Board

Michael Atkins

Chairman

Mr Atkins is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He was a founding partner of a national Chartered Accounting practice from 1979 to 1987 and was a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia until resigning in June 2011.

Between 1987 and 1998 he was a director of, and involved in the executive management of, several publicly listed resource companies with operations in Australia, USA, South East Asia and Africa. From 1990 to 1995 he was Managing Director and later a non-executive director of Claremont Petroleum NL and Beach Petroleum NL during their reconstruction, and then remained as a Non-Executive Director until 1995.  He was also founding Executive Chairman of Gallery Gold Ltd until 1998, and remained a Non-Executive Director until 2000.

Since February 2009 Mr Atkins has been a Director - Corporate Finance at Patersons Securities Limited where he advises on the formation of, and capital raising for, emerging companies in the Australian resources sector.

He is currently non-executive Chairman of ASX listed public company, Legend Mining Ltd, and a non-executive director of Structural Systems Limited and Castle Minerals Limited. During the previous three years he was also non-executive director of Enterprise Uranium Limited (resigned 31 March 2014).  He is a member of the Audit Committee of Azumah.

Michael Atkins

Stephen Stone

Managing Director

Stephen Stone graduated with honours in Mining Geology from University of Wales, Cardiff and has since gained more than 30 years’ operating, project evaluation, executive management and corporate development experience in the international mining and exploration industry.

Mr Stone worked for several years at the large open pit and underground copper mines of the Zambian Copperbelt.  He came to Australia in 1986 and since then has been involved in the formation and management of several junior ASX listed exploration companies.

He joined Azumah as its Non-Executive Chairman in November 2006, was appointed its Executive Chairman in December 2007 and Managing Director in October 2009.

Mr Stone is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Editorial Board of International Mining Magazine.  He is currently also a non-executive director of ASX listed public companies Alto Metals Limited and Castle Minerals Limited.

Stephen Stone

Debra Bakker

Non-Executive Director

Ms Bakker has more than 25 years’ experience as an international banker, deal maker and advisor to the resources industry, holding various senior positions with Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Standard Bank London Group and Barclays Capital in Sydney, London, New York, Chicago and, since 2003, Perth. She also is the Western Australian representative of Auramet Trading LLC, a New York-based metals trading firm and merchant banking advisory service.

Debra is currently a Non-Executive Director of Independence Group (ASX: IGO) and Capricorn Metals Ltd (ASX: CAP) and holds several not-for-profit sector roles.

Debra holds a B.Bus Finance and Accounting from Edith Cowan University, Perth, is a graduate of the Securities Institute of Australia (now called FINSIA), holds a M.App Finance in Applied Finance from Macquarie University and is a Graduate of the AICD Company Directors course.

Linton Putland

Non-Executive Director

Mr Putland is a mining professional with more than 30 years’ experience in technical, operational and managerial roles centred on open pit and underground operations covering a wide range of commodities in Australia and overseas, including several campaigns in Africa.

As a consultant, he now provides advice on due diligence, business development, project planning and implementation, operational improvement and mentoring, various levels of project assessment studies, and tenders and contracts for a range of mining and mining-associated companies.

Linton is also an independent Non-Executive Director with Pacific Energy Limited (ASX: PEA) and was, for five years until 2017, the Principal Technical Adviser to private equity group, Pacific Road Capital Management.

He is a 1988 B.Eng graduate of the Western Australia School of Mines from where he also gained an MSc. Mineral Economics and is a Graduate of the AICD Company Directors course. Linton also holds a Western Australia First Class Mine Managers Certificate (1991).

Linton Putland

Dennis Wilkins

Company Secretary

Mr Wilkins is the founder and principal of DWCorporate Pty Ltd a privately held corporate advisory firm servicing the natural resources industry.

Since 1994 he has been a director of, and involved in the executive management of, several publicly listed resource companies with operations in Australia, PNG, Scandinavia and Africa.  From 1995 to 2001 he was the Finance Director of Lynas Corporation Ltd during the period when the Mt Weld Rare Earths project was acquired by the group.  He was also founding director and advisor to Atlas Iron Limited at the time of Atlas’ initial public offering in 2006.

Since July 2001 Mr Wilkins has been a running DWCorporate Pty Ltd where he advises on the formation of, and capital raising for, emerging companies in the Australian resources sector.

He is currently non-executive director of Australian listed companies Key Petroleum Limited (since 5 July 2006), TSX listed Mawson West Ltd (since 3 August 2015), and an alternate director of Middle Island Resources Ltd (since 1 May 2010).  During the previous three years he was also a non-executive director of Duketon Mining Limited (resigned 18 November 2014), A1 Consolidated Gold Limited (resigned 11 May 2015) and Shaw River Manganese Ltd (resigned December 2015).

Dennis Wilkins