Mr Christopher C Horsley

GCBR Board Vice Chairman
Board Director since 9 October 2019

Chris is an extractive metallurgist registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa. He spent the first 15 years of his career working for the Anglo American Corporation Limited running metallurgical plants in the Free State Goldfields.

In 1996, Chris transferred to Rand Refinery (Pty) Limited in Johannesburg where he held various senior positions in operations, marketing and gold supply chain management. He was part of the Executive Team for a number of years during this time. Chris was also a Director of Rand Refinery’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Goldchem (Pty) Limited based in Hong Kong, which marketed precious metal salts to China.

Chris left Rand Refinery after 15 years of service, to become an Independent Consultant working with the World Gold Council in the United Kingdom where he was a member of the Responsible Gold Team tasked with developing the Conflict Free Gold Standard. The objective of the standard was to ensure that gold that enters the international market has not fueled human conflict or been used to fund criminal networks. Subsequent to the release of the Standard, Chris was engaged with global gold supply chain auditing to assess the degree of compliance to the standard by actors in the global gold industry.

Chris Horsley - Vice Chairman - Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve
Chris was a consultant to Valcambi Suisse in Switzerland from March 2013 to December 2014. Valcambi is one of the largest gold refineries in the world. The nature of the consultancy was a combination of sourcing gold bearing material for refining, together with compliance assessments as part of the Know Your Customer (KYC) and Know Your Product (KYP) processes.

During 2015 and 2016, Chris worked with the Washington based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Resolve, with counter-parties Partnership Africa Canada (PAC) and Tetra Tech, to explore ways to export responsible artisanally mined gold (ASM) from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); to enable it to be refined and sold on the international markets. Although Chris is no longer intimately involved with this project, it remains a work in progress by the participants.

Chris was appointed as a Director of the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve in October 2019.