Executive Directors

Brian Hall - Executive Chairman

  • 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

Dr. James Blight - Exploration Manager

  • Dr. Blight is a Chartered Professional affiliated to the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (‘AusIMM’), with relevant experience in vein-hosted gold and base-metals exploration, and is a ‘Qualified Person’ for reporting purposes.
  • His career has included frontier and near-mine exploration, resource interpretation, infill drill programmes, pre-feasibility studies and assessment of mined materials for potential reprocessing operations.
  • Dr. Blight has worked on projects in West Africa, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, the Gobi Desert of Mongolia and peri-arctic Sweden.
  • At Jibal Qutman in Saudi Arabia, he identified and sampled the Red Hill gold target which became a 40,000 oz. satellite deposit.
  • Most recently he has worked with Cornwall Resources PLC where he was the technical lead at the Redmoor Project, discovering a new tungsten-tin-copper resource. Following this, he designed a second drill campaign which succeeded in more than doubling the originally estimated tonnage, at better than anticipated grades.
  • Joined Great Western in 2021

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

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
  • Executive Director, Starvest PLC which supports early stage mineral exploration ventures
  • Previously Geology Manager, Greatland Gold PLC
  • Previously Senior Geologist Hummingbird Resources PLC