Board and Management

Board and Management

Alexander Molyneux
Non-Executive Chairman | BEcon

Mr Molyneux is an experienced mining industry executive. He is Co-Founder and Chairing Member of Azarga Resources Group (2012 – present). 

Mr Molyneux currently serves as Non-Executive Chairman of Azarga Metals Group (2012 – present) and Non-Executive Chairman of Argosy Minerals Ltd (ASX: AGY) (2016 – present). He was previously Executive Chairman of Azarga Uranium Corp (TSX: AZZ) and its predecessor companies (2012 – 2015), Non-Executive Director of Goldrock Mines Corp (TSX-V:GRM) (2012 – 2016) and CEO of SouthGobi Resources Limited (Ivanhoe Mines Group) (TSX:SGQ / HKEX:1878 (2009 – 2012). 

Prior to joining SouthGobi, Mr Molyneux was Managing Director, Head of Metals and Mining Investment Banking, Asia Pacific, with Citigroup.  In his position as a specialist resources investment banker he spent approximately 10 years providing advice and investment banking services to natural resources corporations.

Gary Artmont
Gary Artmont
Non-Executive Director |

Mr. Artmont is a senior exploration geologist with 40+ years of international experience from grassroots to project feasibility studies, in regions including Canada, USA, Mexico, South America, Indonesia, Africa, Russia, China and Mongolia. Mr. Artmont is a recognised expert in epithermal gold mineralisation, and has held senior positions with Rio Tinto, Kennecott Australia, Freeport McMoran Indonesia, Union Carbide, Norilsk Nickel and Ivanhoe Mines. Mr. Artmont has been associated with Tempus’s Rio Zarza and Valle del Tigre properties since 2007, serving as a consultant to Ecometals Limited, the previous owners of the properties.

Brendan Borg
Managing Director | BSc, MSc, MAusIMM

Mr Borg is a consultant geologist who has specialised in the “battery materials” sector including lithium, graphite and cobalt mineralisation, participating in numerous successful projects, in an investment and/or operational capacity.

Mr Borg has more than 20 years’ experience gained working in management, operational and project development roles in the Exploration and Mining industries, with companies including Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Magnis Resources Limited, IronClad Mining Limited, Lithex Resources Limited and Sibelco Australia Limited. Brendan is currently a Non-Executive Director of Celsius Resources Limited (ASX:CLA) and Mali Lithium Limited (ASX:MLL). He is also a Director of geological consultancy Borg Geoscience Pty Ltd.

Mr Borg holds a Master of Science in Hydrogeology and Groundwater Management (University of Technology Sydney), a Bachelor of Science in Geology/Environmental Science (Monash University) and is a member of AusIMM and the IAH.

Melanie Ross
Non-Executive Director & Company Secretary | CA, AGIA ACIS

Ms Ross is an accounting and corporate governance professional with over 18 years’ experience in financial accounting and analysis, audit, business and corporate advisory services in public practice, commerce and state government. She has a Bachelor of Commerce and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand and an associate member of the Governance Institute of Australia. 

Ms Ross is currently a Director of a corporate advisory company based in Perth that provides corporate and other advisory services to public listed companies. She is the Company Secretary for Celsius Resources Ltd (ASX: CLA), Great Boulder Resources Ltd (ASX: GBR) and HomeStay Care Ltd (ASX: HSC).

Jason Bahnsen
President | BSc Eng (Mining) Queens University, Canada, MBA, University of New England, Australia

Mr Bahnsen is a Canadian / Australian mining engineer with over 30 years of experience in natural resources finance and operations. Mr Bahnsen’s career has spanned a broad range of roles in the resources industry. He began his career in mine development, working for underground mine contracting companies in Canada, Indonesia and Australia. He has held production roles at several gold mine operations in capacities as mine planning engineer, project engineer and shift boss. Following several years working with Rio Tinto in Australia where Mr Bahnsen was involved in mine feasibility study work and business development roles, he moved into investment banking. Mr Bahnsen spent approximately 10 years working as a resource banker working with firms including Deutsche Bank, Macquarie Bank, and Fox Davies Capital on major international resource acquisition and equity market transactions. Following a successful career in banking, Mr Bahnsen became involved in resource company development and has held CEO roles for several private and listed resource exploration and development companies.

Rodrigo Izurieta
Chief Operating Officer | BA, MA

Mr. Izurieta is an economist and business manager with 20+ years' experience.  He has over 10 years' experience in the mining industry and previously served as President and Board Member for the Chamber of Mines of Ecuador. He was a partner and owner of CTC, a boutique consulting firm specialising in finance and economics, advising multilateral organisations, banks and multinational corporations.  He also served as Director of Finance and Strategy at EFH Corp, a family owned holding company with investments in manufacturing, real estate and agriculture.  He also worked for Andersen in their Corporate Finance consulting division and for Banco Santander in their New York Economic Research department. Mr. Izurieta was a Fulbright Scholar and obtained a Master’s degree in Economics at NYU, New York.

Kevin Piepgrass
Exploration Manager | BSc, P.Geo

Mr. Piepgrass is a geologist with over 15 years’ experience in the mineral exploration and development industry. He has held Exploration Manager positions for Australian and Canadian junior companies with projects in North America (Victoria Gold Corp. & Orefinders Resources Inc.), South America (StrataGold Corp.) and East Africa (Nyota Minerals Ltd). He is responsible for the development and implementation of the Company’s exploration programs at its recently acquired projects in Ecuador and Canada, as well as assisting in expanding the Company’s footprint in these regions. Mr. Piepgrass obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Alberta, Canada.