Advisory Board

James Rutherford

Photo of james-rutherfordJames Rutherford worked for 16 years from 1997 to 2013 with Capital International Investors, a division of the Capital Group Companies Inc., as a Senior Vice President, with research responsibilities for European, Australasian, and Emerging Markets metals and mining companies. Prior to joining Capital International in 1997, he spent ten years as an equity analyst with James Capel in New York and Laing & Cruickshank in London & New York. Before that he worked for CRU International, a business analysis and consultancy firm that specialises in the mining and metals industries. Mr. Rutherford received an MA in development economics from the University of Sussex and a BSc in economics & computer science from Queen’s University Belfast.

Brian Stapleton

Photo of Brian StapletonBrian Stapleton is a Managing Director in Stroz Friedberg’s London office. With 16 years’ experience in the investigations industry Mr Stapleton has built up an extensive knowledge of multi-jurisdictional asset-tracing and recovery, corporate contests and disputes and bribery and corruption investigations. He also advises a number of High Net Worth clients.

Prior to joining Stroz Friedberg, Mr Stapleton was a founding partner of Tyrian Partners LLP, an independent financial investigations and forensic accounting firm based in London with a global client list. Before that Mr Stapleton worked at Kroll Associates where he held a number of senior positions. At Kroll he co-founded the Financial Investigations Practice which grew from a four person team in London to an international group of 60 professionals operating from five regional hubs. At the time of leaving Kroll Mr Stapleton was responsible for leading the organisation in EMEA.

Mr Stapleton has managed numerous high profile investigations for multi-national corporations, governments and individuals. He has operated in most European countries, the Gulf, Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Pakistan, India and China.

Mr Stapleton has a degree in law, trained as a barrister and prior to entering the investigations industry worked in financial services in the City of London for five years.

Mike Jones

Photo of Mike JonesMike is arguably one of the most respected Investment Bankers in small to mid Cap mining worldwide. With over 25 years of experience he is a BSc qualified mining engineer from the Royal School of Mines – Imperial College London. Mike moved into Mining operations in South Africa, initially with Gencor where he achieved Mine Management status, thereafter flourished with DeBeers in various operations. After achieving a high degree of success with DeBeers Mike moved to Iscor to help the company move into base metal projects in the Congo (DRC) and Zambia. He returned to the UK in 1997 and moved into the corporate finance sector as a mining analyst with T Hoare & Co, which was a predecessor of Canaccord Genuity, progressing to his most recent role as Global Co-Head of Mining. He now heads up Makerfield, an independent advisory firm focusing on the Resource sector.

Jacob Kunzer

Photo of Jacob KunzerJacob Kunzer has a Masters degree in international affairs from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa. He specialised in international trade and international economics. Jacob has been a Canadian Trade Commissioner for more than 25 years working in Canadian Embassy offices in emerging markets in Asia, Central, Eastern Europe, CIS countries and the Caribbean. He has helped Canadian companies in their international business including investigating market prospects, identifying key contacts and providing relevant advice and market intelligence in areas such as risk management, financing and corporate social responsibility. He has specialised in commercial matters related to the oil, gas and mining sectors. He was the Deputy Director of the Canadian government’s International Trade Centre in Vancouver from 1997 to 2002 where he facilitated incoming investments from Japan and Korea to British Columbia, Canada and oversaw export related matters in the mining, forestry oil & gas and natural resources area. From 2002 to 2007 he was the Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Embassy in Moscow responsible for all matters related to the natural resources sectors involving the Canadian government and Canadian business matters in Russia, Uzbekistan and Armenia. Most recently Jacob was Senior Adviser to Petro-Canada in London on international corporate relations.

Steve Smith

Photo of Steve SmithSteve Smith (BSc MCIPD) is Managing Director at Ability Consulting, providing support to Boards, management teams and organizations wishing to manage their own change, transformation and transitions.

With 25 years helping organizations become “fit for purpose”, Steve has experience delivering commercial HR and change management solutions notably within the regulated financial services and upstream oil and gas sectors.

Working with SEC and FSA regulated entities, listed in both New York and London, he has supported Mercer UK, Alliance Trust PLC and Aberdeen Asset Management PLC with programs including corporate governance and many remuneration (compensation) structures. At Franklin Templeton Investments one of the world’s leading investment and asset managers, he was responsible for all European HR programmes successfully supporting major corporate growth into new markets.

Executives owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs.

—Peter Drucker

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

—Charles Darwin

The most important adage and the only adage is, the customer comes first, whatever the business, the customer comes first.

—Kerry Stokes

The best way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

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The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

—Albert Einstein

Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will be judged by only one thing. the result.

—Vince Lombardi

Success is not for the timid. It is for those who seek guidance, make decisions, and take decisive action.

—Jose Silva

When you confront a problem you begin to solve it.

—Rudy Giuliani

The expert in battle seeks his victory from strategic advantage.

—Sun Tzu

If we are together nothing is impossible. If we are divided all will fail.

—Winston Churchill

Failure is a word I don't accept.

—John H Johnson

Leaders need to be optimists. Their vision is beyond the present.

—Rudy Giuliani

Everyone experiences tough times, it is a measure of your determination and dedication how you deal with them and how you can come through them.

—Lakshmi Mittal

In all realms of life it takes courage to stretch your limits, express your power, and fulfil your potential... it's no different in the financial realm.

—Suze Orman

A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.

—Ralph Lauren

You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.

—Abraham Maslow

Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit.

—Vince Lombardi

Strong, deeply rooted desire is the starting point of all achievement.

—Napoleon Hill

Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.

—Vince Lombardi

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

—John F Kennedy

When I'm under the gun and I've got pressure on me, I don't panic. I look for the right solution, and then I go for it.

—Magic Johnson

Don't let anyone say you can't do it.

—John Ilhan

What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease.

—Sun Tzu

You are surrounded by simple, obvious solutions that can dramatically increase your income, power, influence and success.

—Jay Abraham

It is rare to find a business partner who is selfless. If you are lucky it happens once in a lifetime.

—Michael Eisner

The only question to ask yourself is, how much are you willing to sacrifice to achieve success?

—Larry Flynt

Making good decisions is a crucial skill at every level.

—Peter Drucker

Doing a job badly and then getting someone in to sort it out can be much more expensive than getting someone in to do the job properly in the first place.

—Sarah Beeny