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Great Western's People

Executive Directors

Brian Hall – Executive Chairman 

  • KPMG trained Chartered Accountant who became a member of the small team which landed the first commercial oil from the UK North Sea
  • Over 40 years managing natural resources companies
  • Founded oil company Aminex PLC in 1991, took it to the LSE Premium List and managed its activities in 8 countries, discovering and exploiting oil or gas on three continents
  • Aminex is one of very few independent oil companies to have paid a Russia exit dividend
  • Joined the Great Western board in 2012, Chairman in 2013 and Executive Chairman in 2019 

Robert O’Connell – Operations Director

  • Graduate of Texas Christian University
  • Trained oil and gas driller
  • 20 years’ operating experience in oil and mining
  • Founder employee of Great Western, staked the original claims and oversaw 5,000 metres of drilling, resulting in an Inferred copper resource of 19,000 tonnes copper
  • Fully familiar with all regulatory requirements in Nevada and has built trust and good working relations with both the host state and federal authorities

Max Williams – Finance Director and Company Secretary

  • Chartered Accountant
  • Over 26 years’ experience managing the finances of publicly-traded natural resources companies
  • Until 2019 Financial Controller/Secretary and subsequently Finance Director of Aminex PLC, controlling the finances of a group operating in multiple jurisdictions

All the executive directors are shareholders in Great Western

Exploration Team

William (Bill) Cooper – VP-Exploration

  • MSc in Mining Geology from the Camborne School of Mines
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (MAIG)
  • Experienced mining geologist whose career has covered near mine site exploration, underground production geology, open pit production geology, resource definition drilling and planning and resource estimation
  • Formerly Senior Geologist - Resources & Mining at consultants CSA Global in the UK
  • Earlier in his career, exploration geologist with Barrick Gold Australia, mine geologist with Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines and a Project Geologist for Focus Minerals Ltd
  • Specific expertise in gold and copper

Jack Davies – Exploration Geologist

  • BSc in Applied Geology from the Camborne School of Mines and winner of the JC Davey Industrial Geology Award
  • Exploration Geologist for Great Western’s properties in Mineral County, Nevada
  • Joined Great Western in 2018
  • Previous experience in epithermal gold and copper discovery and development in the Tethyan Belt as well as consulting on NI43-101 reporting and GIS work

Non-executive Directors

Andrew Hay

  • Graduate of Oxford University
  • Over 30 year banking career in London and New York
  • Senior Adviser at Smith Square Partners, leading London corporate finance firm
  • Formerly Chairman of LGB Corporate Finance and before that built and led the corporate finance business of Edmond de Rothschild in London
  • Experience in debt and equity capital markets and international M&A
  • Chairman of Audit and Risk Committees

Alastair Ford

  • Graduate of Oxford University
  • 20 year career as a mining specialist
  • Mining journalist on the Investors’ Chronicle
  • Editor of The
  • Chief Investment Officer at Mineral & Financial Investments PLC for six years
  • Currently a Mining Affairs Consultant for
  • Chairman of Remuneration Committee

Gemma Cryan

  • 20-year experienced mineral exploration geologist
  • Experienced in corporate affairs
  • First Class Honours degree in Earth Sciences from the National University of Ireland
  • Geology Manager, Greatland Gold PLC
  • Executive Director, Starvest PLC which supports early stage mineral exploration ventures