Rowan Karstel, aged 50, was appointed as CEO of Beacon Hill Resources Plc in November 2012. Rowan joined Beacon Hill from Keaton Energy Limited, a Johannesburg listed thermal coal producer. Prior to Keaton Energy, Rowan was the Chief Project Development Officer at Optimum Coal Holdings where he was responsible for the development and execution of Optimum Coal’s project pipeline prior to the Company’s acquisition by Glencore International Plc.
Rowan, a professional engineer, holds a Bachelor in Mining and Civil Engineering, a MSc in Mineral Economics and a MBA. Rowan began his career in deep gold mining before moving into coal mining where he worked for 20 years both in South Africa and internationally where he worked in various capacities for BHP Billiton, and Xstrata Coal. Prior to joining Optimum Coal, Rowan was the Director of Business Development for Mmakau Coal.
Justin Farr-Jones, joined the Board of Beacon Hill as a Non-Executive Director in July 2012 and became Chairman of the Board in November 2012. Justin is a Director of Renaissance Capital and is currently responsible for Renaissance's existing and new investments in Africa, including the firm’s investment in Beacon Hill Resources Plc. He has been active in private equity and portfolio management for the past 14 years, working with numerous portfolio companies at board level. Justin joined Renaissance Asset Managers in 2008 and led Renaissance Africa Fund’s successful investments in among others the re-capitalisation of Blue Financial Services (South Africa), Beacon Hill Resources acquisition of Minas Moatize (Mozambique), and an investment in TrustCo (Nambia) working closely with management in formulation of its growth strategy. Prior to this Justin was a founding Partner at Clearbrook Capital Partners and held positions with WestLB Principal Finance, Barclays Capital and JP Morgan Chase. Justin holds a BA (Hons) Financial Services from Nottingham Business School.
Timothy Jones qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1974. In 1983, he joined a client as financial director before founding his own accountancy and consultancy practice specialising in advising clients in the natural resources sector. He was a founding director of the Company at its launch on AIM in 2006. In addition to his executive role at Beacon Hill, he sits as a non-executive on the boards of two other AIM listed companies, Falkland Oil and Gas Limited and Xcite Energy Limited.
David Premraj joined Beacon Hill in May 2011 and joined the Board of Directors as the Director of Corporate Development in October 2012. David is also a Non-Executive Director of AIM listed StratMin Global Resources Plc. David through his previous roles at Macquarie Bank brings analytical and debt funding expertise to the Group. David holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne. David also represents the interests of Consolidated Minerals Pte Ltd, Consolidated Resources Pte Ltd and Asia Carbon Pacific Pty Ltd.
Murray d'Almeida, joined the Board of Beacon Hill as a Non-Executive Director in October 2009 following the Company’s acquisition of Tasmania Magnesite NL. Murray has over 30 years of national and international business experience having been involved in the restaurant, wholesaling, farming, mineral exploration and liquor industries. Murray is currently a non-executive director of Hyperion Asset Management Limited, a leading Australian equities manager, Chairman of Bartercard Australia Pty Ltd, the Federal Government's Area Consultative Committee for the Gold Coast and Regions, The Institute of Business Leaders Ltd, Gold Coast Rugby Ltd, a member of the Gold Coast's Regional Economic Development Advisory Board and a member of a Griffith University Business School Advisory Board. He has held previous positions as Chairman of Allied Brands Ltd and ECT Ltd (ASX listed entities), Director of Bartercard PLC (AIM Listed), Golden Pacific Resources Ltd, Capricorn Resources NL, Queensland Rugby Union, Australian Small Business Association and Franchisors Association of Australia and New Zealand.