Directors & Senior Officer


We are confident that our technical ability supplemented by our combined operational experience and expertise of 125 years will complement our passion to become a leading junior miner, while unlocking tangible value to our stakeholders.


Executive Chairman & Director

Terry Tucker is a Canadian citizen and geologist with 26 years‘ experience in mineral exploration and development projects worldwide. Prior to moving to Switzerland in 2011, he was the CEO and Director of Nyota Minerals Limited (AIM, ASX: NYO) focused on an advanced stage gold project in Ethiopia. He was also President, CEO and Director of TSX-listed StrataGold Corporation, where he successfully advanced the exploration and development of two gold projects in both Guyana and Canada before the company’s acquisition by Victoria Gold Corp (TSX-V: VIT) in June 2009. Previously he was responsible for a number of exploration projects in northern Canada, including the discovery of the Wolverine gold-rich massive sulphide deposit. His experience includes a number of roles at strategic, operational and corporate levels.

CEO and Director

Mr. Samer Khalaf has over 25 years of investment banking experience in the Middle East, Africa and Europe and has held senior positions at various institutions including Nomura Securities, Gazprombank and PrimeCorp Finance SA. His most recent position was as Director for Africa & Middle East at GPB Global Resources. Samer holds an economics degree from Syracuse University and an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School. He has also completed the executive program for energy at Harvard Business School.


Donna Moroney has over 30 years of experience in regulatory and corporate compliance in both Canada and the United States, and as a senior officer of various public companies. As President of Wiklow Corporate Services Inc., she assists companies in the resource, financial and technology sectors in maintaining the securities and exchange demands on public companies, as well as keeping them up-to-date on relevant issues, policies and working practices. Ms. Moroney also assists companies reporting in the US in preparing registration statements, quarterly and annual financial filings and other various facets of meeting US securities requirements. She also leads seminars that provide a practical guide for public companies in meeting their securities regulatory compliance requirements. She serves as a director and/or senior officer for numerous public companies.


Mr. Kevin Gallagher has over 40 years’ experience in the mining and metallurgical process engineering industry and was founder and is Executive Managing Director of the Kwena Mining Group (part of African Star). His operational experience includes 14 years as metallurgical supervisor at various coal, gold and platinum plants which includes Harmony Gold, Rand Mines Group & Rio Tinto. Mr. Gallagher is a member of the South African Coal Processing Society, a member of the Mine Metallurgical Managers Association, holds a Diploma (Hon) Mineral, Processing & Extractive Metallurgy from the School of Mines Rhodesia and completed the Management Development Programme with the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town (UCT).


Neil Budd qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and worked in local government for seven years, specialising in commercial property and development projects. In 1995 he joined the Moscow Office of international law firm, Watson Farley and Williams. Neil worked in Moscow for four years, undertaking a broad of work including property, shipping, corporate, trade finance, asset finance, banking and securities. In 1999, Neil moved back to London and worked in the London office of Watson Farley and Williams as an energy lawyer; initially working on conventional power projects in Eastern Europe and, from 2005, specialising in renewable energy. In 2012, Neil joined Shakespeare Martineau, a top 50 UK national law firm, to develop his renewable energy practice, in particular in solar and biomass. Neil became a Partner in Shakespeare Martineau in 2016. In 2018, Neil founded Budd Legal. The focus of the firm is to be a niche practice advising on renewable energy and conventional energy projects, infrastructure projects, real estate and construction in the UK and internationally.


Chief Financial Officer

Mr. van der Loo is a qualified charted accountant and registered with the South African Institute for Charted Accountants. He has 14 years experience which includes professional services serving the mining, agricultural, environmental and information technology sectors local as well as international. He worked for 10 years with Ernst & Young as an Audit Senior Manager and three years as finance director for a supply chain focused subsidiary of a major copper project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is experienced in financial management, financial reporting, taxation, budgeting, risk assessment and valuations.


Southstone Minerals subscribes to a formal Code of Ethics, that sets out standards of behaviour required by all employees, directors, officers and contractors of the Company (our “team members”) in conducting the business and affairs of Southstone Minerals and its subsidiaries and affiliates (the “Company”). It is also our intention to be as open and transparent about our governance arrangements as possible and publicly announce any changes and improvements we have made during the year.

All team members are expected to maintain and enhance the Company’s standing as a vigorous and ethical member of the business community, and are therefore accountable for compliance with the policy. The Code of Business Conduct and Ethics are indicative of the Company’s commitment to the maintenance of high standards of conduct and are a description of the type of behaviour expected from team members in all circumstances. Breaches of this Code are grounds for summary dismissal for just cause without notice or payment in lieu of notice.

The Company and its team members, personally and on behalf of the Company, shall comply with the laws, policies and otherregulations applicable to the Company and its business, respect the protection of human rights and recognize the responsibilityto observe those rights. All team members must diligently ensure that their conduct cannot be interpreted as being in contravention of laws and regulations governing the affairs of the Company in any jurisdiction where it carries on business. Team members much avoid even the appearance of impropriety.

A full version of the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics are available for scrutiny by the public, employees or officers of the company.

Committee Members
Audit Committee Terry L. Tucker, Samer Khalaf, Donna M. Moroney
Corporate Governance Committee Terry L. Tucker