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Robert Adamson
GeologistGeologist

Bob Adamson commenced consulting in economic geology in 1993 following 25 years in technical and management positions with the CRA, Newmont, BP Minerals and Cluff groups.
He is experienced in the exploration and mining of base metal and gold deposits throughout Australia, New Zealand, southern and eastern Africa, northern Asia and northern Canada and has had significant involvement in the discovery and development of gold and base metal mines in several of these regions. He is also experienced in diamond and semi-precious stone exploration (especially eastern Australia).

Bob specialises in exploration appraisals and project management with emphasis on best-practice drilling and sampling procedures, the recording of data and the development of practical geological models of mineral deposits. He conducts geological audits of mineral resources and ore reserves for the appraisal and/or valuation of exploration and mining properties, with a focus on the geological aspects that impact mine profitability.
Clients include major mining companies, merchant banks and legal firms, and junior exploration companies in Australia and internationally. He presently provides part-time executive services to Klondike Source Limited, a gold exploration company listed on the Newcastle Stock Exchange.
His assignments extend to technical appraisals and valuations of exploration and mining properties in satisfaction of ASX and ASIC requirements, and as an expert witness in mining litigation.

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Qualifications
  • BSc Canterbury 1963, MSc(Hons) Canterbury 1966
  • MMICA, MAusIMM(CP)
Specialities
  • Gold, Base Metal & Diamond Exploration & Management
  • Geological Audits of Resources and Reserves
    Mineral Property Valuations
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration – Property Appraisal
  • Independent expert valuations
  • Literature surveys and data compilation
  • Resource / Reserve estimation (inc. geostatistics)
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Diamonds
  • Gemstones
  • Gold, Silver
  • Nickel and Cobalt
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – All States
  • Canada
  • China
  • New Zealand
  • PNG
  • Russia, CIS

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Mr Alan Bax
MetallurgistOzmetMetallurgist

Alan is a metallurgist with extensive experience in the gold industry, having worked in Australia, France and Chile in operations ranging from two hundred thousand to ten million tonnes per annum capacity. While working in plant operations Alan has supervised the commissioning and optimisation of crushing, SAG and ball milling, heap leaching, gravity concentration, flotation and CIP/CIL processes. He was Mill Superintendent for Gabanintha Gold Mine, Three Mile Hill Project and the Salsigne Gold Mine of Mines d’Or de Salsigne in France.
Project work undertaken by Alan has included the development of operating budgets for feasibility studies, flowsheet review and development, equipment selection and sizing, review of project tenders and construction contracts, construction supervision and commissioning.
Click here to visit Alan’s web site.

Qualifications
  • BAppSc(ExtMet) WASM 1983, Grad Dip(Met) WASM 1983
  • MMICA, MAusIMM (CP), SME
Specialities
  • Metallurgy and Mineral Processing
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Flowsheet Development and Plant Design
Areas of Practice:
  • Flowsheet development and plant design
  • Metallurgy and mineral processing
Commodity Experience:
  • Gold, Silver
Regional Experience:
  • France
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Dr John Bryan

John Bryan, now Executive Chairman, was Managing Director of McElroy Bryan Geological Services Pty Ltd (MBGS) from 1979 to 1997. He joined that consulting group in 1970 following several years of post graduate study and a period of regional mapping with the NSW Geological Survey. Since 1970 he has been involved with numerous coal exploration and coal mining ventures, mostly in Australia but also overseas. Recent assignments, personally undertaken by John, have included a large number of coal resources and reserves audits, assessments of coal exploration areas in NSW and Queensland, appraisals of operating coal mines and reviews of coal exploration programs.
Overall supervision of the geological staff at MBGS for 20 years, and assistance with a wide range of exploration programs, has provided a very comprehensive background of coal resources and reserves in Australia. Clients over the last 10 years have included major corporations involved with coal mining, small companies undertaking grassroots exploration, and consulting engineers.

Specialities
  • Coal Resource Assessment
  • Coal Geology
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration – Property Appraisal
  • Resource / Reserve estimation (inc. geostatistics)
Commodity Experience:
  • Oil Shale
Regional Experience:
  • Antarctica
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Australia – Western Australia
  • Canada
  • Indonesia
  • New Zealand
  • PNG
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Mr Guy Butcher
MetallurgistG Butcher ConsultingMetallurgist

Guy Butcher is a metallurgist with 35 years of mining industry experience in the fields of extractive metallurgy and mineral processing including design, construction and operation. He has worked in a variety of technical, operational, management and corporate positions for companies such as Goldfields, Bayer A.G., Placer Dome and Goldcorp in Africa, the Asia Pacific region and in the Americas.
Guy was the start-up Mill Superintendent at Granny Smith (Au), Osborne (Cu-Au) and Chrome Chemicals Bleskop (Cr)and has had significant input into the process design of a number of other gold and base metal projects and operations including Porgera (Au), North Mara (Au), Eleonore (Au), Los Filos (Au) and more recently, the 130kf/d Penasquito (Au-Ag-Pb-Zn) project on Mexico. He has also authored and signed off on the ore processing sections of Goldcorp’s Canadian NI43-101 Technical Reports for the metallurgically complex Penasquito and Pueblo Viejo projects.
Consulting expertise offered to clients includes due diligence, process design review and auditing, client representation and the design, management and interpretation of metallurgical test programs.

