Directors & Management

Cluff Natural Resources has a strong Board and senior management team who are committed to delivering value for our stakeholders.

Algy Cluff

In 1972 Algy Cluff formed CCP North Sea Associates to bid for North Sea oil licences in the UK sector and subsequently Cluff Oil Ltd, which acted as the management company for CCP. CCP discovered the Buchan Field, the 14th commercial oil field in the UK North Sea, in 1975. He then founded and became Chairman of Cluff Resources plc.

From the early 1980s, Cluff Resources plc began to focus on mineral exploration in Africa and made several significant discoveries including the largest gold discovery in Africa since the Second World War (subsequently the Geita Mine in Tanzania), the Freda Rebecca Mine in Zimbabwe and the Ayanfuri Mine in Ghana, prior to the acquisition of Cluff Resources plc by Ashanti Goldfields Company Limited in 1996. In the same year, backed by Anglo American Corporation, Algy Cluff founded Cluff Mining Limited (subsequently re-named Ridge Mining Limited), which was admitted to AIM in May 2000. Ridge Mining Plc was acquired by Aquarius Platinum Limited in 2009. Algy Cluff was the Founder, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive of Amara Mining Plc from 2004 to December 2010, Executive Chairman until July 2011 and subsequently Non-Executive Chairman up to April 2012, when he stepped down to concentrate on Cluff Natural Resources.

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Graham Swindells
Chief Executive Officer

Graham has worked in corporate finance for the past 12 years, during which time he has specialised in advising mid and small-cap public companies. Most recently, he was a Director in Ernst & Young’s Mergers & Acquisitions Team. Previously, Graham was a Director in Corporate Finance at Arbuthnot Securities where he gained significant natural resources experience acting as nominated adviser and broker to a variety of companies in the sector. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Scotland with BDO Stoy Hayward and subsequently spent two years at PricewaterhouseCoopers specialising in corporate recovery and restructuring. Graham graduated from the University of Glasgow with a Bachelor of Accountancy Degree.

Andrew Nunn
Chief Operating Officer

Andrew Nunn is a Chartered Geologist with over 16 years of experience working on exploration, mining and geo-environmental projects in Europe, Australasia and Africa. For the last 6 years he has worked on UK and European unconventional gas projects including coalbed methane, tight gas and shale gas, most recently as Exploration Manager for Dart Energy. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Economic Geology and an M.Sc. in Environmental Management.

Peter Nigel Cowley
Non-Executive Director

Peter Cowley is a geologist with over 45 years of international experience in the minerals industry and has been involved in the discovery and development of a number of gold mines in Africa. Peter Cowley was previously Managing Director of Ashanti Exploration Limited, Group Technical Director of Cluff Resources Plc and Chief Executive Officer of Banro Corporation and Loncor Resources. He holds M.Sc and MBA degrees and is a Fellow of I.M.M.M.  He was also a Non-executive Director of Amara Mining Plc.

Mark Lappin
Non-Executive Director

Mark Lappin has over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Mark is currently Technical Director at Caudrilla and prior to that was Sub-Surface Director for UK and Netherlands at Centrica.  Mark began his career as a Geophysicist at Phillips Petroleum and has held senior technical and commercial roles with Conoco Phillips, Exxon Mobil and Dart Energy.