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Board of Directors and Management Team

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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DAVID CONNAL CATHER 

Independent Non-Executive Chairman

David joined Tungsten West in September 2021 as a Non-Executive Director and went onto become Chairman in November 2022.

David was formerly CEO (Mining) of Abu Dhabi Capital Group, a private family office based in UAE and immediately prior to that was CEO of Avocet Mining plc, an LSE and Oslo listed gold production company with a 95,000oz per annum operating mine in Burkina Faso and an advanced development project in Guinea. David’s previous roles include Chief Operating Officer of European Goldfields and being a member of a London based fund management team and various positions with Anglo American plc. He has participated in numerous acquisitions and IPOs of mining companies on various stock exchanges and has significant expertise in mine development.

 

He is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Metals Exploration PLC, an Independent Director of JSC AK Altynalmas, a Kazakhstan listed emerging mid-tier gold producer and of Galantas Gold Corporation, a dual listed (AIM:TSX.V) Northern Irish underground gold developer.

 

As well as being Chair of the Board, David is also Chair of the Technical Committee.

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MARK EDWARD THOMPSON

Executive Vice Chairman

Mark co-founded the Company in 2019 and is an experienced investor, trader and executive in the natural resources sector with a background managing large portfolios of risk within the alternative assets space, investing in mining companies, providing strategic advice and holding senior executive positions.

Mark began his career at Deutsche Bank in Metal Derivatives, futures and options market making team. Mark then moved to NM Rothschild & Sons where he was an Assistant Director and Head of Base Metal Options Trading, before moving to Trafigura Group / Galena Asset Management as Head of proprietary trading of base metals and bullion as well as being a Portfolio manager of GAM Metal Derivatives Fund, managing US$830 million. In 2008, Mark joined Apollo Management International LLP as a Partner managing approximately US$120 billion across Private Equity, Capital Market Funds and Hedge Funds. Mark holds a B.A. in Physics from the University of Oxford.

Mark holds the position of Executive Vice Chairman of the Company and his focus is coordinating the executive committee and supporting the Chairman to ensure effective Governance of the Company’s strategy and key issues by the board of directors.

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RICHARD (Rick) WILLIAM MACFARLANE MAXEY

Non-Executive Director

Richard joined the Company as a Non-Executive director in December 2020 and informally represents the Company’s shareholders, Henry Maxey and Eden Rock.

Richard started his career as an Associate Consultant in the Transaction Services Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers Strategy Group, specialising in European commercial due diligence and strategy consulting. Having worked on several corporate and private equity transactions, Richard moved to Earlcrown Ltd, a private equity and property group with a range of portfolio investments, primarily in the consumer goods sector. Richard then worked for a South African family office, Vasari Global Ltd, as a principal, running the specialised private resources fund gaining extensive knowledge of, and experience in, the natural resources sector investing in public and private mining businesses worldwide. Richard currently works as a consultant investment advisor to an investment advisory firm, Eden Rock Group, that invests its proprietary capital with a focus on venture and early-stage private equity across a range of sectors. Richard holds a B.A. in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford and is a CFA charterholder.

Richard acts as a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director.

MARTIN WOOD

Senior Independent
Non-Executive Director

Martin is the founder and Managing Director of Vicarage Capital, an FCA registered, full service brokerage house which provides assistance to junior and mid-cap resources companies. Martin established Vicarage Capital in 2003 and has advised many companies on their AIM listings and long-term mining strategies.

Martin was the CEO of ASX listed, Kogi Iron Limited between 2017 and 2019, where he secured a community development agreement with key stakeholders, arranged indicative offers for full bank debt-based project financing, as well as completing various on-going milestones, including a Scoping Study and metallurgical test work, as part of the definitive feasibility study.

Martin is non executive director of Royal Helium Limited, a Canadian listed critical resource company currently in the process of dual listing in London.

