Chairman of the Board of Directors
John Bingham is 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 seven (7) countries and two (2) continents, namely: Ghana, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali in West Arica; Egypt in North Africa; and Peru and Chile 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.
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.
Peter Prattas is an experienced investment professional with a career spanning over 20 years. He recently joined Waypoint Investment Partners as a Portfolio Manager investing in North American securities following several years with IA Financial Group in a similar capacity managing up to $750 million in assets. Peter began his career as an accountant and spent much of his career as a research analyst with select Canadian investment dealers, as well as a U.S. based global investment bank, consistently ranking atop of his field within the Bloomberg Absolute Return Rankings for performance. Peter is a graduate of McGill University (Accounting) and Western University (Economics). He also holds the designations of Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).