Director and Chief Executive Officer
A mining engineer by training, Martin has worked across numerous areas of the mining sector including as an engineer for Gold Fields in South Africa, for Steffen Robertson & Kirsten in the UK and RSA offices, at Barclays Capital and as Executive Director of BDI Mining Corp. At Barclays his responsibilities included the origination and execution of mining project finance and advisory business across the African and the Middle East regions, global responsibility for the technical appraisal and review of all investments, environmental and social compliance of the investments in line with international standards and the financial modelling of all transactions. As Executive Director of AIM listed BDI Mining, Martin was part of the team which negotiated the sale of the Company to Gem Diamonds in 2007 realising a record share price for the Group.
Chief Exploration Officer
Howard trained as a geologist at Kingston Polytechnic (1978) and at Royal School of Mines (1983) and has spent over 35 years working in the tropics working on gold and diamond exploration projects predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa. Howard has undertaken work for BP Minerals, SAMAX, Rio Tinto, SRK Consulting, AXMIN and is a co-founder of Toro Gold.
Since 1990 Howard has worked in the Junior gold exploration sector and has developed a systematic and cost effective approach to managing gold exploration projects in Archaean and Proterozoic terranes in West, Central and East Africa. Howard has been involved in the exploration process leading to commercial discoveries in Tanzania, Central African Republic and Senegal.
Prior to co-founding Toro Gold with Martin Horgan in 2009 Howard was Exploration Manager for AXMIN and managed the discovery and development of the 3Moz Passendro gold project (in the CAR) from grassroots in 1999 to completion of the feasibility study in 2008.
At Toro Howard has managed geology and exploration at the Mako project through the exploration and development process as well as managing exploration on Toro’s portfolio of exploration permits across sub-Saharan Africa.
DIRECTOR AND INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Boubacar Thera is a mining administrator and lawyer, has been involved with francophone African countries since 1994. Prior to joining the Group in 2009 Mr Thera was appointed Manager and Chief Government Liaison Officer of AXMIN and African Selection Mining, and has previously acted as a consultant for other mining companies.
Chief Financial Officer
Gary is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Chartered Taxation Adviser. For the majority of the last 15 years he has worked for major gold mining companies in Africa in senior financial roles. From 1996 to 2004, he was Group Financial Controller of Ashanti Goldfields where he was in charge of structuring the finance department in order to accommodate several acquisitions including that of SAMAX. Within this role, Gary was also integral in setting up and running the internal budgetary and reporting systems dealing with the Group's seven mining operations across Africa, mitigating tax liabilities and helping to refinance the Group prior to the Company being sold to AngloGold in June 2004. Gary has also held positions as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary at Guinor Gold (which was subsequently sold to Crew Gold for US$350m following a raising of US$130m in equity and project finance to fund mine expansion) and more recently Horizonte Minerals Plc where he dealt with all financial aspects required for the operations in London, Peru and Brazil.
Senior Environmental and Social Advisor to the Board
An environmental scientist and public health specialist by training, Glen has nearly 30 years experience in environmental management and social development, much of it International, having worked extensively across Africa, Latin America and South East Asia as well as Europe. As Managing Director of Aspinwall and Company he led one of the UK’s leading and most respected consultancies before joining IFC as head of its Environmental and Social Development team in Washington DC, responsible for environmental and social analysis of all its investments worldwide. After moving back to the UK he continued as an advisor to IFC and the World Bank during which he played a key role in facilitating the Equator Principles. In 2003, he co-founded Sustainable Finance Ltd providing E&S risk management services to over 40 major Banks globally before the Company was acquired by PWC in 2008. Since 2008 he has acted as an advisor to a range of organisations.
Group Environmental and Social Performance Manager
Paul is an environmental and social specialist with 15 years experience integrating environmental and social sustainability into the design and implementation of work plans and projects. Over the last 7 years he has worked in the West African mining sector as both a consultant and within industry. This has included site-based accountability for environmental and social performance and the facilitation of permitting processes for new projects. Previously he worked as an environmental and social consultant in Australia and Asia. During this time he successfully managed projects for the private sector, government and development agencies (including World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Agence Française de Développement, UNIDO, UNHabitat and DANIDA). Much of his work has been undertaken in the natural resource development sector, particularly associated with impact assessment, baseline studies, and management and monitoring planning for large infrastructure projects in the mining and energy sectors.
General Manager, Mako Mine
Mr. De Freitas is a mining engineer with over 35 years of experience in the industry. Prior to joining Toro Gold, Mr. De Freitas was General Manager of the Youga open pit and CIL gold mine in Burkina Faso, Endeavour Mining Corporation’s first operating mine, and was a member of the operational management team that supported the growth of the company from a single asset to a multiple operating mine business producing 500,000 ounce per year within a six year period. Prior to joining Endeavour, Mr. De Freitas held senior operational, technical and business development positions with Katanga Mining Ltd at its Kolwezi operations in the DRC and at several of AngloGold Ashanti’s operations in sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. De Freitas is a Chartered Engineer with a degree in Mining Engineering from the Imperial College of Science and Technology and cut his teeth in the industry on the Zambian Copper-belt.
Project Development Manager
Russell has almost 30 years experience in mineral processing including 14 years in mine commissioning and operations and 13 years in consulting engineering as Process Engineer and Project Design, and Commissioning Manager for firms such as Ausenco, Lycopodium and BHP Engineering. Russell has gained significant experience in African gold development through his work on numerous West African gold projects. Prior to his role as Design and Study Manager at Endeavour’s Agbaou, Hounde and Nzema Sulphide gold projects, he fulfilled the role of Design and Commissioning Manager at Teranga’s Sabodala gold operation in Senegal. More recently he has designed and managed the installation of crushing circuits at the Nzema and Tabakoto projects.