About Us


Non-Executive Chairman

Brett Montgomery

Experience & expertise:
Brett is well-known and respected in the international mining community with a breadth of experience in the management of public companies as well as equity and debt financing. He has held a number of executive and non-executive roles covering projects in West Africa, Australia, North America, Europe and Indonesia.

He is currently a non-executive director of AIC Mines Limited (ASX: A1M), Tanami Gold NL (ASX:TAM) and Phoenix Gold Fund Ltd.

Managing Director
BSc (Hons) Applied Geology, MBA International Mineral Resources Management, MIMMM, RSci, ACSM

Tim Strong

Experience & expertise:
Tim Strong is an economic geologist with over 13 years of experience on six continents. Tim’s commodity experience includes gold, copper, cobalt, nickel, lead, and zinc, with a focus on West African shear hosted orogenic gold. Over his career, he has worked with major mining companies, junior exploration companies, and capital markets professionals on a range of projects from target generation through to exploration planning & strategy, resource estimation and feasibility level studies. Work highlights include the resource drill out of the Yaouré gold deposit in Cote d’Ivoire (Amara Mining/Perseus Mining) as well as running near mine exploration for Resolute Mining in Mali.

Tim has been involved with the raising of seed capital and pre-IPO financing for private companies through an extensive network of European and North American investors. Through his work with public-listed junior exploration companies, Tim has additionally been involved with joint venture negotiation, investor relations and capital raisings.

Non-Executive Director

Doug Jones

Experience & expertise:
Dr Doug Jones is a geologist with 45 years’ experience in international technical, commercial, corporate, and project management gained in Sub Saharan and North Africa, Australia, Europe and the Americas.

He is a PhD qualified JORC ‘competent person’ with experience ranging from project generation and grass roots exploration to resource definition and feasibility studies, with extensive recent involvement in M&A project assessment and due diligence studies.

Doug has a track record of discovery, including the +10Moz Siguiri gold deposit in Guinea and the 1.3Moz Saramacca deposit in Suriname.  Most recently, as General Manager, Exploration at Perseus Mining, he led teams that added significant new gold reserves to Perseus Mining’s Yaouré project in Côte d’Ivoire and Edikan project in Ghana.

Doug’s executive experience includes senior roles with ASX and TSX-listed public companies and board positions with a number of ASX, AIM and TSX-listed companies. 

Exploration Manager - West Africa
BSc, MSc (Geol)

Richard Zongo

Experience & expertise:

Richard Zongo is a geologist with 35 years of West African expertise, including 26 years at a senior level as Chief Geologist and/or Country Manager in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Ghana and Guinea including Australian companies (Asara Resources, Tribune Resources, Vital Metals) and Canadian companies (Mutual Resources, Orezone Resources, Volta Resources (now B2Gold)).

Richard worked with Asara as Country Manager from June 2010 through to June 2015 and from May 2017 to present. From July 2015 to May 2017, Richard was Country Manager for Turkish MNG Gold (now Avesoro) on the Balogo Gold Project until exploitation license granting.

During this career, he has been instrumental in multiple gold discoveries (Bakou with Mutual Resources, RZ (Richard Zongo) and Bondi discoveries with Orezone, Kolo discovery with Vital Metals, Balogo 0.25Moz very high grade gold deposit and 2Moz Kouri with Asara). Among these discoveries, RZ discovery and Balogo deposit have been exploited by the exploitation licenses.

As Asara’s Exploration Manager West Africa since Oct 2021, he is leading Asara’s teams in Burkina and Guinea.