Mike is currently the Chief Executive of Pala Investments, an investment fund exclusively focused on mining and mining-related industries. Mike has an extensive track record in the origination, execution and management of investments in mining companies and companies that provide products and services to the mining industry. Mike has extensive board experience, including time as the Chairman of Norcast Castings, then the largest producer of SAG and ball mill liners, Chairman of Dumas Contracting, a major underground mining contractor operating across the Americas, Director of WDS Ltd. (ASX: WDS), a major contractor to the Australian coal and gas sectors, and Director of Gemcom, then the largest supplier of software to the mining industry. He is currently the Chairman of Sierra Rutile (AIM: SRX) and a Director of Nevada Copper (TSX: NCU).
Prior to joining Pala, Mike was at Hatch Corporate Finance, an advisory company specializing in the metals and mining industry. During this time, Mike worked on a broad range of transactions, advising a full spectrum of clients, from the mining majors to emerging-market steel producers to junior mining ventures. Mike began his career with Deloitte, where he was involved with numerous clients, transactions and projects in the mining sector. He has a BSc. (First Class) from the University of Leicester, is a qualified chartered accountant (ACA) and a member of the Securities and Investment Institute.