Chairman of the Board
Professor Richard Conroy has been involved in natural resources for many years. He established Trans-International Oil, which was primarily involved in Irish offshore oil exploration. Trans-International Oil initiated the Deminex Consortium which included Deminex, Mobil, Amoco and DSM. Trans-International Oil was merged with Aran Energy plc in 1979, which was later acquired by Statoil.
Professor Conroy founded Conroy Petroleum and Natural Resources P.l.c. (“Conroy Petroleum”). Conroy Petroleum was involved in both onshore and offshore oil production and exploration and also in mineral exploration. Conroy Petroleum, in 1986, made the very significant discovery of the Galmoy zinc deposits in County Kilkenny later developed as a major zinc mine. The discovery at Galmoy led to the revival of the Irish base metal industry and to Ireland becoming an international zinc province. Ireland now ranks 10th in the world in the production of zinc.
Conroy Petroleum was also a founding member of the Stoneboy consortium, which included Sumitomo, an exploration group which discovered the world class Pogo gold deposit in Alaska, now in production as a major gold mine.
Conroy Petroleum acquired Atlantic Resources plc in 1992 and subsequently changed its name to ARCON International Resources plc (“ARCON”). The oil and gas interests in ARCON were transferred to form Providence Resources plc. ARCON was later acquired by Lundin Mining Corporation.
Professor Conroy was Chairman and Chief Executive of Conroy Petroleum / ARCON from 1980 to 1994. He founded Conroy Gold and Natural Resources plc in 1995.
Professor Conroy served in the Irish Parliament as a Member of the Senate. He was at various times front bench spokesman for the Government party in the Upper House on Energy, Industry and Commerce, Foreign Affairs and Northern Ireland.
Professor Richard Conroy is an Emeritus Professor of Physiology in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Professor Conroy’s research included pioneering work on jet lag, shift working and decision taking in business after intercontinental flights. He co-authored the first text book on circadian rhythms.
Maureen Jones has over twenty years’ experience at senior level in the natural resource sector. She is Managing Director of Karelian Diamond Resources and was a founding director of the Company. Also a director of Conroy Gold and Natural Resources, she joined Conroy Petroleum and Natural Resources P.l.c. on its foundation in 1980 and was a director and member of the board of Conroy Petroleum / ARCON from 1986 to 1994. Miss Jones has a medical background and specialised in the radiographic aspects of nuclear medicine before becoming a manager of International Medical Corporation in 1977. Miss Jones is also Company secretary.
Kevin McNulty has over 20 years’ international exploration experience, primarily in the gold industry. He was involved with Pioneer’s (now AngloGold Ashanti’s) Teberebie gold mine in Ghana, and with other gold exploration projects in Ghana (including Sefwi and Nangodi). He also worked in Niger and Burkina Faso and South America prior to joining Karelian in 2005. He is a past President of the Irish Association of Economic Geologists, a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists, a member of the European Federation of Geologists and a professional geologist of the Institute of Geologists of Ireland.
Mr. Howard Bird is an internationally experienced Professional Geoscientist (diamonds, gold, platinum and base metals) and has over 30 years’ diverse junior and senior mining company exploration, development and mining experience, including over 15 years at senior executive management level.Mr. Bird was the Senior Vice President of Exploration and Geology at TSX listed Brigus Gold Corp. where he led the exploration team in the discovery of three new gold deposits at the Grey Fox Project. He was also part of the corporate development team adding the acquisitions of the Black Fox producing mine, near Timmins, Ontario and the Box mine deposit in northern Saskatchewan. Brigus was later acquired by Primero Mining Corp. in March 2014. Prior to Brigus, Howard was the Senior Vice President of Global Exploration for TSX and AIM listed SouthernEra Diamonds Ltd., where he spent over 15 years in the diamond industry. He has extensive worldwide experience and was involved in programmes that have led to the discovery of over 100 kimberlites, working in Canada, Australia, Brazil, South Africa, Angola, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana and Gabon. Mr. Bird was involved in the discovery to production success of several new economic diamond deposits while at SouthernEra, including the Marsfontein pipe, Sugerbird Blow and Klipspringer mine in South Africa, and he worked on one of the world’s largest pipes, the Camafuca kimberlite in Angola. While at SouthernEra, Mr. Bird was also involved in many of the grassroots kimberlite diamond discoveries in the Northwest Territories of Canada, these included joint-ventures with Rio Tinto. While at SouthernEra, Mr. Bird’s added responsibility included Vice President, Global Exploration for TSX listed Southern Platinum and he was a member of the team that brought the Messina (Limpopo) Platinum mine into production in South Africa.
Michael has over 25 years of experience in the exploration and mining industry. He started his career as an exploration geologist with De Beers and has then worked for a number of junior and mid-tier companies on diamond, gold and base metal projects, predominantly, throughout southern and central Africa. In addition to holding various exploration management positions, Michael has focussed on extending his career into project development and operations and has held senior positions in these areas.
Bert is an internationally respected diamond geologist who pioneered the use of indicator minerals and geophysics in diamond exploration and has published extensively on the subject. After undertaking graduate research at McGill University towards his Masters and Doctorate on the Premier kimberlite in South Africa, he was chief geologist for Williamson Diamonds Ltd. of Tanzania, resident geologist for De Beers Consolidated Diamond Mines in Namibia, and managing director of Selection Trust Ltd. of London and South Africa. He specializes in diamond exploration and deposit evaluation for both kimberlite and alluvial deposits, and has previously consulted to numerous public companies active in the sector.