Mr Farmer is a UK based, highly experienced mining executive. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Lonmin, the third largest platinum miner globally, between 2008 and 2012, where he oversaw a period of significant transformation, both operationally and financially. During his 26 years at Lonmin and its parent company Lonrho, Mr Farmer held various other financial and strategic positions, including Chief Strategy Officer from 2006-2008.
Mr Farmer led the acquisition of various junior mining projects and integrated them into the group. He has been a Non-Executive Director of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in the UK since 2014, and previously was a Non-Executive Director of VTTI Energy Partners LP (2014 – 2017).