Country Manager Mauritania
Neil Clifford is a geologist with extensive and successful experience in international minerals discovery and deposit evaluation. He has played key roles in the discovery of at least nine major mineral deposits in Australia, South America and Africa, for a variety of commodities including gold, uranium, copper and tin. These discoveries have included 20 million ounces of gold and seven have subsequently become mines. He played the lead role in the discovery of Aura's Tiris uranium deposits in Mauritania. He has held senior management positions in Australia and in Europe including roles as Exploration Manager with Billiton, Acacia Resources, and AngloGold. He has been involved in West Africa since 2005.
Will has more than 10 years' experience in metallurgical process development and optimisation and has completed over 30 mineralogical and metallurgical projects. Will has held management roles with listed and un-listed junior mining companies and has been Principal Consultant for MinAssist Ltd since 2005.
John started his career with Rio Tinto Limited (formerly CRA Limited) and held a number of positions in accounting, planning, business analysis and taxation as well as the acquisitions group. Between 1996 and 2000, John was the Manager-Finance for Rio Tinto at the Grasberg copper-gold project in West Papua. On leaving Rio Tinto in 2000, John worked in Papua New Guinea for three years on the Hidden Valley/Wafi gold projects feasibility studies and for five years on the Tampakan copper-gold project in the Philippines where he was the General Manager-Commercial & Company Secretary for Indophil NL.
John has provided strategic and commercial advice as well as specialist financial modelling services to OK Tedi Mining Limited, Intrepid Mines Limited, the Australian Iron Ore Joint Venture and Mesa Minerals Limited from 2008 to 2011.
John has extensive commercial and legal experience in Francophone Africa as he co-founded Indian Pacific Resources Limited, a Madagascar-based iron ore explorer and served as an executive officer from 2011 to 2015.