Directors & Officers
Marcus Edwards-Jones, MA
Marcus Edwards-Jones is Managing Director (and co-founder) of Lloyd Edwards-Jones S.A.S, a Paris and Dubai-based finance boutique specialising in selling equities to institutional clients and advising and introducing resources companies to an extensive client base in the UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Prior to founding Lloyd Edwards-Jones S.A.S, Mr. Edwards-Jones held senior positions with Julius Baer, and was head of UK/Continental European equity sales at Credit Lyonnais Securities in London.
Mr. Edwards-Jones has significant experience in worldwide institutional capital raisings for UK, Australian & Canadian listed and unlisted companies predominately in the mining and resources sectors. He is a former director of Georgian Mining Corp. Marcus graduated from Oxford University with an MA in Ancient & Modern History.
Ryan McDermott, B.Sc.
Chief Executive Officer
CEO of Konnex Resources (Idaho registered SPV for the Empire project)
Ryan has over 25 years experience in mining and mineral exploration for base and precious metals. During this time he has held a number of managerial positions, working most recently as a Senior Project Manager in the western US and Alaska for a private investment group, with responsibility for conducting due-diligence on a variety of advanced mining opportunities.
Prior to this, he was Director of Mining Operations for A2P, leading a team of 200+ engineers, geologists, miners and mill operators through the permitting and development of two underground gold mines, an underground polymetallic mine, an open-pit industrial garnet mine, two milling operations, and six exploration-stage gold properties in Idaho and Montana. He is a graduate of Idaho State University where he received a bachelor of Science degree in Geology.
With significant regional experience, Ryan brings the necessary skills and experience required for the ongoing development of the Empire Mine.
Richard Wilkins, MA, FCA
Chief Financial Officer
Richard is a graduate of Pembroke College, Oxford University, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. After qualifying as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand, he worked in their London and Cairo offices until moving into private business.
Richard has considerable experience in emerging markets and the natural resources sector having been a founding director of the Zeravshan Gold Co. (Nelson Gold Group – TSX) in Tajikistan in 1994 and co-founder of the Oxus Gold Group of which he was a director from 1996 to 2017. Oxus produced over 500,000 oz. Au from the Amantaytau Goldfields Mine in Uzbekistan.
Roger Turner, ACSM., MSc, MIMMM, CEng
Chief Technical Officer
Non Executive Director
Roger has an extensive mining career spanning over 40 years, including running TSX and AIM listed companies and mining for copper at Granisle Copper in British Columbia, Hudson Bay Mining & Smelting in Manitoba, Falconbridge in Uganda and Rio Tinto Technical Services in London.
He is a graduate mining engineer from Camborne School of Mines with a M.Sc. Degree in economic geology from Leicester University.
Roger was the CEO of Nelson Gold Group and was responsible for its TSX listing, financing, construction and commissioning of the Jilau gold mine in Tajikistan. He was one of the two founders of Oxus Gold Plc and was the CEO. He was responsible for listing Oxus on AIM in 2002.
ACSM, FIMMM., FGS., EurIng., CEng
Non Executive Director and VP of Investor Relations
Dennis is a graduate of Camborne School of Mines. After working in mine production in Europe, Africa and Asia, he established a mining recruitment consultancy based in the UK.
Since the mid-1980s, he has specialised in identifying new mining business opportunities around the world worthy of potential investment by carrying out assessments and feasibility studies, negotiating lease agreements, contractual arrangements, establishing new companies, and directing the start-up and development of new projects.
Dennis has served as Chief Executive Officer and Executive and Non-Executive Director for a number of UK, North American, Australian and Far East mining companies and is a Non Executive Director of ExGen Resources Inc.
Andre Cohen, B.Ec. MA, M.Phil
Non Executive Director
Andre was previously CEO (and founder) of Coherent Financial Solutions, a UK based advisory company providing strategic and financing advice to transportation and infrastructure clients.
Prior to his current position at Phoenix Copper, he held a positions with West LB as head of Transportation Finance, Finance Director with TNT Ltd, and with Citicorp in Lond and Australia.
He has advised on significant debt fund raisings and investment in infrastructure assets for a number of international companies as well as being a non-executive director for a number of companies, listed and private. Mr. Cohen is a graduate of Sydney and Yale Universities in Economics.
Jason Riley, BCom
Non Executive Director
Jason has over 15 years’ experience in investment and capital markets, including capital raising/management, private equity, and start-up ventures. He has diverse knowledge and experience within the mining, management consulting, entertainment, and digital media industries, having taken companies from start-up through to revenue generation and successful exit.
Jason is currently President of ExGen Resources Inc, the Vancouver-based royalty company that is the 20% partner in Konnex Resources Inc, which is developing the Empire Mine in Idaho, USA. Jason has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree from the University of British Colombia.