About Newfield

Board & Management

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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 the exploration, evaluation, and production of diamond and other mineral resources. 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 of 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.

Mr. Chris Burton

Non-Executive Director

Chris is a chartered accountant and registered company auditor with over 22 years of financial sector experience from roles in both public practice and the private sector. He is a former partner of the accounting firm BDO where he spent eight years in audit and assurance services focusing on ASX-listed companies in a wide range of industries including exploration and mining companies.

Chris currently provides corporate, financial and compliance services to ASX listed and private clients to strengthen their reporting, risk, and governance practices. He is a facilitator with the Institute of Company Directors in Australia (AICD) where he delivers the finance modules for the company directors course.

Mr. Jack Spencer-Cotton

Non-Executive Director

Jack has over 27 years of experience in the field of engineering. he has held a range of senior engineering roles in international manufacturing companies, as well as established his own business in engineering and consulting. He has previously held senior engineering roles at ERG Group Ltd, Sanmina-SCI Corporations, and SRX Global. He is presently a capital projects engineer at Pfizer Perth and a non-executive director of an ASX-listed company.

Mr. Rowan Carr

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 grassroots 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. Koos Visser

Consulting Project Engineer

Koos is an Engineer specializing in project development, process improvements, and mining cost optimization. He was previously Group Operations Manager at Petra Diamonds where he was responsible for over 12,800 mining staff with an annual budget of US$450 million, and where he successfully steered that company to profitability from marginal mines. He is an expert in the underground diamond fissure and pipe mining and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Potchefstroom University and a South African Government Certificate of Competency.