Board of Directors

Meet the Team

Rita Adiani

Independent Director

Ms. Adiani has over 16 years of experience in the mining industry spanning executive industry roles, investment banking and corporate law. Ms. Adiani has been at the Arizona Sonoran Copper Company since January 2021 and was responsible for leading execution of the initial public offering and other corporate development and finance activities. Previously, she was Executive Vice President of Xiana Mining Inc., a copper producer and developer in Chile where she was Head of Business Development responsible for group finance & corporate finance matters. Prior to that, she was Managing Director in the mining team at NRG Capital Partners in London and also served as Vice President within the Mining M&A Team at Societe Generale. Ms. Adiani has advised on and been involved in transactions in excess of US$10 billion during the course of her career, including landmark industry transactions. She was Senior Corporate Finance Manager for La Mancha Resources (reporting to the CFO), which remains one of the largest private investors in the gold sector with over US$1 billion of assets under management. She is admitted to practice as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales (currently non-practicing) and practiced corporate law at Linklaters LLP in London and Dubai from 2006-2011.

Ms. Adiani is a law graduate from the University of Oxford and University of Sheffield. She has a Chartered Financial Analyst qualification in ESG Investing from the CFA Institute and also has a Certificate in Mining Studies — Mining & Minerals Engineering from the University of British Columbia (Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering).

Ian Ball

Independent Director

Mr. Ball most recently served as President of McEwen Mining Inc., where he was responsible for overseeing the Company’s production and exploration programs throughout Mexico, Argentina and Nevada. Mr. Ball is credited with leading the team that built the El Gallo 1 Mine, in addition to making the El Gallo 2 discovery in Mexico. Previous to his position with McEwen Mining, he worked for McEwen Capital. He originally began his career with Goldcorp in 2004 and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree.


Randall Thompson

Independent Director

Mr. Thompson has 30 years of experience in building and operating open pit and underground, precious and base metals mines in Canada, Australia and the Middle East. From 2012 to 2017, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Huckleberry Mines Ltd., which owns and operates the open-pit Huckleberry copper and molybdenum mine located in west central British Columbia. Mr. Thompson has supervised large development projects including the roughly $100 million expansion of the Huckleberry Mine and the $450 million construction of the Jabal Sayid mine in Saudi Arabia for Equinox Minerals. More recently, he worked on optimizing operations for the Silvertip Mine in northern British Columbia prior to the takeover of JDS Silver by Coeur Mining. Previous board experience includes directorship for Minto Explorations in the Yukon and the Mining Association of British Columbia. (Randall Thompson is of no relation to Chairman & CEO, Gary R. Thompson.)