The Team

The Pallinghurst Group have a unique, experienced senior management team with a multifaceted skillset including the development of mining companies, private equity as well as finance and corporate development.

We have a proven track record and an in-depth industry knowledge of assets, companies, people and trends. As a team, we pride ourselves on being recognised for our strategic insight and vision, decades of value creation, being highly regarded by international investors, and our trademark of pioneering innovative and sustainable transactions.

Since our formation over 15 years ago, The Pallinghurst Group’s ethos has been built on integrity, sustainability, teamwork and leadership. Through those four pillars, The Pallinghurst Group is focused on providing its investors with superior and sustainable returns.

Our four partners are Arne H. Frandsen and Andrew Willis, the Managing Partners, Chris Shepherd, Partner and Managing Director and Chris Powell, Partner and Chief Financial Officer.

The Partners provide The Pallinghurst Group with leadership and strategic guidance as well as hands-on management and execution oversight. As a team, the Partners have complementary skills and experience providing a unique skillset which in turn unlocks and maximises the potential of its portfolio companies. Through a unique hands-on approach, the Pallinghurst Team provides management and oversight which in turn maximises value for the benefit of all our stakeholders.

The Partners are supported by an experienced team of the highest calibre professionals. The complementary skills of the professional individuals of the Pallinghurst Team, provides a complete knowledge base which enables us to do our asset evaluations, deal execution as well as ongoing management in house.

In addition to its core in-house team, Pallinghurst has formed an Independent Advisory Committee comprising a breadth of highly experienced senior mining professionals and financial managers. Pallinghurst can call upon these specialists where required as it develops its investments.

Headquartered in London with additional offices in Canada, Guernsey and Australia.



Arne H. Frandsen

Co-founder & Managing Partner

Having studied Law in Europe, Africa and Asia, Arne Frandsen holds a Masters in Law. Arne has over ten years’ of investment banking experience with Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan, providing strategic advice and structuring mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate finance transactions for clients in 30 different countries, raising in excess of US$20 billion of capital.


Andrew Willis

Co-founder & Managing Partner

Andrew Willis has over 15 years’ experience in international finance, structuring and private equity. He started his professional career as an accountant in New Zealand and after moving to Europe spent three years with pan-European private equity investment manager Candover Investments.


Christopher Shepherd

Partner and Managing Director

Chris Shepherd joined Pallinghurst in 2010 and has 20 years’ experience in international finance, investment banking and private equity. He is a former investment banker and has extensive experience in transaction origination, structuring and execution in the mining sector.


Chris Powell

Partner and Chief Financial Officer

Chris Powell is a British citizen with more than 20 years of experience in accounting, resource finance, investment management and private equity. He has worked for a number of leading multinational companies, active in various sectors. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Modern European History as well as a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Manchester.

Independent Advisory Committee


Dr. Rod Baxter

Chairman of Pallinghurst Australia & Senior Advisor

Dr. Baxter is an Australian and South African citizen with more than 30 years’ experience as a natural resources professional and senior business executive. Whilst his main focus has been on the mining and processing sectors, he has also been active in other industries including construction, engineering and infrastructure development.


Dr. Lumkile Mondi

Senior External Strategic Advisor to the Partnership

Dr. Mondi has more than 30 years or experience as a Chief Economist, scholar and senior business executive. Whilst his main focus has been on economics, he also has more than two decades of experience as an executive and non-executive director of natural resources companies.


Julien Naginski

Senior External Legal Counsel and Advisor to the Partnership

Julien Naginski is senior external legal counsel at Pallinghurst. He is a partner at Chammas & Marcheteau in Paris and is admitted to the bar in Paris, New York and England & Wales, and is a member of the board of the World Association of Mining Lawyers.


Betty Joy LeBlanc

Senior Investor and Corporate Communications Advisor to the Partnership

Ms. LeBlanc acts as the senior corporate communications advisor to the Pallinghurst Group. She is also the interface with the Group’s institutional investors. Before joining Pallinghurst, she was the Director of Corporate Communications of Lithium Americas Corp.


George Nakos

Senior External Strategic Advisor to the Partnership

Mr. Nakos acts as senior external financial advisor to The Pallinghurst Group. He is Joint-CEO of Grey Matter financial advisory services. For almost a decade, George has advised The Pallinghurst Group on a number of key M&A transactions as well as capital raisings.


Garth Higgo

Non-executive director of Pallinghurst Australia & Senior Strategic Advisor

Mr. Higgo is an Australian based natural resources executive with 25 years of experience as a natural resources professional and senior business executive. Garth is a civil engineer and qualified accountant. He has held senior executive positions with some of the world’s biggest mining corporations.

