Board of Directors

Mr James (Jim) Richards

B.Sc. Hons (Geology), MAusIMM


Jim Richards is a Perth based company director and geologist with 26 years’ experience in exploration for a wide variety of commodities.

Prior to the ASX listing of Gibb River Diamonds Limited, Mr Richards was the chief executive officer and director of United Minerals Corporation NL (UMC). At UMC, Mr Richards led the technical team that discovered the high grade iron ‘Railway Deposit’ in the Pilbara. BHP Billiton acquired the Railway Deposit in February 2010 by a take-over of UMC for AUD$204 million.

Mr Richards has considerable overseas experience including running his own alluvial diamond dredging operation in Guyana, South America and work on the Omai gold project (that became a major mine) also in Guyana. Other resources work includes operating in Indonesia and two years spent in both Laos and Pakistan.

Previous employers and clients have included Newmont Mining Corporation, BHP Billiton Limited and Woodside Energy Limited. Prior to his geology career, Mr Richards served in the British Army Parachute Regiment with operational experience in Northern Ireland. He was educated at Goldsmiths College, University of London (Geology) and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Jim’s memoir Gold Rush has been published in Australia and the UK.

Mr Grant Mooney

B. Bus CA


Mr Mooney is the principal of Perth-based corporate advisory firm Mooney & Partners, specialising in corporate compliance administration to public companies.  He has gained extensive experience in the areas of corporate and project management since commencing Mooney & Partners in 1999.  His experience extends to advice on capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.

Currently, Mr Mooney serves as a Director and Company Secretary to several ASX listed companies across a variety of industries including technology and resources.  He is a Director of ASX listed resource companies Barra Resources Limited, Wild Acre Metals Limited, Carbine Resources Limited, and is Chairman of renewable energy company Carnegie Wave Energy Limited. Mr Mooney is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. 

Mr Mark Thompson



Mr Thompson has more than 20 years industry experience in gold exploration and mining management, working extensively on major resource projects throughout Australia, Africa and South America.

He is a former Manager and Director of several private geological consultancies, founded and served on the Board of ASX-listed Catalyst Metals Ltd and is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and the Society of Economic Geologists. Mr Thompson is currently the Managing Director of ASX-listed Talga Resources Limited.