Board of Directors

Luis Azevedo

Executive Chairman & CEO

Mr Azevedo has a BSc in Geology from Rio de Janeiro State University, a Law Degree from Candido Mendes University in Rio de Janeiro and a Post Graduate Degree from Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro.  He is a resource industry professional with over 30 years of international experience and is specialized in the Brazilian Mining Code. 

Mr Azevedo is the founder of FFA Legal Ltda, a law firm located in Rio de Janeiro.  FFA Legal Ltda was established to focus on assisting natural resource companies, including environmental licensing support, management of land and mineral rights, accounting, financial reporting, HR and other administrative activities.

Mr Azevedo began his career working for Western Mining Corp., Barrick Gold Corp. and Harsco Corp.  Mr Azevedo has built a strong track record originating and vending projects that became mine operations.  He has been Founder, Executive and Non-Executive Director of numerous private and public exploration, development and mining companies across the commodity complex in Brazil, including ASX listed Avanco Resources (sold to ASX listed Oz Minerals in 2018), TSX listed Rio Verde Minerals Development Corp. (sold to B&A Mineração 2013) and TSX listed Talon Metals Corp.  He is currently a Director of TSX/LSE listed Serabi Gold PLC, AIM listed Harvest Minerals Ltd and AIM listed Jangada Mines PLC.

Mr Azevedo co-founded Avanco Resources Ltd in 2007 and was responsible for assembling the company’s property package in the Carajás Mineral Province of Brazil.  Avanco explored, discovered, permitted, constructed and operated the only new copper mine in the Carajás not owned by VALE S.A.  Avanco was acquired by Oz Minerals Ltd for a 120% premium (~A$418 million) in 2018.

Mr Azevedo has also been an active spokesperson and advocate for the Brazilian mining sector and works closely with the highest levels of all branches of the Brazilian Federal Government.  He founded, and is CEO, of the Brazilian Mining Prospectors Association (ABPM), a non for profit Brazilian mining advocacy organization.  In 2019, he was appointed Vice President of the newly formed Mining Council of the Brazilian National Confederation of Industry (CNI) the main non for profit lobbying organization in Brazil that aims to increase competitiveness of Brazilian industry by influencing the policy environment.  CNI engages in active policy dialogue with the Brazilian Congress, Federal Government and the Judiciary.  It has 27 federations that incorporate over 1,250 unions and 350,000 companies. 

Mr Azevedo was nominated National Explorer of the Year in 2017 and was also highlighted as one of the three most prestigious miners in Brazil in 2019 by the Global Mining Observer.

Mr Azevedo is a Brazilian National and resident and is fluent in English and Spanish.

Nicole Adshead-Bell

Independent Lead Director

Dr Adshead-Bell is a graduate of James Cook University with a BSc in Geology/Archaeology, 1st Class Honours Degree in Geology and a PhD in Structural/Economic Geology and has over 26 years of combined mining industry and capital markets experience.  She is currently President of Cupel Advisory Corp. an incorporated company she established to focus on investments and advisory services in the mining sector.

She was previously Director, then CEO and Managing Director of ASX listed Beadell Resources Ltd, with its flagship open pit gold mine in NE Brazil, from October 2016 to March 2019, when the company was acquired by TSX listed Great Panther Mining Ltd.  Prior to Beadell (from January 2011 to June 2015) she was a consultant to then Director of Mining Research at Sun Valley Gold LLC, an SEC registered precious metals fund with a global mandate.  She was former Vice President then Managing Director, Investment Banking at Haywood Securities Inc. from February 2007 to July 2010 where she advised on over 20 public M&A transactions, including takeovers, mergers, divestures and streaming with total transaction values of C$3.75Bn.  She also led and participated in raising approximately C$1.8Bn in 45 equity and debt financings.  

Her earlier capital markets career includes sell side research analyst covering base metals and uranium companies and commodities at Dundee Securities Corp. and buy side analyst covering precious metals (gold, silver, PGMs) for Sun Valley Gold LLC.  She also worked in Corporate Relations & Project Management for Fronteer Development Group Inc. in Canada and as a specialist structural/economic geology consultant in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Canada periodically from June 1995 to early 2002.

Dr Adshead-Bell is currently an independent director of TSX listed Altius Minerals Corp. and ASX listed Matador Mining Ltd.  She is also Chairman of ASX/TSXV listed Hot Chili Ltd.  She has served on multiple Canadian, Australian, UK and USA listed exploration, development and operating company boards since 2011 and has chaired and particpated across the spectrum of committee functions: audit, compensation, ESG, technical and M&A special committees.  She was a Director for Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia, a non-profit industry advocacy group, from 2005-2011.

Dr Adshead-Bell is an Australian and Canadian National.

