Board of Directors
At 31 December 2019, the Board of Mincon comprised of four non-executive directors and two executive directors. Details of the directors are set out below:
Hugh McCullough (Chairman of the Board)
Hugh has over 40 years’ experience in gold and base metal exploration, principally in Ireland, Ghana, Mali, and Papua New Guinea. Having previously worked as a project geologist, in 1982 he became chief executive of Glencar Mining plc. Hugh was responsible for the management, financing, and strategy of Glencar for over 27 years until it was acquired by Gold Fields Limited in September 2009.
Hugh is a geologist and holds an honours degree in geology from University College Dublin and a degree of Barrister-at-Law from the King’s Inns, Dublin.
John Doris (Non-Executive Director)
John joined the Mincon board in February 2017. He has broad experience across a number of sectors including manufacturing, lending and corporate finance. He has been an independent consultant and a non-executive director for the past nineteen years. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, he was a director of ABN Amro Corporate Finance (Ireland) Limited where he managed the successful Riada Business Expansion Funds.
John graduated from University College Dublin with a B.Sc. in physics in 1969 and returned to University College Dublin to complete his M.B.A. in 1977. He qualified as an ACCA in 1974 and is a former president of ACCA Ireland.
Patrick Purcell (Non-Executive Director)
Patrick served an apprenticeship in the Irish Air Corps in the 1950s and later qualified as an accountant in Australia in 1961. When he returned to Ireland in 1967, he joined Shannon Diamond & Carbide Ltd, (later Boart Longyear) and worked in various capacities with their European Group Companies for the next 10 years. His roles with Shannon Diamond & Carbide included that of cost accountant, sales and marketing director, and a period as a general manager of their manufacturing plant in Norway, before becoming their director for European sales companies and product development.
Patrick set up Mincon in 1977 and developed the group, firstly in Ireland and then into overseas areas including USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Sweden. Patrick remained as executive chairman until 2012 but continued to work with the company as an adviser on new projects.
Paul Lynch (Non-Executive Director)
Paul currently acts as strategic adviser for a number of companies, having recently served as Chief Financial Officer of Applegreen plc, a quoted petrol forecourt retailer in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom, between 2014 and 2017.
Paul qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen in 1990, after which followed a wide-ranging career in corporate finance and senior management across a number of industry sectors. He was a director of Heiton Group plc for seven years, from 2000 to 2007, initially as Head of Corporate Development and subsequently as Managing Director of its Retail Division. Paul served as chief executive of large-scale businesses in the retail, manufacturing, waste management and facility services sectors and he has led and concluded over 20 M&A transactions across diverse industries and jurisdictions.
Joe Purcell (CEO)
Joseph qualified as a mechanical engineer in 1988 at University College Galway, Ireland, and since then has worked with Mincon in various capacities. DTH hammer design has been his main area of specialisation although he has extensive experience in manufacturing methods, heat treatment, and process development. His hammer design work has included seven years in Perth, Australia where he developed a successful range of reverse circulation and conventional DTH hammers for local and export markets. Joseph was appointed as chief technical officer for the Mincon Group on his return from Australia in 1998. In May 2015, Joseph was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Mincon Group plc.
Thomas Purcell (Regional Executive - Americas)
Thomas Purcell has a background in accounting prior to emigrating to the USA to work with Mincon on a new joint venture opportunity in the country. He worked for the Mincon Group in the dimensional stone quarrying industry during which time he was key in setting up operations in Virginia and North Carolina. In 1996, Mincon sold its investment in the quarrying entities to Marlin Group of South Africa. He worked in various positions with their USA subsidiary from Purchasing and Safety Manager of four quarrying companies, to CFO and Operations Manager for their Atlanta based operation, Stone Connection. He re-joined the Mincon Group in 1999 as President of Mincon, Inc.
Barry Vaughan (Company Secretary)
Barry qualified as a Certified Public Accountant in 2009 having commenced his finance career in practise. He has held various management roles within both practise and industry. This included four years providing business partnering and financial management support to executives within an international telco company based in Australia. Having joined Mincon in August 2017 as Financial Controller of Mincon International Ltd, Barry currently oversees the Groups Financial Compliance across the regions.
Mincon has a highly experienced team of senior managers that has helped to drive the development of the Group across its global locations. Brief profiles of the Mincon senior management team are set out below:
Mark McNamara (Chief Financial Officer)
Mark began his finance career in practice in 2004 where he qualified as a Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”). He began working with Mincon as Financial Controller of Mincon International Ltd. in March 2010. He moved into the position as Group Financial Controller in 2013 prior to the IPO of Mincon where he was the lead accountant. Preceding his finance career Mark worked in airline operations and holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. Mark also held the position of company secretary for Mincon Group plc between March 2017 and March 2019.
