To identify, invest in and deliver projects in growth markets in Africa, which create value and meet local and consumer demand.
The Company is leveraging its expertise and position in regional markets to access unique and highly prospective projects in the emerging African consumer market.
The Company's primary focus will be on utilising its expertise and networks to generate returns and maximise opportunities that arise from exposure to this burgeoning market.
Board of Directors
Our team has an exceptional wealth of experience spanning multiple sectors and disciplines.
Ian Mann, Chairman
Since 2003, Mr Mann has been the President of Meridian Fund Managers Ltd, a BVI registered fund manager with two alternative investment funds primarily investing in mining and oil and gas companies. Prior to that, Mr Mann held senior management and partner positions with several Bermuda companies and an alternative investment fund investing in dividend and income equities and bonds. Since 1997, he has served as a non-executive director of three Canadian exchange listed mining companies, now merged into other entities and currently serves as a non-executive Director of Natasa Mining Limited, and AIM-listed mining venture company and Tango Gold Mines Incorporated, a TSX-listed gold exploration company operating in Nicaragua. Mr Mann holds an Honours Business Administration degree from The University of Western Ontario in London, Canada.
Carl Esprey, Chief Executive Officer
Mr Esprey who qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst, has built an expansive career in the natural resource investment and development sector. After beginning his career at Deloitte in Johannesburg in 2001, Mr Esprey joined BHP Billiton in 2004 as an analyst focussed on mergers and acquisitions. After four years at BHP Billiton, Mr Esprey used his expertise in the resource industry to move into equity investment and joined GLG Partners in London in 2008, where he focussed on natural resources investments.
Lachlan Monro, Chief Operating Officer
Mr Monro joined the Company in 2014 having previously been Principal and COO of Blue Hackle Group LLC, a leading international risk management and support services company operating in the UK, US, Middle East and East Africa. He was also a director at Kroll Associates and a former British army officer.
Andrew Groves, Non-Executive Director
Mr Groves has significant experience in operations management in Southern and Central Africa and is a director of a number of public and private companies, including companies in Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Mr Groves also has experience of introducing several African focussed companies to AIM together with Mr Edmonds. Mr Groves' current directorships include his role as CEO of Agriterra Limited and non-executive director of African Potash Limited. He was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and educated in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Jonathan Wright, Non-Executive Director
Mr Wright is a corporate finance director at FirstEnergy Capital, a specialist oil & gas investment bank with offices in Calgary and London. Prior to joining FirstEnergy, Mr Wright spent over 13 years at Seymour Pierce, latterly as head of corporate finance. During that time, he led the advisory teams on dozens of financing, M&A and other transactions, including numerous IPOs and fundraisings on AIM and the Official List and several hostile and recommended takeovers. Prior to Seymour Pierce, Mr Wright spent five years in private practice as a corporate lawyer where he specialised in advising small and medium sized public and private companies.