Our qualified Board of Directors bring together corporate, technical, management and industry experience

Dr. Allen Zimbler – Non-Executive Chairman

Allen retired from Investec Bank plc at the end of March 2016, having held the positions of Chief Integration Officer of the Group, member of the Group Executive, and Executive Director of Investec Bank plc. Alan first started at Investec in September 2001.

Prior to this, Dr Zimbler ran his own strategic management and organisation development consultancy over a twenty-year period, and during this time consulted to numerous organisations internationally, including Investec, in the fields of culture, strategy formulation and implementation, and organisation development. He specialised in the retail, financial services and information technology sectors.

Allen studied at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where he obtained the degrees of B.A. Honours (Psychology), M.B.A., and a PhD in Organizational Psychology, on the themes of leadership and authority. He spent fifteen years as an academic staff member at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where he was, for the last four of those years, a full Professor and Head of Department at the Graduate School of Business Administration.

Allen has also served as a non-executive director of public companies in South Africa and the UK.

Dr. Allen Zimbler

Noel Lyons, Chief Executive Officer

Noel started his career in accounting and progressed from there to management and director level. He has worked for such companies as Amoco/BP, Coca Cola, Kentz Corporation Plc, and Oilinvest International, and has worked in diverse locations such as Africa and The Middle East.

Noel has been involved in several listings on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange and the ISDX Growth Market in both a management and advisory capacity, including as co-founder and Non-Executive Director of Karoo Energy plc.

In addition, Noel serves as the CEO of Equatorial Oil & Gas plc, which is developing hydrocarbon opportunities in Africa. Noel has an MBA and masters in Accounting and Finance.

James Negaard, Non-Executive Director

James has spent the past 10 years in the natural resources sector sourcing new exploration projects and developing business opportunities. He has held positions within public companies and served as Executive Director of Agricola Resources where he oversaw operations in North Africa and Scandinavia.

James has in depth knowledge of the Scandinavian, Middle Eastern, South East Asian and Australasian markets. He started his career working in international sales and marketing, spending much of his time overseas and managed international distribution for American Optical, a multi-national company with wide global interests.

Alan Golding, Non-Executive Director

Alan is a qualified geologist with over 33 years of experience in exploration in Botswana and is a recognised expert in the Karoo coal deposits of Botswana. He has undertaken multiple coal and coal bed methane projects including the stratigraphic logging of some of the key boreholes involved in these projects.

Alan is a Registered Natural Scientist in RSA (Pr.Sci.Nat) and has signed off on reports regarding the coal exploration works and resources estimates. In addition he is also a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, Member of the Geological Society of SA and the South African Institute of Engineering Geologists.

Alan Golding