Steven is the Chief Executive and co-founder of Altus Strategies and a director of its exploration subsidiaries. He holds an Honours degree in Geology from Southampton University and a Master's degree in Mining Geology from the Camborne School of Mines. He started his career with Mano River in 1998, joining the board in 2007. In 2002 he co-founded and was Chief Executive of Ariana Resources, a gold producer in Turkey which listed on AIM in 2005 [AIM: AAU]. In 2004 he founded and was interim Chairman of African Aura Resources which listed on the TSX-V in 2008 and which through its merger with Mano River in 2009 created African Aura Mining. In 2011 African Aura Mining was divested into Afferro Mining, which was acquired by IMIC in 2013 for approximately US$200m, and west African gold producer Avesoro Resources (formerly Aureus Mining) [TSX/AIM: ASO]. In 2007 he was a founding non-executive director of west Africa focused diamond development company Stellar Diamonds. Stellar listed on AIM by way of a reverse takeover of West African Diamonds in 2010 and was acquired by Newfield Resources [ASX:NWF] in 2018. In 2008 Altus co-founded and Steven was joint Investment Manager to Altus Resource Capital, a five year closed-ended and long-only investment fund, focused on junior resource equities. Altus Resource Capital listed on the LSE in 2009 and by 2011 had approximately US$150m of assets under management. He is a director of Aegis Asset Management and a co-founder of industry networking groups 'The Oxford Mining Club' and 'Resource IQ'. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a member of the Association of Mining Analysts.