Board & Management



Executive Chairman

Mr Lenigas is a qualified mining engineer with a Western Australian First Class Mine Managers Certificate. He has extensive corporate experience at chairman and chief executive officer level on many of the world’s leading stock exchanges overseeing multiple business sectors. His specific knowledge of the lithium industry will benefit Riversgold as it carries out lithium exploration in the Pilbara, having been an early funder and shareholder in corporate entities of both the Cinovec Lithium Project in the Czech Republic and the Sonora Lithium Project in Mexico. He served as a director of Bacanora Minerals, owner of Sonora, in its formative years and was key in negotiating a lithium supply contract with a major US electric car manufacturer.


Non-Executive Director

Mr Andrew has over 20 years’ experience in financial markets in Asia and Australia. Previously he has held senior management positions at various global investment banks. These roles included leading the equity sales desk for BNP Paribas for the ASEAN region and heading the Refining and Petrochemicals sector research team at Deutsche Bank in Asia. Upon returning to Perth in 2012, Mr Andrew spent 5 years as a research analyst at Hartley’s covering the oil and gas and industrial sectors.

Mr Andrew was a founding Director of Emmerson Resources (ERM:ASX) and spent 8 years as a Non-Executive Director. He was responsible for securing the financing for the purchase of the Tennant Creek assets for Emmerson and arranging the IPO in 2007. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Mamba Exploration Limited (ASX: M24).

Edward Mead

Non-Executive Director

Mr Mead is a geologist with over 25 years’ experience in gold and base metals exploration, mine development and mine production.

He also has significant experience in iron ore, coal, manganese, lithium, potash and uranium and has worked in most of Western Australia’s recognised mineral provinces including the Pilbara, Yilgarn and Murchison.

He holds a Bachelor of Science (Geology) from Canterbury University in New Zealand and is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.


Chief Executive Officer

Mr Ford has 30+ years experience in the mining industry with global experience including Australia, Africa, South East Asia and South America. Mr Ford has held senior positions within several major resource companies including Alcoa, British Gas, Western Metals Limited. Since 2004, Mr Ford has focused on managing a number of successful start-ups, including transitioning a number of these from concept/exploration to production.

Mr Ford holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Natal, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of South Africa and a Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the University of Western Australia. He has been a member of the AusIMM for 20 years.


Company Secretary

Ms Oonagh Malone is a principal of a corporate advisory fimr which provides company secretarial and administrative services. Ms Malone has over 10 years’ experience in company secretarial roles for ASX-listed companies and is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia.