Meet our experienced team of Directors and senior management.
Dimitar Lazarov Dimitrov
Martyn Konig was appointed as Non-Executive Chairman and a director in May 2012 and is Chairman of the Compensation Committee.
Mr. Konig has 30 years’ experience in investment banking and the commodity markets. Until February 2012, he was Executive Chairman and President of European Goldfields Limited. He is a Non-Executive Director of TSX listed New Gold Inc. and was Chief Executive Officer of Blackfish Capital Group from 2005 until August 2009. He has extensive experience in the natural resource sector, which includes senior management responsibility in resource finance and commodity trading operations at various international investment banks.
Mr. Konig was a main Board Director of NM Rothschild & Sons Ltd. for 15 years and held senior positions at Goldman Sachs and UBS. He is a Barrister and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Steve Sharpe was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer and a director in May 2012.
Mr. Sharpe is also an Honorary Board Member of Macedonia 2025, a group dedicated to enhancing business opportunities and the economic development of Macedonia.
Mr. Sharpe was previously Senior Vice President, Business Development at European Goldfields Limited from July 2010 until March 2012, where he focused on raising the profile of the Company in the European and North American market and developing the optimum financing solution for the advancement of the Company’s gold assets.
Prior to that, he was Managing director (Structured Finance) at Canaccord Genuity. He has over 25 years of investment banking experience, focused on the mining sector and has held senior management positions at Endeavour Financial, Standard Bank, and NM Rothschild & Sons Ltd. Mr. Sharpe holds a BA (Hons) in European Business Studies.
Chief Financial Officer
Varshan Gokool was appointed as Chief Financial Officer and a director in May 2012.
Previously VP and Treasurer at European Goldfields, where he was responsible for the sourcing and execution of debt financing for the Hellas Gold and Certej Projects, tax structuring, financial modelling, insurance and offtake negotiation. He has had a number of corporate and banking mining roles prior to European Goldfields, including being Treasurer at Katanga Mining Limited, a Vice President in Societe Generale’s Mining Finance team and worked for Ashanti Goldfields as a Risk Manager.
Mr. Gokool is a graduate of the University of Cape Town with a B.Bus.Sci (Finance), and is a CFA Charterholder.
Chief Operating Officer
Pat Forward was appointed as Chief Operating Officer and a director in November 2012.
Pat Forward was previously VP, Projects & Exploration at European Goldfields, where he was responsible for the development of the Skouries and Olympias projects in Greece, and the Certej project in Romania through feasibility work, basic engineering and financing. In addition, Mr. Forward was responsible for European Goldfields’ exploration properties in Romania, Greece and Turkey and the growth and compliance of that company’s resource and reserve base.
In the early 1990s, he managed exploration projects in Europe, Ghana and Venezuela before spending some five years in Burkina Faso managing exploration programmes including the discovery of Semafo Inc’s 2.8 Moz Mana deposit.
Mr. Forward is also specialised in geological due diligence, resource estimation, the application of GIS systems to exploration projects, deposit evaluation and is a Qualified Person with the respect to NI 43-101 reporting.
Tim Morgan-Wynne was appointed as Non-Executive Director in June 2012 and is Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Mr. Morgan-Wynne was the CFO of European Goldfields until March 2012 and prior to this, he was a Director of the Resources and Energy Group at HSBC Bank plc. Mr. Morgan-Wynne worked in HSBC’s mining sector corporate finance team from 1997 to 2006, and gained a broad experience of corporate finance and capital markets whilst working on transactions involving companies in the UK, Europe, North America and South Africa.
Before HSBC, Mr. Morgan-Wynne worked in the industry as Group Finance Manager for Ashanti Goldfields and Cluff Resources plc.
Randal Matkaluk has been a director of the company since September 2010.
Since June 2014, Mr. Matkaluk has been the Chief Financial Officer of Capio Energy Inc., a private company involved in oil and natural gas exploration. Prior to this he was the Chief Financial Officer of Capio Exploration Ltd (February 2010 to June 2014) and since August 2007 has been a Director of Triangle Petroleum Corporation, an oil exploration company.
From May 2008 to January 2010, Mr. Matkaluk was the Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Vigilant Exploration Inc., a private oil and gas exploration company that was acquired by Tourmaline Oil Corp. From March 2006 to October 2008, Mr. Matkaluk was an independent businessman. Between January 2003 and February 2006, Mr. Matkaluk was the co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Relentless Energy Corporation, a private oil and gas exploration company. From October 2005 to September 2013, Mr. Matkaluk was a Director of Virtutone Networks Inc., a junior technology company.
Between June 2001 and December 2002, Mr. Matkaluk was the Chief Financial Officer of Antrim Energy Inc., a public international oil and gas exploration company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Mr. Matkaluk has also worked for Gopher Oil and Gas Company and Cube Energy Corp. Mr. Matkaluk has been a Chartered Accountant since 1983.
