Directors & Management

Anton Mauve

Chief Executive Officer

Anton has been a Director of CNM for the past four years and became CEO in 2019. As well as being CEO of CNM, he is also a partner at Plinian Capital and partner at CE Mining; a fund investing in high value exploration and mining opportunities. Anton has over 30 years experience in exploration and mining and holds an MBA, MSc in Science in Engineering, and BSc (Hons) in Geology.  He is registered as a Professional Natural Scientist in South Africa and has vast experience of the platinum industry, formerly holding positions of MD of West African Minerals Corporation and Vice President Strategy and Long Term Planning with Lonmin plc.

Sanjay Swarup

Chief Financial Officer

Sanjay joined CNM in July 2019.  He is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant with an MBA from Cranfield.  Sanjay is founder and Director of SKS Business Services who provide a full suite of accountancy and finance functions to a wide cross section of companies from sole traders to SMEs and listed companies. Prior to founding SKS, Sanjay worked for smaller accountancy firms and also larger corporations such as BP and GlaxoSmithKline. Sanjay brings a wealth of large company experience and knowledge to CNM including financial planning, strategic advice and succession planning.

Craig Bailey

Chief Operating Officer

Craig has over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry. Prior to joining CNM in 2013, Craig worked on a number of projects across five continents covering a range of commodities including base metals, precious metals, PGMs, uranium and rare earths. His experience includes greenfield and brownfield project development, project feasibility, process plant design, business development, project financing as well as operational management. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch and is a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in the United Kingdom.

Simon Purkiss

Business Development & Risk Management

Simon’s mandate is to evaluate future nickel business opportunities to grow the business, as well as manage key government and stakeholder relationships in Zambia. Simon has over 25 years’ experience in the mining industry. Prior to co-founding CNM, Simon was a founder and Managing Director of European Nickel PLC, which developed a heap leaching technology for nickel laterites to full bankable feasibility study levels. Simon’s background includes technical, operational and corporate development roles with BHP Billiton, Billiton, Impala Platinum and junior mining companies in South Africa, the FSU and Australia. He is a Professional Engineer and holds a BSc (Hons) Minerals Engineering from Birmingham University.

Felix Pole

Director

Felix is an experienced mining executive and co-founder of CNM. During his career, he has held a number of Board and senior management positions, including Director of Toledo Mining PLC, Chairman of European Nickel PLC, and Finance Director of Titan Resources, an Australian-listed company that developed and operated the Radio Hill Mine in Western Australia and developed the bacterial heap leaching process for nickel and copper sulphides.

Cyril Le Tonqueze

Non-executive Director

Cyril joined CNM’s board in December 2014. He is a co-founder of Generation Asset Management and is responsible for leading the business development of the direct private equity investments group. He is a director of Generation Mining Limited and CE Mining Limited and a co-founder of AIM listed West African Minerals. Cyril was previously in charge of the business development at Deltec Investments Advisers Limited and held the same position at Atlas Wealth Management.

Brad Mills

Non-executive Director

Brad joined CNM’s board in December 2014 and brings with him over 30 years of experience in the resource industry. He currently holds a directorship with Norilsk Nickel, the world’s largest nickel producer and is a founder and managing director of Plinian Capital. He was formerly CEO of Lonmin plc, the world’s number three platinum and PGM producer, and prior to that, served as president of BHP Billiton’s copper group.

Mr Shijun Zhou

Non-executive Director

Shijun joined CNM’s board in September 2019 following the resignation of Jiabin Weng.  He represents Chengtun Mining, a CNM shareholder. Shijun graduated from China University of Geosciences where he majored in geology. He has several years experience in the mining sector. He previously worked for Tianjin Institute of Geology and Mineral Resources from 2001 and then joined Jiangsu ShuangLiang Group in 2010. In 2013, Shijun joined Cheng Tun Mining Group as Chief Engineer of the Geological Exploration  Dept. He was subsequently appointd Director of the Geological Exploration Dept. in March 2019.

Bo Xiong

Chairman

Bo joined CNM’s board in February 2020 and represents Chengtun Mining, a CNM shareholder.  He has over 15 years experience in the mining resources and energy sector, specialising in corporate strategy, business planning & development. Bo is currently assistant to Board Chairman at Cheng Tun, as well as General Manager, Investment & Finance.

Ms. Ching Iu

Non-executive Director

Ching joined CNM’s board in May 2018 and represents Chengtun Mining, a CNM shareholder.  Ms. Iu graduated from Cass Business School (City University of London) with a Bachelor of Science with honors in actuarial science in June 2014 and a Master of Science in investment management in January 2016 respectively.