Mr. Hepworth is an accomplished entrepreneur and business leader with more than 35 years diverse international business experience. Mr. Hepworth has started and built 5 successful businesses from the ground up. He also consulted and advised businesses, in many sectors including professional and financial services, high tech, engineering and manufacturing. Mr. Hepworth has over 8 years of corporate development experience in the resources industry. He is experienced negotiator of technology agreements, corporate acquisitions and divestitures. At the moment Mr. Hepworth is President of Firesteel Resources Inc. and director of Condor Precious Metals, Canadian Iron Metallics and Alpha Resource Management.
Mr. Botha brings more than 30 years international mining and marketing experience to Firesteel Resources Inc. Mr. Botha has extensive knowledge of the metals markets in Asia, North America, and Africa and brings significant company building experience. Mr. Botha is currently Chairman and CEO of Latin American Minerals and Chairman of Lithium Energy Products. He is past Chairman of Lithium America’s (“LAC”) and Past President and Chief Executive Officer of G4G Resources Ltd. All of which are listed on the TSX or TSXV. Mr. Botha holds an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Grant T. Smith
Mr. Smith’s has extensive experience working with exploration & mining companies throughout North and South America. He has extensive audit experience with public mining companies reporting to the Toronto Stock Exchange. Mr. Smith’s management background extends over 20 years with diverse operations and organizations, including Johnsen Archer and PriceWaterhouse Coopers. He has worked in the public sector as Chief Financial Officer of Premium Exploration Inc., El Tigre Silver Corp. and previously as the Chief Financial Officer for Aurcana Mining Corporation, a silver producer in Mexico.
Vern Langdale has over 30 years experience in mining and 20 years of this is in operations either managing departments or working within them. Vern has also specialised in Bankable feasibilities and commissioning new mines in remote locations doing this in China, Indonesia, Bolivia and Saudi Arabia.
Recently he successfully project managed a heap leach feasibility to approval stage in Java managing a $10million dollar budget and 35 consultancies.
Mr. Ranford has a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of South Australia and an MBA from the University of Adelaide. He has a wealth of experience mining various commodities; including gold, copper, platinum, lead, zinc and iron ore. His wide management experience includes operations, business and project development and stakeholder engagement. While working on three continents, Joe has held various leadership roles with companies such as Crocodile Gold Corp., Mount Gibson Iron Limited, Goldcorp Inc., Brandrill Limited and Normandy Mining Limited.
Greg Sparks, P.Eng.
Mr. Sparks has twenty years of experience in developing countries (South America and Africa) exploring, developing, and operating mines, including dealing with all levels of government from heads of state to village leadership. He has developed exceptional financial and legal orientation including corporate structure and governance, innovative finance (debt & equity) involving a variety of “currencies” and structures to achieve corporate financing goals, extensive M&A experience including deal structuring, negotiation, due diligence, and documentation.
Scott Salisbury brings more than 25 years’ experience in the international mining sector. Scott holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. His extensive experience covers project development, operations and maintenance management throughout Australia, Africa, the Central Asian Republics and Asia. Scott has held critical positions in countries with challenging business environments on major projects in Algeria, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Kyrgyzstan and Indonesia. Scott’s project experience encompasses a range of mineral commodities including gold, iron ore, cobalt, chrome, copper, zinc and lead. His expertise in gold processing and specifically CIL recovery systems further strengthens the Firesteel team. In addition to operational roles Scott has helped develop and implement operation and maintenance business systems and ERP software packages for major mining houses including BHP, Barrick and Normandy Mining.
Gregory has over 20 years of experience working in the resource sector and over 10 years of experience working as Chief Financial Officer for various publicly traded companies including Avion Gold Corp. which had mining operations in Mali and Burkina Faso. Gregory has an abundance of international mining experience, having served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at S.C. Rosia Montana Gold Corporation, a mineral exploration and mining development company based in Romania, and more recently working in the resource sector based in Seville, Spain. Gregory has a Bachelor of Administration from Lakehead University and is a Certified Professional Accountant (“CPA”).