Documents
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Specialities
    Metallurgy amd mineral processing
Areas of Practice:
  • Metallurgy and mineral processing
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Iron Ore, Manganese, Chrome
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Australia – Western Australia
  • Canada
  • Central America (inc. Mexica, Cuba)
  • East Africa
  • PNG
  • Southern Africa (S.Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, etc.)

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Mr David Choy Expert Witness
GeologistWedderburn Mining Pty LtdGeologist

David Choy is an independent consulting geologist, with over 25 years experience in the minerals industry. He has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree (1970) from the University of Malaya and a Master of Science degree (1995) ftom Monash University, Melbourne.
He worked for Conzinc Riotinto Malaysia Limited from 1970-1982, firstly as an exploration geologist for base metals and tin, and then as a mine planning engineer. From 1982 to 1985, he was employed by CRA Exploration Pty. Limited to work as a Senior Geologist on deep lead gold exploration in Victoria. From 1985-1990, specializing on gold and mineral exploration, he was employed
by a number of mining companies in Australia. He helped acquire the zeolite project for Mount Gipps Limited which has subsequently become Zeolite Australia.
He was a founding director of Mount Wellington Gold Pty. Limited which is engaged in gold and base-metal exploration on a major greenstone belt in Victoria. From 1991-1996, he was a Director of Mount Wellington Gold Pty. Limited.
And from 1996 – present working as a consulting geologist on gold and base-metal exploration in Australia, Southeast Asia and China.

Specialities
  • Gold, Base Metals, Tin and Heavy Minerals
  • Exploration and Evaluation
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration – Strategy
  • Exploration – Property Appraisal
  • Literature surveys and data compilation
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
  • Zeolite
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Victoria
  • China
  • Indonesia
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)
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Mr Damian Connelly Expert Witness

Principal Metallurgist working as a Consultant. Extensive experience gained in all commodities and extractive processes including gold, copper, lead zinc, nickel, uranium and iron ore, titaniu, and vanadium. Specialist in comminution, gravity, flotation, hydrometallurgy, CIP/CIL and Merril Crowe gold & refractory gold metallurgy, heap leaching, bacterial leaching, solvent extraction and electrowinning.

Damian has worked on many major projects incuding flowsheet design, process improvements, cost reduction, conceptual project development, trouble shooting, engineering tenders and financial audits. Career employment with BHAS, Zinc Corp, Peko Wallsend, Bougainville Copper, Hamersley Iron, Roxby Mgt Services, KMA Pty Ltd, Harbour Lights Mining, Aztec Mining, METS Pty Ltd over some 35 years.

Experience has been gained in plant operations, feasibility studies, detailed design, construction and commissioning and all unit operations. A wealth of hands-on operating experience as a foreman, plant metallurgist, plant superintendent, chief metallurgist and project manager which has provided a solid base to mix with engineering and construction management. Damian has also run courses in Metallurgical Accounting and Mineral Processing for industry participants.

The last 21 years have been spent working as a Principal Consulting Metallurgist for Mineral Engineering Technical Service Pty Ltd for Mining, Banking and Engineering Companies both within Australasia and overseas.

Documents
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Specialities
  • Mineral Processing
  • Feasibility Studies – Design
  • Due Diligence
  • Project Management
Areas of Practice:
  • Management services
  • Metallurgy and mineral processing
  • Operational management
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
  • Training and Education
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Industrial Minerals – Other
  • Iron Ore, Manganese, Chrome
  • Nickel and Cobalt
  • Rare Earths
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
  • Uranium
  • Vanadium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – All States
  • Brazil
  • China
  • New Zealand
  • PNG
  • Russia, CIS

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Andrew Dawkins

Andrew specialises in the provision of geoscience based environmental services in Australia and the Pacific. He has over 22 years’ experience in the mining industry as an exploration geologist, hydrogeologist and geochemist, and provides expertise in the hydrogeological, geochemical, geological, geomorphological and hydrological disciplines. Andrew has worked on a wide range of minerals, coal, base metals and quarry projects throughout Australia and the Pacific.
His main skills relate to project and team management, hydrogeology, mine environmental studies, mine rehabilitation, stream rehabilitation and management, soil and water chemistry, water chemistry modelling, environmental planning and legislation, environmental due diligence audits, expert witness representation, environmental risk assessment, and bankable feasibility studies.
Andrew managed the mine environmental (Australia/Pacific) and NSW Groundwater divisions of Coffey Geosciences Pty Ltd before starting Geoterra in September 2001.
Andrew gained a BSC from Sydney University in 1984 and a MAppSc from UNSW (Hydrogeology – groundwater chemistry) in 1996.

