Chairman of the Board of Directors
John Bingham originally from Northern Ireland and currently lives in the Isle of Man. John joined the Board of Geodrill in 2004 and became Chairman when the company floated in December 2010. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. His 20 year career in banking included heading up the international division of one of the UK’s largest financial institutions in which he served as Managing Director. More recently he has been involved in the offshore corporate sector. He has led teams in company restructuring and business development where his skills in problem resolution and strategic planning have led to successful conclusions of many complex projects. For a number of years John also worked as a consultant with the Isle of Man Government in helping to develop the jurisdiction and enhance the Isle of Man as a place of choice for international businesses.John has been associated with Geodrill since the early days of the company, and helped bring the company to its successful listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange. He remains Chairman of the company and brings to the Board entrepreneurial drive balanced with well-developed corporate governance awareness.
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Dave Harper is the President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Geodrill. With over 35 years of experience in the drilling industry, 30 of those years in management and 28 of those in West Africa he is passionate about the future of drilling on the continent. Mr Harper’s goal to establish a leading international drilling company based in Ghana has been achieved and the company has expanded its operations into six (6) countries and two (2) continents, namely: Ghana, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali in West Arica; Egypt in North Africa; and Peru in South America. Integrating ESG principles into the company’s vision from day one, Geodrill has built a strong legacy of CSR projects in Africa.
Mr. Ciampi is the co-founder and managing partner of the Maxam Opportunities Funds – private equity funds, which focus on structured investments in both publicly traded and private companies. Mr. Ciampi is also a shareholder and director of Maxam Capital Management Ltd., a Vancouver based investment management firm which manages an event driven long/short fund, Maxam Diversified Strategies Fund. Prior to forming the Maxam Opportunities Funds, Mr. Ciampi was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Gibralt Capital and a partner of Second City Capital Partners, Vancouver based private equity groups. Mr. Ciampi also serves on the board of directors of Premium Brands Holdings Corporation (TSX:PBH) and Diversified Royalty Corporation (TSX:DIV). Mr. Ciampi is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a degree in Commerce and holds a Chartered Professional Accountant designation.
Ron Sellwood has more than 20 years of international and senior business experience in the natural resources industry, in particular, forest products, mining, and drilling. From 2004 to 2007, Ron held the position of Chief Financial Officer of Boart Longyear and prior to this, he held similar CFO positions in several of Anglo American’s operations including global CFO of Anglo Coal. Most recently, Ron established a private investment firm evaluating and facilitating personal investment opportunities. He is a South African Chartered Accountant and brings a sound background in public markets finance.