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Information on Directors and Company Secretaries

Sir Ron Brierley – (Chairman and Non-Executive Director)

Sir Ron founded Brierley Investments Ltd in 1961 and as Chairman of that company implemented his investment approach successfully over the next 30 years, retiring as a director in 2001. Sir Ron was appointed Chairman of Guinness Peat Group plc (GPG) in 1990 where he also applied his investment approach. GPG was renamed Coats PLC (Coats) on 6 March 2015.  Sir Ron stepped down as a director of Coats on 21 April 2015.

He is the Chairman of Directors.

Mr. Gabriel Radzyminski – BA (Hons), MCom (Non-Executive Director)

Gabriel is the founder and Managing Director of Sandon Capital Pty Ltd, a boutique investment management and advisory firm.  He is portfolio manager of the Sandon Capital Activist Fund, a fund targeting underperforming companies.  Sandon Capital also provides advisory services to shareholders seeking to implement activist strategies.

Gabriel was a past member of both the Audit & Risk Committee and Remuneration Committee.

He is Chairman of Sandon Capital Investments Limited and is a non-executive director of Chesser Resources Limited and Future Generation Investment Company Limited.

Mr. James Chirnside – (Independent Non-Executive Director)

James has been focused in emerging markets and absolute return investment management for twenty-one years in Melbourne, Sydney, Hong Kong, and London.

James is the Managing Director of Asia Pacific Asset Management, a specialist emerging market investment firm based in Sydney.  James previously worked for Challenger Financial Group and prior to that was country head for India, Indonesia and Australia whilst at Regent Fund Management in Hong Kong and London.  James has also worked for County NatWest in London as head of proprietary trading for Asia and focused on country funds and arbitrage strategies.

He is the Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee and a member of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee.

James holds directorships in WAM Capital Limited and Cadence Capital Limited.

Mr. Ronald Langley – BCom (Hons) (Independent Non-Executive Director)

Ron is a non executive director of PICO Holdings, Inc., having retired as executive chairman in 2007 and non executive chairman in 2012.  He is a past director of Guinness Peat Group plc, Jungfraubahn Holding AG and Redflex Holdings Limited.

He has been an international value investor for the past 33 years and has held directorships in companies in several countries around the world. After living in the US for 25 years and building 2 substantial businesses, Ron returned to Sydney in 2009 and manages a personal investment fund which includes some unlisted emerging companies.

Ron is the Chairman of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.

Mr Daniel Weiss  BCom, LLB (Non-Executive Director)

Daniel Weiss was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Mercantile on 25 February 2015.

Daniel is the Investment Manager at Ariadne Australia Limited, an ASX-listed investment company.  Prior to joining Ariadne in 2007, he worked in private equity and fund management in the United Kingdom.  Daniel has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney.

Alternate Directors

Dr. Gary Weiss – LLB (Hons), LLM, JSD (Non-Executive Director)

Dr Gary Weiss acts as an alternative director for Mr Daniel Weiss.

Mark Licciardo – B Bus(Acc), GradDip CSP, FGIA, GAICD (Company Secretary)

Mr Licciardo is Managing Director of Mertons Corporate Services Pty Ltd (Mertons) which provides company secretarial and corporate governance consulting services to ASX listed and unlisted public and private companies. Mark has also had an extensive commercial banking career with the Commonwealth Bank and State Bank Victoria.  Mr Licciardo is a former Chairman of the Governance Institute of Australia (GIA) in Victoria, a fellow of GIA, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a director of several public and private companies.