Directors and Management
The Company has a small but highly skilled and experienced management team. In line with good management principles the Company exercises a tight control over cash and avoids fixed overhead costs where practical. This is reflected in employment contracts which are flexible and minimise costs when activity is reduced. The Company has also established a network of very competent professional advisors who can complement the core team during peak periods of activity.
Matthew King - Chairman
A graduate in law from Durham University, Matthew is currently a Director of Funding Circle Limited a leading peer-to-peer lending platform and of Allsop MyRa Limited, a provider of specialist risk management solutions. He is also a member of the Expert Panel of Cambridge Governance Labs, an inter-disciplinary initiative at the University of Cambridge with a mission to provide practical tools to aid decision-making with a particular focus on Africa. Having qualified as a solicitor with Slaughter and May, he held a number of risk management positions with HSBC in Asia, Australia, the Americas and Europe. He has a wealth of experience in both developed and developing countries and is Chairman of the Funding Circle Limited Audit Committee.
David Archer - Chief Executive Officer
David is a non-practising Barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, holds a B.Ec and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He has had wide experience in the mining industry for over 30 years, with specific expertise in the development and operation of copper/gold projects. David has held executive and non-executive roles in a number of listed companies and has been actively involved in the international resources industry. He is the Senior Independent Director of Anglo Pacific Group Plc. He is the former Managing Director and Deputy Chairman of Savage Resources Limited, Managing Director of Hillgrove Resources Limited, Executive Chairman of PowerTel Limited and Chairman of Hostworks Group Limited. He was a director of Eastern Star Gas Limited from 2006 to 2009.
Dale Ferguson - Technical Director
Dale graduated in 1993 with a BSc with 1st Class Honours, Double Major in Geology, from Latrobe University, Melbourne and is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He has over 20 years’ experience in the resources industry with Hillgrove Resources Limited, Thundelarra Exploration, Savage Resources Limited and Gasgoyne Gold Mines. His experience spans greenfields and near mine exploration, resource delineation, feasibility studies, due diligence investigations and mine development and operations.
Maqbool Ali Sultan – Non-Executive Director
Mr Maqbool Ali Sultan has significant business experience in Oman, the Middle East and internationally. In 1987 he was elected as President of the Oman Chamber of Commerce & Industry before being appointed as Minister of Commerce and Industry in 1991, a role which he held until 2011. During this time he represented the Government of Oman in a number of organisations, including as Chairman of Oman Oil Co., Chairman of Sohar Industrial Port, Chairman of Capital Market Authority, and as a Member of the Executive Committee of the State General Reserve Fund. Since 2011 he has been Group Advisor of W J Towell and Co. LLC*. He is also the Chairman of the Omani British Friendship Association.
Imad Kamal Abdul Redha Sultan – Non-Executive Director
Mr Imad Kamal Abdul Redha Sultan is Vice Chairman and Deputy Managing Director of W J Towell and Co. LLC*. Having started his career as a Trainee Marketing Executive, Mr Imad Kamal Abdul Redha Sultan joined W J Towell as a Business Development Manager in 1995, before advancing to his current role. He has accrued extensive managerial and board experience during his time with the company and currently serves as director and/or chairman on a number of W J Towell Group companies including Towell Engineering Cluster, Nestlé Oman Trading LLC and General Electric & Trading Company LLC. Other notable board positions held include serving as a director on the boards of the National Bank of Oman and Ominvest in the past, and National Hospitality Institute & Oman Arab Bank at present.
James Leahy – Non-Executive Director
James has more than 32 years’ experience in financial services, with a specialisation in commodities. Having begun his career at the London Metal Exchange, James has held a variety of roles, including analyst, equity salesman and specialist corporate broker, which covered mining finance, origination and distribution. He has worked on a wide range of projects worldwide, ranging from industrial minerals, coal, iron ore, precious metals, copper, diamonds, lithium, uranium, plantations, forestry and palm oil. Over the course of his career he has worked at James Capel, Credit Lyonnais, Nedbank, Canaccord and Mirabaud. Most recently, James has gained executive experience serving as an independent director on the Boards of a number of quoted and unquoted companies.
