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Senior Management Team
Firestone Diamonds plc has a highly qualified management team with extensive experience in the exploration, evaluation and development of diamond projects.
Paul is a qualified geologist with more than 25 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 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.
Gert is a qualified mining engineer with more than 22 years’ experience in the mining industry. The combination of multi country experience gained across Africa (RSA, Botswana, Guinea) and Europe (UK), on precious metals, base metals as well as industrial minerals, both underground and opencast mining operations, allows him to contribute from a wide reference base. Gert joined Firestone Diamonds in September 2017 as Mining Manager of Liqhobong Mine where he successfully managed the ramp up to full commercial production and the mining contractor transition. Since September 2018 he has been the General Manager at Liqhobong Mine. He holds a B.Eng (Mining) degree from the University of Pretoria, Mine Managers Certificate (Metalliferous), Professional Project Management Certification (PMP) from the Project Management Institute, as well as a number of post-graduate certifications from various Graduate Business Schools.