About

Directors & Management

Excellent track record of discovery, development and financing of mineral deposits worldwide.

David SmithNon-Executive Chairman
A solicitor who has worked in corporate finance and the equity capital markets for over 30 years; considerable practical experience of corporate governance, regulatory and compliance issues; advised junior mining companies extensively throughout his career. Since January 2016 he has been a partner in Druces LLP, the Company’s solicitors.
Ben TurneyChief Executive Officer
An experienced participant in London's small cap financial markets, having previously worked as an investigative writer and shareholder advocate. He currently advises and works for a number of companies, both in the UK and North America, with a particular focus on the mining sector. Ben is responsible for our public relations.
Mike MolesFounder & Executive Director
BSc (Geology) & BSoc Sci (African Studies); 30yrs experience in mineral exploration in southern Africa; formerly at Delta Gold, Reunion Mining & Lonmin; principal behind sale of coal assets to Riversdale in Mozambique, subsequently sold to Rio Tinto for US$4billion. He is the co-founder of Kavango Minerals and is responsible for exploration strategy in Botswana.
Hillary GumboFounder & Executive Director
BSc (Geology) & MSc (Geophysics); 35yrs experience in mineral exploration in southern Africa; ex Reunion Mining, Cannister Resources & Rockover; owner of successful geophysical consulting company in Botswana which has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Angola, Botswana & Zimbabwe.
John LauderdaleExploration Manager
BSc (Geology) from Bristol University, with more than 37 years experience in mineral exploration with a focus on Central/Southern Africa.. Experience in all stages of mineral exploration from target generation through to mine resource definition for multi-commodity (Base & Precious Metal) projects.
Tiyapo (Tipps) NgwisanyiManaging Director
(Kavango Minerals (Pty) Ltd)
Tipps began his career at the Botswana Department of Geological Survey. In 2010 he became Director of the Geological Survey and was then appointed as founding CEO of the Botswana Geoscience Institute in 2015, a position he held until he joined Kavango at the start of August. As MD of Kavango Minerals (Pty) Ltd, the Company’s local operating subsidiary in Botswana, Tipps is responsible for in-country commercial management and liaisons with all stakeholders.
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