Directors and Management Team

Mr John Gooding

Independent Non-executive Chairman

Mr Gooding is a mining engineer with over 40 years of experience in all aspects of gold and base metals operations including mining, exploration, smelting and refinery, sales and marketing and major capital expansion projects.  He most recently served as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Highlands Pacific and prior to this held executive management positions with Normandy Mining, MIM, Xstrata, Ok Tedi Mining and Roche Mining. 

He holds a Mine Managers Certificate, is a Fellow of both the Institute of Engineers and the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and is currently a director of Hillgrove Resources.



Mr Russell Clark

BSc (Mineral Resource Engineering) Hons, Graduate Diploma Securities Institute (Finance and Investment Analysis)

Chief Executive Officer

Russell is a highly experienced and successful senior resource sector executive, and has more than 38 years’ experience in technical roles, project development, general management and executive positions in the UK, USA, Africa, South America, Papua New Guinea, and throughout Australia. 

Russell was most recently Managing Director of Wolf Minerals from 2013 to 2017 where he had responsibility for successfully financing and developing the Hemerdon tungsten and tin project in United Kingdom. He was previously Managing Director of Grange Resources, Australia’s largest magnetite producer. During his four and a half year tenure with Grange he oversaw its successful merger with Australian Bulk Minerals, completed a bankable feasibility study for Grange’s $3 billion Southdown magnetite project and grew market capitalisation from ~$200 million to ~$1 billion. His prior experience also includes roles with Newmont and Normandy, for a period of eight years, following 18 years at Renison Goldfields. At Newmont he was the Group Executive-Operations, responsible for seven gold mines in Australian and New Zealand.

Russell has significant experience in leading teams during feasibility, project development and funding as well as production and has a demonstrable ability to communicate effectively with the market.

Russell holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons), majoring in Mineral Resource Engineering from the Royal School of Mines in London. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment Analysis from the Securities Institute.

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Mr Hedley Widdup

Non-executive Director

Hedley Widdup graduated as a geologist with first class honours from the University of Melbourne in 2000 and has extensive experience across mine and resource geology having worked at Mt Keith (WMC), Olympic Dam (WMC), Mt Isa (Xstrata) and the St Ives Gold Mine (Gold Fields).

Hedley joined Lion Manager in July 2007 as an analyst, providing investment management services to Lion Selection Group and the African Lion funds. Hedley is an executive director of Lion Manager Pty Ltd and a non-executive director of Egan Street Resources.

Mr Graham Freestone

Independent Non-executive Director

Mr Freestone has over 40 years of experience in the natural resources industry.  He has a broad finance, corporate and commercial background obtained in Australia and internationally through senior positions with the Shell Group, AngloGold and Acacia Resources where he served as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary.

He is presently a director of Evolution Mining and has held various director roles with other resources companies.



Mr Stephen Gill


Non-executive Director

Mr. Gill is currently Portfolio Manager at Pala Investments Ltd. Mr. Gill has been at Pala since 2008, during which time he has been involved in many of Pala's principal investments covering a range of commodities, as well mining services and consumables sectors. Mr. Gill has also supported many of Pala's investee companies in defining and implementing strategic initiatives. Mr. Gill is also involved in the oversight of Pala's liquid investments portfolio. Prior to joining Pala, Mr. Gill was at AMEC Plc., an engineering consulting firm, where he advised on a range of natural resources transactions.

Mr. Gill also acted as an advisor across a range of private equity transactions, including investments in businesses spanning mining, metals processing, and mining consumables manufacturing industries. Mr. Gill holds an MBA from the IE Business School in Madrid. He also holds an MSc from the University of North Carolina and a BSc from the University of Wales.


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Mr Martyn Buttenshaw

MBA (Distinction) from the London Business School, MEng (First Class) in Mining Engineering from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London

Alternate Director to Mr Stephen Gill

With a wealth of direct mining experience, Martyn has worked closely with several of Pala’s portfolio companies including Sierra Rutile (AIM:SRX), Norcast Wear Solutions and Melior Resources (TSX:MLR), to assist in their execution of strategic plans, growth projects, product marketing strategy, development of corporate governance and achievement of operational goals. Martyn is currently a director of Melior and Asian Mineral Resources (TSX.V:ASN).

Prior to joining Pala in 2010, Martyn was a Business Development Manager with Anglo American in its ferrous metals business unit. Martyn’s primary responsibilities centered on the review and evaluation of potential iron ore investments globally. Martyn also spent five years working as a senior mining engineer with Rio Tinto in their technical services and industrial minerals groups.


Mr Evan Spencer

AMSC Mineral Economics and Management, Bachelor Applied Science (Geology) Hons

Chief Operating Officer

Evan is a highly experienced mining executive and has held a wide range of executive, senior management and operational roles in mining, both domestically and internationally over 25 years.  Evan has held senior roles in Barrick Gold, Kagara, Goldfields of South Africa, Aditya Birla Minerals and GBF Mining Contractors. Prior to joining Kasbah he was most recently Chief Executive of Asian Mineral Resources. Mr Spencer brings extensive technical and strategic leadership skills and experience to the Kasbah Management team, guiding AMR through the completion of construction, permitting and commissioning of the Ban Phuc operations in Vietnam.  In addition Evan has worked on asset integration in Saudi Arabia lead the strategic development and implementation of Barrick’s Kalgoorlie assets further lead the strategic direction for Barrick's Papua New Guinea assets in the Ramu valley.

Evan has significant experience in project development, feasibility, permitting approvals and Joint venture management bringing key technical and operational management leadership to the Kasbah team as it embarks on the development of the Achmmach project.

Evan holds a Master of Mineral Economics, a Bachelor of Applied Science Geology (Hons), completed post-graduate studies in mine engineering, business, economics and frontline management. Mr Spencer also holds a W.A. First Class Managers Certificate.

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Mr Keith Pollocks

BBus (Econs, Acc), CPA, MCT

Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

Keith has an impressive background in the natural resources sector and extensive experience in a variety of senior finance roles, having led and managed finance teams, major commercial negotiations and projects within globally significant corporations.

Prior to joining Kasbah, Keith was the CFO of the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group, a consortium of major coal producers, including BHP, which owns and operates one of Australia’s largest coal export terminals and has turnover of A$400m.  Prior to this, Keith was General Manager Treasury, Taxation and Business Evaluation at MMG Limited, a dual listed globally diversified base metals company, where he was responsible for those functions.  Before this, Keith held senior finance / Company Secretary positions with Lyondellbasell (formerly Shell Chemicals).