-carbonatites in Kenya including Ruri, Homa Mountain, Buru and Mrima. He is also a former Chairman of the Kenya Chamber of Mines, and well experienced in operating in this and many other African countries.

Cédric is a member of the European Geologists Federation (Eur Geol no 739). He qualifies to act as a Competent Person (JORC) and as a Qualified Person (NI43-101) on REE-carbonatite exploration projects.

Gavin Beer - Consultant Metallurgist

Gavin Beer is a metallurgist with more than 30 years’ experience in technical and operational roles and has spent the past 13 years exclusively working within the rare earth and energy materials sector. He has been employed by or has consulted to over 12 rare earth companies including Arafura Resources, Peak Resources, Hastings Technology Metals and Pensana Metals. He is presently engaged by Neometals in the role of General Manager Metallurgy and has been retained by RareX and Hexagon Resources as a Technical Advisor.

Gavin is a Member and Chartered professional of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He is recognised as a Competent Person for JORC and as a Qualified Person for NI 43-101 with respect to his metallurgical expertise and is globally recognised as a leading metallurgical expert in the rare earth industry.

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