"Adrian Coates is the Chairman of Thor Explorations Limited, a TSX-V listed mining exploration and development company with assets in West Africa. He was a Non-Executive Director of Regal Petroleum from 2008 to 2017 and of Polyus Gold from 2010 to 2015. Mr. Coates has many years’ experience in the investment banking industry, having held positions with HSBC, UBS and Credit Suisse First Boston, with a specialisation in the natural resources sector.
"Mr. Coates holds a Master’s degree in Economics from University of Cambridge and an MBA from the London Business School." 
"Adrian has over 25 years’ experience in the mining sector. He served as the Global Sector Head of Resources and Energy Group, Global Banking and Markets Division of HSBC Bank plc until 2008 with strategic responsibility for its relationships and businesses with major clients globally in the resources and utilities sectors. He was the Lead HSBC Banker on a number of large-scale metals and mining transactions. At HSBC, his advisory clients included Randgold Resources. He was cited in the press as “HSBC’s star advisory banker” and named in Financial News’ “Top 20 European Dealmakers” in late 2007. He has also held roles in UBS, Warrior International and Credit Suisse First Boston with a specialisation in the resources sector. He served as Managing Director, Metals and Mining at UBS Investment Bank, London and was responsible for originating the landmark Billiton IPO, a deal which both restarted the London mining market and set a precedent for the subsequent influx of emerging market companies. He currently serves as Senior Independent Director and Audit Committee Chairman of JKX Oil & Gas plc. Previously Adrian has served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Petropavlovsk PLC, Regal Petroleum plc and Kazakhgold Group Limited. He also served as a Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Polyus Gold International Limited until the company was taken private in late 2015. In his non-executive career, he has also served as an Adviser to a number of leading mining companies. Mr. Coates holds an MA degree in Economics from Cambridge University and an MSc (MBA) from London Business School." 
- Director, JKX Oil and Gas plc