Directors & Management

Matthew Robinson

Non-Executive Chairman

Matthew is a high profile figure in the growth company arena, with extensive experience in mining and resources. Training as a Chartered Accountant, Matthew began his career at Binder Hamlyn and Touche Ross, the predecessor firm of Deloitte, before founding a business consultancy specialising in corporate turnarounds. He spent several years as the Finance Director and Company Secretary of Internet Music Shop, one of the first online music retailers. During his time, he managed its merger with European competitor Boxman.com, with turnover growing to over £12 million per annum, and was responsible for raising approximately £20 million of equity. He spent the last 15 years of his career as a Corporate Finance Director at finnCap and Panmure Gordon/Durlacher. During this time Matthew was responsible for establishing finnCap and Panmure Gordon's mining and resources investment businesses, in addition to his role as adviser to AIM and Official List companies on the London Stock Exchange. Moving to the nascent finnCap in 2006, Matthew was instrumental in its rapid growth, which saw it become the largest nominated adviser and broking firm, by number of clients, on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market.

Gerard Kisbey-Green

Chief Executive Officer

Gerard has built an expansive career in the mining and related financial industry, spanning over 28 years. After graduating as a Mining Engineer in South Africa in 1987, Gerard gained extensive experience working in various management positions for a number of the larger South African mining companies, including Rand Mines Group and the gold division of Anglo American Corporation. During this time he worked on gold, platinum and coal mines primarily in South Africa and also in Germany and Australia.

Gerard subsequently spent 17 years in the financial markets, including five years as a mining equity analyst and 12 years in mining corporate finance. He has worked in South Africa and the UK for banks including JPMorganChase, Investec and Standard Bank, and has extensive experience in IPOs, capital raisings, M&A transactions and deals covering a great diversity of commodities and geographic locations. He also has experience in nomad and broker and advisory roles.

Hansie van Vreden

Chief Operating Officer

Hansie is a qualified Metallurgist who has a solid understanding of the Company’s gold recovery operations having worked as General Manager of GPL, and Managing Director of GPL and GRG gold recovery operations. Prior to joining Goldplat, Hansie worked at several AngloGold Ashanti operations in South Africa and Australia, where responsibilities included working as the Production Metallurgist at AngloGold Ashanti's Kopanang Gold Plant in South Africa.

Ian Visagie

Executive Director

Ian is a chartered accountant who has worked in senior positions in the mining industry since 1990. A South African citizen he trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in its Pretoria office. Having gained post-qualifying experience with KPMG he moved into a mining environment in 1990 when he joined Consolidated Modderfontein Mines Limited as Financial Manager where he first worked with Demetri Manolis.

In 1992, he joined Gravelotte Mines Limited as Financial Manager and Goldplat Recovery in March 1997 as Financial Director. With Demetri Manolis, he took over management control of Goldplat Recovery in November 2000.

Ian is responsible for the financial and administration affairs of the Company and its subsidiaries.

Nigel Wyatt

Non Executive

Nigel has over 40 years of experience in the mining arena, having held senior positions in a number of mining and engineering companies, primarily in Southern Africa. This includes acting as Group Marketing Director of a De Beers subsidiary group, which was responsible for supplying specialised materials, engineering and technology to the industrial and mining sectors. Following this he was Commercial Director of Dunlop Industrial Products (Pty) Ltd, South Africa.

Nigel is a mining engineer and a graduate of the Camborne School of Mines, England.

Anton Roodt

Engineering Superintendent

Anton heads up the Engineering Department at our South African operation and oversees projects at other subsidiaries from time to time. He holds a N3 National Certificate in Engineering and is a qualified Electrician as required by the Mining Industry Engineering Trades Training Board. He has 25 years’ experience. Anton has been in the employment of AngloGold Ashanti since 1990 in various positions before joining Goldplat in October 2013.

Werner Klingenberg

Group Financial Manager

Werner Klingenberg, is a chartered accountant and has joined Goldplat Plc in 2015 as Group Financial Manager. He trained as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte’s Pretoria office after which he remained in an audit manager roll for 3 years. He subsequently moved into commerce and gained system and financial experience in the telecommunications and retail industries for 5 years before joining Goldplat. Werner plays an integral role in managing the financial and administration affairs of the Company and its subsidiaries.

Robert Smith

Consultant

Bob acted as the Managing Director of Goldplat's Gold Recovery divisions since July 2011. He has worked in the recovery of precious metals since 1984 and formally joined Goldplat Recovery in September 2003. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering and a MSc in Business Administration and was previously responsible for marketing and technical matters at Goldplat.

He currently consults to the Group. He concentrates his efforts on Gold Recovery Ghana and the Kilimapesa mine whilst acting in a supporting role at the South African Subsidiary.

Neels Gebhardt

Production Superintendent

Neels started with Goldplat in 1998 as a Shift Supervisor and now manages our South African Plant. He has drafting and plant instrumentation qualifications and also assist the group from time to time on the planning, design and commissioning of capital projects.