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Segun Lawson


Chief Executive Officer, President 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.

Michael Kelly

General Manager – Segilola Gold Project

Mr Kelly has a proven track record in mine construction, production and technical leadership. He has achieved success in several remote locations in Africa and Asia. Most recently he brought Zara Mining’s Koka gold project in Eritrea through construction and into production. He has a wealth of open pit and underground gold experience and has held several senior roles in mine engineering, mine planning technical services and contract mining, including Centerra Gold’s Boroo gold mine in Mongolia and 13 years with AngloGold Ashanti at its Obuasi mine in Ghana following production experience in South Africa. Mr Kelly holds a BSc (Hons) in Mining Engineering from the University of Leeds UK and is a Member of the Institute of Materials, Metals and Mining. He is a Chartered Engineer, Project Management Professional and holds a Mine Managers Certificate of Competency South Africa.

James Philip

Chief Operations Officer

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.

Louise Porteus

Environmental and Social Manager

Ms Porteus has over 30 years’ experience in large scale mining, infrastructure, energy, oil and gas, agribusiness, industrial, poverty reduction and urban development projects with the private sector and development finance institutions. She has expertise in environment and social management plans, internationally compliant ESIAs, Resettlement Action Plans, stakeholder engagement plans and urban development projects.

Alfred Gillman


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, South America, Indonesia, China and Russia. Alf has worked in Nigeria and previously on the Segilola Gold Project. He is currently also a Director of Billabong

Chris Omo-Osagie

Chief Financial Officer

Chris has served in various senior executive roles across North America, Europe, the Caribbean and Africa with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, Centrica, Molson Coors and more recently as Deputy Regional Chief Finance Officer for Dangote Cement Plc in Nigeria. Chris has led and sponsored numerous business transformational projects and has extensive experience in financial reporting, finance operations, mergers and acquisitions, controls and assurance, and treasury management and also financial advisory and corporate finance services to organizations, with transaction values from US$30 million to US$45 billion, including supporting new listings on the TSX.V (Toronto Stock Exchange) and the Irish Stock Exchange. He is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, Canada.

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