Directors and Management
Board of Directors
Mr. Child was commissioned as an officer in the 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles and served in the British Army for 4 years. He joined Condor’s Board in May 2006 and became CEO in July 2011. He acquired the concessions that comprise La India Project and has raised the finance and developed the Project into what it is today.
Mr Child has 20 years of equity capital markets experience, as an institutional stockbroker and in corporate finance/private equity, mainly in emerging markets. At board level Mr. Child has been an executive director of Hong Kong listed Regent Pacific Group, an emerging market fund manager and private equity group, which spun off Charlemagne Capital Limited. He has board level experience of AIM listed and private companies.
Jim Mellon, based in the Isle of Man, is a renowned fund manager. He began his career with GT Management in the US and in Hong Kong and later became the co-founder and managing director of Thornton Management (Asia) Limited based in Hong Kong. He is co-founder of Regent Pacific Group and Charlemagne CapitalLimited. He is currently chairman of Manx Financial Group Plc and co-chairman of Regent Pacific Group Ltd and Emerging Metals Limited, a director of Charlemagne Capital Limited, Burnbrae Group Limited and various other investment companies. Mr Mellon holds a Master's Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University.
Mr. Andrew Mark Cheatle (P.Geo. FGS, MBA) is a seasoned CEO and director within the mining industry. As a professional geoscientist and graduate of the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London, his 30-plus-year international career has encompassed both the senior and junior mining sectors. Based in Toronto and London (UK), he is a sought-after advisor to the minerals industry, specialising in technical assessments, corporate development, and investments globally with a recent focus on Africa for Allied Gold Corp.His roles have included Executive Director (CEO) of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC). Prior to this he was President/Chief Executive Officer and Director at Unigold Inc., a TSX-V listed gold development company where he oversaw the delivery of the company's initial mineral resource of two million ounces of gold at its flagship property in the Dominican Republic. The project was successfully partnered with the International Finance Corporation (the “IFC”). Mr. Cheatle’s career has also included the roles of CEO and Director for a group of companies within a private merchant bank; Principal Geologist at AMEC plc; Chief Geologist at Goldcorp Inc./Placer Dome Inc.; and Mineral Resource Manager with Anglo American Corporation.Mr. Cheatle volunteers with not-for-profit organizations. He sits on the advisory councils of the Development Partner Institute and the Canada-International Finance Corporation Africa Local Economic Development Partnership and is a director of International Women in Mining. Most notably, he held the position of President of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.
Kate Harcourt is a Chartered Environmentalist with twenty five year's experience of the environmental and social aspects of both open pit and underground mining projects around the globe. Kate has been nominated by the IFC to the Board following their 8.5% shareholding in the Company. She has worked as part of the Owner's Team for a number of companies and also on behalf of financial institutions, for example carrying out compliance performance monitoring during construction and operations. Kate has worked as a Director of Health, Safety, Environment, Communities and Security for MagIndustries, a natural resource company with assets in Republic of Congo. She has worked for the IFC on a geothermal project in Nicaragua since 2010. Kate has a Master of Science degree from Imperial College in Environmental Technology.
Jeffrey has a degree in Geology from the University of Bristol and is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years' experience in the mining industry. He started his career at Coopers & Lybrand and between 1997 to 2007 was with Minorco (Anglo American) in a variety of finance and corporate finance functions in the UK, Brazil, South Africa and France. From 2008 to 2010 he was the Chief Financial Officer of South American Ferro Metals, a private company that acquired, explored and developed an iron ore property in Brazil and which in 2010 listed on the ASX. From 2010 to 2016 he was the Chief Financial officer and Company Secretary of AIM and TSX listed Horizonte Minerals Plc(AIM/TSX: HZM). He listed Altus Strategies plc on AIM in 2017 (AIM: ALS) and is also CFO of Rupert Resources (TSX-V: RUP). He speaks Hungarian, French and Portuguese.
Dave Crawford is a Mining Engineer / MBA with 36 years background in project studies, mine design, economic analysis and resource estimation spanning 36 years in multiple commodities and multiple countries. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Qualified Person under CNI 43-101. Mr. Crawford has worked with Newmont Mining as a Study Director for Mergers and Acquisitions and Value Assurance in gold and copper projects, in-situ uranium projects in Kazakhstan, and Principal Mining Engineer with Pincock, Allen and Holt.
Warren Pratt (BSc Geology, Hull, 1986; PhD Structural Geology, University of Wales, 1990) is tasked with designing the exploration programme at La India Project outside of the 3 main vein sets, which host 2.1M oz gold at 4.0g/t gold, with the aim of determining whether La India Project hosts substantially larger gold mineral resources. Dr Pratt has a strong mapping background and a decade of British Geological Survey field experience and training.. In 1994 he won the President’s Award of the Geological Society of London for detailed thematic mapping. Since 1995 he has worked extensively in gold, silver and copper exploration, including consulting on some World Class mineral deposits. These include Navidad (Argentina), Ventana Gold (Colombia) and Kupol (Russia). Structurally complex epithermal gold/silver deposits (shear zone, epithermal and massive sulphide) are a speciality. Dr Pratt has a track record of generating gold targets in under-explored areas, for example, the Cañicapa high sulfidation gold project, discovered during a World Bank program in Ecuador. He is also part of the team that discovered the Igor gold/silver epithermal deposit (Sienna Gold Corp) in Peru. He is fluent in Spanish. Dr Pratt is a Competent Person as defined by Chapter 17 of the UKLA Sourcebook.
