Paul Lush


An executive and lawyer with over 30 years’ experience at driving new business and legal initiatives for FSTE 100 companies (or overseas equivalent) in the infrastructure and mining businesses, Paul is an experienced international negotiator, who has managed major acquisitions & disposals of quoted and non-quoted companies, as well as corporate restructurings. Paul has spent much of his career in mining companies, including 12 years at Rio Tinto where he did his MBA at London Business School, and subsequently as Group General Counsel at BHP Billiton where he played a leading role in the $36 billion merger between Billiton and BHP.


Between 2003 and 2012, Paul was also a non-executive director of European Nickel/ENK, an emerging mid-tier nickel laterite producer focused on growth with assets in Turkey, the Philippines and Albania. ENK developed an innovative, low cost, environmentally sensitive heap leach technology, which offered a competitive edge over conventional nickel laterite processing. As Non-Executive Director and pre-listing shareholder of European Nickel, Paul participated in the team that successfully floated the company on AIM in March 2004. Throughout Paul’s 10 years at European Nickel, Mike Oxley and Anne Oxley, now respectively CEO and Technical Director of Brazilian Nickel Ltd (BRN) were colleagues in that company and a key part of the technical team.


As well as being Executive Chairman of BRN, Paul is currently part-time chairman of Churchill Natural Resources, an oil and gas boutique where he leads a highly experienced team in advising major investment funds on acquisitions in that part of the natural resources sector

Mike Oxley

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

Mike is a chartered mining engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the mining industry and has extensive nickel laterite project development experience. In 1999 Mike began work with European Nickel as its project manager completing concept studies for the application of heap leaching technology to the Albanian nickel laterite deposits. Mike then led the Çaldağ Feasibility in Turkey which included start-up of a profitable direct shipped ore mining operation and the successful completion of the Bankable Feasibility Study which help secure US$ 360 M of debt and equity investment to build the project. He then oversaw initial construction activities at the project before leading the Acoje nickel laterite heap leach project pre-Feasibility Study in the Philippines. This was completed in 2008 when he then became European Nickel’s Business Development Manager.


Following the merger of European Nickel with its joint venture partner at Acoje and the company’s decision to focus on development of that project, Mike left to set up Alyssum Ventures to build a new company dedicated to nickel laterite heap leaching.


Mike has visited and studied over 20 of the known nickel laterite projects in the world in Indonesia, the USA, Russia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Greece, Turkey, the Philippines, New Caledonia, Kazakhstan and Poland.


Mike has worked extensively in Latin and South America including projects in Surinam, Chile and Mexico.

Anne Oxley

Technical Director

Anne is chartered metallurgical engineer from the Royal School of Mines she has over 25 years’ experience in the natural resources sector, 15 of these in nickel laterite heap leaching.


She began her career working for global engineering companies Technip and ABB Lummus in The Netherlands and France. She worked with European Nickel from 2003 until 2010 where she was the driving force behind nickel laterite heap leaching development. She ran the Turkish Çaldağ demo plant and set up the team to do the same at the Acoje project in the Philippines.


In November 2010 Anne left European Nickel to further develop and commercialise the nickel laterite heap leaching technology.


Anne is a scientific associate of the natural history museum in London where she is involved with fundamental research in nickel and cobalt hydrometallurgy.

Mark Smith

Non-Executive Director

Mark has been working in heap leaching, tailings management, geotechnical engineering and project/study management since 1979, and in Ni heap leaching since 2005. Mark has worked on 17 nickel laterite projects (worldwide). He is recognized as one of the leading geotechnical engineers in the heap leach industry. His key clients include BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Vale, Xstrata, European Nickel, and the major EPCM firms (Fluor, Bechtel, Aker, Hatch, SNC Lavalin). Mark is a registered civil, geotechnical and structural engineer; he has published dozens of papers in the field and has taught engineering short courses through universities in 8 countries.


He was the founding principal and manager of Vector Engineering, Inc., building it from inception to a team of 500 people working in offices in the USA, Australia, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Brazil, the Philippines and Colombia, before selling the company in 2008.


Mark is a director of several US based companies.

Adrian Harvey

Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

Adrian is an ACCA qualified accountant with a wealth of experience in driving publicly listed companies through all aspects of corporate business.


He started his career at KPMG before becoming a senior financial professional managing his own portfolio of clients.


Adrian was previosuly CFO and company secretary of Toledo Mining Corp.

Omar Caceres

BRN’s General Manager for Project Development
Piauí Nickel Project’s Project Manager.

Omar is a Metallurgical Engineer and Project Management Professional with extensive experience in nickel with BHP and copper with Rio Tinto.


He has sucessfully led nickel and copper heap leaching development and demonstration programmes, including the design, engineering, construction and operation of three full scale demonstration facilities.


He has extensive international experience including Colombia, South Africa, Chile, Peru, USA and Brazil.

Developing low cost nickel and cobalt production in Brazil