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Dennis M. Bartlett [photo]

Dennis M. Bartlett

Founder and Chairman

Dennis Bartlett has over 40 years experience in the mining industry. Much of his career was with Phelps Dodge Mining Company where he held various positions.


These include General Manager of the Morenci mine in Arizona, President of Chino Mines Company in New Mexico, President of Climax Molybdenum Company, Senior Vice President in charge of all Phelps Dodge copper mining operations in the Americas and Senior Vice President of Development. Earlier in his career, Dennis was also the Technical Service Manager for the development, construction and start-up of the Candelaria mine in Chile.

Dennis was the founding Chief Executive Officer of Cupric. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Arizona and an MBA degree from Western New Mexico University.

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David Ellis

Non-Executive Director

David Ellis is a Managing Partner at Global Natural Resource Investments, a global private equity business focused on natural resource investment opportunities.


David joined the Barclays Natural Resource Investments (BNRI) team in 2006 at the inception of the business and in 2015 BNRI was subject to a management buyout, forming GNRI. He previously worked in the Mining and Metals Banking teams of Barclays Capital and Société Générale.

David is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a BSc in Accounting and Financial Management from Sheffield University.

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Richard Jennings

Non-Executive Director

Richard Jennings has 13 years of experience in the private equity industry, 11 years within the natural resources sector, and is a qualified corporate lawyer of 13 years.


He has held previous roles at Linklaters LLP and Barclays Natural Resource Investments (BNRI).

Richard was part of the management buyout of BNRI in 2015 to form Global Natural Resource Investments (GNRI), and holds various directorships across the GNRI portfolio, currently within both Oil and Gas, and Mining sectors. Richard is Managing Director and General Counsel for GNRI.

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Calum Semple

Non-Executive Director

Calum Semple serves as the Operating Executive and Head of Technical for Resource Capital Funds (RCF). He is a U.K. Chartered Engineer and holds a BSc (Hons) in Engineering from Edinburgh and is a Member of the Canadian Institute of Mining. He is a U.K. and Canadian citizen.

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Johan Ferreira

Executive Director

Johan Ferreira has 35 years of experience in the mining industry. His experience includes strategic executive leadership roles together with a managerial execution track record of global / international assignments.


Over and above his strategic leadership and rigorous operational experience, his areas of expertise include: mine design, project management, the turning around of businesses / operations, commissioning of mining projects and starting up and establishing new mining businesses.

Johan started his mining career in 1986 with Anglo American as a Learner Official and progressed to the level of Senior Vice President Operations - South Africa Region, which later operated as AngloGold Ashanti. Prior to joining Khoemacau, Johan was the Regional Senior Vice President - Africa Region for Newmont, based in Ghana. During his four year tenure with Newmont, he had many successes. Apart from dealing with complex internal and external stakeholder relationships, infrastructure challenges, and new project development, Ghana was one of Newmont’s top performing operating divisions under Johan’s leadership.

In addition to his career, he also led the Association of Mine Managers of South Africa as President, was the President of the Ghana Chamber of Mines and served as Director on various Boards. Johan was most recently nominated and selected by the mining industry as one of the 10 top Mining Elite Leaders in Africa for 2022.

Johan holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) degree from the University of Pretoria and is a qualified and registered Professional Engineer. Johan assumed the role as CEO of the Cupric group, which owns and operates Khoemacau, in October 2018.

John Munro [photo]

John Munro

Executive Director

John Munro has 30 years of experience in the mining and private equity industries. He began his career with Gold Fields South Africa in 1991, and in 1999, John joined the newly created Gold Fields Limited as the head of feasibility and acquisitions.


He was appointed to the Executive Committee of that company in 2002, and assumed responsibility for international gold, copper and PGM operations and development projects, covering Ghana, Peru, Australia and Finland, he returned to Business Development and Strategy in 2006.

In 2008 he was appointed CEO of Rand Uranium, a private gold and uranium start up in South Africa, owned by First Reserve Corporation, AMCI and Harmony Gold. Following the sale of that company in 2011, he joined First Reserve Corporation’s buyout team in London. In 2014, John commenced working with Cupric Canyon, covering business development and corporate finance, was CEO of the Cupric Group from early 2017 to late 2018, and currently looks after all corporate finance, corporate development and exploration activities.

He is a non-executive director of Manuli. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Boikobo Bashi Paya [photo]

Boikobo Bashi Paya

Executive Director

Boikobo Bashi Paya (BK) joined Khoemacau Copper Mining from Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), where he was the Director of Research and Development.


Prior to joining BIUST, BK enjoyed a long career with the Ministry of Minerals Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR), where he rose through the ranks to Permanent Secretary.

BK holds a Bachelor of Science (Geology) degree from the University of Botswana and a master’s degree of Philosophy (Geology) from the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom.