James Kenny, B. Comm., M.B.S., Director and Chief Executive Officer
James Kenny has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and a Master’s degree in finance (MBS) from University College, Dublin. He has over 20 years of experience in the natural resources sector as an executive, adviser and broker of various listed and private companies. Mr Kenny’s investment banking experience has included senior roles with ABN AMRO, Rothschild, NatWest and Evolution Securities. Mr Kenny was previously Chief Executive Officer of Frontier Advisers Limited, a private Company which has provided management, financing and other services to Frontier Rare Earths since it commenced its operational activities.
Paul McGuinness, B.Comm. M.Acc., ACA, Director and Chief Financial Officer
Paul McGuinness holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters’ degree in accounting from University College, Dublin. Mr. McGuinness is a chartered accountant and qualified with Arthur Andersen in 1999 where he gained experience predominantly in the financial services, oil and gas and logistics sectors. Mr. McGuinness also has extensive experience in finance and investment banking, having worked with a number of international firms including Schroders, Collins Stewart and Salomon Smith Barney, where he worked as a corporate adviser to various financial institutions in the United Kingdom, and in Australia to various energy, mining and infrastructure companies. Since 2006 Mr. McGuinness has been Chief Executive of MG Capital Limited, a private consulting firm which provides advisory and financial control services to a number of clients, including Frontier. Mr.McGuinness was appointed Chief Financial Officer in November 2010.
Philip Kenny, B.E., M.B.A., Chairman
Philip Kenny is a graduate in mechanical engineering from University College, Dublin and holds postgraduate qualifications in engineering from Trinity College, Dublin and a Master of Business Administration in finance from Boston College, Massachusetts. He has over 25 years of experience in the mining and oil and gas sectors in Southern Africa, Europe and the United States. Mr. Kenny was a co-founder of Firestone Diamonds plc, an emerging junior diamond mining and exploration company focused on Lesotho and Botswana and listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. He was Chief Executive Officer of Firestone Diamonds from 1998 to 2011 and was Chairman from 2011 to 2012.
Crispin Sonn B.A., B.Comm., Non-executive Director
Crispin Sonn has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cape Town and an Honours degree in Business and Administration from the University of Stellenbosch. Since 2003, Mr. Sonn has held various positions at Old Mutual South Africa, a subsidiary of Old Mutual plc, the London listed and largest integrated financial services company in South Africa. Currently, Mr. Sonn is an executive director of Old Mutual South Africa with responsibility for corporate affairs, marketing and communications and is Chairman of the Old Mutual Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Old Mutual group. Mr. Sonn was the founding Chairman of FoodBank South Africa, a founding member of the FoodBank Foundation and also currently acts as a non-executive Director of CapeSpan (Pty) Ltd, the largest fresh produce sourcing and distribution company in South Africa, and Old Mutual Kotak-Mahindra, a joint venture in India. Mr. Sonn is a member of the Board of Advisers for the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town and served on the Council of the University of Cape Town for 8 years.
Hulme Scholes B.A., LLB.,Non-executive Director
Mr Scholes holds BA (Law) and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa. Mr Scholes specialises in mining and mineral law and has practised exclusively in the field for 15 years. He was a partner at Werksmans Attorneys (a leading South African law firm) from 1999 to 2008 and a non-executive director of Aquarius Platinum South Africa (“AQPSA”) from 2004 until 2008, when he became an executive director of AQPSA. In 2010 Mr Scholes returned to the legal profession as a mining and mineral law advisor and is a principal of Malan Scholes Inc., a firm of attorneys based in Johannesburg, South Africa, that specialises in mining & resources. Mr Scholes is also a non-executive director of West Wits Mining Limited (listed on the Australian Stock Exchange), Randgold and Exploration Company Limited (listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange), Diamondcorp PLC (listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange) and Lace Diamond Mining Company (Pty) Limited (a subsidiary of Diamondcorp PLC).