Acting Executive Chair, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Jeffrey Quartermaine was appointed to the role of managing director and chief executive officer of Perseus Mining Limited, on 1 February 2013 after previously serving as the group’s chief financial officer from 2010 to 2013.
Since assuming the role of CEO, Mr Quartermaine has played a major role in turning Perseus into a viable business by formulating and implementing a growth strategy designed to transform Perseus into a multi–mine, multi-jurisdictional gold producer with production in excess of 500,000 ounces from 2022 onwards.
Mr Quartermaine has more than 30 years’ experience in senior corporate, financial, and strategic management roles with ASX and TSX-listed resources companies involving operations in Australia, as well as countries in Asia Pacific, South America, and West Africa. He is a Fellow of the Society of Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) who holds both business management (MBA) and civil engineering qualifications (BE).
Mr Quartermaine is a member of the Sustainability Committee.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Ms Amber Banfield was appointed to the role of Non-Executive Director of Perseus in May 2021.
Ms Banfield holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental and Civil) degree and a Master of Business Administration, both awarded by the University of Western Australia.
Ms Banfield held management positions with Worley for 20 years, contributing to the Australian company growing into the world’s largest energy and resources engineering services provider. Ms Banfield’s most recent roles included Global Strategy Manager and Global M&A Manager where amongst other things, she was responsible for developing and implementing a company-wide Energy Transition strategy to grow decarbonizing businesses including hydrogen and renewables.
Ms Banfield is the Chairperson of the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee and of the Sustainability Committee.
Ms Cornelius is a Chartered Accountant (ICAA) with a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) from Curtin University and has over 20 years of experience in a range of financial roles with Australian and International companies.
Ms Cornelius has held financial management roles with various companies involved with gold, base metals and oil & gas mining in Australia and internationally. Most recently, until her decision to step down from executive duties in October 2020, Elissa served as Perseus Mining’s Chief Financial Officer, having first joined the company in 2010 and promoted to CFO in 2013.
Ms Cornelius sits on the Audit and Risk and Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Daniel Lougher’s professional qualifications including a Bachelor of Science (Honours) of Mining Geology, a Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Mining) and a Master of Science (Engineering). Mr Lougher also holds a First Class Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency (WA) and is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
In total, Mr Lougher’s professional career spans more than 35 years involving a range of exploration, feasibility, development, operations, and corporate roles with Australian and international mining companies including a period of eighteen years spent in Africa with BHP Billiton, Impala Plats, Anglo American and Genmin.
Mr Lougher is the Chairperson for the Technical Committee and sits on the Audit and Risk and Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr John McGloin is the former Chairman and CEO of Amara Mining and joined Perseus in April 2016, following the scheme of arrangement between Amara Mining and its shareholders becoming effective.
Mr McGloin is a geologist and graduate of Camborne School of Mines. He has worked for many years in Africa across the mining industry, consultancy and subsequently and investment banking
Over the years, Mr McGloin has held senior positions with African Platinum, Randgold Resources, Avocet Mining, European Goldfields, Titanium Resources Group, Arbuthnot Banking Group following, Evolution Securities and Collins Stewart.
Mr McGloin is the Chairperson of the Board’s Remuneration and Nomination Committee and is a member of the Technical Committee.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Dr Ransom has more than 45 years of experience within the mining industry in Australia and abroad. He is a graduate of the University of Sydney (BSc Geology) (Hons) and Australian National University (PhD – Structural Geology). His earlier experience included roles as a project geologist with the Aberfoyle Group in Australia and Cominco Ltd in Canada. Dr Ransom also worked as a specialist consultant for 20 years with a clientele including CRA, BHP, Newmont and numerous companies in the microcap sector, specialising in structural geology.
For 17 years, Dr Ransom worked for Acorn Capital Ltd as resource analyst/portfolio manager focusing on the microcap materials and energy sectors. He is well known and highly regarded in the fund management industry. He retired from Acorn Capital Ltd in September 2016 but remains a consultant. Dr Ransom has extensive board experience gained over the past 25 years in small mining and exploration companies.
Mr Ransom sits on the Technical Committee and the Sustainability Committee.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr David Schummer is an experienced Chief Operating Officer and Vice President with over 30 years’ experience in the international mining industry, across North and South America, Asia and Africa. Mr Schummer spent more than 20 years with Newmont Mining Corporation, where, amongst other roles, he held the positions of Vice President – North American Operations based in Nevada, USA and Senior Vice President – African operations based in Ghana. In 2018, he relocated to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to join Ma’aden as Senior Vice President, Ma’aden Gold and Base Metals.
Mr Schummer holds a Bachelor of Science, Finance from the Regis University, Denver, USA.
Lee-Anne de Bruin
Chief Financial Officer
Ms Lee-Anne de Bruin is a Certified Chartered Accountant, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Accounting from the University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg).
Ms de Bruin has over 18 years of senior financial, operational, and strategic management and board director experience across multiple industries and jurisdictions. She has extensive experience in the resources sector, and has held senior positions at Gem Diamonds, BHP, Newmont, and Resolute Mining before joining Perseus in 2020.
Ms de Bruin is a Director of the Perseus Mining subsidiaries in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.
Group Human Resources Manager
Mr Michael Beck has joined Perseus with effect from 1 July 2018 and has over 25 years’ experience in the mining and resource sector across a broad range of commodities. He has recently worked on international greenfield projects in Central Asia, West Africa and Europe.
