Board of Directors

Anthony (Tony) Kiernan (Non-Executive Chair)

Mr Anthony (Tony) Kiernan is a former solicitor with extensive experience gained over 35 years' in the management and operation of listed public companies. As both a lawyer and general consultant, he has practiced and advised extensively in the fields of resources and information technology. Mr Kiernan has extensive experience as a director of public listed companies and is also currently Non- Executive Chair of Pilbara Minerals Ltd and Venturex Resources Ltd.

Mr Kiernan is Chairman of the Fiona Wood Foundation which focuses on research into burns injuries.

Raleigh Finlayson (Managing Director)

Mr Raleigh Finlayson is a Mining Engineer with over 15 years of technical and operational experience in the mining industry in multiple disciplines including both underground and open pit operations. Mr Finlayson commenced with Saracen Gold Mines as General Manager – Operations in February 2008 and has managed the timely completion of the Definitive Feasibility Study and development of the Carosue Dam Operations in 2009. Mr Finlayson was appointed Chief Operating Officer in October 2009 and managed all operational aspects of the business until he was appointed Managing Director in April 2013. During his time as Managing Director, Mr Finlayson has been responsible for the acquisition and subsequent development of Saracen's second operating mine, the Thunderbox Gold Project. 

Mr Finlayson previously held positions of Underground Manager for Panoramic Resources and various mining engineering roles with OceanaGold and Gold Fields. Mr Finlayson studied at the Western Australian School of Mines and is the holder of a First Class Mine Managers Certificate, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance and Investment, and is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Martin Reed (Non-Executive Director)

Mr Martin Reed was appointed a director on 24 August 2012. Mr Reed is a qualified mining engineer (BE Mining, Grad Dip Management, AICD Diploma) with over 35 years experience in operations management and project development across a range of commodities, countries, and sizes of operations. Recent roles have included Chief Operating Officer and Project Manager for a number of metals companies including Sandfire Resources, St Barbara Limited, Paladin Energy Ltd and Windimurra Vanadium Limited. Prior to these appointments, Mr Reed held a number of senior executive positions in the mining industry including roles where he was responsible for the planning and development of several large mining operations in remote locations.

John Richards (Non-Executive Director)

Mr John Richards is an economist with more than 35 years’ experience in the resources industry.  During this time he has held strategy and business development positions within mining companies as well as in investment banks and private equity groups.  He has been involved in a wide range of mining M&A transactions in multiple jurisdictions.

Previous positions include Group Executive - Strategy and Business Development at Normandy Mining Ltd, Head of Mining and Metals Advisory (Australia) at Standard Bank, Managing Director at Buka Minerals Ltd and Operating Partner at GNRI.  Mr Richards holds a B Econ (Hons) from the University of Queensland.

Dr Roric Smith (Non-Executive Director)

Dr Roric Smith is a highly experienced geologist with extensive Australian and international experience and is currently a Non-Executive Director for mid-tier ASX-listed copper producer Sandfire Resources NL.  Until June 2016, Dr Smith was Vice President, Discovery and Chief Geologist for Evolution, where he played a key role in leading that company's exploration efforts.

Prior to joining Evolution, Dr Smith held numerous senior executive positions with the gold producer AngloGold Ashanti, including as Senior Vice President, Global Greenfield Exploration; Country Manager and Chief Representative China; Exploration Manager - North Asia Region; and Chief Geologist Australia.  Dr Smith holds a B.Sc (Hons) Geology and Ph.D from the University of Natal in South Africa.


Samantha Tough  (Non-Executive Director)

Ms Samantha Tough is a professional company director with more than 15 years’ experience on public and private company boards. She has a depth of industry experience in resources and energy and is currently Chairman of Retail Energy Market Company Ltd, Structerre Pty Ltd and Aerison Pty Ltd and a director of Strike Resources Limited. She has previously been Chairman of Southern Cross Goldfields Ltd and a director of Murchison Metals Ltd.

Ms Tough’s executive roles include General Manager North West Shelf at Woodside Energy Ltd, Director Strategy for Hardman Resources Ltd, Senior Vice President Natural Resources at the Commonwealth Bank and Project Director for the Pilbara Power Project. Ms Tough completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Jurisprudence at the University of Western Australia and worked as a barrister and solicitor before progressing to the commercial sector. She is an AICD graduate.