Management team

Directors and Senior Management

Firestone Diamonds plc has a highly qualified management team with extensive experience in the exploration, evaluation and development of diamond projects.

Paul Bosma, Chief Executive Office

Paul is a qualified geologist with more than 23 years’ experience in the mining industry, 14 years of which were in the diamond industry where he worked for De Beers. Before joining Firestone Diamonds, Paul was General Manager of a joint venture between De Beers and Anglo Gold Ashanti whereafter he worked as a Vice President for Pala Investments, an international mining investment fund based in Switzerland. Paul Joined Firestone Diamonds in July 2014 and has been General Manager of the Liqhobong mine for the last 2 years where he successfully managed the ramp up to full commercial production. He holds BSc (Honours) and MSc degrees as well as an MBA from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business.

  • Mr Paul Bosma
    Mr Paul Bosma
    Chief Executive Officer
Mr R. Lucio Genovese, Non-Executive Chairman (NC)

Mr Genovese has 29 years of experience in both the merchant and financial sector of the metals and mining industry. Mr Genovese is the CEO of Nage Capital Management in Baar, Switzerland. He is also a member of the board of Ferrexpo AG and Nevada Copper Inc. and was actively involved in the restructuring and development of Ferrous Resources and more recently Mantos Copper S.A., where he is also a board member. He was previously employed at Glencore International AG where he held several senior positions including CEO of the CIS region and manager of the Moscow office. Mr Genovese is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a BComm and BAcc from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa).

  • Mr R. Lucio Genovese
    Mr R. Lucio Genovese
    Non-Executive Chairman
Mr Patrick Meier, Non-Executive Director (AC

Mr Meier has over 30 years of experience in investment banking with specialist knowledge of the mining sector. He is Chairman of Anglo Pacific Group plc, the London listed Natural Resources Royalty Company. He also acts as a Senior Adviser to Bacchus Capital Advisers, an advisory boutique and in various other advisory roles from time to time. Mr Meier headed up the investment banking activities for RBC Capital Markets in Europe and Asia and drove a major expansion of RBC’s European presence. Prior to this role, he headed up RBC’s activities in the Metals and Mining sector in Europe, Africa and Asia for many years, and continues to enjoy strong relationships within the sector. He also served as a Director on the Board of RBC’s main operating subsidiary in Europe. He has an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.

  • Mr Patrick Meie
    Mr Patrick Meie
    Non-Executive Directo
Ken Owen, Non-Executive Director (SHECC)

Mr Owen has over 40 years of experience in the mining industry. From 1974 to 1995, he worked for De Beers Consolidated Mines, holding the position of consulting engineer for the group mines from 1988 to 1992 and general manager of the Premier Diamond Mine until 1995 when he was transferred to Anglo American South America as senior vice president of mining. In 2003 he joined the international mining and geological consultancy firm, SRK Consulting, as an associate consultant. In 2006 he joined Mwana Africa plc, an AIM‑listed junior miner (now known as Asa Resource Group plc) as Technical Director, retiring in 2009. Mr Owen holds an MSc in minerals production management from Imperial College, London.

  • Mr Ken Owen
    Mr Ken Owen
    Non-executive Director
Paul Sobie, B.Sc., P.Geo., Non-Executive Director (AC & RC)

Mr Sobie is an economic geologist specialising in the exploration and evaluation of diamond deposits, which included the initial economic evaluations of the Liqhobong kimberlites in Lesotho. Mr Sobie has over 25 years of professional experience, including extensive project evaluation work for clients in both the junior and senior mining sectors and with a particular focus on southern Africa. He is currently president and managing partner of MPH Consulting Limited of Toronto, Canada, an international mineral exploration, geological and geophysical consultancy. Mr Sobie is a practising member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.

  • Mr Paul Sobie, B.Sc., P.Geo.
    Mr Paul Sobie, B.Sc., P.Geo.
    Non-Executive Director
Niall Young, Non-Executive Director

Mr Young is an economic geologist with over 30 years of experience in exploration, evaluation, research and development, and mining. He spent 25 years with the Anglo American, Minorco and De Beers Group of companies in a range of commodities. In 2006, he took up the role of General Manager Mineral Resource Management for the De Beers Group of companies. He has worked on projects in southern Africa, Canada, Russia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and India. In 2009, Mr Young co‑founded Kleingeld Young & Partners, a mining and natural resources consultancy. From 2011 to 2014, Mr Young was also CEO of Mantle Diamonds Limited, a diamond mining and exploration company. He is a director of Blue Lias Holdings Limited, a hi‑tech start‑up company specialising in the development and application of Radio Frequency Identification (“RFID”) technology. Mr Young holds a BSc (Hons) in Mineral Exploitation from University College Cardiff and is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London. Mr Young is Pacific Road Capital Management’s nominated non‑executive director of the company.

  • Mr Niall Young
    Mr Niall Young
    Non-Executive Director
Keith Johnson, Non-Executive Director (AC)

Mr Johnson has over 25 years of experience in the natural resources sector, 18 of which were in the mining industry where he held various senior positions within Rio Tinto plc, including on its executive committee from 2003 to 2009. From 2003 to 2007, Mr Johnson had overall responsibility for Rio’s global diamond business which accounted for over US$1 billion in revenue and operated across three continents. In 2007, Mr Johnson was appointed head of business resources, where he was part of the team responsible for the integration of Alcan Inc., following its acquisition in October 2007. In January 2010, Mr Johnson joined FTSE 250 oil and gas company, BG Group plc, as General Manager of Strategy and Portfolio Development. Mr Johnson holds an MBA in Finance and a BSc degree in Mathematics and Operational Research. Mr Johnson is Resource Capital Fund VI L.P.’s nominated non‑executive director of the Company.

  • Mr Keith Johnson
    Mr Keith Johnson
    Non-Executive Director
Grant Ferriman CA (SA), Chief Financial Officer

Mr Ferriman is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 16 years of experience, including nine years in the mining industry. Prior to joining Firestone Diamonds, he was the group financial controller for Mwana Africa plc (now known as Asa Resource Group plc) responsible for reporting and control systems across the Group’s assets in South Africa, Zimbabwe and the DRC. He has extensive experience in public company reporting in the United Kingdom and the development and implementation of control systems for companies with assets based in southern Africa. Mr Ferriman holds an honours bachelor of accounting science degree from the University of South Africa and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

  • Mr Grant Ferriman
    Mr Grant Ferriman
    Chief Financial Officer
Glenn Black, Chief Project Officer

Mr Black is a mechanical engineer with over 40 years of experience in senior management and operational roles in the mining industry. Mr Black spent 22 years at De Beers before leaving in 2012. During his time with De Beers, his primary role focused on project implementation, management, and operation for a variety of major projects globally, having managed nine major projects for the De Beers group of companies. Mr Black’s career has seen him work in the coal, gold, mineral sands, platinum and diamond mining industries.

  • Mr Glenn Black
    Mr Glenn Black
    Chief Project Officer

Key

       
           

Audit Committee

  AC      

Nomination Committee

  NC      

Remuneration Committee

  RC      

SHEC Committee

  SHECC