Mr. Matkaluk received his Bachelors Degree in Commerce in 1980 from the University of Calgary.
Bill Abel was appointed as Non-Executive Director in March 2015.
Mr. Abel is a mining engineer with more than 40 years of professional experience, specialising in operations, management and project development and implementation.
Mr. Abel is an independent mining and metals professional consultant and is also EBRD’s nominated director on the board of Lydian International Ltd. Previously, he has held a number of senior technical and management positions at several major international mining companies, including, Head of Resource Planning at BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Technical Executive – Special Projects and Group Head of Mining at Anglo American, and General Manager – Mining Projects at ArcelorMittal.
Mr. Abel has a Master’s Degree in business administration from the Witwatersrand University School of Business Management and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in mining engineering from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College in London England.
Mr Abel is a registered professional engineer and a Fellow of the SAIMM.
Raymond Threlkeld was appointed as Non-Executive Director in March 2016.
Mr. Threlkeld has over 30 years of mineral industry experience. He is currently the Executive Chairman of Newmarket Gold Inc. and a Non-Executive Director of New Gold, Inc. From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Threlkeld was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Rainy River Resources Ltd. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Threlkeld was the Chief Operating Officer of Silver Bear Resources Inc. From 2006 to 2009, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Western Goldfields Inc. From 1996 to 2005, Mr. Threlkeld held various senior management positions in precious metal mine development with Barrick Gold Corporation and Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation including the development of the Pierina Mine in Peru, the Bulyanhulu Mine in Tanzania and the Veladero Mine in Argentina.
Mr. Threlkeld holds a B.Sc. degree in Geology from the University of Nevada.
Vice President, Project & Construction Manager
Alan Baker was appointed as Vice President, Project & Construction Manager in August 2015.
Mr. Baker brings over 35 years of experience in the mining sector and has a proven track record in successful project management and construction. Mr. Baker previously acted as Project Manager on the Santa Rosa gold deposit in Colombia for Red Eagle Mining where he took responsibility for the project feasibility study and final permitting and on through to project financing. Alan has previously been responsible for:
- Project management of the Certej project in Romania for European Goldfields Ltd and subsequently Eldorado Gold Corp where he helped advanced the project through feasibility, basic engineering and financing;
- The Construction of a heap leach operation including process plant, mine and associated infrastructure of the Copler mine in Eastern Turkey for Anatolia Minerals;
- Managing the design and construction of the Varvarinskoye gold-copper open pit mine, process plant and associated infrastructure in Kazakhstan for European Minerals;
- Overseeing the refurbishment of Bondaye CIL plant at the Bogoso mine in Ghana for Golden Star Resources.
- Project coordination and construction with an annual budget of up to US$100 million at Ashanti Goldfields.
- In his early career Alan worked in the UK, South Africa and Zambia on a variety of mining projects.
Vice President Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary
Jana Nikodinovska was appointed as Vice President Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary in June 2015.
Ms. Nikodinovska was previously Manager Legal with TGS Technical Gases (SOL Group) and prior to that a Junior Partner with Mens Legis Law Firm. She holds a Bachelor degree in Law from the Faculty of Law in Skopje, Executive MBA from the University of Sheffield, where she specialized in Corporate and Business Law, as well as Award from the Vrije University Brussels and Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.
Having spent over 6 years in legal advisory, serving an international clients base across various sectors, Ms Nikodinovska has a deep knowledge and understanding of foreign direct investments in Macedonia. She is a regular contributor to international publications such as the World Bank’s Doing Business Report and others. Her experience also includes project based engagement for the alignment of Macedonian legislation with the EU law.
Vice President Finance
Brett Ballintyne joined Euromax as Group Financial Controller in November 2012 and has been VP Finance since December 2013.
Mr. Ballintyne spent over nine years working for KPMG in both Australia and the UK serving clients in the mining and oil & gas sectors and brings a strong understanding of financial reporting requirements and capital markets transactions.
Mr. Ballintyne holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University, Perth, majoring in Accounting & Finance and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
DIMITAR LAZAROV DIMITROV
MD, Euromax Exploration Services
Dimitar Dimitrov holds a BSc. (Eng.) in geological engineering from Sofia Mining-Geological University. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the minerals industry, mainly involved in metal prospecting and exploration.
He was Chief Geologist for Geoengineering, a Bulgarian exploration and mining company. More recently he has held the position of senior geologist for international companies including Royal Gold Inc., Phelps Dodge Inc., and Silver and Baryte SA. He was involved in regional reconnaissance, project acquisition and exploration in Bulgaria, Greece and Russia.
Mr. Dimitrov brings a wealth of regional geological knowledge to the Company and has been closely involved in the targeting and acquisition of the Euromax property portfolio.