Appointment of New Non-Executive Chairman

Goldplat plc / Ticker: GDP / Index: AIM / Sector: Mining & Exploration
19 September 2016
Goldplat plc ('Goldplat' or 'the Company')
Appointment of New Non-Executive Chairman

Goldplat, the AIM quoted African gold producer, announces that Mr Matthew Robinson will be proposed as a Director at the AGM to be convened for 27 October 2016, and, subject to the approval of shareholders, he will succeed Brian Moritz as Non-Executive Chairman of Goldplat.

Mr Robinson is a high-profile figure in the growth company arena, with more than 12 years' experience in mining and resources. Mr Robinson spent the last 15 years of his career as a Corporate Finance Director at finnCap and Panmure Gordon/Durlacher. During this time Mr Robinson 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, Mr Robinson was instrumental in its rapid growth which saw it become the largest nominated adviser and broking firm, by the number of clients, on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market.

Training as a Chartered Accountant, Mr Robinson began his career at Binder Hamlyn and Touche Ross, the predecessor firm of Deloitte, before founding a business consultancy specialising in corporate turnarounds. Mr Robinson 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, Mr Robinson 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.

Gerard Kisbey-Green, CEO of Goldplat commented: "Firstly, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Brian, who is also stepping down as a Director, for his many years of support, guidance, and tireless efforts to grow the Company, build revenue and expand Goldplat's operational footprint across Africa. He has been an important part of the team and his input has been highly instrumental in getting Goldplat to this stage in its evolution. I wish him the very best in all of his future endeavors.

I believe that Matthew, a corporate specialist with extensive commercial, transactional and fundraising expertise, is an extremely valuable addition to our Board. During the course of his career, he has demonstrated his ability to advise and steward publicly listed companies towards achieving their growth objectives, in addition to working directly for a public company and navigating successful corporate transactions and equity fundraisings. I look forward to welcoming him to the Board, if approved by shareholders at the AGM, and to working closely together to continue building Goldplat in the future."

The following additional information regarding Mr Matthew Seymour Robinson, aged 57, is disclosed under Schedule 2 paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules for Companies:

Current directorships and/or partnerships

  • FPIA Partners (UK) Limited Peel Systems Ltd A Private Room Limited 

Former directorships and/or partnerships (within the last five years)

Mr Robinson resigned as a director of Boxman UK Ltd on 31 May 2000. On 30 October 2000, the company was placed into creditors voluntary liquidation; the liquidation was concluded and the company struck off on 6 December 2007. The statement of affairs prepared on 30 October 2000 showed an estimated deficiency as regards creditors of approximately £10.9 million, of which approximately £10.4m were intra-group creditors.

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For further information visit, follow on Twitter @GoldPlatPlc or contact:

Gerard Kisbey-Green CEO Goldplat plc Tel: +27 (71) 8915775
Colin Aaronson / Jen Clarke / Daniel Bush Grant Thornton UK LLP Tel: +44 (0) 20 7383 5100
Andrew Raca / Justin McKeegan VSA Capital Limited (Broker) Tel: +44 (0) 20 3005 5000
Charlotte Heap / Susie Geliher St Brides Partners Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 20 7236 1177

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