WHO WE ARE

Tungsten West is one of the leaders in the tungsten mining industry.

Browse their profiles to discover the people behind the company.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Mark holds a B.A. in Physics from Oxford University. He has 26 years of experience in financial markets, commodity trading, minerals exploration and mine development. He has founded and sat on the boards of several junior mining companies and has particular expertise in tin and tungsten and in the South West of the UK. He consults widely within the metal derivatives and mining industries and as an expert witness in metals and mining related commercial litigation.

MARK THOMPSON

Director & Executive Chairman

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Max holds a B.A. in Economics & Politics and a MSc in Accounting & Financial Management. He has over 10 years experience in the mining sector mainly in commercial & finance, management consultancy and project delivery. He is on the Investment Committee of a private family office that holds several investments in the mining sector. He was previously GM Commercial & Finance of Pan African Minerals Ltd.

MAXIMILLIAN DENNING

Director & CEO

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Nigel holds a BSc. In Physiology and Pharmacology from Southampton University. After training as an auditor at PWC he has over 20 years’ experience as a CFO within SME’s, VC/PE backed and leveraged businesses across a variety of sectors including natural resources, construction, leisure and technology. He was interim CFO at Wolf Minerals between 2017 and 2018.

NIGEL WIDDOWSON

CFO

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

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Rob enjoyed a long career as a senior executive of the NM Rothschild Group, rising to become Global Head of Treasury. He is currently Chairman of Galena Asset Management the regulated asset management arm of the Trafigura Group where he has previously represented their interests as a non-executive director of South Crofty Limited. Rob has also been a non-executive director of AIM listed companies Hidefield Gold plc and Ambrian Capital plc. Alongside his Chairmanship role he also sits on the Remuneration Committee.

ROBERT ASHLEY 

Non-Executive Chairman

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David was formerly CEO (Mining) of the Abu Dhabi Capital Group, a private family office based in UAE and immediately prior to that was CEO of Avocet Mining plc, a listed gold production company. He is currently Chairman of Metals Exploration PLC and a director of Galantas Gold and of JSC  AK Altynalmas, a mid-tier gold producer.  David chairs the Technical and the Remuneration Committees of the Board.

DAVID CATHER 

Senior Non-Executive Director 

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Grace is ACA and CTA qualified with a BA in Economics with Econometrics specialising in UK and international tax in the financial services and real estate sectors. She is currently Chief Tax Officer for Legal & General Group. She is a member of the CBI Tax Committee and Financial Services Council, a member of the Investment Association Tax Strategy Committee and chairs the advisory panel for the Winmark Tax Directors Network. Grace chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.

GRACE STEVENS 

Non-Executive Director

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Francis trained in corporate finance at Citibank before entering the mining business in 1989 with Cluff Resources where he became Group Projects and Operations Manager. He is currently an investment advisor to LSE listed Baker Steel Resources Trust and is a NED of a number mining companies. Francis is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

FRANCIS JOHNSTONE 

Non-Executive Director 

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Richard holds a BA in Economics & Management from Oxford University and is a CFA charterholder. He has 20 years of experience in financial markets in both public and private equity. Having run a specialised resources fund on behalf of a South African family office, he has specific knowledge of and experience in the natural resources sector investing in public and private mining businesses worldwide across a range of commodity sectors including bulks, precious, ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

RICHARD MAXEY 

Non-Executive Director

PROJECTS & TECHNICAL TEAM

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James holds a MSc from the Camborne School of Mines in Mining Geology and has worked as both a production and exploration geologist in the UK, Ireland and Australia, and as a principal mining consultant across a range of commodities globally. He was formerly Mining Technical Services Manager at Hemerdon under Wolf Minerals.

JAMES MCFARLANE
Technical & Operations Director 

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Jon, BSc ARSM FIMMM, has over 40 years' experience in senior management roles covering all aspects of project and mining activities. His expertise lie in geological studies, operations management, beneficiation test work and process design, pilot plant programs, plant technical and engineering work, EPCM contracts and project management.  Since 2012, Jon has been a senior consultant of Behre-Dolbear.

JON HSUAN
Project Director 

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Colin holds a BSc. Estates Management. BSc. Construction Management and LLB, specialising in construction law. He carries over 35 years of major project and consultancy experience in Mining, Hydro Electric and Oil sector construction. Having previously held positions as Contract and Construction Director Russia, Director for Oil & Gas Africa and Project Director Africa. He has worked with World Bank funding, as well as private sector investment projects. 

COLIN PERKINS 

Program Director