Executive Management

Segun Lawson, BSc, MBA

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director

Segun has been the CEO of Thor since August 2011. He has identified and lead all of Thor’s acquisitions and financings and Thor’s JV with Acacia Mining.

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.


Ben Hodges, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Mr Hodges is a qualified Certified Practicing Accountant with 20 years experience in both the accounting profession and in the natural resources sector where he has had fourteen years experience in both mining and oil and gas, working as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Zeta Petroleum plc, an ASX listed oil & gas company, and previously serving as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Atlantic Coal, a former AIM listed coal mining company.


Alfred Gillman, (FAusIMM)

Group Exploration Manager

Mr Gillman has a BSc (Honours) from the University of Western Australia, and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (FAusIMM)Chartered Professional (Geology). He has a successful track record in senior management and Board roles across gold, base metals, uranium and industrial mineral exploration. He was the Group Exploration Manager of the major gold mining company, Harmony Gold where he led the development of several major gold projects in Australia and Papua New Guinea. More recently, he has consulted to the resources industry through his wholly owned business Odessa Resources Pty Ltd and as gained extensive experience in the United States, Africa, Turkey, Central Asia and Russia. Alf has worked in Nigeria and previously on the Segilola Gold Project.


James Philip

Vice President, Corporate Development

Mr Philip is a highly experienced mining finance executive with 15 years’ experience in a broad range of international advisory and financing transactions across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Most recently Mr Philip was an Executive Director in Standard Chartered Bank’s mining & metals division where he completed over 30 major transactions including mergers & acquisitions, financings across the capital structure, hedging strategies and restructurings with a combined value of over USD20bn. Mr Philip holds a Master’s degree in Earth Resources & Environmental Engineering from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London.


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