Between 1993 and 2003, Martin worked in corporate finance at NM Rothchild & Sons, Standard Bank, London and Benfield Advisory, providing services to resources companies. Martin has an MBA from Exeter University which he gained in 1993.

Martin is Chair of the Remuneration Committee.

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ANTHONY NIGEL WIDDOWSON

Chief Financial Officer

Nigel was appointed to the board of the Company in July 2021 as Chief Financial Officer. He has over 20 years’ experience as a CFO within SME’s, VC/PE backed and leveraged business across a variety of sectors including natural resources, construction, leisure and technology.

Nigel began his career as an Auditor in PricewaterhouseCoopers, before becoming a Corporate Finance Manager. On leaving PWC he worked as a Finance Analyst and in Strategy and Business Development in British Telecommunications plc and Cable and Wireless Communication plc respectively. Nigel then worked as CFO of Complinet Group Limited where he oversaw the business from start up through rapid global expansion to eventual sale. He then became CFO of Shoaibi Group, a US$0.5 billion turnover Oil and Gas business based in Saudi Arabia. Most recently Nigel acted as Group CFO for Horatio Investments Limited, a family office investment vehicle, and as Group Finance Director for Burrington Estates, a property developer with approx. £60 million turnover. Nigel holds a BSc. in Physiology and Pharmacology from Southampton University. He has been a member of the ICAEW since 1995.

His focus as CFO is to oversee all financial aspects as well as internal auditing to ensure continued good management and profitability of the company.

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JAMES MCFARLANE
Managing Director

James McFarlane is a globally experienced technical mining professional, with a strong background in UK Mining Operations. James has held senior roles in active mining operations in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Australia, and has worked as a principal mining consultant across a range of commodities globally. He was formerly Mining Technical Services Manager at Hemerdon under Wolf Minerals.

James holds a MSc from the Camborne School of Mines in Mining Geology and is a Fellow of the IOM3, through which he is also a Registered Mineral Resources and Reserves Reporting Practitioner and Chartered Engineer. James is a Registered Professional Geoscientist in the fields of both Mining and Mineral Exploration with the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Fellow of the Institute of Quarrying.

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Lucy joined Tungsten West in December 2021 and is an experienced Human Resources professional with a background in managing learning and development, talent management, operational HR, recruitment and change management for a number of organisations across the South West including MS Amlin, Ashfords LLP and FlyBe, as well as running her own successful HR consultancy for a number of years in both public and private sector industry.

 

Lucy holds a General Diploma in Law from the University of the West of England, a Bsc (hons) Degree in Social Science from Cardiff University, Level A and B Occupational Assessment from the British Psychological Society and a Certificate in Professional Coaching from ICF Consulting.

 

Lucy holds the position of HR Director and is a member of the Tungsten West Executive Management Team, which provides operational and project oversight for the organisation.

LUCY LENYGON
HR Director

PROJECTS & TECHNICAL TEAM

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Ian holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from Curtin University (Western Australia) with over thirty years’ experience associated with the delivery of mining projects covering studies through to successful delivery.

He has held project management positions within junior and experienced mining organisations along with working within the engineering and construction sectors.

IAN REYNOLDS
Project Manager

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Warren has over 25 years international experience in the minerals processing industry. His areas of expertise include process engineering, plant design and commissioning in the minerals and metals sectors.​

With well over 20 projects, Warren has been at the forefront of Dense Medium Separation, Ultra High DMS, XRF & XRT ore sorting design. He brings a wealth of knowledge in these key areas to Tungsten West.

WARREN MONAGHAN

Processing Engineering Manager

BOARD COMMITTEES

Audit and Risk Management Committee

The Audit and Risk Management Committee comprises Martin Wood, who will act as chair.

Remuneration Committee

The Remuneration Committee comprises Martin Wood, who will act as chair, David Cather and Richard Maxey.

Technical Committee

The Technical Committee comprises David Cather, who will act as chair and Mark Thompson.

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