Board of Directors

Republic Gold’s Board of Directors bring decades of mining, engineering and management experience to the company.

Non-Executive Chairman & Company Secretary — Tom Linardos, FCA

Tom has been in his own practice as a Chartered Accountant in the Melbourne CBD since 1977. This practice has recently been sold. Importantly for the Company, Tom has used his accounting and commercial skills in the junior gold mining sector over the years as a director of a number of junior gold mining companies and other listed companies.

Tom’s chartered accounting work also sees him with considerable experience with the Corporations Act, Australian Stock Exchange Listing Rules and general company secretarial responsibilities. Tom has been a director and company secretary of Public Holdings (Australia) Ltd since 1977.


Managing Director — John Kelly, BE (Mining), MAusIMM, MAICD

John Kelly

John is a mining engineer and was part of the executive team for Perseverance from 1991 to 2001. Prior to joining Perseverance, John worked as a Mine Superintendent at two open cut operations in Western Australia for three years, and for seven years in the underground operations of Zinc Corporation Limited in Broken Hill. John holds Mine Manager Certificates for NSW, WA and Victoria.

In his time with Perseverance, John filled the roles of Mine Superintendent, Mine Manager, Executive Director and then Managing Director. In this time, Perseverance demonstrated itself as the one of the pre-eminent exponent in Australia of heap leach gold production from smaller low-grade gold deposits.

John headed the team that took the Fosterville Gold Project from the hands of the receiver in 1992 and then produced approximately 230,000 ounces. John’s extensive experience with Fosterville oxide and sulphide mineralisation is directly relevant to the Company’s Hodgkinson Basin projects. Perseverance’s share price experienced significant capital growth through the mid 1990’s and it also paid dividends.

John has been President of the Victorian Minerals and Energy Council, an Executive Councillor of the Minerals Council of Australia, and a founding director of the Australian Gold Council. John was also a non-executive director and non-executive chairman of Monto Minerals NL, a Queensland based heavy minerals explorer.


Non-Executive Director — Greg Barns, BA, LLB

Greg Barns

Greg has been a high profile participant in the Australian gold sector over the past 3 years in his role as CEO of the Robert Champion de Crespigny-inspired Australian Gold Council (AGC).

In his three years with the AGC, Barns was able to provide the directors of the AGC with excellent advice on political and community issues affecting the Australian gold mining sector. Barns also formed lasting relationships with the Australian financial press and, most importantly for the Company, with the financial sector in Australia and overseas.

Prior to joining the AGC, Barns had no experience in the resources sector but a wealth of experience in both state and federal government. Barns is qualified as a lawyer and has worked as Chief-of-Staff for the former Tasmanian Premier Ray Groom and the Chief-of-Staff for the former Federal Finance Minister John Fahey. Barns is also a director of Charters Towers Gold Limited and is the immediate past Chairman of the Australian Republican Movement.


Non-Executive Director — Chris Roberts, FRMIT, MAusIMM, MAIG

Chris Roberts

Chris is a geologist with over 30 years of experience, much of it in gold. Chris is the Exploration and Development Director for Perseverance, a position he has filled for the past six years. Prior to this he was the Chief Geologist for Perseverance, a role that dates back to 1990.

Chris has been directly responsible for the exploration success of the Fosterville Mine. Chris has grown the oxide and sulphide resource base at Fosterville from approximately 220,000 ounces in 1992 to in excess of 2,500,000 ounces today, including past production by Perseverance. Of this amount, 1,840,000 ounces falls into the high grade sulphide category in the Central Zone alone.

Chris has also been a non-executive director of Sedimentary Holdings Limited, a Melbourne-based explorer currently enjoying considerable success with its Cracow Gold Project in Central Queensland.