Board of Directors

Miles Thompson

Chairman, President & CEO

Miles is a geology graduate of the University of Bristol (UK), the founder of Lara Exploration and has over 20 years experience working on natural resource projects in South America and around the globe, including precious and base metals, industrial minerals, oil and gas and renewable energy. Prior to founding Lara, Miles was Manager of Business Development for South African gold miner, Gold Fields Ltd, where his responsibilities included working on joint ventures and acquisitions in the Americas, Africa and Eurasia. Miles was also a co-founder and the Chairman of Reservoir Minerals (RMC), which was bought out by Nevsun in 2016 for $513m, for its Timok copper-gold discovery in Serbia.

Adrian Calvert


Mr. Calvert is a lawyer and financial adviser with over 15 years of legal and commercial development experience with natural resource companies, and is the founder of WindRose Capital Ltd., an advisory company, which provides development and project finance advice for energy, infrastructure and natural resource projects in emerging markets. Previously he co-founded EuroVentures, a development company in Brazil which originated, structured, raised capital and invested in early stage projects in mining, biofuels and renewable energy. His experience as a lawyer has been in the energy and natural resource/project finance practice areas with Clayton Utz in Australia and Clifford Chance in the United Kingdom and Brazil. Mr. Calvert holds a bachelor of arts/bachelor of law from the University of Queensland and an MBA from Insead business school.

Christopher Jones CA, CFA


Mr. Jones is a member of both the Institute of Canadian Chartered Accountants and Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts in Ontario. Since January 2009, Mr. Jones has been the Vice President of Duff & Phelps Limited, a company based out of Toronto that provides business valuation and corporate finance services. From September 2004 to December 2008, Mr. Jones worked for KPMG LLP as a Senior Assurance Accountant (Audit) and Valuations Senior Consultant. He also holds an Honours Business Administration Degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Ontario.

Williams Steers


Managing partner at IMC Consultoria Representacao Com. Int. Ltda. since 1985. Director of Indústrias Verolme-Ishibras S.A. (private manufacturer and repairer of ships, vessels, and off-shore platforms for oil exploration and production) and Docas Investimentos S.A. (private investment company). Independent Director of Brazilian oil and gas producer Petro Rio. Formerly, Managing Partner at Weatherhaven Brasil (private manufacturer of temporary shelters) from 2008 to 2012.