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Senior Management Team

Errol Smart, Managing Director and CEO

Errol Smart

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Errol is a geologist, registered for JORC purposes and has more than 28 years of industry experience across all aspects of exploration, mine development and operations with experience in precious and base metals.  Errol has held position in Anglogold, Cluff Mining, Metallon Gold, Clarity Minerals LionGold Corporation and African Stellar Holdings.  Errol’s senior executive roles have been on several boards of companies listed on both the TSX and ASX and currently serves as a Director on the Board of the Minerals Council of South Africa.


Walter Shamu

Chief Operating Officer

Walter is a mining engineer with a B.Eng (Mining Engineering) and a Masters in Engineering (Rock Mechanics) from Curtin University as well as a LLB (Law) from Macquarie University in Australia. Walter spent 12 years in the Australasian mining industry with Henry Walter Eltin, Western Mining and Gold Fields before moving to South Africa, where he has held technical and corporate roles with Gold Fields, ERG and Taurus Gold on exploration projects, mine development and mining operations throughout Africa.


Martin Bouwmeester

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Martin is an FCPA, highly experienced in exploration, mine development and operations. Prior to his role at Orion, Martin worked closely with a number of companies, to identify and assess exploration, development and mining opportunities, evaluate and arrange various alternatives for exploration, development and mining activities and develop and implement financial strategies. Martin was CFO, Business Development Manager and Company Secretary of Perseverance Corporation and was a key member of the executive team that evaluated the sulphide mineralisation at the Fosterville Gold Mine; an initiative that led to the discovery and definition of more than 3M ounces of gold and the funding for the development of the mine and processing plant to exploit those resources.


Michelle Jenkins

Executive: Finance & Administration

Michelle is both a geologist and a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience in exploration and mining.  Michelle holds an Honours Degree in Geology from the University of the Witwatersrand and BSc Hons in Accounting Science from the University of South Africa.  Michelle has substantial experience working as a geologist prior to joining KPMG’s mining group as a chartered accountant.  Michelle was also the chief financial officer at Taurus Gold and held the role of chief financial officer with several exploration and mining companies throughout Africa.  Michelle is currently an Independent Non- Executive Director of Kumba Iron Ore and Shanta Gold plc.  She was previously a director within the Clarity Capital Group and an executive director of Pangea Exploration.  Michelle offers a wealth of knowledge in resource risk management and mitigation as well as strategic leadership and has been involved in operating resources ventures.


Louw Van Schalkwyk

Consulting Geologist

Louw holds a BSc Geology Honours degree from the University of Stellenbosch. He started his career as a geologist with Gold Fields of South Africa, then worked as an exploration consultant for Anglo American. He served as technical director on the boards of two junior exploration companies before joining Vedanta Zinc International. Louw specialises in structural and exploration geology and was part of the team that discovered the 60 Mt Gamsberg East Zinc Depositin 2005, which is one of the highlights of his career. Other notable achievements include the discovery and drill out of the 250,000oz Byumba Gold deposit in Rwanda in 2008.


Nelson Mosiapoa

Group Corporate Social Responsibility Advisor

Nelson studied chemical engineering at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.  Nelson is currently undertaking the final phase of his Post Graduate Diploma in Management at the University of Cape Town.  As an advanced policy scholar of science and technology, he served on the policy unit of the governing party in South Africa prior to the first democratic elections. His professional career started at Sasol Petroleum as a gasification process controller and then a learner official at Anglo American/De Beers. He is also the founder and trustee of the Mosiapoa Family Trust, a private and investment equity company in the resources sector with assets featured on the JSE.


Marcus Birch

Commercial & Business Support Manager

Marcus holds a BSc Honours Geology degree from the University of Exeter and a BCom from the University of South Africa. He has over 30 years’ experience in the mining and minerals exploration industry, initially as a geologist in the South African gold mining sector. Marcus subsequently moved into the field of procurement and supply chain with Anglo Gold Ashanti, where he led a team of commodity specialists. During the last decade, Marcus has held senior general management positions in the junior exploration sector, with Clarity Minerals and High Power Exploration, responsible for the establishment and growth of minerals service companies and the management of the logistical aspect of exploration projects across Africa, Australia and South America.


Pieter Roux

Group Financial Controller

Pieter holds a BCom (Management Accounting) and DipICIMA.  Pieter has 18 years’ experience in finance team leadership and management in mining and exploration in Cote d’ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa.  Pieter has implemented and operated real-time web-based financial control systems for companies across the African continent. He has also developed various funding models, applied for fund raising, budgeting and operational control purposes. Most recently, Pieter has worked with Taurus Gold as group financial controller, providing leadership within the finance team and management reporting for the Taurus Gold Group. Prior to that he was the finance unit manager for Evraz Highveld & Vanadium’s Mapochs Mine and group management accountant for Clarity Capital Group.


Pam Biancacci

Corporate Accountant

Pam has a BCom (Accounting) and 15 years’ experience in the finance field. Roles held include Financial Controller, Finance and Admin Manager, Assistant Accountant and Corporate Accountant. Experience in other industries such as industrial hardware and health care, has provided exposure to many aspects of finance which lead to the design and successful implementation of processes that streamlined daily work flow and reporting while connecting work sites within Australia.