Board and Management


Mr Karl Smithson

Executive Director

With over 30 years’ experience in the resources sector in Africa, Karl has held senior management positions at De Beers, SouthernEra Resources, Mano River Resources and Stellar Diamonds. Karl possesses an in-depth knowledge of exploration, evaluation and production of diamond and other mineral resources, and has the capability to undertake detailed financial modelling of projects. Throughout Karl’s career, he has established strong government and local stakeholder relationships in numerous African countries and has successfully secured a number of joint venture agreements with both major and junior resource companies.

Karl holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology (Honours) from Kingston University, London, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Cape Town.


Mr Michael Lynn

Executive Director

Michael is a diamond geologist with over 30 years’ experience in the African Continent (including DRC, Tanzania, Guinea, and South Africa) as well as India, Canada and Brazil. His career included senior exploration and management roles with the De Beers Group and the Anglo American Corporation.  He is the CEO of Allotropes Diamond Co Ltd (“Allotropes”) and its related entities in Sierra Leone.

Mr Anthony Ho

Executive Director

Anthony qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1983 with Deloitte and is presently the principal of a consulting firm, Anthony Ho and Associates, specialising in providing corporate and financial services to ASX-listed companies.

Prior to establishing his practice in 1991, he spent 7 years in a senior corporate role with a major investment and resource group in Western Australia. He is currently a Director of a number of companies listed on ASX.

Anthony is a commerce graduate of the University of Western Australia.

Mr Robert Ang

Non-Executive Director

Robert presently is a Portfolio Manager of ESW Manage Pte Ltd in Singapore, responsible for trades in foreign exchange currencies, commodities and stock indices futures. His banking career included being Vice President of the Bank of America in Jakarta as the Head of the Foreign Exchange Desk, before being posted to Singapore as the Director of the Bank of America’s Foreign Exchange Trading division. Mr Ang went on to hold senior management roles at Credit Suisse Bank (Singapore), Bank of America-Merrill Lynch (Singapore), UniCredit Bank AG (Hong Kong) and Toronto-Dominion Bank (Singapore).

He is a graduate in banking and finance from Monash University, Melbourne.

Mr Rowan Carr

FEED and Mineral Resource Manager

A highly experienced diamond exploration and mining operations specialist, Rowan has a proven track record in successfully and safely operating across eight African countries, many regions of which are considered high risk zones. Rowan has over 30 years of experience in diamond operations from grass roots exploration to mining operations.

Rowan holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours), Masters of Mineral Exploration and is a Chartered Geologist. He has a wide network throughout the global diamond industry and is a Fellow of the Geological Society, London.


Mr Max Truckenbrodt

Mining Manager

Max has over 25 years’ diamond mining experience working in Africa. He began his mining career in 1989 and progressed through the ranks at a number of mining operations culminating in his position as Mine Manager on the Star and Sedibeng underground diamond mines in South Africa. Prior to joining Newfield Resources, Max held the position of Mine Manager at Kimberley Underground Mines.

Max holds a National Higher Diploma in mining from Technikon Witwatersrand and a South African Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency.


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