Andrew Woollett, Chief Executive

Andrew Woollett is a geologist with over 30 years of international experience in mineral exploration and project development. He began his career with RTZ in Saudi Arabia and then worked in Greenland for the EU. Upon completion of an MSc in mineral exploration from the Royal School of Mines in 1981 he joined Cluff Resources plc and worked in the UK, Eire, Zimbabwe, and Shanghai. He was a founder director of Ivernia West plc and in 1989 set up Reunion Mining plc, a multi-commodity African exploration and mining company where he was Executive Chairman until the company was taken over by Anglo American plc. In 1999 he set up ZincOx with Noel Masson and has been Chief Executive ever since.

Donald McAlister, Finance Director
Donald McAlister is an accountant with some twenty-five years’ experience in the resources sector.  He is experienced in all aspects of mining finance including project evaluation, joint venture negotiation,  project finance (debt and equity), metal hedging and financial reporting. He has held the position of Finance Director in three London listed companies. Donald is a Director of Moxico Resources plc, and Tertiary Minerals PLC, where he chairs the Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee. Donald joined the Board as part-time Finance Director in July 2016.



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Rod Beddows, Non-Executive Chairman

Rod Beddows has over 35 years experience as a strategy consultant and financial adviser to mining and metals companies. He was the co-founder of Hatch Corporate Finance (now HCF International Advisers) and was its CEO for 7 years.  He is now a director and Senior Adviser for Mining.  Before that he founded and was Chairman and CEO of Beddows and Co, one of the steel industry’s foremost consultancy groups.   Rod was appointed to the Board in February 2008 and now chairs the Nomination Committee and also sits on the Remuneration Committee and Audit Committee.

Gautam Dalal, Non-Executive Director

Gautam Dalal, Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nominations Committee and Remuneration Committee, is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of experience with KPMG. He was responsible for the commencement of its business in India from 1993 to 1998 after which he spent two years in the UK managing the account of a major industrial conglomerate globally. In 2000 he returned to India as Chairman and CEO of KPMG’s Indian operations, growing the business to more than 1000 employees. In 2003 he returned to the UK and in 2008 he took over as Head of the Diversified Industrials market sector where he was involved with delivering business change agendas in major multinational corporations. Gautam was appointed to the Board in January 2011 as a non-executive director. Gautam is vice-chairman of the Bart’s Health NHS Trust and a non-executive director of Camellia plc.


Jacques Dewalens, Vice-President Technical
Jacques Dewalens joined ZincOx in September 2007 as head of technical services and production manager. He has a PhD in Sciences with over 45 years of experience in the zinc industry, mostly spent at Umicore and its precursor zinc subsidiaries. Jacques retired from the Board in April 2015, but remains available as a Consultant to the Group.