Our Team

Josef El-Raghy

Chairman
Director since 26 August 2002 

Josef El-Raghy holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Western Australia and had a ten year career in stock broking. He was formerly a director of both CIBC Wood Gundy and Paterson Ord Minnett. His expertise in international capital markets has greatly assisted the Company in its fundraising and development activities.

Trevor Schultz

Non-Executive Director from 1 May 2014
Executive Director of Operations since 20 May 2008 

Trevor Schultz has a Masters Degree in Economics from Cambridge University, a Master of Science Degree in Mining from the Witwatersrand University and he completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard University. With more than 40 years' experience at the executive management and board level with leading international mining companies, including BHP, RTZ/CRA, Pegasus Gold and Ashanti Goldfields, Mr Schultz was most recently the President and CEO of Guinor Gold Corporation. His roles have included the development of several new mining operations in Africa, South America and the U.S.A., negotiations with various governments and their agencies and project financing and capital raisings. Mr Schultz is currently a director of Pacific Road Capital Management. From 1 April 2003 until 31 December 2005, Mr Schultz was a director of Guinor Gold Corporation, from 1 December 2003 to 15 June 2006 was a director of Southern Era Pty Ltd and from 1 October 1996 to 31 December 2003 was a director of Ashanti Goldfields Pty Ltd.

Gordon Edward Haslam

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Director since 23 March 2011

Ed Haslam is currently Chairman of LSE-listed Talvivaara plc (since 01 June 2007) and since 01 May 2004 has been a non-executive director of Aquarius Platinum Ltd. In addition, Mr Haslam has been the Senior Independent Director of LSE-listed South African Namakwa Diamonds Ltd since 19 December 2007. In 1981, Mr Haslam joined Lonmin plc where he was appointed a director in 1999 and Chief Executive Officer in November 2000 before retiring as such in April 2004. Mr Haslam has also held various positions with Falconbridge Nickel Mines and British Steel Corporation, was a director of Cluff Gold Plc until September 2007, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (IOD) (UK).

Mark Bankes

Independent Non-Executive Director
Director since 24 February 2011

Mark Bankes is an international corporate finance lawyer. He has an MA from Cambridge University and joined Norton Rose in 1984. He worked in both London and Hong Kong and was a partner at Norton Rose LLP from 1994 to 2007 before starting his own business, Bankes Consulting EURL, in October 2007. Mr Bankes specialises in international securities, mining policy and agreements, mergers and acquisitions and international restructurings for the resource sector. Mr Bankes has not held any other directorships in public companies during the previous five years.

Mark Arnesen

Independent Non-Executive Director
Director since 24 February 2011

Mark Arnesen has extensive expertise in the structuring and negotiation of finance for major resource projects. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in the international resources industry, including a role with the Billiton/Gencor group of companies where he was a corporate Treasurer from 1996 to 1998. In 2000 Mark joined Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited as Managing Director – International Treasury and held the position until 2004.  From 2004 until 2006 he worked with Equinox Minerals Limited and put in place the Lumwana project financing.  In November 2006 he joined Moto Goldmines limited as the Financial Director and held the position until the company was taken over by Randgold Resources Limited in late 2009.

He was a Non-Executive Director of Natasa Mining Limited (2006-2010) and a Non Executive Director of Asian Mineral Resources during 2010. He is currently the sole director of ARM Advisors Proprietary Limited and until recently was C.E.O. of Gulf Industrials Limited (appointed in February 2012 to March 2014). Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Accounting degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Professor G. Robert Bowker

Independent Non-Executive Director
Director since 21 July 2008

Bob Bowker retired from the Australian Foreign Service in June 2008 after a 37 year career specialising in Middle East issues. He was Australian Ambassador to Egypt (2005 to 2008) and Jordan (1989 to 1992), in addition to postings in Syria (1979 to 1981) and Saudi Arabia (1974 to 1976). Professor Bowker was accredited from Cairo as a non-resident ambassador to Libya, Sudan, Syria and Tunisia. Professor Bowker has a PhD from the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University 2001, an MA from the Centre for Middle East and Central Asian Studies, Australian National University 1995, a BA (Hons) Indonesian and Malayan Studies and Political Science, Melbourne University 1970 and completed an RAF Arabic course, Beaconsfield, UK 1988.

