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.
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 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 has been Managing Director of Conroy Gold since 1998 and was a founding director of the Company. Also a director of Karelian Diamond 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.
James Jones has been associated with the natural resources industry for many years. A Chartered Accountant, he was finance director of Conroy Petroleum and Natural Resources P.l.c. / ARCON from its formation until 1994. He was a founding director of Conroy Gold and Natural Resources plc and has served as Finance Director and Secretary of the Company since its inception. He is also a director of Karelian Diamond Resources plc.
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.
Andrew Murrells has over 10 years of international mineral experience, working in Liberia and Cameroon on gold, iron and uranium exploration projects before joining Conroy Gold in 2011. He was part of the team involved in discovering the billion tonne iron deposit at Nkout in Cameroon.
Consulting Economic Geologist
Garth Earls is Consulting Economic Geologist and Professor in the Department of Geology, University College Cork. He has been a Board Member and Managing Director of both AIM and TSX listed companies and has worked globally on a wide range of gold and base metal projects. In the 1980s he was part of the team that discovered the Curraghinalt gold deposit in Co. Tyrone. He is a former Director of the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and former Chairman of the Geosciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy.
Consulting Mining Engineer
Christopher Attwood is a mining engineer with over twenty years of mining and management experience with a significant focus on open pit gold mining. He has an Honours Degree in Mining Engineering from Camborne School of Mines. His national and international experience in the mining industry includes two years as Production Manager at the Omagh Minerals gold mine at Cavanacaw in Northern Ireland. For the past two years he has been Mine Operations Manager at the world class Bisha gold mine in Eritrea.