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Board of Directors

Michael Quinert

Mr Quinert is a founding partner of Quinert Rodda & Associates which was established in July 2009. He has over 30-years’ experience as a commercial and corporate lawyer, including three years with ASX and over 20 years as a partner in a Melbourne law firm.

Mr Quinert has extensive experience assisting and advising companies on IPOs, capital raising, cross border transactions, regulatory compliance and has regularly advised publicly listed mining companies.

Michael is a Non-Executive Director of publicly listed First Au Limited (ASX:FAU) and Victorian Livestock Exchange Pty Ltd.

Jac van Heerden
Managing Director

Mr van Heerden holds an MBA and Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) and has over 20 years of mining experience. He is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Prior to joining WWI, Mr van Heerden presided over a Cobalt (5,000tpa) and Copper (50,000tpa) operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), overseeing the mining operation and two processing facilities, also including a medical centre and schooling program. A key achievement associated with the DRC role was the introduction of stricter capital controls, improved CAPEX and OPEX budget forecasting, KPI measurement and enhanced direct reporting lines to improve accountability and cash flow.

Relevant to current project requirements, Jac's division at South African miner Aquarius Platinum was tasked with identifying and developing business cases for new mining opportunities through to feasibility. He was also the transition project manager that oversaw the switch from a contractor mining model to an owner miner model.

Peter O’Malley
Non-Executive Director

Mr O’Malley worked at Credit Suisse for 13 years and later, while based in Hong Kong, managed Deutsche Bank’s Natural Resources investment banking practice in Asia-Pacific for many years. Currently, he is Managing Partner of investment firm Kenosis Capital LLC, and has advised WestWits since early 2019.

Peter has extensive experience advising companies and investors alike including M&A, debt/equity transactions, as well as capital optimisation strategies in multiple jurisdictions having resided in New York, Johannesburg and Hong Kong. Peter moved to Johannesburg in 1994 to assist with the first elections in South Africa post-apartheid. He spent over three years working in Johannesburg in the 1990s, which provided him with a deeper understanding of South Africa’s operational environment where WWI’s marquee project is located.

Tim Chapman
Non-Executive Director

Mr Chapman is Melbourne based and has over 20 years’ experience in financial services and capital markets. He is currently Director of Corporate Broking at PAC Partners which is a leading advisory, equity capital markets and research house focused on emerging and mid-cap companies with a strong track record in the resources sector.

Tim's Australian investment banking experience assists the Board as West Wits embarks on the advancement of the Witwatersrand Basin and Mt Cecelia Projects.

Hulme Scholes
Non-Executive Director

Mr Scholes is a founding director of Malan Scholes Inc., a Johannesburg based law firm and leader in the African mining sector. He was admitted as an attorney in 1995. His area of expertise is in mining and environmental law, as well as dispute resolution, having represented Tier 1 mining companies including Sibanye Stillwater Ltd. and DRDGold Ltd.

Mr Scholes has in-depth knowledge of mineral rights and BEE transactions in this industry. He sits on as non-executive director on the boards of various mining companies and has a practical understanding of the industry, having begun his career as a Learner Official on the then Rand Mines Ltd. Harmony Gold Mine.

Hulme is recognised by Best Lawyers® (2020) for his expertise in mining law.