The Team

Managing Partners

Senior Advisers

Jonathan Challis

Chartered Mining Engineer, BSc., MBA

Jonathan Challis is a mining engineer with over 30 years of experience in the operation, management, financing and analysis of mining projects around the world.

Mr Challis started his professional life as a mining engineer with Gold Fields of South Africa in 1974 before returning to Europe where he worked as a mining analyst and project financier for several European institutions. He subsequently joined McLeod Young Weir in London in 1987 as a mining analyst prior to relocating to Toronto in 1990. In 1994, he joined CM Oliver in Toronto as a Director and Senior Mining Analyst, prior to moving back to London where he was instrumental in establishing a European presence for that company. In 1997, he joined Ivanhoe Capital Corporation and was involved in several Canadian resources companies in the roles of CEO, President and director.

Mr Challis is currently a Director and Chairman of Rye Patch Gold Corp, as well as a Director of West African Iron Ore Corp, Quartet Mining Ltd, Goldfield Empires Ltd, Explor Resources Inc and Pasinex Resources Ltd.

Mr Challis earned an honours degree in Mineral Exploitation from University College, Cardiff, and an MBA degree from Cranfield University. He holds both the South African Metalliferous Mine Captain's and Mine Manager's Certificates of Competency. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (UK) and a Chartered Engineer.