Directors and Management
Mike has worked in the mining industry for over 25 years and has extensive international experience. Most recently he worked as chief operating officer and vice president technical services for Canadian-based Orvana Minerals Corporation. Prior to that, he provided consulting services to a number of mining companies in Europe and South America. Previous appointments include manager technical services and operations for TVX Gold Inc., mining technical consultant at ACA Howe International Ltd and similar roles at Rio Tinto plc and Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Ltd. He has, during his career, acquired extensive experience in narrow vein underground mining operations.
Originally qualified in mining geology, Mike is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, a Chartered Engineer of the Engineering Council of UK and a “Qualified Person” in accordance with the Canadian National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Mineral Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
Clive is a Chartered Accountant and has been involved in mining and other natural resources companies since 1987, overseeing financial and legal issues for exploration and development projects in Africa, Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Having worked with Price Waterhouse in both the UK and Australia, he joined Cluff Resources plc in 1987, where he was finance director prior to joining the privately owned Quest Petroleum Group in a similar position in 1993. Following the successful sale of this group he became involved with Eurasia Mining plc and Northern Petroleum plc, both of which were admitted to trading on AIM in 1996. Between 1999 and 2005 he worked as a divisional finance director within the Interpublic Group, one of the world’s largest marketing services companies, prior to joining Serabi in 2005.
Clive has an Honours degree in Accounting and Finance and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
Michael spent a 38-year career with Ernst & Young (EY), having led its Global Oil and Gas, UK IPO and Global Oil and Gas and Mining transaction advisory practices. He was a member of EY’s assurance Practice from 1974 to 1996, when he transferred to the Transaction Advisory Practice. He was also UK Alumni sponsor and a member of the firm’s Europe, Middle East, India, and Africa and Global Advisory Councils. He retired from EY as a partner in 2012 and continued as a consultant to the firm until November 2013. He is also a non-executive director of London-listed Gem Diamonds Limited, independent non-executive chairman of ASX-listed Little Green Pharma and independent non-executive director of JSE-listed Barloworld Limited.
Mr Lynch-Bell (FCA) graduated with a BA Hons Economics and Accountancy (University of Sheffield) and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Luis is a resource industry professional with over 37 years of international experience. He is both a licensed lawyer and geologist with over 27 years of business and mining experience, specifically in Brazil. He is currently the Managing Partner at FFA Legal Ltda, a legal firm he founded with its main office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and which is focused solely on natural resources companies. Mr Azevedo is also an Executive Director of Harvest Minerals Limited and Jangada Mines plc, GK Resources, and previously worked for Western Mining Corporation, Barrick Gold Corporation and Harsco Corporation. Mr Azevedo was formerly an executive director of Avanco Resources Ltd and is now Chairman of the Brazil advisory board to Oz Minerals Ltd.
Mr Azevedo received a geology degree from UERJ – Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro in 1986, a law degree from Faculdade Integradas Cândido Mendes in 1992, and a post graduate degree from PUC-Rio, Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro in 1995.
Deborah qualified as an ACA accountant at PwC (Coopers & Lybrand) before spending eight years as Finance Executive with the Africa-focused mining and trading group Lonrho plc. Ms Gudgeon subsequently held positions with Deloitte, BDO, Gazelle Corporate Finance and Penfida Limited. Ms Gudgeon has significant experience in acting as an independent non-executive director, having held that position at Ithaca Energy plc, Petra Diamonds Limited, Evraz plc, Highland Gold Mining Limited and Acacia Mining plc. As well as being an independent non-executive director, Ms Gudgeon is or was also chair of the audit committee for each of these entities.
Deborah has a degree in Economics from the London School of Economics, a Post Graduate degree in Journalism and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales
Carolina is Principal of Private Equity & Venture Capital at Megeve Investments (“Megeve”), where she is focused on direct private equity investments in Mining and Energy within Latin America, and technology investments globally. Megeve is an investment adviser to Fratelli. She currently serves as Board Member at Haldeman Mining Company, a copper and gold producer in Chile, and at Colgener, a Colombian Energy Company. Previously, she was Head of Research and Financial Analysis at Blumar, a fishery and salmon farming company. She started her career in Investment Banking at the local branch of Citibank, where she gained experience in M&A, Equity, and Debt Capital Markets.
Carolina has a bachelor’s degree in Business and Administration with a Major in Finance from Universidad Católica de Chile.
Mark co-founded Greenstone Resources in 2013 after a 16 year career in the mining sector. Prior to establishing Greenstone, Mr Sawyer was GM and Co-Head Group Business Development at Xstrata plc where he was responsible for originating, evaluating and negotiating new business development opportunities for Xstrata. Prior to Xstrata Mr Sawyer held senior roles at Cutfield Freeman & Co (a boutique corporate advisory firm in the mining industry) and at Rio Tinto plc.
Mark qualified as a lawyer and has a law degree from the University of Southampton.
General Manager, Operations and Projects
Helio is a Brazilian mining engineer who has been involved with a number of international junior mining groups over the past 20 years. His early career was as a process engineer in the Brazilian coal industry and then expanded his experience through his involvement in the coordination, planning, design, assembly and management of a range of ore processing plants, before establishing his own drilling and industrial process design business. He was general manager for Serabi from 2002 to 2005 and again between November 2012 and May 2019. He has also been a consultant to several international junior mining groups working on projects across a range of minerals including iron ore, kaolin, diamonds and manganese as well as gold.
Helio has a degree in Mine Engineering from the Federal University of Rio Grande Do Sul.