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.



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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.



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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.

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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 Richard Hedstrom

BComm , ASIA

Chief Executive Officer

Richard has over 25 years’ experience in the resources industry in both corporate and finance roles.  Prior to joining Kasbah at the end of 2016, Richard was Head of Corporate Development for OZ Minerals where he was responsible for the business development and exploration activities of the company resulting in a number of successful exploration projects and major acquisitions such as Carrapateena.

Richard was previously a senior equity analyst based in New York covering the North and South American Resource equity market.


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Mr Michael (Mike) Kitney

Assoc. Met, Post Grad Dip (Extractive Metallurgy), M.Sc. (Mineral Economics), MAusIMM

Chief Operating Officer

Mike is a metallurgist with 40 years’ of international experience in mine operations, project and feasibility management.  He is responsible for the Moroccan operations of Kasbah and for the delivery of the definitive feasibility study on the Achmmach Tin Project.  He was appointed Chief Operating Officer in February 2011.

Mike’s particular strengths are in production and mineral processing management, all aspects of environmental management, project evaluation and assessment and management of interdisciplinary project teams. He has previously held senior technical and management positions with Alcoa Australia, British Phosphate Commissioners, Minproc Engineers Limited, The Property Company of London plc, Nelson Gold Corporation Limited and Avocet Mining plc.

He has extensive project development expertise having been involved in multiple new mine developments in Mali, Ghana, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Malaysia in both owners' and consultancy roles.

He has been instrumental in developing ground up support for Achmmach within the local communes and Provincial Administration in Morocco.

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Mr Trevor O'Connor

BBus (Acc), CA

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Trevor is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ corporate experience. He has over 10 years’ experience in the resources and mining services industry.

Prior to joining Kasbah, Trevor held the position as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for Ipernica Limited, a position which he held since October 2004.  He has also held the position of Company Secretary for a number of public and private companies within the mining, property development, and e-commerce sectors.


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