Premier is led by a highly experienced team of mining professionals with significant expertise in the international mining and resource development sector with strong Africa-wide knowledge and a reputation as responsible operators.

George RoachChief Executive Officer & Executive Chairman
George Roach has extensive experience in natural resources sector in Africa. He has successfully obtained licenses and concluded mineral exploration and exploitation agreements in the entire SADC region, Ethiopia and most of the CEMAC and ECOWAS regions. Under the auspices of Exploration Services, he provided consultancy to prospective exploration companies and has acted in significant capacities for a number of start-ups that have subsequently listed on AIM and TSX-V. Prior to founding Premier, Mr Roach was Managing Director Africa, for UraMin Inc. Mr Roach maintains a number of other interests  in start-ups which include Anglo African Agriculture that recently acquired the Southern Africa based business of Dynamic Intertrade, as well as Agriminco Inc. A TSX-V listed Agricultural developer in Africa.
Russel SwartsNon-Executive Director and Finance Consultant
Russel qualified as a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) in 1989, after serving articles with Price Waterhouse in Johannesburg. After leaving the profession in 1991, Russel took up senior financial roles within a number of JSE listed South African companies. Subsequently, Russel was appointed as CEO of the largest specialist telecommunications group in South Africa before taking on a director role at a private equity investment group involved in energy and natural resources. Russel spent five years as CFO of AIM-traded URU Metals Ltd before consulting in his areas of expertise. Russel has extensive experience in Southern African and international listed entity reporting, rules and regulations, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, specialist financing, strategic planning and group reporting planning and structuring. Russel has been involved in auditing, group reporting, budgeting and forecasting, systems implementations and restructuring.
Wolfgang HampelNon-Executive Director
Mr Hampel is a seasoned geologist with 27 years of experience in lithium, rare earth elements and as well precious and base metals. Before joining Premier, between 2008 and 2012 Mr Hampel was Chief Operating Officer and consulting geologist for Tantalus Rare Earths AG which discovered a rare earth ionic clay deposit on the Ampasindava Peninsula in Northern Madagascar. Between 2006 and 2008, Mr Hampel was Head of the Department for Mining Infrastructure and Mineral Exploration for Fugro Consult GmbH, a leading geological and earth sciences consultancy and previously, Mr Hampel worked for the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, the central geoscientific authority providing advice to the German Federal Government on geoscience related matters. In the 1990s, Mr Hampel was involved in the discovery and development of several gold deposits and major gold anomalies in West Africa. Mr Hampel has a degree in Geology, Economic Geology and Petrology from the Technical University of Munich, Germany and is a member of the European Federation of Geologists (n° 1261) and the German Professional Association of Geoscientists. He is a Qualified Person for the purposes of the AIM Rules and NI43-101, JORC, the Pan-European Reserves and Resources Reporting Committee (PERC) and the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM).
Michael FosterNon-Executive Director
Mr Foster is a graduate geologist from St Andrews University in Scotland with a MBA in Business Administration from London Business School. He has over 30 years’ experience of all aspects of the mining industry, including exploration, mine development, operations and finance in a variety of commodities. He was a founding shareholder and Director of the AIM traded ZincOx Resources plc until 2008. More recently he served as Non-Executive Chairman of Copperbelt Minerals Limited, a company that discovered a new copper-cobalt deposit in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mr Foster is currently a Director of CASA Mining Limited, a private company with interest in exploration licences in the DR Congo. He is also a director of Solantera Resources Limited which is involved in copper projects in Angola.
Godfrey Manhambara Non-Executive Director
Mr Manhambara is Zimbabwean national and has extensive experience in business as well as a number of business interest in Southern Africa. Mr Manhambara was formerly Chief Executive of Affretair, an international cargo commercial airline that operated out of Harare. In 1999, Mr Manhambara was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Aviation Authority in Zimbabwe a position he held until 2001. Subsequent to this role, Mr Manhambara became the Chief Executive of Beta Holdings ,which is now the largest infrastructure inputs supply manufacturer in Zimbabwe. He also sits as non-executive director on several private and listed companies in Zimbabwe and Mozambique.