Board of Directors & Management
Terence Bates - President & CEO
Terry Bates is the Chief Executive Officer and President of the company. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institutes of Mining and Metallurgy (FAus IMM) and holds an MSc (Geol).
Mr. Bates is a geologist with 42 years experience in the mineral exploration industry. He is the owner of Resources Services Limited ("RSL") and has been its Managing Director since its incorporation. He has been Director of Meritus Minerals Ltd since May 27, 2005, and has been Director of mineral exploration companies listed on New Zealand, Australian and Canadian Stock Exchanges. Mr. Bates served as Vice President of the New Zealand Mining Exploration Association for 9 years, from 1981 to 1990, followed by 2 years as its President.
Kevin Edwards - Director
Kevin Edwards had wide experience in the mining industry in Western Australia before graduating with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Jurisprudence. He subsequently worked in the industrial relations field for various Union groups in Western Australia before being appointed as Executive Director of Phosphate Mining Co. of Christmas Island and later its Chairman. From 1984 – 1988 he was Chief Executive, Department of Cabinet, Government of Western Australia.
Since 1989 Mr. Edwards has run his own private legal practice and consultancy in Perth and Ha Noi (Vietnam). He is currently Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary of Phosphate Resources Limited and a director of all group subsidiaries.
Matthew Facey - CFO, Director
Matthew Facey is the Chief Financial Officer of the company. He holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney, Australia and has qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Australia (1984 to 2005), and as a Certified Public Accountant in both Vietnam (current) and Papua New Guinea.
Mr. Facey has 28 years work experience in accounting and finance in Australia, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and has held management or partnership positions with Arthur Andersen, Coopers and Lybrand and more recently with Grant Thornton (Vietnam).
Clients of Mr. Facey have included Conzinc Rio Tinto of Australia (CRA) and Curtain Bros. JV (major heavy equipment supplier to Ok Tedi mine) in Papua New Guinea, and Westralian Sands, Portman Mining and Sin Quyen Gold-Copper JV in Vietnam.
Gordon J. Fretwell - Secretary
Gord Fretwell holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1979 with his Bachelor of Law degree. Formerly a partner in a large Vancouver law firm, Mr. Fretwell has, since 1991, been a self-employed solicitor (Gordon J. Fretwell Law Corporation) in Vancouver practicing primarily in the areas of corporate and securities law. In addition to Meritus Minerals Ltd. Mr. Fretwell is, or was within the past five years, an officer and/or director of the following public companies: Antarex Metals Ltd.; Bell Resources Corporation; Benton Resources Corp.; Continental Minerals Corporation; Copper Ridge Explorations Inc.; Grandcru Resources Corp.; Icon Industries Limited; International Royalty Corporation; Keegan Resources Inc.; Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd.; Pine Valley Mining Corp.; Quartz Mountain Resources Ltd.; Rockwell Ventures Inc.; and Tri-Gold Resources Corp.
Ken Thorsen - Director
Ken Thorsen has more than 40 years experience as a geologist of which the first 30 were with major companies and the past 10 as a director and consultant to junior mining companies.