Management

John Ian Stalker, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. John (Ian) Stalker has recently been appointed CEO of Circum Minerals, he has served as a director of Circum since 2013. He is a mining executive with over 45 years’ experience in mine development and operations in Europe, Africa, Oceania and Australia. He is currently Managing Director of Helium One Ltd., a privately-held helium development company. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of LSC Lithium Corporation. and Chairman of Plateau Energy Metals Inc. Mr. Stalker served as CEO of K92 from May 2016 to August 2017 and was previously CEO of K92 Holdings International Limited from 2014 until 2016. He was Chair of Azincourt Energy Corp. from May 2013 until June 2018. Mr. Stalker has extensive public company experience and has acted in the capacity of CEO for Brazilian Gold Corp., Berkeley Resources Ltd., Niger Uranium Ltd. and UraMin Inc. He was a Vice President of Gold Fields Ltd. from April 2001 to October 2005, where he was involved with its international operations. Mr. Stalker holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Honours) in Chemical Engineering, from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland.

Kevin Burford, Chief Financial Officer

Kevin Burford is an internationally experienced Financial Director, with over 30 years’ relevant experience. He has been a UK FTSE Main Board Executive Director and has worked for IC Potash Corp, Gem Diamonds,  Xstrata and De Beers. He was the internal lead for listing Gem Diamonds Ltd on the UK FTSE Main Board in 2007, raising US$600m. The listing was done with a small staff, based in South Africa, and Gem grew to a group of companies employing ±3,000 people. Mr Burford has a B Compt and a B Compt (Hons) from the University of South Africa, and is a qualified CA registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Luke Knight, Chief Operating Officer

Luke commenced his career in the mining sector in 1997 working as a Manager for New Projects with the Olympus Mining Group and Miranda Minerals Ltd. His activities saw him supervise mineral exploration projects in various countries in Africa and South America. Luke, was a founding member of Platmin Ltd and the COO of its South African operating subsidiary. His responsibilities included the acquisition of mineral rights, liaison with government regulatory bodies, environmental management, human resources, accounting, payroll and all other tasks involved with the day to day operations of the company and its administration. Luke joined AMED Funds, a Luxembourg based private equity fund focused on investments in the mineral/commodity space in Africa as a director responsible for portfolio monitoring. Luke brings a wealth of experience in the management of exploration and development projects in Africa.

Luke Jarvis, Chief Commercial Officer

Luke Jarvis is a potash market specialist with over 26 years of fertilizer experience working for Cleveland Potash (now ICL), Helm Chemicals, Agrium (now Nutrien), Sirius Minerals, BHP and Salt Lake Potash, including 18 years in various Directorship roles. He has hands on trading and logistics experience in most major fertilizers, a sound knowledge base in shipping and agronomy, an excellent understanding of global fertilizer practices and clarity on the regulatory requirements of the industry. Mr Jarvis has extensive relationships with global customers having sold products substantially in all continents. 

Yonas Bekele Belay, General Manager

Yonas Belay has over 24 years of experience working in Mining and Geology in Ethiopia. He started his career in the Ministry of Mines, and has a thorough understanding of the requirements of Government with respect to compliance in Ethiopia, as well as Ethiopian Mining and Exploration laws and regulations. During his career he has worked for Allana Potash as a Senior Geologist, as well as at Nova Potash as a Project Manager. Prior to joining Circum, Mr. Belay had been working as a successful Mining Consultant for several years, and has experience on a wide range of base and precious metal projects throughout Ethiopia. He has a BSc in Geology and an MSc in Engineering Geology from Addis Ababa University.  Mr Belay has been leading the Ethiopian operations since 2013.