Manohar Pundalik Shenoy – alternate for Maqbool Ali Sultan
Mr Manohar Pundalik Shenoy holds three professional qualifications, Chartered Accountant, Cost and Works Accountant; and Company Secretary, in addition to possessing a B.Com (Honours) in Commerce, Economics & Advanced Accountancy from Bombay University. Mr Shenoy has since also participated in INSEAD’s Advanced Management Programme (AMP). He has over 40 years’ corporate experience and since January 2015 has acted as Financial Advisor to Al Marjan Limited. He is currently Group Chief Financial Officer of W J Towell and Co. LLC*. Within this role, Mr Shenoy has responsibility for group’s treasury, parent company and group consolidated audited accounts, group budgeting and management reporting, and group taxation. He is also a member of the Finance and Investment sub-committees of the board. Prior to this, Mr Shenoy worked with a number of multi-national corporations, particularly in India and Russia, as Finance Director / Chief Financial Officer.
Murtadha Ahmed Sultan – alternate for Imad Kamal Abdul Redha Sultan
Mr Murtadha Ahmed Sultan holds a Diploma in Sales and Marketing and is a Director of W J Towell and Co. LLC*. Having joined W J Towell in 1975 Mr Murtadha Ahmed Sultan has built a wealth of experience working in Oman at a Board level. His responsibilities within W J Towell include acting as Chairman for a number of companies, including Towell Auto Centre LLC, Agility (PWC Logistics) and Spring Air Bedding Co. India Private Ltd. He also has extensive experience working with publicly limited companies, with directorships in United Power Company, Gulf International Chemicals and Oman Flour Mills Co. SAOG. He is also a member of Omani government organisations The Public Authority for Investment Promotion & Export Development (ITHRAA) and Corporate Governance – Capital Market Authority (CMA).
Michael McGarty - Chief Financial Officer
A graduate in Finance from Manchester University’s Business School, and a qualified accountant. 16 years’ experience working with Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), a leading global manufacturer. Taking on roles of increasing responsibility, covering all areas of accounting and finance he led the European Sarbanes Oxley compliance initiative, and served for seven years as Financial Controller for businesses covering Europe, Middle East and Africa, including the provision of business partner support and strategic planning. Michael has 9 years’ experience in the executive management team of a listed public company focused on mineral exploration in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, including significant experience of resource development, strategic planning, fundraising and M&A transactions.
Martin Steinbild - Director, Lithium Business Development
Martin graduated in Business Administration and Chemical Engineering at the University of Technology Berlin. He has over 25 years’ experience working for well renowned companies holding roles primarily in strategic management and business development. Since 2008, Martin has held the position of Senior Manager with Rockwood Lithium GmbH (acquired by Albemarle Corp., the leading lithium producer in the world). Before joining Rockwood Lithium, he held product and project management roles in the engineering and construction sector with industry players Lurgi ÖI, Zimmer AG and Outotec GmbH.
Paul O’Donoghue - Mozambique Country Manager
Paul holds a MA in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia. He jointly founded Matilda Minerals. Prior to this he was involved in a cross section of private sector activities including large scale reafforestation, property development and services provision. He has served as a Board member of the private sector development foundation, the Malonda Foundation. Paul originally moved to Mozambique as a Diplomatic Attaché with the Embassy of Ireland in Maputo and has lived and worked in Southern Africa for over twenty years with extended periods in Lesotho, South Africa, and, in Mozambique for the past 15 years. Originally, he started his career in Banking but has worked for international NGOs, the Government of Ireland, as a private consultant and in the private sector. Paul is based in in Maputo and is a fluent speaker of Portuguese.
Dr Durair A’Shaik - Oman General Manager Business Development
Dr Durair is an internationally recognised expert in the genesis of base metal deposits and VMS style mineralisation, has published extensively and adds to the geological capability of Savannah’s team. Dr Durair is an Omani national, is based in Muscat. Formerly a senior executive of the Oman mines department.
* W J Towell and Co. LLC is one of Oman's largest privately owned companies, which has interests in property development and leasing, FMCG distribution, automobile and ancillary distribution, engineering and fabrication, construction, services and trading, and which is also a shareholder in Al Thuraya, which has an interest in the Block 4 copper/gold project in Oman, in which Savannah may earn a 65% interest.