Board & Management


Bert Monro Chief Executive Officer & Director

Bert has significant experience in both the resource sector & the City. Most notably, he spent over 10 years at Hummingbird Resources plc (AIM:HUM), holding several roles including Operations Manager, Country Manager & Head of Business Development as the company transitioned from a private pre-resource explorer through to a listed gold miner with over 6 Mozs of gold resources in West Africa. Bert was a non-executive director at Cora from IPO in 2017 until July 2019. In January 2020 Bert was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Director of Cora.

Craig Banfield
Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

Craig is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, & has been involved in the administration, financing & financial control of both private & public mineral exploration & development companies since 1994, the majority of which has been with African focused groups.

Siaka Koumare
Country Manager

Siaka is an exploration geologist with over 20 years of practical field experience in West Africa. Since 1996 Siaka has been continuously involved in mineral exploration programmes for gold in West Africa & has worked for a number of successful Canadian & British companies in Mali, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) & Senegal. Since the inception of Cora in 2012 he has held the dual role in Mali of both Country Manager & Exploration Manager. Siaka’s practical exploration ability is complemented by a good knowledge of exploration software, planning, budgetary & management skills, & he is multilingual (French, English & Russian).

Djibril Sanogo
ESG Manager

Djibril has over 15 years' experience overseeing environmental and community management for mining companies in Mali.

He previously worked for several large gold mining companies, including AngloGold Ashanti and Resolute Mining.

Murray Paterson 
Head of Geology

Mr Paterson is an accomplished technical geologist with 30 years of experience. He has worked in all aspects of geological related disciplines, from exploration, mineral resources, mine geology and feasibility studies, and across multiple metal commodities and locations. Mr Paterson has held previous roles working in West Africa, primarily at the start of operations, including at Syama Gold Mine in Mali under Randgold ownership and more recently at Hummingbird’s Yanfolila Gold Mine in Mali.

Lourens Steenekamp Project Director

Mr Steenekamp is an experienced mining professional with a career spanning over three decades. Having begun his mining career with Gold Fields, he held engineering roles in Ghana and Tanzania where he progressed to construction projects. More recently, he has worked as Project Manager on various projects including a greenfield oxide operation at the Syama and Tabakaroni mines in Mali for Resolute Mining and in a Project Manager role at Sissingue and Fimbiasso mines for Perseus Mining in the Côte d'Ivoire.

Frikkie Fourie 
Mining Consultant

Mr Fourie started his career on the platinum mines in Rustenburg in South Africa, working at the Bathopele underground mechanised mine before joining a mining consultancy as a mining engineer where he advised on over 30 projects. He then moved back into operations at Galiano Gold in Ghana in 2016, where he started as Senior Mining Engineer and was later promoted to Vice President of Mining, responsible for providing direct technical support to the mine, the planning process, compliance to plan, optimisation, design, and strategic planning.


Ed Bowie
Non-Executive Director (Independent) & Chair of the Board

Ed has over 25 years' experience within the wider natural resources industry. He started his career with SAMAX Gold in Tanzania before going on to work in equity research, corporate finance roles, & then serving as fund manager for Altus Capital Limited’s two mining funds. More recently he served as Head of Business Development at London-listed Amara Mining plc, managing the process that led to the company’s acquisition, and Head of Business Development at Brazilian gold producer Serabi Gold plc. Ed is currently chief executive officer of Beowulf Mining plc (AIM:BEM; Spotlight:BEO).

Andrew Chubb
Non-Executive Director (Independent)

Andrew is a Partner & Head of Mining at natural resources focused investment bank Hannam & Partners. Previously Andrew was a Managing Director at Canaccord Genuity, where he worked for 8 years in the natural resources team. He has a broad range of international corporate finance, restructuring, capital markets & M&A experience focusing on the metals, mining & natural resources sectors. Prior to joining Canaccord Genuity he spent 4 years with law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner.

David Pelham
Non-Executive Director (Independent)

David is a mineral geologist with over 40 years’ global exploration experience. He has overseen the discovery & early evaluation of the +6 Moz Chirano Gold Mine in Ghana, as well as the 4.2 Moz Dugbe Gold Project in Liberia. He has been closely involved with a number of major discoveries of gold, copper-cobalt, coal, iron ore, chrome & uranium. These new discoveries add up to over 100 Moz of gold equivalent. David is also a non-executive director of Oriole Resources plc (AIM:ORR).

Paul Quirk
Non-Executive Director

Paul has over 10 years' operational experience in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), having worked as Country Manager of MPD Congo SA (Zanaga Iron Ore Company) which listed on AIM in 2010. He started his own logistics company in the Congo, Fortis Logistique Limited. Paul co-founded Lionhead Capital Advisors Proprietary Limited (‘Lionhead’), a principal investment firm that invests private capital into attractive long-term opportunities. Paul is the head of resources strategy & a director at Lionhead. Prior to co-founding Lionhead, Paul founded Fortis Logistique, a leading FMCG logistics business in West Africa.