Brian Johnson

Executive Chairman


Mr Johnson is a civil engineering graduate from the University of Western Australia with extensive experience in the construction and mining industries in Australia, South East Asia and North America. Mr Johnson has been instrumental in establishing a number of successful public companies including Nevada Goldfields Limited, Austral Coal Limited, and both Portman Mining Limited and Mount Gibson Iron Limited in the iron ore industry. His particular skills lie in successfully taking a company from its conceptual stage, through Stock Exchange listing, to profitable operations, and substantially increasing its market capitalisation.


James Tyers

Executive Director


Mr Tyers has a BAppSci in Mineral Exploration and Mine Geology from Western Australian School of Mines, an MBA from the University of Western Australia, a Western Australian Quarry Managers Certificate of Competency and is a member of the AusIMM. He has 25 years' experience in the mining industry with the last 15 years involving senior management roles in both gold and iron ore operations.


Ugo Cario

Non Executive Director


Mr Cario holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and has over 28 years' experience in the Australian mining industry. He was a Director and Chief Executive Officer of Rocklands Richfield Limited for over four years, and Managing Director of Austral Coal Limited for over eight years. Prior to Austral Coal, Mr Cario held a number of senior positions with the Conzinc Rio Tinto Australia Group. He is also a former Director of the Port Kembla Coal Terminal, the New South Wales Joint Coal Board, and was 2004 Interim Chairman of the New South Wales Minerals Council.


Angela Pankhurst

Non Executive Director


Ms Pankhurst MAICD holds a Bachelor of Business degree and has over 10 years’ experience as an executive and non-executive director primarily in the mining industry. She was CFO and then Finance Director of PanTerra Gold from prior to its acquisition of the Las Lagunas Project until March 2009 and continued as a non-executive Director until June 2011, and was reappointed to the Board in April 2012. Ms Pankhurst has been a senior executive for Listed and unlisted companies with projects in Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Vietnam and Australia. She was Managing Director of Central Asia Resources Limited during the development of its first gold mine and processing facility.



Senior Management

Pamela Bardsley

Legal Counsel and Company Secretary

Ms Bardsley joined PanTerra Gold in April 2008 as its in house Legal Counsel. She is a lawyer with over 16 years' experience in general commercial, and  banking and finance industries. She also has over nine years' experience in company secretary roles including four years as Company Secretary for National Roads and Motorists Association Limited. Ms Bardsley holds a Dip Law (SAB) and Master of Laws from UTS, Sydney.


Dean Young

Chief Metallurgist

Mr Young was previously employed by Fluor Australia and Intermet Engineering as a process engineer on design, construction, commissioning and operation of gold plants in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Spain and Bolivia. Mr Young holds a BSc in Extractive Metallurgy from Murdoch University in Western Australia and was responsible for supervising engineering design, commissioning, and modification of the Las Lagunas Albion/CIL plant.


James McTiernan

General Manager, Las Lagunas Project

Mr McTiernan has been recruited from his position of Superintendent, Process Engineering at the Sepon copper/gold/zinc project in Laos. He has thirteen years expatriate experience in hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy and mineral concentration, across copper, gold, zinc and lead commodities. Mr McTiernan is responsible for the on-site management of day-to-day operation of the Las Lagunas process plant. 


Jose Sena

Director, EnviroGold (Las Lagunas) Limited

Mr Sena qualified as a Mining Engineer at the University of Arizona and is in charge of Government and community relations, and environmental compliance for the Las Lagunas project. During the years 1984 to 1992, he held senior managerial positions at the Pueblo Viejo gold mine in the Dominican Republic, and was General Manager from 1989 to 1992. He spent a number of years with Billiton as a senior mining engineer in Cuba, Indonesia and Australia. Mr Sena is fluent in Spanish and English and is a resident of Santo Domingo.


Miguel Díaz

Director of Permitting and Environmental Compliance, EnviroGold (Las Lagunas) Limited

Mr Díaz holds a B.Sc. from the University of Wales, and Ph.D. (Engineering) from the Royal School of Mines, University of London.  Prior to joining EnviroGold, he worked as a consultant for 27 years in the environmental field. Based in the UK during this time, he provided consulting services to Knight Piesold, Scott Wilson Mining, and Amec Foster Wheeler, in Europe, Brazil and Africa. Mr Díaz is fluent in Spanish and English and able to communicate in Portuguese. He presently resides in the Dominican Republic.