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Board of Directors

Our Company’s leadership has expertise in exploration, mine development and corporate finance with a track record of creating shareholder value.

John Prineas 

Non-Executive Chairman

Bec/LLB F Fin

Founder of American West and a major shareholder. John is also the founder and Executive Chairman of St George Mining Limited (ASX: SGQ), a successful explorer and emerging nickel company in Australia.

Prior to starting St George in 2010, John spent 20 years in the banking and legal sectors, including the role of Country Head Australia for Dresdner Bank AG (now Commerzbank AG) with a focus on project and acquisition finance for resources and infrastructure projects. John has worked on funding arrangements and growth strategies for a range of mining companies, from global majors to junior explorers.

John holds a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney and is a Fellow of Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

John is also a director of BMG Resources Limited (ASX: BMG).

The Board considers that Mr Prineas is not an independent Director.

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Dave O’Neill 

Managing Director

Bsc (Hons) Applied Science (Geology)

Founder of American West and a major shareholder. A geologist with over 20 years’ experience in the resources sector gained in Australia and internationally.

Dave has expertise in base metals and gold exploration as well as business development gained in senior roles with Anglogold (ASX: AGG), WMC Resources, BHP (ASX: BHP) and Western Areas (ASX: WSA).

He has managed remote grass roots exploration to large resource delineation and mining projects in Australia, Europe, North America and Russia. Dave has a track record of successful exploration and was a leading team member for the discovery of the Succoth (Cu), Yappsu (Ni) and Cathedrals (Ni) deposits in Western Australia.

Dave holds a BSc. (Honours in Geology) from the University of Technology, Sydney and is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

The Board considers that Mr O’Neill is not an independent Director.

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Michael Anderson 

Non-Executive Director

BSc (Hons), PhD Mining Geology

Dr Michael Anderson has extensive management and technical experience built up over a 30-year career in Africa and Australia. Michael recently joined Firefinch Limited (ASX: FFX) from Taurus Funds Management where he helped to lead the fund’s investment into numerous West African gold producers.

Previously, as Managing Director of the ASX-listed Exco Resources, he led the Company to a number of major achievements. These included successful development of the White Dam Gold Mine, advancement of resource development, feasibility studies and approvals for the Cloncurry Copper Previously, as Managing Director of the ASX-listed Exco Resources, he led the Company to a number of major achievements. These included successful development of the White Dam Gold Mine, advancement of resource development, feasibility studies and approvals for the Cloncurry Copper Project ahead of its ultimate sale to Xstrata for A$175M, and numerous funding arrangements, all of which led to a significant share price re-rating and a five-fold increase in market capitalisation.

Dr Anderson holds a BSc. (1st Class Honours in Mining Geology) and a PhD in Mining Geology, both from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, University of London.

The Board considers that Mr Anderson is an independent Director.

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Tom Peregoodoff 

Director

BSc.

Mr. Peregoodoff has over 30 years of resource industry experience., much of it in greenfield and brownfield exploration and resource development. Currently he is President, CEO and a Director of Apollo Silver Corp. Prior to this he was President and CEO of Peregine Diamonds Ltd. where he led the company from the resource development phase through to the eventual sale to DeBeers Canada in 2018.

Prior to Peregine Mr. Peregoodoff spent 18 years in several positions with the mining multinational BHP, culminating in his role as Vice President of Early Stage Exploration, with global responsibility for all early stage exploration across their commodity groups.

Mr. Peregoodoff holds a BSc. in Geophysics from the University of Calgary.

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