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Board of Directors

Murray Edward Black

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Black has over 35 years experience in the mineral exploration and mining industry and has served as an executive director and chairman for several listed Australian exploration and mining companies. He part-owns and manages a substantial private Australian drilling business, has interests in several commercial developments and has significant experience in capital financing.

Christian Ervin Easterday

Managing Director

Mr Easterday is a geologist with over 15 years experience in the mineral exploration and mining industry. He holds an honours degree in geology from the University of Western Australia, a masters degree in Mineral Economics from Curtin University of Technology and a masters degree in Business Administration from Curtin’s Graduate School of Business. Mr Easterday has held several senior positions and exploration management roles with top-tier gold companies including Placer Dome, Hill 50 Gold and Harmony Gold, specialising in structural geology, resource development and mineral economic valuation. For the past eight years, Mr Easterday has been involved in various aspects of project negotiation. This work has involved negotiations and valuations covering gold, copper, uranium, iron ore, nickel, and tantalum resource projects in Australia and overseas. Mr Easterday is a member of The Australian Institute of Geoscientists.

Dr Allan Trench

Non-Executive Director

Dr Allan Trench is a geologist/geophysicist and business management consultant with over 20 years experience across a broad range of commodities. His minerals sector experience spans strategy formulation, exploration, project development and mining operations.  Allan holds degrees in geology, a doctorate in geophysics, a Masters degree in Mineral Economics and a Masters degree in Business Administration.  He currently acts as independent director to a number of emerging resources companies, both in Australia and overseas.

Allan has previously worked with McKinsey & Company as a management consultant, with Woodside Petroleum in strategy development and with WMC both as a geophysicist and exploration manager.  He is an Associate Consultant with international metals and mining advisory firm CRU Group and has contributed to the development of that company's uranium practice, having previously managed the CRU Group global copper research team.

Allan maintains academic links as an Adjunct Professor to the Western Australian School of Mines, Curtin University of Technology.

Michael Anderson

Non-Executive Director

Mr Anderson has 20 years’ industry experience, largely in southern Africa and Australia. His career commenced as a geologist with Anglo American, followed by roles in the metallurgical and engineering industries with Mintek, Bateman and Kellogg Brown & Root. He subsequently held senior management positions including Corporate Development Manager at Gallery Gold Limited, and most recently and relevantly as Managing Director at Exco Resources Limited, where he successfully oversaw the funding and development of the White Dam Gold Project, and the completion of feasibility studies on the Company’s Cloncurry Copper Project prior to its sale to Xstrata. He joined Taurus as a Director in August 2011 and is also a Non-Executive Director of ASX-listed Base Resources Ltd.

Roberto de Andraca Adriasola

Non-Executive Director

Mr. de Andraca is a business manager with 20 years’ experience in the financial and mining business.  Over the last 4 years he has been working in the main Iron Ore and Steel Producer in Chile, CAP S.A and is currently the Vice President of Business Development overseeing infrastructure development and new business related to non-core assets.  He is also overseeing the construction of the first desalination plant dedicated 100% to producing water for mining companies in the north of Chile.  Mr. de Andraca has finance experience working at Chase Manhattan Bank, ABN Amro and Citigroup, working both in Chile and in New York and holds a MBA from the Adolfo Ibañez Business School of Chile.  He is currently a director of Puerto Las Losas, a port in the Atacama Region of Chile.

John Edward Sendziuk

Company Secretary

Former RSM Bird Cameron accountant Mr Sendziuk is the Company Secretary.