The Board

John F. Kearney



John Kearney has almost 50 years of experience in the mining industry.  He is also Chairman or Director of a number of public companies including Labrador Iron Mines Holdings Limited, Canadian Manganese Company Inc, and Minco Exploration plc. and from 2003 until 2019 was Chairman of Canadian Zinc Corporation. Over the course of his career he has served as a senior officer (usually Chairman and/or Chief Executive) of more than thirty public companies incorporated in Canada; Ireland; United Kingdom; United States; Australia and elsewhere, the shares of which were listed on various stock exchanges (including London Stock Exchange; AIM Market; Toronto Stock Exchange; New York Stock Exchange; American Stock Exchange; NASDAQ; Australian Stock Exchange).

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He was formerly the Chairman or President and Chief Executive Officer of several public companies which developed various mineral properties and projects and which were subsequently acquired by or sold in major transactions including: Minco plc,  which discovered the Pallas Green zinc/lead project in Ireland sold to Xstrata in2011 and held the royalty on the Curraghinalt gold project in Norther Ireland, and was acquired by Dalradian Resources in 2017; Scandinavian Minerals Inc., which explored and developed the Kevista nickel /copper project in Finland and was acquired by First Quantum in 2008; Sulliden Exploration Inc., which discovered and explored the Shahuindo gold deposit in Peru, which was subsequently acquired by Rio Alto Mining Limited in August 2014; and a director of Avnel Gold Mining Limited, which developed the Kalana gold mine in Mali, and was acquired by Endeavour Mining in 2017. He was Chairman (and previously President and Chief Executive and earlier Executive Vice President and Secretary) of Northgate Exploration Limited (1979 to 1996) which operated two copper/gold mines near Chibougamau, Quebec, which were sold to Western Mining of Australia in 1987, and earlier through its subsidiaries operated two lead/zinc mines in Ireland. He started his mining career with Tara Mines in Ireland (1973 to 1979).


Mr. Kearney also served as a Director and Member of the Executive Committee of the Mining Association of Canada and as a director and President of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Chamber of Mines. Mr. Kearney is a member of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Law Society of Ireland. He holds degrees in law and economics from University College Dublin and an M.B.A. degree from Trinity College Dublin and a Certificate in Mining Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto. He qualified as a solicitor in Ireland and as a chartered secretary with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in London.

Jonathan (Jo) Battershill



Jo Battershill has over 25 years in global mining, business development and finance-based roles across Australia, the UK, North America and the Caribbean. His industry experience includes senior operational and business development roles with WMC Resources as well as significant stockbroking and banking experience at Hartleys, Citigroup, UBS and Canaccord in Perth, Sydney, and London. Between UBS and Canaccord, Jo ran a private consulting business where he worked with both public and private corporates in the natural resources sector on strategy, M&A and capital raisings with transactions totalling over c.US$300m. He currently also serves as the Non-Executive Director of ASX listed Silver Mines Limited and as Non-Executive Director of AIM listed Alien Metals Limited.

Howard B. Miller



Howard B Miller is a former lawyer with more than 35 years’ experience in the legal, financial, and natural resources sectors. During his career in resources, Mr Miller has raised more than $600 million to fund exploration and development of ten mines across South Africa, Central Asia and Canada, principally for gold and precious stones. Mr Miller has held various executive and Board roles in the resources sector including founding Director of Nelson Gold, President and CEO of Tahera Diamond Corporation and Chairman and CEO of Avnel Gold.


Danesh Varma



Mr. Varma is a chartered accountant in Canada and in England and Wales, with more than 35 years of experience in financial management. He is currently a director of Anglesey Mining plc, Grangesberg Iron A.B.,Labrador Iron Mines Holdings Inc., and Canadian Manganese Corporation. In addition, Mr. Varma serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Minco Exploration plc, Buchans Resources Limited and Xtierra Inc. Previously, he was President of American Resource Corporation, Westfield Minerals Limited, a director of Northgate Exploration Limited and CFO African-Aura Resources plc, Canadian Zinc Corporation and Conquest Resources Limited.


Bill Hooley


It is with great regret that we have to record the sudden death of Bill Hooley on 7 June 2022. The details of his life shown below will remain here on the website as a mark of respect for the time being. 

Bill Hooley is Deputy Chairman and a Director of Anglesey.  He graduated in mining engineering from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London and has over fifty years of experience in minerals operations and management having held various management and executive posts with mining and service companies throughout the world including extensive experience in Australia, Canada and the UK.  Prior to joining Anglesey, he was Managing Director of the global mineral industry consultants, Micon International Limited.  From 2006 through to 2021 he was Chief Executive of Anglesey Mining which also included five years as President and Chief Operating Officer of Labrador Iron Mines in Canada.  He remains a director of Labrador Iron and is also Vice Chairman of that company. Additionally, he is Chairman and a director of Grangesberg Iron. During his career he has been a director of several other listed mining companies and was also a council member of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy.  He is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.


Andrew King



Andrew King is a proven business leader with more than 25 years’ experience in the mining, metals and banking sectors where his management experience has encompassed strategic, financial and operational oversight.  He is currently Managing Director of Scanmetals A/S, a specialist metal recycling business with operations in Denmark, the UK and Germany.  Prior thereto he was Group Business Development Director at Amalgamated Metal Corporation Plc. and for thirteen years Andrew held various positions with Standard Bank including Head of Resource Banking, Global Co-Head Investment Banking, and Chief Executive Standard Bank Asia. 


Earlier in his career he worked with BMO Nesbitt Burns and Warrior International.  Other directorships have included Avnel Gold Mining Limited and Rame Energy plc.  Andrew has a BSc. Metallurgical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and an MBA from the London Business School.


Namrata Verma



Namrata Verma is an experienced corporate finance executive with strong credentials in advising metals and mining companies with assets at the pre-feasibility and feasibility stages on project bankability, growth strategies, funding options, and financing execution.


She is the founder of Terrafranca Advisory, which was set up in 2015 to provide independent debt financing advice to early-stage and small and mid-cap mining companies and investors. She has advised on bankability considerations, debt structuring, and arranging on numerous mining projects in Europe and Africa.


Namrata previously had more than a decade of experience at Standard Chartered Bank, in Asia and the UK, where she was a director in the mining finance team focused on advising and arranging project and structured debt financing, acquisition financing and working capital funding for mining and metals clients. Namrata holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and an MBA from London Business School, UK.