Stephen Quin

Independent Director

Mr Quin is a graduate of the Royal School of Mines, London, with a BSc (Honours) in Mining Geology and has 41 years’ experience in all stages of the mining industry, from exploration to operations and closure.  He most recently served as TSX listed gold explorer/developer Midas Gold Corp.’s President, CEO and Director from the inception of the Company in February 2011 to December 2020.  Prior to joining Midas Gold, Mr Quin was President of copper miner Capstone Mining Corp. from November 2008 until the end of 2010 (and COO of same from November 2008 until May 2010) and, prior to that, President and CEO of Sherwood Copper Corp. from September 2005 until November 2008 when Sherwood merged with Capstone.  

Prior to Sherwood, Mr Quin spent 18 years with gold producer and explorer Miramar Mining Corp. and was Executive Vice President from January 1994 until September 2005.  Since 1990, Mr Quin has raised over US$1 billion in financing and been involved with more than US$750 million in M&A for companies where he was CEO or a senior executive.  Mr Quin served as a Non-Executive Director of Chalice Mining Ltd, with its PGM-gold-nickel-copper development project in Western Australia from May 2010 until his retirement in November 2021.  He has been a Director of Kutcho Copper Corp. since late 2017 and serves as technical advisor to a number of copper and gold explorers and developers.  

Mr Quin has also served on the boards of directors of numerous exploration, development and operating companies since 1990, as a director of the Mining Association of BC and the Mining Association of Canada, and as Chair of the Yukon Government’s Mineral Advisory Board.

Stuart Comline

Independent Director

Mr Comline is a graduate of the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa with a BSc (Honours) in Geology.  He also has a MSc in Geology from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada and a Management Diploma from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He has 50 years’ of experience in all stages of the mining industry, including extensive platinum group metal (PGM) expertise.  

Since 2014 he has served as a Director and Africa representative of Walcot Gold Ltd, a private Australian company, in addition he also has his own private exploration companies.  

From 1997 to 2007 he was involved with TSX listed AfriOre Ltd, initially as VP Exploration and ultimately as Chairman, when the company was sold to LSE Lonmin PLC, a PGM producer, in 2007 for C$444 million. AfriOre Ltd had a variety of base metal, gold and PGM exploration projects, including the flagship Akanani PGM project, plus an operating coal mine.  

Between 2008 and 2012, he served as a Director and Interim CEO of TSX listed Talon Metals Corp., a gold, iron ore and potash explorer in Brazil.  He was also a director of TSX listed Rio Verde Minerals Development Corp. (potash and phosphate in Brazil) between 2008 and 2010 and a director of Saber Energy Ltd (coal bed methane in Botswana) between 2009 and 2012.  Between 2007 and 2009 he was also a Non Executive Director of AIM listed Chaarat Mining Corp., which was exploring for gold in the Kyrgyz Republic.  

Between 1995 and 1997 Mr Comline was an independent consultant advising banks and mining industry companies on exploration strategy and divesture of mineral assets.  Between 1981 and 1995 he was with JCI Ltd, a major South African mining company, initially as Exploration Manager, advancing to General Manager responsible for JCI’s Geology Department.  He worked on copper and tungsten in Namibia, gold in the Witwatersrand and PGM exploration projects and mines in the Bushveld Complex and the Great Dyke in Southern Africa.  Mr Comline also had previous roles as Senior Exploration Geologist for Anglo American Gold in Southern Africa and Exploration Geologist for JCI Ltd focused on nickel, copper and PGM exploration and mining projects on mafic complexes in Zimbabwe, Angola and South Africa. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of South Africa.

Mr Comline is a British national and South African permanent resident.

Anthony (Tony) Polglase

Independent Director

Mr Polglase has a Bachelor of Engineering First Class Honours degree in Metallurgy from the Camborne School of Mines and Higher National Certificates in both Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering.  He is currently Principal Engineer and Director of Kernow Mining Consultants Ltd.

Mr Polglase began his career at the South Crofty Tin Mine in Cornwall.  Since then he has accumulated over 40 years’ international experience working in multiple mining disciplines for companies including AngloGold Ashanti Ltd, Rio Tinto Ltd, TVX Gold Inc. and Ivernia Inc. in Africa, Europe, the Former Soviet Union, Australia, and, for the last decade, in Brazil. 

Mr Polglase has significant experience in the development, execution and operation of new mining projects, having been responsible for, or closely involved with, the commissioning of over seven mines, both open-pit and underground inclusive of plant and maintenance management

Mr Polglase was the Founder and Managing Director of ASX listed Avanco Resources Ltd, which he led from pre-IPO into production in Brazil.  The company was acquired by OZ Minerals for A$418 million in 2018 ranking Avanco Resource Ltd as the most successful ASX copper company in Brazil.  Both Mr Polglase and Mr Azevedo worked together at Avanco from IPO through to the acquisition by OZ Minerals. Mr. Polglase is, and has been, a director of numerous Australian and Canadian resource companies.  He is currently a director of ASX listed Black Cat Syndicate Ltd and New World Resources Ltd.

He was named Brazil Mining Executive of the Year in 2017.

Mr Polglase is British and Australian national and is fluent in Portuguese.