Chris Gilchrist, Chief Operating Officer

Chris Gilchrist has over 30 years of experience in the mining industry and is a highly regarded consultant and senior executive experienced in all facets of the mining life-cycle, i.e. exploration, feasibility, modelling, capital raising, contract negotiation, project management, ramp-up, operations and mine closure. His experience includes studies in potash, phosphates, iron ore, mineral sands (ilmenite, rutile, zircon) and gold and the operation and management of large potash, gold, coal, tin and diamond mines.

Most recently as an executive of LSE-listed Kenmare Resources, Dr. Gilchrist built Mozambique’s largest mine, the US$460 million Moma (mineral sands) project. He was previously the General Manager of the UK’s deepest mine, Cleveland Potash, which is located in North Yorkshire and employed over 1,000 unionized personnel. He also was a director of South Boulder Mines Ltd., which is developing the Colluli potash project in South East Eritrea. Dr. Gilchrist now operates as a self-employed consultant assisting mining companies and associate consultancies with feasibility studies, strategic planning, mine auditing and the implementation of improvements to existing operations through short-term management assignments.

Ian Burns, Chief Financial Officer

Ian Burns is a fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in both England and Wales and the Chartered Institute Securities and Investment. He is the founder and Senior Executive Director of Via Executive Limited, a specialist management consulting company and the Managing Director of Regent Mercantile Holdings Limited, a privately owned investment company.

Mr. Burns is also currently a Non-executive Director and audit committee chairman of two London listed companies, Phaunos Timber Fund Limited and Twenty Four Income Fund Limited. He is also a Non-executive Director of Darwin Property Management (Guernsey) Ltd. and Premier Asset Management (Guernsey) Ltd.

Mr. Burns was previously the Finance Director of AIM-listed Polo Resources Limited and an Executive Director of Anson Fund Management Limited and Group Managing Director of Investec Trust. He is the former Chairman of the Guernsey Association of Trustees and a current member of the Society of Trust and Estate Planners Guernsey committee.

Yonas Bekele Belay, Country Manager

Yonas Belay has over 23 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.