Senior Management & Team Biographies

Charles Grant Bray


Charles has enjoyed a 29 year career in securities trading and capital markets for small companies. In his current role with Astin Capital Management Limited, he works to provide funding and investment for SME listed businesses with a particular focus on the natural resources sector.

Michael Paul Staten


Mike is a long standing shareholder and supporter of the company. Until 2017, he was employed as head of trading at Darwin Strategic Ltd which provides finance and support for a portfolio of small quoted companies.

Simon James Retter

Non Executive Director

Simon James Retter ACA, started his career at Deloitte in assurance and advisory, qualifying as a chartered accountant before focusing on corporate finance transactions and IPO’s. In 2010 Simon was instrumental in the listing of Paragon Diamonds Ltd on AIM and has maintained the role of finance director since its inception. Simon has played a critical role in numerous fund raisings, origination & execution of corporate transactions including acquisitions over the last 4 years for Paragon.  Simon joined the board of Equatorial Mining in June 2015

Devon Francois Marais

Non Executive Director

The Company was delighted to announce the appointment of Devon Marais to the board as a non-executive director in August 2018 as part of the investment Agreement with ARQ Minerals

Mr Marais is a South African national with directorate positions in five companies spanning a range of business segments.  Of most relevance was his appointment last year as a non-board director of ARQ Minerals Pty Limited (“ARQ”) which took an interest in the Company last June becoming a shareholder and operating partner in Nigeria.

Specifically, Mr Marais’ role in ARQ is described as being Head of Acquisitions which is of direct relevance to EME’s short term plans.

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