Qualifications
  • BSc Sydney 1984, MAppSc UNSW 1996
  • MMICA, MAusIMM (CP)
Specialities
  • Mine Environmental
  • Hydrogeology
  • Geochemistry
Areas of Practice:
  • Environmental – Services
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Nickel and Cobalt
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Northern Territory
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Australia – Western Australia
  • Fiji
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Mr Christopher Desoe
Mining EngineerAustralian Mine Design & DevelopmentMining Engineer

Chris is a director of Australian Mine Design & Development (AMDAD) and manages their Brisbane office. He is an engineer with 20 years of experience in hardrock mining and industrial minerals projects.
This experience includes involvement in evaluation, design, development, operations and research in over 70 mining projects throughout Australia, the South Pacific, South East Asia, China, West Africa, South America and Europe.

Chris has extensive computer capability, particularly in mine planning and design applications. He is skilled in the use of Surpac and Whittle mine planning software, as well as project management applications. Extensive involvement in fesasibility studies and other evaluation and design work is supported by more than 10 years’ operations experience in underground and open cut mining.

Specialities
  • Open Cut and Underground Metal Mine Planning & Design
  • Pit Optimisation
  • Feasibility and Evaluation
Areas of Practice:
  • Mining engineering
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland
Mr Colin Donegan
Mining EngineerColmine ConsultingMining Engineer

Colin Donegan joined the mining industry in 1976 as a trainee mining engineer with Elcom Collieries at Newstan Colliery. In 1981 he graduated top of all streams of engineering at UNSW and was awarded the Institution of Engineers Australia Award for his efforts.
By 1982, Colin had obtained his 1st and 2nd Class Coal Mine Manager’s and Mine Deputy’s Certificates. In 1983 he relocated to Western Australia to gain valuable Open Cut experience at Griffin Coal’s Muja Mine, which was then, the deepest black coal open cut in the world, operating the world’s largest fleet of hydraulic excavators.
Colin was appointed as Assistant Superintendent at Wambo in 1986 with operational and planning responsibilities for the Underground, Open cut and Preparation Plant. During his nine years there, Colin developed and implemented the plans to take that operation from 1.2 to 4.0 million tonnes per annum, preparing and administering the contracts involved. He also served a total of six months as Acting General Manager.
In 1995 Colin was appointed Manager of the Glendell Project, modifying the Development Consent, progressing all mine approvals, completing the mine planning and selecting the equipment and contractor. Unfortunately this project was deferred due to prevailing coal prices at the end of 1997. Colin now has his own consulting company and is pursuing a number of coal mine developments in his own right.
He has a wealth of senior experience with 21 years at Manager level or above. He has exceptional skills in mine planning, industrial relations, equipment selection and management. He is also well known for his innovative approach and lateral thinking to problem solving.
Colin’s greatest asset is the depth to his very broad experience, allowing him to view a problem from a very broad perspective but at the same time understanding the detail involved, resulting in solutions to problems that encompass all contributing factors.

Qualifications
  • BE(Min) UNSW 1981, Coal Mine Mgr Certificates, NSW, WA
  • MMICA, MAusIMM, GMIEAust, MAIME
Specialities
  • Coal Mining
Areas of Practice:
  • Mine planning and design
  • Mining engineering
  • Project – Management
  • Project planning and management
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Western Australia

 

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Mr John Dunlop Expert Witness
Mining EngineerJohn S Dunlop & AssociatesMining Engineer

John is a mining engineer, whose first 20 years of professional experience was obtained as a mining company employee, rising through the ranks from machine miner to the level of General Manager Operations.

His experience spans both surface and underground mining applications in the hard rock, metalliferous field, where he holds current Mine Management Certificates of Competency (1st Class).

He has consulted on a full time basis since the early 1990’s in most fields of mining engineering, but principally project feasibility, operations management, mine design and valuation, technical audits, merger and acquisitions, corporate advice and expert witness work.

Assignments worldwide have included temperate, arctic, high altitude and tropical locations, whether high rainfall or arid.

John matriculated with honours in French and Russian, but also has some Bahasa, Melanesian Pidgin, Arabic and Spanish.

He is a Board Member of MICA and a former director of the AusIMM.

