Colin Bird has a Diploma in Mining Engineering, is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and is a certified Mine Manager both in the UK and SA. The formative part of his career was spent with the National Coal Board in UK and thereafter he moved to the Zambia Consolidated Copper mines and then to South Africa to work in a management position with Anglo American Coal. On his return to the UK he was Technical and Operations Director of Costain Mining Limited, which involved responsibility for gold operations in the Argentina, Venezuela and Spain. In addition to his coal mining activities he has been involved in the management of Nickel, Copper, Gold and other diverse mineral operations. He has founded and floated several public companies in the resource sector and served on resource company boards in the UK, Canada and South Africa.
A director since 1995, he is a Chartered Accountant having worked in practice until 1988, laterally with Deloitte in Dublin. He is currently an Executive Director of London based Discover Exploration Limited, an oil and gas exploration and production company, and was Finance Director of Cove Energy plc, an AIM quoted oil and gas exploration company prior to its sale to PTTEP of Thailand in August 2012. He acted as chief executive officer of AIM listed mining company Minmet Plc from 1999 to 2007. He also serves on the Board of several resource exploration and investment companies, both public and private.
Previous experience includes three years as Group Financial Controller at marketing services agency - WTS Group Limited, where he was appointed by the Virgin Group to oversee their investment in the WTS Group Ltd. More recently he was finance director of Kiwara Plc which was acquired by First Quantum Minerals Ltd in January 2010. Over the last few years, he has been involved in senior managerial positions for several AIM quoted/JSE listed companies predominantly in the resource sector and has also been involved in FSA compliance work within the investment business sector.
Alex, FCA, initially studied medicine and then qualified as a chartered accountant in 1982. He was subsequently active within the investment banking sector and acted on a wide variety of corporate transactions in a senior role for over 20 years, including flotations, takeovers, mergers and acquisitions for private and quoted companies. For the last 15 years, he has been acting as chairman and director of listed companies in a variety of sectors and is currently chairman of Greatland Gold PLC, on AIM.