Aiser Sarria is a Civil Engineer and Nicaragua national with 16 years experience specialising in mining projects. He has worked in both open pit and underground mining operations and on large scale civil projects. He has worked in Nicaragua and El Salvador and attended training courses in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, Venezuela, Perú and Brazil.
Before joining Condor, Aiser was the Projects and Mines Superintendent at the El Limon Gold Mine, one of the largest operating gold mines in Nicaragua, currently owned by B2Gold Inc. During his 6 years at B2Gold, Aiser was the manager of seven open pit operations, the construction of two stages of Tailings Storage Facilities and was Pavon´s Mining Project Manager.
From 2002 to 2011 he worked with AGRENIC, CEMEX Nicaragua and CEMEX El Salvador where he was responsible for many civil work projects, including eleven industrial plants producing constructions materials and the extraction operations for five quarries.
Mario E. Rivas Castillo is the Administrative Manager for Condor in Nicaragua. Mario is Nicaraguan and has been working for over ten years as an specialist in development and health in Nicaragua. He has been recipient of Chevening UK and TropED Scholarships.
Carlos joined Condor in 2011. He has 25 years of experience as a geologist in volcanology, geothermal and epithermal gold exploration. Prior to joining Condor he worked as an exploration geologist of geothermal resources and was project director of the development of two geothermal fields in El Salvador. He was also involved in the creation of a government institution in charge of monitoring geologic phenomena, later heading the Geological Survey within that institution.
Mr Tercero, a Nicaraguan national, graduated in Geology in the Soviet Union prior to gaining 31 years experience as an exploration geologist in Nicaragua. He has extensive experience in the discovery and definition of gold mineralised epithermal vein systems. In 1986 he was the principal Nicaraguan geologist in the cornerstone Soviet sponsored exploration project of the La India Mining District. Prior to joining Condor Resources in 2005 he was exploration manager for Triton, S.A., the Canadian-owned operators of Nicaragua's El Limon and La Libertad gold mines. Under Mr Tercero direction a number of significant gold-bearing veins were discovered and defined in El Limon and La India Mining Districts, including the Santa Pancha Vein which is currently being mined at Triton's multi-million ounce El Limon Gold Mine.
Irene Chow is an Environmental Quality Engineer, studied at Central American University in Nicaragua (1999-2003). She has done further studies in Environmental Studies on geothermal projects at United Nation University in Iceland (2007) and Energy Planning at University of Oslo in Norway (2008). She obtained a double Master degree (2008-2010) on Environment and Resources Management with a focus on renewable energies from Cologne University of Applied Sciences in Germany and on Environmental Sciences from National Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí in Mexico. She worked for the Central American University in Nicaragua as an Assistant Coordinator of e-Learning project EL@C, as Environmental Programme Manager and as teacher of Environmental Impact Assessment and Cleaner Production. She has experience as an environmental consultant with i.e. the Ministry of Environment and UNDP, in the development of environmental projects, environmental management programs and EMS ISO 14001. She also worked for Catholic Relief Services as Executive Assistant of ACORDAR Project and was responsible of the environmental measurements in agricultural projects. Before joining Condor as the Chief Environmental Officer in April 2013, she worked as an IP Analyst at MDB Capital Group.
Silvia joined Condor in 2011 as Health and Safety Officer and is responsible for the social studies in the Environmental Social Impact Assessment in the forthcoming Pre-Feasibility Study. Silvia studied Industrial Engineering and graduated at Cristian University of Nicaragua in 2004, with postgraduate studies in Occupational Health and Safety and Mining Safety Management from the Research Centre for Health, Labor, and Environment, and the Peruvian Chamber of Mines (CAMIPER). She got a Master degree in 2016 on Master in integrated management system HSEQ from Camilo Jose Cela University – Spain and Internal Auditor certificate on ISO 9001, 14001 and OSHAS 18001 by Bureau Veritas. Currently, she is Health &Safety and Human Resources Officer.
From 2006 – 2008 she worked for a Multinational company HANSAE Fashion Worldwide as production supervisor and maintenance engineer. In 2009 she worked for the Nicaraguan Ministry of Labor as Divisional Inspector in Occupational Health and Safety. In early 2011, she joined B2Gold in Nicaragua, a Canadian company producing circa 200,000 oz gold per annum, as Industrial Relations and Public Affair Officer.
Victor Martinez is an Economics graduate from the Central American University in Nicaragua with further studies in Business. He has a Master Degree in Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights from American University. Additionally, his thesis project was awarded by The Human Rights Program of Netherland for Central America which financed the project for its accomplishment.
Before joining Condor, Victor was the head of community relations, CSR and communications of the biggest mine in Nicaragua since the beginning of its operation in 2010, during this period of time the company´s social projects were awarded by the Corporate Social Responsibility National Association. Also, he was a member of the strategic team of Antenna Relocation Project in Santo Domingo Mine.
Victor has worked in International NGO´s developing inclusive markets initiatives, livelihoods, gender mainstreaming and community empowerment projects.