Group Heads

Group Head of Mining and Engineering


Spiro Pippos

Spiro Pippos oversees our mining engineering and mine management upstream effort. Spiro is Australian and holds an MBA from London Business School. In addition, he earned a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) with honours as well as a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Group Head of Corporate Finance


Sean Thijsse

Sean Thijsse joined Pallinghurst in 2011 and has been an integral part of Pallinghurst’s corporate finance team for over a decade. Specifically, he headed the execution of Pallinghurst’s Steel Making Materials strategy which resulted in building the Tshipi manganese mine into the single largest manganese mine in South Africa and the top five in the world.

Group Head of Metallurgy


Zama Ntombela

Zama Ntombela oversees our processing and downstream analysis. Zama is South African and has earned a Master’s Degree in Management of Finance and Investment from Wits Business School. She also holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Metallurgical Engineering) – First Class from the University of Pretoria.

Group Head of


Dr. Alex Middleton

Dr. Alex Middleton is Head of Pallinghurst Canada and spearheads the Group’s geological analysis. Alex is British but based in Montreal, Canada, and earned a PhD with a focus on geochemistry as well as natural resource research and development from the University of Queensland, Australia.

Group Head of Investments


Richard Dudley

Richard Dudley joined Pallinghurst in 2016 and has been a key part of the corporate finance team ever since. He initially worked on several transactions across the group, which included the successful Pallinghurst Resources takeover of Gemfields, and restructurings within Pallinghurst’s platinum group metals portfolio.

Group Head of HR and Operations


Alice Coslett

Alice Coslett delivers wide ranging expertise to The Pallinghurst Group. Alongside managing these fundamental personnel processes, her role extends to supporting the Finance Team and advising Management.

Group Head of Compliance


Anthony Payne

Anthony Payne oversees regulatory compliance throughout The Pallinghurst Group, along with ensuring the group adheres to positive ESG practices and global tax regimes.

Global Head of Accounting


Timene Stemmet

Timene Stemmet joined Pallinghurst in 2009 and ever since has been managing the accounting needs of the Group’s offices across the globe.

Senior Business Management


Eve James

Business Manager, UK and Canada

Eve James joined The Pallinghurst Group in 2018 providing varied administrative support to the London Team, including senior members within the core investment and compliance teams.


Carissa Mosser O'Neill

Business Manager, Guernsey

Carissa Mosser O’Neill provides high-level secretarial, administrative and information management support to Andrew Willis and the wider team.


Ulandi Langhein

Business & ESG Analyst

Ulandi Langhein has over 30 years of experience in various disciplines such as Business, Financial and Project Management as well as Operating Excellence and Community engagement.

Investment Specialists


Mike Reid


Mike Reid joined the Pallinghurst Group as an Associate within the Investment team. Mike provides vital expertise to the team identifying new investment’s, bringing multiple disciplines to Pallinghurst’s due diligence team, including financial controls, valuation techniques as well as financial modelling for both mining and processing activities.


Robert Gustafsson


Robert Gustafsson joined The Pallinghurst Group as part of the Investment Team. Aside from working to identify new investment opportunities, Robert is assisting specifically with the development of the group’s graphite investments in Canada.


Edmund Zimmer

Financial Accountant

Edmund Zimmer joined Pallinghurst in 2021 and provides financial reporting and modelling support for various entities across the Group. Edmund is fully exam-qualified through the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

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Pallinghurst and Traxys join forces – creating a joint venture to capitalise on the strong growth in demand for responsibly sourced battery materials

In November 2019, the Pallinghurst Group, and leading global commodities trader, Traxys, today announced the launch of the Pallinghurst-Traxys Battery Materials joint venture.
Through the Joint Venture, Pallinghurst and Traxys will invest in and establish controlling positions in projects to develop and supply responsibly and ethically sourced materials to the growing rechargeable battery and energy storage industry.

The Joint Venture expects to benefit from increased environmental awareness and commitment to decarbonisation from consumers and regulators, which has resulted in growing adoption of electric vehicles and global demand for rechargeable batteries. These trends are underpinned by strong financial support from many governments and changes in consumer preferences. Pallinghurst-Traxys also expects to benefit from an increase in installed energy storage capacities within electric grids.

Brian Gilbertson

Non Executive Chairman

Brian Gilbertson has extensive experience in the global natural resources industry. He has held senior positions in many leading companies including as Managing Director of Rustenburg Platinum, Chief Executive of Gencor Limited, BHP Billiton and Vedanta Resources.

In 2004 he founded Incwala Resources, a pioneering Black Economic Empowerment corporation in South Africa, and was its first chairman until March 2006. In 2004, Mr Gilbertson joined SUAL, an aluminium producer in Russia and led the company into the US$30 billion merger with RUSAL and the alumina assets of Glencore, creating the largest aluminium company in the world. Mr Gilbertson is the Non-Executive Chairman of The Pallinghurst Group and Chairman of Jupiter Mines, in which Pallinghurst is an investor.

Pallinghurst and Traxys join forces – creating a joint venture to capitalise on the strong growth in demand for responsibly sourced battery materials

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