About & Leadership


Phoenix Copper Limited is an emerging producer of base and precious metals in Idaho, USA. We are focused on low-cost gold, silver, and copper production and staged gold and cobalt exploration in Custer and Lemhi Counties.

Our mission is to produce copper and other metals in a way that minimizes impacts to the environment, supports local economies, and facilitates Company growth. Phoenix Copper's Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) priorities guide every step of our business to ensure the protection of natural resources, the health and safety of our employees, and the wellbeing of wider stakeholders.

By employing innovative methods, working with government agencies, and fostering meaningful relationships with the local community, we aim to produce copper and other metals with as small a carbon footprint as possible-allowing the Company to meet the growing need for the metals necessary to achieve global electrification goals.

Marcus Edwards-Jones, MA
Executive Chairman

Marcus Edwards Jones, Chairman has significant experience in global institutional capital raisings. MD of Lloyd Edwards-Jones S.A.S. a Paris and Dubai-based finance boutique specialising in selling equities to institutional clients and advising resources companies. Graduated from Oxford University with an MA in Ancient and Modern history. Recently served as a Non-Executive Director of Georgian Mining.

Ryan McDermott , B.Sc
Chief Executive Officer

Ryan McDermott is a native Idahoan with over 25 years of experience in base and precious metals exploration and mining. Ryan graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Geology and is committed to using his extensive background in the industry to build responsible mining operations in Idaho. Prior to joining the Phoenix Copper team, Ryan led teams responsible for exploration, permitting, and mining projects around the world.

Richard Wilkins, MA, FCA
Chief Financial Officer

Richard Wilkins, CFO is a Chartered Accountant. He was founding director of Zeravshan Gold in Tajikistan (Nelson Gold: TSX) and co-founder and director of Oxus Gold (AIM) which produced over 500,000 oz of gold and 1.2m oz of silver from the Amantaytau Goldfields mine in Uzbekistan. Richard is a non-executive director of Goldstone Resources (AIM). A graduate of Pembroke College, Oxford.

Non-Executive Directors

Catherine Evans,
Non-Executive Director

Catherine Evans, NED has over 20 years of experience in institutional investment sales in the UK, Europe, Hong Kong and South Africa. She started her career with a US brokerage firm before joining Pictet Asset Management, then spent 10 years working in alternatives, specifically hedge funds, before joining the founding team of Fundsmith as Institutional Sales Director. She has a BA from the University of South Africa in English and Psychology and has a MA from the University of Kingston.

Andre Cohen, B.Ec. MA, M.Phil
Non-Executive Director

Andre Cohen, NED is a highly experienced banker who has advised on significant fund raisings and international transportation, infrastructure and project financings. Economics graduate from Sydney and Yale.

Jason Riley, BCom,
Non-Executive Director

Jason Riley, NED of Phoenix and CEO of ExGen Resources (which holds a 20% interest in Konnex Resources alongside Phoenix with 80%). He is Chairman of Konnex Resources. He has over 15 years of experience in the North American investment and capital markets. Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia.

Advisory Board

Harry Kenyon-Slaney

Harry Kenyon-Slaney has over 37 years of experience in the mining industry, principally with Rio Tinto. His experience spans operations, marketing, projects, finance and business development. He is chairman of Gem Diamonds Ltd, a non-executive director at Sibanye Stillwater Ltd and an Advisory Board member at Schenck Process GmbH. He is also a senior advisor to McKinsey & Company. He has an MSc degree in geology from Southampton University.

Dennis Thomas, ACSM, FIMMM, Eurlng., CEng

Dennis Thomas is co- founder Phoenix Copper Limited. He has held senior management roles including CEO of Delta Pacific Mining plc and was a Non-Exec Director of Cariboo Gold, Gold, Ridge Resources, Rembrandt Gold Mines Limited and St Genevieve Resources. A graduate mining engineer from Camborne School of Mines.


David Jarvis
General Manager, Konnex Resources

David Jarvis has approximately 40 years of project management and mine operation experience. His experience includes being Managing Director for Eldorado Gold’s operations in the People’s Republic of China and Vice President / General Manager for Coeur Mexicana. His start-up experience includes Newmont’s Batu Hijau Mine in Indonesia and the Thompson Creek Mine in Idaho. David received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and is a full-time resident of Custer County, Idaho.

Brittany Lock
Vice President of Public Relations

Brittany Lock has always called Idaho home and is a passionate advocate for the benefits of a robust and responsible domestic mining industry. She graduated from Boise State University with a bachelor's degree in communication and uses her background as an Emmy award winning journalist to develop informative communication materials, coordinate efforts, and encourage positive outcomes.

Lenie Wilkie
ESG Program Lead

Lenie Wilkie was born and raised in Mackay, Idaho. She has an integral sense of values rooted in environmental care and social involvement. She is an active participant in the community using her skills and time for local economic and business development. She is both a regular volunteer and leader in the community. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Corporate Training from Idaho State University.