Board of Directors

John Gooding

Mr John Gooding


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 KGL Resources Ltd, and is Chairman of Hillgrove Resources.


Mr Graham Ehm


Mr Ehm is an experienced and successful resource sector executive with more than 40 years of diverse experience in mine operations and project management, covering the nickel, phosphate, copper, uranium and gold sectors. He has forged a long and successful career with major global gold miner, AngloGold Ashanti Ltd.  He is currently Executive Vice President for Group Planning and Technical and prior to this appointment in 2013 served as Executive Vice President of Australasia overseeing the development of the Tropicana Gold mine in Western Australia.

Previous senior roles with AngloGold Ashanti include Executive Vice President of Tanzania, General Manager - Sunrise Dam Gold Mine, General Manager - Union Reefs Gold Mine and Project Manager - Boddington Gold Mine.

Mr Ehm was a Non-Executive Director of Mining3 (previously CRC Mining) and served as Non-Executive Director of the Minerals Council of Australia.

Mr Martyn Buttenshaw


With a wealth of direct mining experience, Mr Buttenshaw has worked closely with several of Pala’s portfolio companies including Sierra Rutile (AIM:SRX), Norcast Wear Solutions and Melior Resources (TSX:MLR), to assist in their execution of strategic plans, growth projects, product marketing strategy, development of corporate governance and achievement of operational goals. Mr Buttenshaw is currently the Chairman of Melior Resources.

Prior to joining Pala in 2010, Mr Buttenshaw was a Business Development Manager with Anglo American in its ferrous metals business unit. His primary responsibilities centered on the review and evaluation of potential iron ore investments globally. Mr Buttenshaw also spent five years working as a senior mining engineer with Rio Tinto in their technical services and industrial minerals groups.

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