AAMEG is administered and run by appointed Officers, who are supported by a Board of elected directors from member companies. Deloitte has agreed to act as auditor for AAMEG Ltd.


William (Bill) Witham


William has held senior executive roles across the Australian and African resources sector for over two decades and has worked directly in Namibia, Botswana, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Egypt, Niger and Kenya. He has further experience in member-based organisation leadership, including with the Chamber of Minerals & Energy WA (Government Relations and Policy), National Party WA (Corporate Director) and South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc. (Chair).

William brings an exceptional pedigree to the role, spanning corporate leadership in resource development in Africa, senior roles in resource sector representative bodies and direct experience in Government lobbying and negotiating at the State and Federal levels. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Australia with honours in Geology.

Board Members

Tim Carstens


Tim has been Managing Director of Base Resources Ltd since its inception in 2008. During this time, it has acquired, designed, funded, developed and successfully operationalized the $310 million Kwale Mineral Sands Project, Kenya’s first large scale mining project.In the process of advancing the Kwale Mineral Sands project from concept to operation, Tim has gained valuable experience of the challenges and opportunities in the African resources sector.Tim has been instrumental in laying the foundations for the company’s progressive governance, sustainability and social responsibility programs, which have secured broad local community and Kenyan government support for the Kwale project and the company.A Chartered Accountant by profession, Tim’s resources career spans more than 16 years, including senior executive roles with Perilya Limited, North Limited, Robe River Iron Associates, Iron Ore Company of Canada and St Barbara Mines Limited in operations, strategy, corporate development and finance, both in Australia and overseas. Tim was appointed Chairman of AAMEG in November 2016.

Ben Gargett


Ben Gargett is a partner in PwC’s Assurance practice, based in Perth. Ben specialises in the resources sector, primarily mining, but also oil & gas. Through his role in driving PwC’s growth in the mid-tier and junior mining sectors, he developed a passion for supporting dynamic and growing organisations and helping companies to achieve and exceed their potential.Ben’s focus on the mining sector lead to the development of PwC’s Australia-Africa Practice, which he lead nationally. The Australia-Africa practice connects Australian companies with PwC’s leading African network, supported by our Australian team which understand their business, culture and objectives and connects our clients to partners on the ground where they need it.He has extensive experience in providing audit and related services to the resources sector globally, working with iconic Australia companies such as Fortescue Metals Group, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, large multinationals such as Newmont, Shell and Exxon Mobil and a range of companies across the junior and mid-tier mining sector.

Ben spent three years as PwC’s Global Mining Knowledge Manager, on the firm’s Global Mining Leadership Team, which included responsibility for supporting and growing PwC’s major mining account teams around the world. He is an Assurance partner specialising in the resources sector and has extensive experience in providing audit related services, merger and acquisition assistance and accounting advice to all sizes of mining, oil & gas producers and related services companies and is a frequent key speaker at conventions and conferences in the resources sector. Ben was appointed Vice-Chairman of AAMEG in November 2016.

Andrew Dinning

President & CEO - Sarama Resources

Andrew Dinning is a founder and the President and CEO of Sarama Resources Ltd. He has over 25 years experience in the international mining arena having worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo, West Africa, UK, Russia and Australia. Andrew has extensive mine management, operations and capital markets experience and has spent most of his career in the gold sector. He was a Director, President and Chief Operating Officer of DRC based Moto Goldmines Ltd from 2005 to 2009. Andrew oversaw the company’s flagship Moto Gold Project (now Kibali Gold) develop from 4 million ounces of gold to +22 million ounces of gold and took the project from exploration to pre-development before Moto Goldmines was purchased by Randgold Resources and AngloGold Ashanti in October 2009.
Andrew has a MBA, a First Class Mine Managers Certificate (Western Australia) and a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) degree.

Ron Sayers

Managing Director - Ausdrill

An experienced Managing Director with strong leadership and communication skills, Ron Sayers is an effective team builder, has a proven capability in strategic work, is a successful deliverer of profitable growth and is pragmatic, hardworking and approachable.

He is currently the Managing Director of Ausdrill Limited (ASX:ASL), a diversified mining services company which he founded in Kalgoorlie in 1987.  Ausdrill has grown significantly in the past 30 years and has operations across Australia, Africa and the United Kingdom.  Ausdrill is a leader in providing services in contract mining, grade control, drill & blast, exploration, mineral analysis, procurement & logistics. The Ausdrill Group employs over 4,500 staff worldwide


Bill Turner AO


Bill Turner, former President and CEO of Anvil Mining Limited, retired in mid-2011 after 16 years with the company. He took Anvil into Africa in 1995 and since 2002, has overseen the building of two open pit copper mines and a tailings retreatment project in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the development of a culture with a strong focus on corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) issues.

Bill has substantial experience in political and operational risk management and a good appreciation for the connections between enlightened approaches to CSR, risk mitigation and developing a competitive advantage.

Bill has worked for more than 30 years in developing and emerging countries of SE Asia, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union and latterly Africa.

Bill is a geologist with a B.Sc. (Geology & Mineralogy) from University of Qld, an M.Sc. from James Cook University and an MBA from Monash University.

Bill is currently a Director of the Australia-Africa Minerals & Energy Group (“AAMEG”) and Chairman of Geo40 Limited.

John Welborn

Managing Director & CEO - Resolute Mining

John Welborn is an experienced senior executive in the resources industry. A former International Rugby Union player, Mr. Welborn was previously the Head of Specialised Lending in Western Australia for Investec Bank. As a Director and Chief Executive, he has been responsible for driving growth in resource companies including Prairie Mining Ltd, Papillion Resources Ltd, and Equatorial Resources Ltd. Joining Resolute in July 2015, Mr Welborn is a champion for responsible and sustainable mining development in West and Central Africa and was named by MiningMx as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Africa’s Mining Industry.

Peter De Leo

Managing Director, Lycopodium

Peter De Leo, Managing Director of Lycopodium Limited is a civil engineer with over 29 years’ experience within the resources and infrastructure sectors. Successfully delivering many of Lycopodium’s pioneering and large-scale projects in Africa, Peter is a trusted advisor in the design, engineering and construction of resource projects. Peter brings first-hand understanding of the risks and challenges businesses face working on the continent, but also a sound appreciation of the benefits and opportunities that come with it.

Jeffrey Quartermaine

CEO of Perseus Mining Limited

Jeffrey Quartermaine, CEO of Perseus Mining Limited, has over 30 years’ leadership experience in the minerals and energy industry in Africa, the Asia/Pacific and South America. During his time with Perseus, Jeffrey has been transformational in building the organisation’s operational credibility in Ghana and Côte d’lvoire. This includes establishing a strong “social licence to operate” in conjunction with senior government officials, traditional leaders, business stakeholders and local communities.

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