Directors & Management

Matthew Robinson

Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Matthew is a high-profile figure in the growth company arena, with more than 15 years' experience in mining and resources. He spent 15 years to 2015 as a Corporate Finance Director at finnCap and Panmure Gordon/Durlacher. During this time, he 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.

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 with the company, Matthew managed its merger with European competitor, with turnover growing to over £12 million per annum, and was responsible for raising approximately £20 million of equity.

Werner Klingenberg

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Werner qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in South Africa and he has accrued significant commercial experience, both within Southern Africa and at a wider international level. His extensive knowledge spans audit and financial management and systems. Having initially worked within the telecommunications and retail industries, Werner joined Goldplat in 2015 as Group Financial Manager. Within this role he was integral in managing Goldplat's financial affairs. With his knowledge and understanding of the Group’s operations, he was appointed to the role of Finance Director in 2017 and as interim CEO on 26 April 2019.

Ian Visagie

Executive Director

Ian is a Chartered Accountant who has worked in senior positions in the mining industry since 1990. 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, and Goldplat Recovery in March 1997 as Financial Director. Ian has been a Director of Goldplat plc since its admission to AIM in 2006.

Hansie van Vreden

Chief Operating Officer

Hansie has been Chief Operating Officer since 2013 and is an experienced metallurgist with over 15 years in the mining industry. Prior to joining Goldplat he worked at several Anglo Gold Ashanti operations in South Africa, including Savuka, Mponeng and Kopanang Gold Plants, and Sunrise Dam Gold Mine in Western Australia. During his time as Plant Manager and Production Metallurgist at Kopanang Gold Plant he successfully converted the operation from reef to waste rock and implemented various initiatives to increase production capabilities and improve recoveries. In addition, at three other Anglo processing plants he gained certification and re-certification of the International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI). During his time at Anglo (1999-2013) he was also responsible for health and safety, production planning and execution, projects, metallurgical accounting, security and operational staff. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Chemical: Mineral Processing) from the University of Stellenbosch.

Nigel Wyatt

Independent Non-Executive Director

Nigel is a graduate of the Camborne School of Mines. He has held senior positions in a number of mining and engineering companies, primarily in Southern Africa. He was the group marketing director of a De Beers group subsidiary supplying specialised materials, engineering and technology to the industrial and mining sectors, and commercial director of Dunlop Industrial Products (Pty) Limited, South Africa. He was CEO, at flotation, of AIM listed Chromex Mining Plc, subsequently sold under a takeover offer.

Sango Ntsaluba

Non-Executive Director

Sango is the executive chairman and co-founder of NMT Capital (Pty) Limited, a diversified investment holding group, which holds 26 per cent interest in Goldplat Recovery (Pty) Limited. He has built an illustrious career within South Africa, spanning over 30 years. This includes successfully founding Sizwe Ntsaluba Gobodo, one of South Africa's 'Big 5' accounting firms. Alongside a distinguished auditing career, Sango has extensive corporate experience in areas that include logistics and the automotive industry. He currently serves as an independent board member of Barloworld Limited, a leading global industrial company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange ("JSE"), with responsibility for chairing the group's audit committee. He also serves on the boards of JSE listed companies Pioneer Foods Group Limited, a producer and distributor of a range of branded food and beverage products. Sango is the Chairman of the board of Goldplat's subsidiary, Goldplat Recovery (Pty) Ltd.

Stephen Ronaldson

Company Secretary

Stephen is a partner in Druces LLP’s Corporate & Commercial team, with over 30 years’ experience in corporate law with a particular expertise in the mining and oil and gas sectors. Stephen acts as company secretary for several publicly listed companies.

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.

Robert Smith


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.