The team that leads Premier combines extensive experience in the international mining and resource development sector with strong Africa-wide knowledge and a reputation for responsible operations.
George Roach: Chief Executive Officer & Executive Chairman
George Roach has extensive experience in natural resource business development in Africa. He has successfully obtained licences 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. Most recently as Managing Director Africa, for Uramin Inc. and Chairman and CEO for Premier African Minerals. George Roach maintains a number of other interests in start-up companies that include Anglo African Agriculture that has recently acquired the Southern Africa based business of Dynamic Intertrade, a food manufacturing and trading company and Agriminco Inc., focussed on African Agricultural and Industrial Mineral development.
Russel Swarts: Finance Officer & Non-Executive Director
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.
Ian Stalker: Non-Executive Director
Mr Stalker is a seasoned mining executve and current Chairman and Director of Azincourt Uranium (TSXV:AAZ) a TSX Venture Exchange quoted company. He has over 30 years of development and operational mining experience in Europe, Africa and Australia. He has undertaken operational roles in the base and precious metals arenas and executive positions in some of the largest mining companies in the world. From 2009 to 2011 he was CEO of Berkeley Resources Ltd, an ASX and AIM quoted company with its main asset being a uranium development project in Spain. He was CEO of UraMin Inc. from 2005 until its acquisition by Areva in 2007. Prior to joining UraMin, between 2005 and 2007 Mr Stalker was a Vice President of Gold Fields Ltd., the fourth largest gold producer in the world at the time. Ian was also the CEO of former TSX V listed Brazillian Gold Corporation until its merger & acquisition in September 2013 by Brazil Resources (TSXV:BRI)
Michael Foster: 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