Core sampling drilling at  Bozshakol

Board of Directors

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Simon Heale

Non-executive Chairman

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Simon Heale
Non-executive Chairman

Appointed to the Board:

2007

Skills and experience:

Simon has significant business operations and management experience gained through a diverse range of industries. He served as chief operating officer of Jardine Fleming Limited, deputy managing director of Cathay Pacific Airways and chief executive of The London Metal Exchange. Simon was also a non-executive director and chairman of Panmure Gordon & Co plc, and a non‑executive director of PZ Cussons plc, Morgan Advanced Materials PLC, Coats plc and Carlton Commodities Capital Corporate Member Limited. In his role as Chairman he encourages open and constructive debate and promotes effective decision making.

Other appointments:

Chairman of Gulf Marine Services PLC and Marex Spectron Group Limited. He was also a trustee and treasurer of Macmillan Cancer Support until 31 December 2016.

Committee memberships:

Nomination (Chair), Remuneration and Health, Safety and Environment.

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Vladimir Kim

President, Non-executive Director

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Vladimir Kim
President, Non-executive Director

Appointed to the Board:

2005

Skills and experience:

Vladimir joined the Group in 1995. He was appointed Chairman of the Company in 2005 prior to its listing on the London Stock Exchange. Vladimir stepped down as Chairman in 2013 but remains on the Board as a non‑executive Director. With extensive knowledge of the mining industry, a thorough working knowledge of the CIS and an exemplary understanding of the political and regulatory environment in Kazakhstan, Vladimir brings valuable Kazakh mining experience and continues to perform a vital role in assisting and supporting the Company in its dealings with the Government and local authorities in Kazakhstan.

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Oleg Novachuk

Chief Executive

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Oleg Novachuk
Chief Executive

Appointed to the Board:

2005

Skills and experience:

Oleg joined the Group in 2001 and was appointed Chief Executive in 2007, having been Finance Director since 2005. His business acumen and operational management provide a valuable contribution to the successful delivery of the Group’s strategic objectives. He was formerly chairman of the board of directors of Kazprombank JSC.

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Andrew Southam

Chief Financial Officer

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Andrew Southam
Chief Financial Officer

Appointed to the Board:

2014

Skills and experience:

Andrew joined the Company in 2006 where he has held a number of senior positions, including Group Financial Controller and Deputy Chief Financial Officer. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2013 and brings significant strategic and operational financial oversight. Andrew is a chartered accountant who began his career at Deloitte in London, where he provided audit and transaction services to a number of UK listed companies. Prior to joining the Company, Andrew worked in corporate development at GlaxoSmithKline plc.

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Michael Lynch-Bell

Non-executive Director and Senior Independent Director

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Michael Lynch-Bell
Non-executive Director and Senior Independent Director

Appointed to the Board:

2013

Skills and experience:

Michael gained extensive experience working with companies in the mining, oil and gas industries during his 38 year career with Ernst & Young. He played a key role in establishing Ernst & Young’s practice in Kazakhstan and advised a number of major CIS companies on transactions. He retired as senior partner of Ernst & Young’s transaction advisory practice for mining and metals and as an elected member of its global advisory council in 2012. In his role as Senior Independent Director, Michael acts as a point of contact for shareholders and other stakeholders and serves as an intermediary for the other non‑executive Directors.

Other appointments:

Non-executive director of Seven Energy International Limited, Lenta Ltd, Gem Diamonds Limited and Barloworld Limited. He is also a trustee and treasurer of Action Aid International, a trustee of 21st Century Legacy and The Children of Sri Lanka Trust, and a member of the United Nations Expert Group on Resources Classification.

Committee memberships:

Audit (Chair), Remuneration and Nomination.

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Lynda Armstrong OBE

Non-executive Director

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Lynda Armstrong OBE
Non-executive Director

Appointed to the Board:

2013

Skills and experience:

A geophysicist by training, Lynda had over 30 years’ natural resources experience with Shell. During this time, she held a number of senior exploration and operational roles, including director of UK Exploration and New Business Development, exploration director of Petroleum Development Oman and technical vice president for Shell International. Lynda’s technical and operational experience of the extractives industry and her clear commitment to health and safety provide valuable insight and guidance to the Group.

Other appointments:

Chair of the trustees of the British Safety Council, a non-executive director of DONG Energy A/S and the Central Europe Oil Company Limited, a director of Calyx Consulting Ltd and a member of the supervisory board of SBM Offshore N.V.

Committee memberships:

Remuneration (Chair), Nomination, Health, Safety and Environment and Operations Ramp Up Assurance

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John MacKenzie

Non-executive Director

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John MacKenzie
Non-executive Director

Appointed to the Board:

2015

Skills and experience:

John is a senior mining executive with more than 23 years’ experience in the metals and mining sector mostly acquired with the Anglo American group where he was CEO of Zinc from 2006 to 2009 and CEO of Copper from 2009 to 2013. John brings extensive international operating experience and a wealth of health and safety knowledge to the Group gained in Africa, South America, North America and Europe.

Other appointments:

Executive chairman of Mantos Copper and chief executive officer of mining at Audley Capital Advisors LLP.

Committee memberships:

Audit, Health, Safety and Environment and Operations Ramp Up Assurance (Chair).

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Charles Watson

Non-executive Director

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Charles Watson
Non-executive Director

Appointed to the Board:

2011

Skills and experience:

During his 29 years at Shell, Charles gained extensive experience in both operational management and major project delivery. At Shell he held a number of senior global executive positions, culminating in his appointment as executive vice president responsible for Russia and the CIS, including oversight of Shell’s activities in Kazakhstan, chairman of Shell Russia and chairman of the board of directors for the Sakhalin Energy Investment Company. He was previously a non‑executive director of Taipan Resources Inc. Charles’ expertise in major project delivery and tenacity in the continued improvement in health and safety performance are of significant importance to the Group.

Committee memberships:

Health, Safety and Environment (Chair), Audit, Remuneration and Operations Ramp Up Assurance.

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Alison Baker

Non-executive Director

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Alison Baker
Non-executive Director

Appointed to the Board:

2017

Skills and experience:

Alison has nearly 25 years’ experience in the provision of audit, capital markets and advisory services, having led the UK and EMEA Oil & Gas practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers and prior to that the Energy, Utilities and Mining Assurance practice at Ernst & Young. She has extensive emerging markets experience including in the energy and mining sectors in Kazakhstan.

Committee memberships:

Audit