Board and management

Board of Directors

Robin is a financial consultant by background and a former senior partner with Deloitte LLP, where he held roles including Global Mining and Metals Industry Leader and Global Audit Managing Director during his 40 year tenure. More recently, Mr Fryer acted as a Non-Executive Director for AIM-quoted Shanta Gold Limited for eight years, where he chaired the audit committee. Robin has extensive experience advising multinational companies in mining, manufacturing and construction sectors in Europe, Africa, North and South America and Australia. He has experience in IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence on acquisition targets, financial reporting, internal control, risk management and internal audit. Robin is a member Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Adam qualified as a Barrister at Law prior to training in corporate finance at RM Rothschild & Sons and holds a BSc in Finance and Accounting and a postgraduate diploma in Mining Project Appraisal and Finance. He has over 30 years’ experience in financial markets, specialising in corporate restructuring and special situation turnarounds, and has worked for over 20 years in natural resources. He was formerly CEO and Chairman of one of the largest anthracite mining operations in the US – Atlantic Carbon Inc. – where is now holds the position of Chairman Emeritus. He was also the CEO of Hichens Harrison, London’s oldest stockbroker, which was later sold to Religare of India in 2008 for £56 million. He is Senior Advisor to MBU Capital and holds primary responsibility for the firm’s natural resources portfolio.

Raju qualified as an accountant with Baker Tilly (now RSM) and is currently Group Finance Director at MBU Capital. Raju has over 20 year’s experience in the financial services sector – all with UK regulated institutions, including those domiciled in Jersey and Guernsey. He was an Assistant Director of Finance at the investment management business of Singer & Friedlander Plc covering £8 billion of funds under management. Prior to joining MBU Capital, Raju was partner at a boutique broking firm. Raju will continue with his responsibilities as Group Finance Director of MBU Capital and will devote as much time as necessary to perform his duties as Finance Director of the Enlarged Group.

David has over 35 years’ experience in the financial services sector and is currently Chief Executive of InvaTrust Consultancy Ltd, a specialist investment and marketing consultancy group that undertakes projects within the investment fund management industry. David has undertaken a total of twelve quoted company NED-Executive Director roles, on main market and AIM, in a variety of sectors including manufacturing, property, insurance and closed-end investment funds in the UK, Europe and the Far East.

Senior Management

Murat is a highly accomplished CFO and Non-Executive Director with total industry experience of over 25 years and an extensive background in private equity, banking, technology and resources.

Murat serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of ARCH EM Partners and has held this role since 2018, holding the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Senior Management Function role (SMF9) in the UK. ARCH EM Partners is authorised and regulated by the FCA and specialises in emerging markets advising on investment strategies focused on Resources, Logistics and Renewable Energy in global markets for rapid transition to low carbon, climate resilient and sustainable economies.

Murat served as Group CFO of NYSE-listed Turkcell (“TKC”), a leading communication and information technologies company, which had operations in nine countries with over 69 million subscribers. TKC achieved a market capitalisation of over $10 billion during his tenure of 15 years until 2016. During his time at TKC, he served as a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Executive Committee. He accomplished the transformation and digitalisation of the group finance function whilst orchestrating multiple multi-billion dollar debt and capital markets facilities by ensuring TKC achieved investment grade ratings from three global rating agencies.

Murat received his BA degree in Economics from Bogazici University. He graduated from San Diego State University with an MBA degree in Finance. Murat is an alumnus of the London Business School and the Wharton Executive Program. Murat is specialised in Responsible Investment with qualifications in Environmental & Social Sustainability Management of the European Investment Bank and in Sustainable Finance from Cambridge University.

Management of Ben’s Creek Mining Project

Bob has over 40 year's experience in mine management and consultancy covering all aspects of project and mining activities, including surface and underground mining in the Eastern US coalfields and in Russia. As a consultant he has specialised in helping small independent coal operators analyse and acquire high-quality metallurgical coal reserves found in the Central West Virginia coalfields.

Larkin holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering and has 47 years of mining operations experience in Central Appalachian, Western PRB, thermal coal and metallurgical coal projects. Larkin’s expertise lies in operations development, planning and execution of multiple seam mining projects. He has held numerous senior operational positions, managing coal mines from annual production rates of 300,000 to 15+ million tons

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