Kevin Tomlinson

Independent Non-Executive Director
Director since 17 January 2012

Kevin Tomlinson was previously Managing Director of Investment Banking at Westwind Partners/Stifel Nicolaus Weisel, where he advised a number of gold, base metal and nickel companies, including Centamin. Prior to that he was the Director of Natural Resources at Williams de Broë and Head of Research for the Australian broking, corporate finance and research house, Hartley's Ltd. Mr Tomlinson holds a Master of Science degree in Geology from the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. He began his career as a geologist 30 years ago and has worked with various Australian and Canadian-based natural resources companies, including Austminex N.L, where he held the position of Chief Executive Officer, and Plutonic Resources Limited, where he was Exploration Manager. He is a Non-Executive Director of Samco Gold and the Non-Executive Deputy Chairman of Olympus Pacific Minerals. In addition, he was Non-Executive Chairman of the ASX, AIM and TSX-listed Philippines gold producer, Medusa Mining Limited, from October 2005 to January 2010 and the Non-Executive Chairman of Dragon Mountain Gold from January 2006 to October 2008. Mr Tomlinson is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

Andrew Pardey

Chief Operating Officer

Andrew Pardey was appointed Chief Operating Officer in May 2012 after having been General Manager-Operations at the Sukari Gold Mine since 2008. He was a major driving force in bringing Sukari into production, having joined during the mine's construction phase. Mr Pardey holds a BSc in Geology and has over 25 years' experience in the mining and exploration industry, having previously held senior positions in Africa, Australia and other parts of the world with Guinor Gold Corporation, AngloGold Ashanti and Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM).

Pierre Louw

Chief Financial Officer

Pierre Louw is a senior manager with 25 years hands-on experience in the mining industry in both major and mid-tier gold and copper producers. Mr Louw is a member of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants and has extensive international experience having worked in Tanzania, Australia, Zambia and his native South Africa. Mr Louw previously worked as Finance Director for the Lumwana Copper Mine, an Equinox Limited development in Zambia from 2005 to 2010. Prior to joining Equinox, he worked as Business and Financial Manager for Geita Gold Mine (AngloGold Ashanti) in Tanzania for the period 2000 to end 2004. During this time he served as Honorary Treasurer on the Chamber of Mines of Tanzania and as an executive member of the Tanzanian Tax Stakeholders Forum representing the Tanzanian Mining sector. He has held management roles in the AngloGold corporate office where he worked as Divisional Manager and with JCI (Johannesburg Consolidated Investment Co) where he started his career in 1986. He holds a National Diploma in Financial Accounting from the University of Johannesburg and completed a Leadership Development Programme through the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Youssef El-Raghy

General Manager – Egyptian Operations

As an officer graduate of the Egyptian Police Academy, Youssef El-Raghy held senior management roles within the Egyptian Police force for a period in excess of ten years, having attained the rank of captain, prior to joining Centamin. Mr El-Raghy has extensive contacts within the government and industry and maintains excellent working relationships with all of the Company's stakeholders within Egypt.

Andy Davidson

Head of Business Development and Investor Relations

Prior to joining Centamin in August 2012 Andy Davidson worked for nine years as a mining analyst, including three years as an equity research Director at the London-based investment bank Numis Securities.  Before this, Mr Davidson was a senior exploration geologist within the mining industry, including six years with Ashanti Goldfields closely involved in the discovery and development of the world-class Geita project in Tanzania.  Mr Davidson holds an MSc in Mineral Project Appraisal from the Royal School of Mines and a First Class Honours degree in Geology.  He is also a Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining.

Lynne Gregory

General Counsel

Before joining Centamin, Lynne was Legal Director at Charles Russell LLP, prior to which Lynne was a solicitor at top law firms in London, Allen & Overy and Baker & McKenzie.  Lynne has worked for over 20 years as a lawyer specialising in complex international commercial litigation and arbitration  for corporate clients in a variety of sectors.  Lynne holds a degree in law from University College London as well as professional qualifications from the College of Law.

Liesel Sobey

Group Accountant

Liesel Sobey is a Chartered Accountant with over 16 years’ post‑graduate experience in the corporate sector and public practice. Before joining Centamin in June 2012 as the Group Accountant, Liesel served as a director within the assurance and Advisory division at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in Perth, providing assurance, advisory and accounting services to large organisations across a range of industries.  Through her role at Deloitte, Liesel had been associated with the company since 2006.

Liesel serves as a Member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science from SAICA and a Bachelor of Commerce Honours (Accounting) from the University of Natal.

Darren Le Masurier

Company Secretary

Darren Le Masurier is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has over 15 years’ experience in corporate administration, governance and offshore regulation in Jersey.  

Prior to joining Centamin, Darren worked at the fiduciary and law firm Ogier in Jersey for over ten years, providing professional company secretarial, accounting, administration and director services for a diverse range of corporate clients and structures.