Steve Atkinson (Regional Executive - APAC)
Stephen joined Mincon in 2016 after the acquisition of OZmine, where he was the CEO. He has over 35 years’ experience in manufacturing and servicing the oil, gas and mining sectors. Stephen has formed many successful start-up businesses throughout his career, one such business began in 1991, where Stephen together with his business partner and 700 employees, traded through their company Oilmin Tools, a company specialising in manufacturing drilling consumables and selling direct to the end user of those products, Oilmin Tools had five manufacturing facilities across Australia, Indonesia and Singapore securing contracts with blue chip companies throughout those regions. Stephen completed his Boilermaker First Class Welding Apprenticeship In 1980.
Jussi Rautiainen (Regional Executive - EME)
Jussi joined Mincon Group in January 2017. He was chief executive officer of Robit Rocktools Ltd. from 2005 to January 2016. Prior to that, he held international management positions at Huhtamäki Oyj and UPM Kymmene Corporation. Jussi holds a Bachelor of Economics degree and has also an Executive Master of Business Administration degree.
Martin van Gemert (Regional Executive - Africa)
Martin joined Mincon in 2010, when he set up the Mincon West Africa business and started the Group’s expansion into Africa. He has more than three decades of experience in the construction, geotechnical, exploration, and mining industries, in various operational management capacities with drilling contractors and drilling equipment manufacturers. In 2007 he established a country office for Sandvik in Mali and was appointed as the country manager for that business, where he managed a team of technicians and sales personnel, as well as the supply of capital mining equipment and consumables to three large gold mines. He has managed drilling and blasting operations at major construction projects and opencast gold mines across Southern Africa, where his operational experience includes operating drilling equipment, specialised geotechnical, ground stabilisation, controlled construction, and opencast mine blasting techniques.
The Quoted Companies Alliance has published the QCA Corporate Governance (the “QCA Code”) for AIM-listed companies. This Code includes guidelines for best practice for AIM companies, comprising ten principles that set a minimum standard, with recommendations for reporting corporate governance matters. The Directors of Mincon recognise the importance of sound corporate governance and the Group has adopted the QCA Code as its chosen code of corporate governance.
The Directors comply with Rule 21 of the AIM Rules and Rule 21 of the ESM Rules relating to directors’ dealings as applicable to AIM and ESM companies respectively and will take all reasonable steps to ensure compliance with those rules by Mincon’s applicable employees.
Corporate governance statement from the Chairman of the Board for Mincon Group plc:
This statement was last updated on 06 March 2020
As the Chairman of Mincon Group plc (the "Group", "Company", or "Mincon"), I have an overall responsibility for implementing effective corporate governance.
Working with the company secretary, I am responsible for the drafting of our corporate governance statements. The board is collectively responsible for setting the tone and culture of the Company, as well as promoting good corporate governance.
As of 2018, Mincon has adopted the Quoted Companies Alliance (QCA) Corporate Governance Code (the “Code”). Mincon absolutely believes in sound corporate governance and accountability, and our approach to corporate governance is very much a part of our culture and business values.
To this end, the board has taken steps to apply the ten principles of the QCA Code as far as it is practicable. Included below are disclosures that detail how the QCA Code is applied by Mincon, with information on how the board is led, its responsibilities, our risk reporting, governance structure, and engagement with stakeholders.
Mincon embraces strong corporate governance principles, which will be instrumental in the long-term success of the Group. Applying the principles of this Code will ensure sustainable performance while mitigating risk.
In instances where our application differs with the recommendations proposed by the QCA Code, we provide insight and explanations for such differences. We also highlight any significant changes in our corporate governance over the previous 12 months, details of which will be published in the Group’s 2019 Annual Report.
Finally, we will regularly review our governance framework and our approach to how we apply the QCA Code. When changes are made, this statement will be updated.
Mincon makes use of two platforms for communicating its corporate governance structure: the annual report and the investor information area at www.mincon.com. Mincon’s management team and directors also engage directly with shareholders, both private and institutional, to listen to their comments and concerns about the Company’s performance.
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The full statement and details of how Mincon Group plc applies the ten principles of the QCA Code can be downloaded here: Mincon Group plc Corporate Governance Statement
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The Board has established an audit committee, a remuneration committee and a nomination committee with formally delegated duties and responsibilities.