Mr Beck has considerable operations experience through his involvement with such companies as Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Minara Resources and Shandong Iron and Steel Group.
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Martijn Bosboom was appointed Perseus’ General Counsel and Company Secretary in 2013. Mr Bosboom holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Laws from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. He also holds the Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance issued by, and is a Fellow of, the Governance Institute of Australia.
Mr Bosboom has more than 30 years’ experience as a corporate commercial lawyer across various industries and jurisdictions.
Group General Manager Communications & Corporate Services
Ms Melanie Pollard has over 15 years’ experience in the international development sector and resource industry, and has lived and worked in Europe, West Africa, Papua New-Guinea and Australia. She started her career as Project Manager with the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, an EU-led international organiastion in the security, defense and justice & home affairs fields, before moving to the resource industry. Melanie has extensive experience in sustainability, international human resources, HSS, stakeholder engagement, learning and development and communications and has held various roles at Chicago Bridge & Iron and Resolute Mining before joining Perseus in June 2023.
Ms Pollard holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from La Sorbonne University, Paris (France), is a Councilor of the WA Chapter of the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI) and a member of Bureau Veritas Impartiality Committee.
Group General Manager – Exploration
Dr Douglas Jones is a geologist with over 40 years of international exploration, exploration management and consulting experience in the mining industry. Dr Jones is a member of AusIMM (CP, Geo), AIG and SEG.
Between 2007 and 2014 Dr Jones served variously as Technical and Managing Director of Liontown Resources and Chalice Gold Mines responsible for exploration projects in Australia, Canada and Eritrea, the latter including the completion of exploration and feasibility studies on the Zara Gold Project before its sale to Chinese interests. Prior to that Dr Jones served for five years as Vice President Exploration for Golden Star Resources, responsible for their exploration activities in West Africa and South America. Earlier in his career Dr Jones served in senior exploration roles at Delta Gold Limited, Golden Shamrock Mines and Pancontinental Mining, where he was instrumental in the discovery of the Siguiri Gold Project in Guinea.
Dr Jones has also served as a Non-Executive Director of TSX- and AIM-listed companies Minera IRL Limited, Serabi Gold Limited and Moto Goldmines Limited.
Group General Manager – Development
Mr Matthew Scully has built his career in Project Management within the mining sector completing both greenfield and brownfields projects of varying sizes on three continents over the past 15+years. The latest project prior to joining Perseus was the completion of the 100% Evolution Mining owned $180 million Mt Carlton Gold/Silver Project in North Queensland.
Mr Scully has a range of experience in various commodities including Manganese, Nickel, Copper and Gold and has managed projects both for underground and open pit operations.
Mr Scully joined Perseus in December 2016 and completed successfully the development of the Sissingué Project in Northern Côte d’Ivoire.
General Manager Operations, Yaouré
Mr Merlin Thomas took up the role of General Manager at Sissingué in October 2017 and has recently been appointed General Manager of Yaouré, Perseus third Gold Mine (March 2020). He is a mining professional with more than 35 years’ experience in the operation, commissioning, construction and evaluation of mineral projects in gold and base metals across five continents. Prior to joining Perseus Mining he was with First Quantum Minerals for 9 years and Zara Mining for 2 years.
Mr Thomas has a degree in Mineral Processing from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London University, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, a Chartered Engineer (Engineering Council, UK), a European Ingénieur (FEANI), and a Practitioner Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.
Stephen Kofi Ndede
General Manager Operations, Edikan
Mr Stephen Kofi Ndede was appointed the General Manager of the Edikan mine of Perseus mining in 2017 after working in the company as the Mining Operations manager for 2 years. Before joining Perseus Mr Ndede was the Business Improvement Manager of Golden Star Resources.
Mr Ndede has over 30 years’ experience in mine planning and operations and over the years has worked for Anglogold Ashanti, RandGold Resources and other companies in West-Africa. Mr Ndede has a track record of turning around distressed companies to profitable entities and was instrumental in turning around the fortunes of Iduapriem mine around in the early 2000s into a profitable mine.
Mr Ndede holds an MSc (1993) in Mining Engineering from the Camborne School of mines and a post – graduate Diploma in Mining Engineering from Tarkwa School of Mines.
General Manager Operations, Sissingué
Mr Michael Cardinaels was appointed to the role of General Manager at Sissingué in March 2020. Mr Cardinaels joined Perseus in September 2017 as Mining Manager taking the operation from construction to full scale production and was subsequently appointed to the role of Operations Manager in March 2019.
Mr Cardinaels received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Queensland and holds qualifications in Management from the Australian Institute of Management and an Unrestricted Quarry Manager’s certification.
Mr Cardinaels has 20 years of experience in the mining industry with multiple commodities.
Mr Cardinaels began his career in underground gold mining followed by multiple operational and technical services roles in open cut coal in Australia. Prior to joining Perseus, he spent more than 5 years managing a major expansion and production at MMG’s Kinsevere open pit Copper Mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Group General Manager-Commercial
Mr Mark Somlyay was appointed to his current role in November 2018, having spent the previous 4 years based at Perseus’s African operations where he oversaw the financial, supply chain and commercial functions.
Mr Somlyay holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Queensland and is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA). Prior to joining Perseus, Mark has spent 18 years in senior Finance, Commercial and Business Improvement roles in Australia, Africa and internationally with a range of companies including London Mining, Inmet Mining, Barrick Africa, Oceana Gold and Xstrata.