Mr. Gill is a Managing Partner at Pala Investments Ltd. Mr. Gill has been at Pala since 2008, during which time he has been involved in many of Pala’s principal investments covering a range of commodities, as well mining services and consumables sectors. Mr. Gill has also supported many of Pala’s investee companies in defining and implementing strategic initiatives. He is also involved in the oversight of Pala’s liquid investment strategies portfolio. Prior to joining Pala, Mr. Gill was at AMEC Plc., an engineering consulting firm, where he advised on a range of natural resources transactions, and acted as an advisor across a range of private equity transactions, including investments in businesses spanning mining, metals processing, and mining consumables manufacturing industries. Mr. Gill has acted as a director on a number of private and public mining company boards.
Lead Independent Director
Mr. Albanese is currently a Director of Franco-Nevada Corporation. He was previously Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Vedanta Resources plc and Vedanta Limited from 2014 to 2017. Mr. Albanese was Chief Executive Officer of Rio Tinto plc from 2007 to 2013, and previously served on the Boards of Ivanhoe Mines Limited, Palabora Mining Company and Turquoise Hill Resources Limited. Mr. Albanese holds a Master of Science degree in Mining Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mineral Economics both from the University of Alaska Fairbank.
Mr. Brown is Managing Partner - Africa at Palaris, a leading international mining advisory firm, established in 2000. Prior to this role, Mr. Brown was Managing Director, Technical and Operations at Pala Investments. Prior to joining Pala, Mr. Brown worked for De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd. where in his role of Chief Operating Officer he was responsible to the Chief Executive Officer and Board for all operations in South Africa, including production at five mines, the planning and execution of construction projects, strategic business development and health, safety and environmental control. Mr. Brown previously held the position of Head of Strategic Business Development at De Beers, where he was responsible for the full value chain from resource evaluation to strategic business planning, concept studies, feasibility studies and project implementation. He managed a number of major projects, including the $750 million Finsch block 5 feasibility study, the $1.3 billion Venetia underground mine pre-feasibility study; the $35 million Venetia resource extension project, and a $200 million construction project at Voorspoed.
President & CEO, Director
Randy Buffington has held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since October 2021. With extensive experience in underground and open pit mining operations, both in Nevada and internationally, Mr. Buffington has successfully delivered multiple project ramp-ups and productivity improvements in an underground setting in addition to overseeing the development and operation of multiple large open pit projects. Previously, he held various senior management and leadership positions with Hycroft Mining, Barrick, Placer Dome and Cominco. Mr. Buffington has acted as a director on a number of company boards and is currently a director of 2 other boards.
Mr. Iorich has over 15 years of investment and asset management experience and is currently Managing Partner at Pala Investments Ltd. (“Pala”) and is involved in oversight of Pala’s private equity and liquid equity investment portfolios, as well as high-yield corporate debt portfolio. His commodity experience extends across a broad range of bulk commodities, as well as precious and base metals. Mr. Iorich has worked with a number of Pala’s portfolio companies on a range of strategic initiatives, M&A opportunities, operational and financial planning and structuring. Mr. Iorich serves on the board of Itafos (TSX-V:IFOS). Prior to joining Pala in 2006, Mr. Iorich held senior roles at Mechel. Mr. Iorich graduated from the University of Zurich with a Masters of Arts degree.
G. Ernest "Ernie" Nutter
Mr. Nutter is a highly regarded mining analyst, formerly with one of the world’s largest money managers, Capital Group, from 2004 until his retirement in 2017. Prior to this, he spent over 13 years with the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) where he was Managing Director of RBC Capital Markets, Director of RBC’s Global Mining Research team and former Chairman of RBC Dominion Securities’ (now RBC Capital Markets) Strategic Planning Committee. Mr. Nutter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Dalhousie University.
Dr. Elaine Dorward-King
Dr. Dorward-King joins Nevada Copper with over 30 years of experience, primarily developed in international mining companies including Newmont Mining Corp., Rio Tinto and Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation. Prior to retiring in 2019, she served as Newmont’s Executive Vice President of Sustainability and External Relations, driving Social and Governance strategies across the global organization. Prior to that she held various leadership roles focused on environmental and sustainability programs for companies in the mining, environmental and chemical sectors. She is currently a director of NovaGold Resources Inc., Sibanye-Stillwater Limited, and Kenmare Resources plc. Dr. Dorward-King has a B.A. from Maryville College and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Colorado State University.
Ms. Ladd-Kruger has over 25 years of industry experience, progressing her career through financial and operational leadership roles at several Canadian publicly listed mining companies. She has experience in various stages of the mining process from exploration to multi-jurisdictional operations. Prior to retiring in 2022, Ms. Ladd-Kruger was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of McEwen Mining Inc. where she was brought in to lead financial and operational turnaround strategies and was key to the McEwen Copper spin-out, including serving as its CFO and director. Ms. Ladd-Kruger previously served as the CFO and VP Corporate Development for a number of mining companies and began her career working at Vale S.A.’s Thompson and Sudbury Canadian operations before joining Kinross Gold Corporation as their North American Group Controller. Ms. Ladd-Kruger holds both a CPA and CMA designation, a Master’s of Economics from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia. She also holds the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D).