Directors & Management
Chief Executive Officer
Anton has been a Director of CNM for the past four years and is very familiar with the business. He is the Managing Director of West African Minerals Corporation, overseeing the development of the Company’s iron ore assets in Cameroon and Sierra Leone. He has been a partner with Plinian Capital since 2010 and has over 18 years experience in the resource industry and previously held the position of Vice President Strategy and Long Term Planning with Lonmin plc. He holds an MBA, MSc in Science in Engineering, and BSc (hons) in Geology and is registered as a Professional Natural Scientist in South Africa.
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.
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.
Director: 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 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.
Dr Colin Hunter
Colin is a metallurgist who specialises in flotation of sulphides and bacterial leaching of sulphides and precious metals. He assisted Titan Resources in the successful restart of the Radio Hill nickel sulphide mine and pioneered the nickel sulphide bacterial heap leaching process.
Cyril Le Tonqueze
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 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 Dong Chen
Dong joined CNM’s board in May 2018 and represents Chengtun Mining, a CNM shareholder. He graduated from Peking University and has been the director of Shenzhen Chengtun Group since 2008. He joined Chengtun Mining Group (Stock code: 600711) and was appointed Managing Director of the company from 1999 to 2011, following which he has been the Chairman of Chengtun Mining Group.
Ms. Ching Iu
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.
Mr Shijun Zhou
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.