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 before founding and becoming 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 Freda Rebecca Mine in Zimbabwe, the Geita Mine in Tanzania 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.

Link to June 2016 Energy Voice profile

Graham Swindells
Chief Executive Officer

Graham Swindells joined the Company in May 2013 as Chief Financial Officer and became Finance Director later that year. He joined the Company from Ernst & Young where he was a Director in Public Company M&A. Graham graduated from the University of Glasgow with a Bachelor of Accountancy Degree and after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant spent two years at PricewaterhouseCoopers specialising in corporate recovery and restructuring. He subsequently specialised in corporate finance, becoming a director in corporate finance at Arbuthnot securities during which time he focused on advising and broking small and mid-cap public companies across various sectors, but with a particular focus on natural resources. Graham succeeded Algy Cluff as Chief Executive on 1 March 2018.

Andrew Nunn
Chief Operating Officer

Andrew Nunn is a Chartered Geologist with over 20 years of experience working on exploration, mining and geo-environmental projects in Europe, Australasia and Africa. For the last 10 years he has worked on a wide variety of UK and European conventional and unconventional gas projects with a primary focus on Carboniferous aged reservoirs.  Andrew’s previous role was 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.