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 Hillgrove Resources.

Graham Freestone

Mr Graham Freestone


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.

Hedley Widdup

Mr Hedley Widdup


Mr 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).

Mr Widdup 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.

Mr Graham Ehm


Mr Ehm is a highly 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 Operations, General Manager - Sunrise Dam Gold Mine, Project Manager - Union Reefs Gold Mine and Project Manager - Boddington Gold Mine.

Mr Ehm is presently a Non-executive Director of Mining3 (previously CRC Mining) and has also served as Non-Executive Director of the Minerals Council of Australia.

Martyn Buttenshaw

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. Martyn is currently a director of Melior and Asian Mineral Resources (TSX.V:ASN).

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.

Mr Stephen Gill

Alternate Director to Mr Martyn Buttenshaw

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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