AVZ Minerals (ASX:AVZ)

AVZ Minerals (ASX:AVZ)

AVZ Minerals Limited (ASX:AVZ) is a mineral exploration company focused on developing the Manono Project, one of the world’s largest lithium-rich LCT (lithium, caesium, tantalum) pegmatite deposits.

Located in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the project hosts the historic Manono tin mine. AVZ secured a 60 percent interest in the project in January 2017, following its acquisition of 100 percent of the Manono Extension Project, surrounding the historic Manono mine.

A scoping study on Manono, completed in 2018, confirmed that the project could support a world-class, high margin, long-life mining operation.

Board and Management


Nigel Ferguson
Managing Director

Nigel Ferguson is a geologist with 30 years’ experience, having worked in senior management positions for the past 18 years in a variety of locations.

He has experience in the exploration and definition of precious and base metal mineral resources throughout the world, including DRC, Zambia, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, Southeast Asia and Central America. He has been active in the DRC since 2004 in gold and base metals exploration and resource development.

Nigel is also Managing Director of Okapi Resources Ltd (ASX: OKR) and Managing Director of AJN Resources Inc. of B.C. Canada listed on the CSE.

Rhett Brans
Non-Executive Director

Rhett Brans is an experienced director and civil engineer with more than 45 years’ experience in project developments. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Australian Potash Limited and Carnavale Resources Ltd.

Previously, Nigel was a founding director of Perseus Mining Limited and served on the boards of Syrah Resources Limited, Tiger Resources Limited and Monument Mining Limited.

Throughout his career, he has been involved in the management of feasibility studies and the design and construction of mineral treatment plants across a range of commodities and geographies including for gold in Ghana, copper in the DRC and graphite in Mozambique.

He has extensive experience as an owner’s representative for several successful mine feasibility studies and project developments.

Graeme Johnston
Technical Director

Graeme Johnston is a geologist with more than 30 years’ experience in Australia, the Middle East, Romania, Malaysia and the DRC.

He worked on various gold projects before joining Rio Tinto and then with Midwest Corporation where he was the Principal Geologist during its sale to Sinosteel Corporation for US$1.4 billion.

Following this, he was Technical Director for 9 years with Ferrowest Limited and contributed to the successful completion of the Feasibility Study for the Yalgoo Pig Iron Project. Graeme’s technical experience is focused on the transition between orebody delineation and mine opening, and has worked on over five projects that resulted in new mines being commissioned.

He initially joined the AVZ team in May 2017 as Project Manager for the Manono Lithium Project.

Hongliang Chen
Non-Executive Director

Hongliang Chen is a nominee of the Huayou Cobalt Group to the AVZ Board. He joined the Huayou Cobalt Group in May 2002 and is currently a director and the president of the parent company, Shanghai stock exchange-listed Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Co Ltd.

Hongliang previously worked in management positions at the Agricultural Bank of China, Tongxiang Branch Investment Corporation Tongxiang Securities Department and Shenyin Wanguo Securities Co Ltd.

Guy Loando
Non-Executive Director

Guy Loando is a qualified lawyer based in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He has significant experience with corporate and legal matters in the DRC, and has recently been involved in executive management roles in the resource sector.

Guy has joined the Board as a nominee of AVZ’s largest shareholder, Dathomir Resources SARL. His role is to assist with liaison with AVZ’s joint venture partners and various local, state and federal government departments as development progresses at the Manono Project.

Leonard Math

Leonard Math is a Chartered Accountant with more than 13 years of resources industry experience. He previously worked as an auditor at Deloitte and is experienced with public company responsibilities including ASX and ASIC compliance, control and implementation of corporate governance, statutory financial reporting and shareholder relations

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