The Team


Nicolaus Heinen, Non-executive Chairman

Mr Heinen is the Founder and Managing Partner of Belgrave Capital Ltd, a London based investment management firm. He has been actively involved in the natural resources sector since 2004.

Mr Heinen joined private bank Sal. Oppenheim jr. & Cie. in 1992 as a founding member of its Corporate Finance team. From 1996-98 he co-managed the bank’s UK institutional equity brokerage arm. From 1999-2004 he was Managing Partner of Rhein Trust, an investment company specialised in venture capital, pre-IPO investments and real estate.

In 2004 he founded Mongold Mining Inc., a gold exploration and mining company which developed one of Mongolia’s largest conglomerate gold deposits. As its CEO, he oversaw the acquisition of the assets, exploration, capital raising and development towards mine production. In 2005 he founded Universal Copper International Inc., which discovered. explored and developed one of Mongolia’s largest VMS-style copper deposits (”White Hill”). He served as the company’s CEO until its acquisition by Kerry Mining Group, Singapore in mid- 2008. During his tenure, he was responsible for building up the company from a greenfield project into project advanced exploration/development project. His responsibilities included the creation and implementation of operational and financial structures, substantial capital raisings as well as financial/operational controlling. He structured and managed the sale of the Company.

Other investments have included private equity transactions in various engineering companies as well as real estate.

Mr Heinen holds a BSc (Hon.) in Economics from the London School of Economics (LSE) and an MA in War Studies from King’s College, London.

Christopher Robert Wanless, Executive Director and CEO

Mr Wanless has been involved in the resources sector for over 10 years in various management roles and as an investor, Director and entrepreneur. Mr Wanless was previously a founding Director and initial Managing Director of General Mining Corporation Ltd and oversaw its establishment, secured its projects and managed the IPO and listing on the ASX, whereafter he became a non-executive Director.

Mr Wanless founded Alderan in 2013 and has identified and secured the Company’s projects and managed all aspects of the business and Company. Mr Wanless previously worked for infrastructure consulting firm The Peron Group (acquired by Coffey International) as a consultant. He is a director of Quaalup Investments Pty Ltd, a private resource and technology investment company and currently resides in Germany.

Mr Wanless has a Degree in Law and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics both from Monash University, Melbourne.

Frank “Bruno” Hegner, Executive Director

Mr Hegner has more than 25 years of experience as a corporate manager and executive. His previous roles include Rio Tinto’s Managing Director of Major Copper Projects, based in Salt Lake City, and Vice-President/General Manager of Resolution Copper Company in Phoenix, Arizona. More recently, Mr Hegner was Managing Partner of his own consultancy, which included him serving as President and Director of TSX-V-listed company Discovery Harbour Resources. He also worked as an attorney at one of Utah’s top law firms.

Mr Hegner, who is based in Utah, has significant experience in the management and development of major copper projects in the USA including land titles, permitting, acquisitions, governmental relations, cost management, project management and operations including overseeing teams of more than 300 employees. Mr Hegner will lead US operations, focusing on exploration of the Company’s Frisco Copper Project in Utah.

Ernest Thomas Eadie, Non-executive Director

Mr Eadie is a well-credentialed mineral industry leader and explorer with broad experience in both the big end and small end of town. He was the founding Chairman of Syrah Resources, Copper Strike and Discovery Nickel as well as a founding Director of Royalco Resources. At Syrah, he was at the helm during acquisition, discovery and early feasibility work of the huge Balama graphite deposit in Mozambique which is due to start production in mid-2017. Copper Strike, where he was also Managing Director for 10 years, made several significant copper/gold and lead/zinc/silver discoveries in North Queensland, while Discovery Nickel (later to be renamed Discovery Metals), found and developed the Boseto copper deposit in Botswana. Prior to this, Mr Eadie was Executive General Manager of Exploration and Technology at Pasminco Limited, at the time the largest zinc producer in the world. This came after technical and later management responsibilities at Cominco and Aberfoyle in the 1980s.

Mr Eadie has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Geology and Geophysics from the University of British Columbia, a Master of Science in Physics (Geophysics) from the University of Toronto and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Security Institute of Australia. He is a Fellow (and past board member) of the Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (AusIMM) and a Member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA).

Company Secretary

Brett Tucker

Mr Tucker has acted as Company Secretary to a number of ASX listed and private companies and has been involved in numerous public corporate acquisitions and transactions. Mr Tucker is a Chartered Accountant with a strong corporate and compliance background gained from experience in an international accounting practice, working in both audit and taxation across a wide range of industries.

Technical Team

Peter Geerdts, Chief Geologist

Peter is a founder of Alderan and was a Director until January 2017. A geologist with extensive global exploration experience ranging from greenfields and brownfields exploration to feasibility stage covering a wide range of geological environments and commodities. He has actively worked on a variety of projects including Porphyry Copper-Gold, Orogenic Gold, Gold-Copper Skarn, Epithermal Gold, Sediment-hosted Copper, Tin-Tungsten Greisens, mafic hosted Ni-sulphide, Potash and Graphite throughout Mongolia, Australia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Indonesia, Germany, New Zealand and the United States of America.

Peter’s focus is Structural Geology and its integrated application in exploration using a holistic and technically focused approach. His skills and experience include target generation in greenfield and brownfield environments, project generation, review and evaluation, structural, geochemical and geophysical analysis and interpretation of exploration results as well as the fractural targeting from regional to prospect scale, technical project evaluation, remote sensing analysis, basin analysis and reconstruction and technical geological mapping (surface and underground).

Peter studied Geology and Mineralogy at the Universities of Goettingen (Bsc), Berkeley (USA) and Freiburg (Msc) and has been an active member of a German mining research group since 1989. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG), the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG).

Brian George Kay, Exploration Manager

Mr Kay is a well-rounded explorationist with 17 years’ experience from grassroots mapping through project development, resources and mining operations across North America, South America and Australia.

For Northgate Minerals, he participated in the development of the Kemess underground porphyry Au/Cu deposit (slated to begin construction in 2018) and the discovery of the neighboring Kemess East deposit. Following this Mr Kay was part of the due diligence team which resulted in the acquisition of the Stawell and Fosterville mines in Victoria, Australia. He subsequently moved to Australia to take up the regional gold exploration portfolio. Mr Kay also led the Exploration and Evaluation team at Northparkes Mines, a world class porphyry copper operation utilizing block cave underground mining and fully automated extraction.

Mr Kay has a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver B.C. and a Master of Economic Geology degree from University of Tasmania CODES. He is a registered Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo) with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.