Management

Bradford Mills, Chief Executive Officer

Brad Mills is a Stanford University graduate, with a B.Sc. in Geology and a M.Sc. in Minerals Economics. He has in excess of 30 years of experience in the natural resources industry, and has worked in a wide variety of capacities including strategy, corporate transformation, information systems, communications, ore body development and worldwide exploration. He is considered to be a visionary leader, implementing radical change systems and enabling corporations to achieve dramatic optimisations. Mr Mills holds or has held top executive roles at BHP Billiton’s Base Metals Division, Norilsk Nickel, Magma Copper Company, Mandalay Resources Corporation, Echo Bay Mines, Rambler Resources, Rio Algom, Nimini Holdings Ltd, Helio Resources Corp, West African Minerals and Lonmin Platinum plc. Brad Mills is Managing Director and Founder of Plinian Capital Ltd., a private mine investment company with partnerships in the CE Mining institutional funds.

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.

Duncan Bowker, Chief Operating Officer

Duncan Bowker has 17 years of varied experience in the minerals, exploration and mining world. His experience includes the design, implementation and management of exploration projects; staff management, training and mentorship; technical reporting; project reviews and mine management. His exploration has been Africa focussed in several countries. Recently Mr Bowker was the New Business Development Manager for Plinian Capital Ltd, responsible for the identification, acquisition and development of investment opportunities for the Mining Fund. Mr Bowker has experience in techno-economic, legal and regulatory due diligences, financial modelling, transaction structuring and negotiation of potential investment deals across range of geographies, commodities and mining processes. Mr Bowker holds a South African Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency, and has a BSc (Hons) in Geology from Rhodes University, and a BSc (Hons) in Mining from the University of Pretoria, South 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.