Chief Executive Officer and Director
Segun has been the CEO of Thor since August 2011. He has identified and led all of Thor’s acquisitions and financings and in particular, the acquisition of the Segilola Gold Project in Nigeria.
Segun has led Thor’s growth through, overseeing the transition from a grassroots explorer to becoming Nigeria’s first large scale commercial gold producer and continues to lead Thor as it grows in West Africa and as a first mover in Nigeria.
He is a Co-founder of African Star Resources Incorporated where he served as an officer assisting with financing, corporate and business development activities. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College (UK) with Honours in Geology, and has an MBA from Cass Business School. Mr Lawson had extensive transaction experience at Noble & Company, in the Oil and Gas corporate finance areas, and also experience at Premier Oil in identifying and negotiating new West African opportunities.
Segun is a British Nigerian citizen and has a strong network of contacts both in the UK and in West Africa.
Adrian has over 25 years’ experience in the mining sector. He served as the Global Sector Head of Resources and Energy Group, Global Banking and Markets Division of HSBC Bank plc until 2008 with strategic responsibility for its relationships and businesses with major clients globally in the resources and utilities sectors. He was the Lead HSBC Banker on a number of large-scale metals and mining transactions. At HSBC, his advisory clients included Randgold Resources. He was cited in the press as “HSBC’s star advisory banker” and named in Financial News’ “Top 20 European Dealmakers” in late 2007. He has also held roles in UBS, Warrior International and Credit Suisse First Boston with a specialisation in the resources sector. He served as Managing Director, Metals and Mining at UBS Investment Bank, London and was responsible for originating the landmark Billiton IPO, a deal which both restarted the London mining market and set a precedent for the subsequent influx of emerging market companies. Previously Adrian served as Senior Independent Director and Audit Committee Chairman of JKX Oil & Gas plc, as well as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Petropavlovsk PLC, Regal Petroleum plc and Kazakhgold Group Limited. He also served as a Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Polyus Gold International Limited until the company was taken private in late 2015. In his non-executive career, he has also served as an Adviser to a number of leading mining companies. Mr. Coates holds an MA degree in Economics from Cambridge University and an MSc (MBA) from London Business School.
Chief Kayode Aderinokun
Chief Kayode Aderinokun is a traditional Chief with over thirty-five years of accomplished business in Nigeria. He currently serves as Chairman of First Marina Trust Limited, a leading Central Bank regulated financial services institution in Nigeria. He is one of the leading business personalities in the Nigerian Mining sector, having led a number of initiatives including the first commercial exploration program of the Segilola Gold Project. He is a founder shareholder of Tropical Mines Limited and Segilola Resources Operating limited and brings invaluable in-country expertise to the board of Thor through his significant experience gained in the mining and financial services sectors and also through his network of contacts in the Nigerian mining community.
He is an accomplished writer, and was Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Authors. He also founded the Fencing Federation of Nigeria, after serving as a Special Adviser to the Government of Osun State of Nigeria.
Folorunso “Folli” Adeoye
Folorunso “Folli” Adeoye is the co - founder and President of Superior Petroleum Limited, a Nigerian downstream oil and gas company. He also co - founded Pacific Merchant Bank Limited (founded in 1989), which subsequently merged into Unity Bank Plc., one of the leading banks in Nigeria. He also served in a capacity as Special Adviser to the Osun State Government on development matters.
Mr Adeoye has had over twenty five years involvement in the Nigerian Mining Sector, where he co - founded Pineridge Nigeria Limited in order to advance prospective projects technically and financially in joint ventures with the Nigerian Mining Corporation. This included pioneering modern standards in gold exploration in Nigeria with Tropical Mines Limited, the original indigenous owners of the Segilola Gold Project.
Mr Adeoye join’s Thor’s board with a track record of successfully doing business in Nigeria for more than forty years, where he has built a strong network of contacts..
Dr. Julian Barnes
Non Executive Director
Dr Barnes has 35 years of experience in over 52 countries in a wide variety of commodities and has over 26 years’ experience in undertaking bank due diligence studies for the majority of the major resource lending institutions. Dr Barnes co-founded Resource Service Group (subsequently RSG Global) in 1986.
In 2004, he joined Dundee Precious Metals Inc. and was responsible for their worldwide exploration activities, project acquisition and investment due diligence. Following this, Dr Barnes was responsible for all technical aspects including exploration, project management, development, and management of Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) studies and due diligence for various companies as a specialist consultant. Dr Barnes has extensive experience in due diligence studies, company and project reviews for major global resource lending institutions and mining companies located throughout the world.
Collin Ellison, BSc, CEng
Non Executive Director
Mr. Ellison is a Mining Engineer with over 40 years of experience in mine design, construction, project implementation and operation. He has been responsible at a senior and executive level for the development from Definitive Feasibility Study, Project finance to production of seven underground and open pit mines with companies in Africa, Australia, S.E. Asia, Central Asia and North America. He also managed the completion of a number of feasibility studies for projects that were later developed by other parties such as Olympic Dam Life-of-mine study for Western Mining Corporation (later acquired by BHP Billiton).
Mr. Ellison’s recent West African roles included President & CEO of Goldbelt Resources developing the Inata Gold Project in Burkina Faso and President & CEO of PMI Gold Corporation, developing the Obatan Gold Project in Ghana which was successfully taken over by Asanko Gold, Canada.
Mr. Iyahen is a Senior Director and the Head of Natural Resources at the Africa Finance Corporation (“AFC”) and has over 20 years’ experience driving natural resource and multibillion-dollar infrastructure finance transactions.
Mr Iyahen has successfully executed natural resource transactions across Africa, with over $1billion capital deployed.