Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Matthew is a high profile figure in the growth company arena, with extensive experience in mining and resources. Training as a Chartered Accountant, Matthew began his career at Binder Hamlyn and Touche Ross, the predecessor firm of Deloitte, before founding a business consultancy specialising in corporate turnarounds. He spent several years as the Finance Director and Company Secretary of Internet Music Shop, one of the first online music retailers. During his time, he managed its merger with European competitor Boxman.com, with turnover growing to over £12 million per annum, and was responsible for raising approximately £20 million of equity. He spent the last 15 years of his career as a Corporate Finance Director at finnCap and Panmure Gordon/Durlacher. During this time Matthew was responsible for establishing finnCap and Panmure Gordon's mining and resources investment businesses, in addition to his role as adviser to AIM and Official List companies on the London Stock Exchange. Moving to the nascent finnCap in 2006, Matthew was instrumental in its rapid growth, which saw it become the largest nominated adviser and broking firm, by number of clients, on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market. Training as a Chartered Accountant, Matthew began his career at Binder Hamlyn and Touche Ross, the predecessor firm of Deloitte, before founding a business consultancy specialising in corporate turnarounds. He spent several years as the Finance Director and Company Secretary of Internet Music Shop, one of the first online music retailers. During his time with the company, Matthew managed its merger with European competitor Boxman.com, with turnover growing to over £12 million per annum, and was responsible for raising approximately £20 million of equity.
Chief Executive Officer
Gerard has built an expansive career in the mining and related financial industry, spanning over 30 years. After graduating as a Mining Engineer in South Africa in 1987, he gained extensive experience, ultimately working in various management positions for a number of the larger South African mining companies, including Rand Mines Group and the gold division of Anglo American Corporation. During this period, he worked on gold, platinum and coal mines primarily in South Africa and also in Germany and Australia.
Gerard subsequently spent 17 years in the financial markets, including five years as a mining equity analyst and 12 years in mining corporate finance. He has worked in South Africa and the UK for banks including JPMorganChase, Investec and Standard Bank. Gerard has extensive experience in IPOs, capital raisings, M&A transactions and deals covering a great diversity of commodities and geographic locations. He also has experience in Nominated Adviser, broker and advisory roles. He has worked extensively in Africa, particularly South Africa, Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Far East, Central Asia and North America. After returning to South Africa as a Managing Director with Standard Bank in 2009, Gerard left the banking industry and joined Peterstow Aquapower, a mining technology development company, as CEO in 2011, before accepting a position in 2012 with Aurigin Resources Inc., a privately-owned Toronto-based gold exploration company with assets in Ethiopia and Tanzania, as President and CEO. Gerard joined Goldplat plc as a Non-executive Director in 2014 and took over the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2015.
Hansie van Vreden
Chief Operating Officer
Hansie is a qualified Metallurgist who has a solid understanding of the Company’s gold recovery operations having worked as General Manager of GPL, and Managing Director of GPL and GRG gold recovery operations. Prior to joining Goldplat, Hansie worked at several AngloGold Ashanti operations in South Africa and Australia, where responsibilities included working as the Production Metallurgist at AngloGold Ashanti's Kopanang Gold Plant in South Africa.
Ian is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in senior positions in the mining industry since 1990. He trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in its Pretoria office. Having gained post-qualifying experience with KPMG he moved into a mining environment in 1990 when he joined Consolidated Modderfontein Mines Limited as Financial Manager, and Goldplat Recovery in March 1997 as Financial Director. Ian has been a Director of Goldplat plc since its admission to AIM in 2006.
Werner qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in South Africa and he has accrued significant commercial experience, both within Southern Africa and at a wider international level. His extensive knowledge spans audit and financial management and systems. Having initially worked within the telecommunications and retail industries, Werner joined Goldplat in 2015 as Group Financial Manager. Within this role he was integral in managing Goldplat's financial affairs. With his knowledge and understanding of the Group’s operations, he was appointed to the role of Finance Director in 2017.
Independent Non Executive Director
Nigel is a graduate of the Camborne School of Mines. He has held senior positions in a number of mining and engineering companies, primarily in Southern Africa. He was the group marketing director of a De Beers group subsidiary supplying specialised materials, engineering and technology to the industrial and mining sectors, and commercial director of Dunlop Industrial Products (Pty) Limited, South Africa. He was CEO, at flotation, of AIM listed Chromex Mining Plc, subsequently sold under a takeover offer.
Non Executive Director
Sango is the executive chairman and co-founder of NMT Capital, a diversified investment holding group and has built an illustrious career within South Africa, spanning over 30 years.This includes successfully founding Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo, one of South Africa’s ‘Big 5’ accounting firms. Alongside a distinguished auditing career, Sango has extensive corporate experience in areas that include logistics and the automotive industry. He currently serves as an independent board member of Barloworld Limited, a leading global industrial company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (“JSE”), with responsibility for chairing the group’s audit committee.He also serves on the boards of Pioneer Foods, a producer and distributor of a range of branded food and beverage products, as well as Basil Read Holdings Limited, a diversified construction company. Both of these companies are also listed on the JSE. Sango is the Chairman of the board of Goldplat’s subsidiary, Goldplat Recovery (Pty) Ltd.
Stephen is a partner in Druces LLP’s Corporate & Commercial team, with over 30 years’ experience in corporate law with a particular expertise in the mining and oil and gas sectors. Stephen acts as company secretary for several publicly listed companies.
Anton heads up the Engineering Department at our South African operation and oversees projects at other subsidiaries from time to time. He holds a N3 National Certificate in Engineering and is a qualified Electrician as required by the Mining Industry Engineering Trades Training Board. He has 25 years’ experience. Anton has been in the employment of AngloGold Ashanti since 1990 in various positions before joining Goldplat in October 2013.
Bob acted as the Managing Director of Goldplat's Gold Recovery divisions since July 2011. He has worked in the recovery of precious metals since 1984 and formally joined Goldplat Recovery in September 2003. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering and a MSc in Business Administration and was previously responsible for marketing and technical matters at Goldplat.
He currently consults to the Group. He concentrates his efforts on Gold Recovery Ghana and the Kilimapesa mine whilst acting in a supporting role at the South African Subsidiary.
Neels started with Goldplat in 1998 as a Shift Supervisor and now manages our South African Plant. He has drafting and plant instrumentation qualifications and also assist the group from time to time on the planning, design and commissioning of capital projects.