Annual Report and Accounts 2011

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Board of Directors
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Adonis Pouroulis

Age 41
Non-Executive Chairman
(Mr Pouroulis moved to Non-Executive Chairman on 28 November 2011)
Year of Appointment: 1997
Committees: Nomination Committee (Chairman)
Qualifications: Mining Engineer – University of Witswatersrand, South Africa

Mr Pouroulis is a mining entrepreneur whose expertise lies in the discovery and exploration of natural resources across Africa, including diamonds, precious/base metals, coal and oil and gas, and bringing these assets into production. Mr Pouroulis founded Petra Diamonds in 1997 and it became the first diamond company to float on AIM. He has since chaired Petra as it has developed into a mid-tier diamond producer of global significance and London's largest quoted diamond mining group.

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Johan Dippenaar

Age 54
Chief Executive Officer
Year of Appointment: 2005
Committees: Executive Committee; HSSE Committee
Qualifications: Chartered Accountant – member of the South
African Institute of Chartered Accountants

Mr Dippenaar has over 20 years' experience in the leadership and management of producing diamond mining companies. Prior to his appointment as CEO of Petra, he was CEO of ASX-quoted Crown Diamonds which merged with Petra in 2005. Mr Dippenaar built Crown Diamonds' portfolio up from one fissure mine to three and, since the merger, has led Petra through a period of extraordinary growth, taking the Group's portfolio of producing diamond mines from three to eight and firmly establishing the Company as a leading independent producer.

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David Abery

Age 49
Finance Director
Year of Appointment: 2003
Committees: Executive Committee
Qualifications: Chartered Accountant – member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Mr Abery brings to Petra extensive experience as a Chief Financial Officer in both the South African and UK business environments. He has been integral to the structuring and delivery of strategic Group corporate development and acquisitions at Petra, as well as the instigation of a number of innovative financing transactions. Mr Abery is responsible for all matters pertaining to Petra's UK listing and maintains regular communication with the UK market.

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Jim Davidson

Age 67
Technical Director
Year of Appointment: 2005
Committees: Executive Committee
Qualifications: Geologist – member of the Geological Society of South Africa and registered with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions

Mr Davidson is an acknowledged world authority on kimberlite geology and exploration, who has pioneered research into kimberlite indicator mineral chemistry and microdiamond analysis. He has spent in excess of 30 years associated with diamond exploration and mining, of which over 20 years have included mine management in South Africa, and was formerly Head of Diamond Exploration in Southern Africa for BP Minerals (subsequently Rio Tinto) before joining Crown Diamonds.

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Dr Pat Bartlett

Age 66
Year of Appointment: 2011
Committees: Audit Committee; Remuneration Committee; Nomination Committee
Qualifications: Ph.D. Mining Engineering; Member of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy; registered Professional Natural Scientist

Dr Bartlett is an acknowledged expert on kimberlite geology and on the design and geotechnical aspects of block cave mining. He has presented numerous technical papers at international mining conferences throughout the world on all aspects of the geotechnical design of block cave mines and the geotechnical risks associated with massive mining operations. He was formerly a Chief Geologist for De Beers with responsibility for all De Beers kimberlite mines in South Africa; he retired from De Beers in 2003 in order to pursue consulting work. Dr Bartlett has previously acted as an independent technical adviser to Petra. Dr Bartlett has extensive experience working across Southern Africa and has an in-depth knowledge of several of Petra's mines, having previously worked at Finsch, Koffiefontein, Kimberley Underground and Cullinan, where he was a geologist from 1983 to 2003, responsible for all geological and geotechnical aspects of this major diamond mine. Since retiring he has been involved in block caving projects for BHP Billiton, Anglo American and Rio Tinto. He was elected to the Board of Trustees for the De Beers Benefit Society in 2010 and the De Beers Pension Fund in 2011.

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Gordon Hamilton

Age 66
Year of Appointment: 2011
Committees: Audit Committee (Chairman); Remuneration
Committee (Chairman – pending the appointment of a third independent Non-Executive Director); Nomination Committee Qualifications: Chartered Accountant – ICAEW

Mr Hamilton has extensive experience as a non-executive director across a wide range of businesses including the Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed Barloworld, Fairbairn Private Bank and other related companies within the Nedbank Group, and the London Stock Exchange listed Lloyd's of London insurance underwriter Beazley, for all of which he also chairs their audit committees. Mr Hamilton retired from Deloitte & Touche LLP in 2006 after more than 30 years as a partner primarily responsible for multinational and FTSE 100 listed company audits, mainly in the mining, oil and gas and aerospace and defence industries, as well as heading the Deloitte South Africa desk in London. He served for nine years until 2011 as a member of the UK Financial Reporting Review Panel.

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Dr Kamal is not considered to be "independent" as he represents Al Rajhi Holdings W.L.L. ("Al Rajhi"), Petra's largest shareholder, which holds 13% of the Company's issued share capital.

Dr Omar Kamal

Age 38
Year of Appointment: 2010
Committees: n/a
Qualifications: Ph.D. Management (Banking and Finance)

Dr Kamal is a Managing Director of Investments for Al Rajhi, Petra's largest shareholder, where his main responsibility is co‑managing the international investments in various asset classes with a focus on equities, private equity, and real estate. In addition, Dr Kamal possesses a broad spectrum of expertise and knowledge ranging from his past experience as an academic, working in the financial industry (both in Islamic banking and in conventional banking) and as a strategy consultant with a global financial services firm.