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Qualifications
  • BE(Min)(Hons) Melbourne 1971
  • MEngSc Melbourne 1979
  • P CertArb Adelaide 2001.
  • MMICA, FAusIMM (CP), FIMM, MCIM, MSME
Specialities
  • Mining Engineering
  • Project Feasibility & Technical Audits
  • Extensive International Experience
Areas of Practice:
  • Independent expert valuations
  • Mine planning and design
  • Strategic planning including company acquisition
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
  • Tenders and contracts
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Iron Ore, Manganese, Chrome
  • Nickel and Cobalt
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Western Australia
  • Central Asia
  • Eastern Europe
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • New Zealand
  • Pacific Islands
  • Philippines
  • PNG
  • Russia, CIS
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)
  • South America – other

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Mr George Edwards Expert Witness
ManagementSAI Global LimitedManagement

Over 40 years’ experience covers coal and coke research (BHP), coal utilisation and marketing (Joint Coal Board), marketing and market development (Coal and Allied) and Chairman/Chief Executive (Consol in Australia) and Chairman (Standards Australia).
Started Consultancy on 1st January 1985 and subsequently involved in a coal mine acquisitions/sales (for self and others), management of mining operations, coal utilisation and marketing, trading coke coals and coal blends, property evaluations and feasibility studies, industry overviews and strategies, government relations, energy studies, coal preparation, information services and corporate govenance/risk management.
Director: SAI Global Limited

Qualifications
  • BSc(Tech) NSW 1967
  • MMICA, FAusIMM (CP), FFAICD, FEI (UK), FAIE, CEng
Specialities
  • Coal Utilisation, Marketing & Sales
  • Property Evaluation/Feasibility
    Mine Equity Purchases/Sales
    Corporate Governance, Risk Management
Areas of Practice:
  • Coal washing
  • Independent expert valuations
  • New technology, research and development
  • Strategic planning including company acquisition
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Commodity Experience:
  • Gold, Silver
Regional Experience:
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • New Zealand
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)
  • United States
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Mr John Elliston

John Elliston, Senior Research Associate and Consultant, has extensive experience in exploration and successful mineral development. During many years of active exploration and while directing major exploration, mining, and geophysical companies, new basic research into the origin, mode of transport, and concentration of ore minerals was initiated. Highly successful technical results achieved in the completion of recent research contracts now enables a realistic identification of the geological factors, which indicate potential economic mineralisation.
Research findings can be applied to assist decisions on area and prospect selection and the significance of partly delineated mineralisation.

  • Interpretation of geological data
  • Recognition of the significance of mineral indications
  • Assistance with decisions to continue or curtail drilling
  • Review of geological data and assessment of its adequacy
  • Assessment of ‘prospectivity’.

By arrangement, seminars or staff training courses on:-
The basic concepts of the formation of orebodies and the rocks from which they are derived.

Qualifications
  • BSc(Chem) 1950, BSc(Hons) Tasmania 1951
  • MMICA, FAusIMM(CP)
Specialities
  • Senior Exploration Management
  • Geological Research
Areas of Practice:
  • New technology, research and development
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Iron Ore, Manganese, Chrome
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Northern Territory
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Australia – South Australia
  • Australia – Victoria
  • Australia – Western Australia
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Mr Rodney Elvish Expert Witness
MetallurgistB E EnterprisesMetallurgist

Rod is a Consultant Metallurgist and Company Director who has extensive operating and consulting experience in metallurgy and mineral processing. He is Chair of the Mineral Processing Commission of the International Mineral Processing Council (IMPC).

He undertakes a wide variety of technical and commercial assignments, often combining his broad production, management, director, evaluation and development experience to achieve project specific solutions. He takes a holistic approach, matching the metallurgy to site, geological, mining and corporate factors. A similar approach is taken to evaluating new technologies.

Areas of specialisation include:

  • project management
  •  complex polymetallic metallurgy including differential flotation
  • gold, other precious and base metals recovery
  • iron ore beneficiation
  • new process evaluation
  • gravity separation
  • liquid/solid separation

Rod consults to operations staff, company boards, financiers and lawyers. He manages feasibility studies, undertakes valuations, independent reports and advises on mergers and acquisitions.

Assignments undertaken include:

  • metallurgical evaluation of exploration projects
  • managing feasibility studies
  • Assessor, Supreme Court of Queensland
  • on site plant trouble-shooting and optimisation
  • evaluation of new processes and technologies
  • independent technical reports and expert witness assignments
  • financiers’ completion tests and technical audits
  • testwork design, supervision and interpretation of results
  • flowsheet development, costing and equipment selection

Major project works include the development of major iron ore and manganese projects in West Africa, advanced tungsten processing, project management of the Browns polymetallic project (NT), the assessment and development of resin based gold and cyanide recovery technologies and new processes for recovering gold from refractory gold ores. As Director and later Chairman of Allstate Explorations NL he was extensively involved in bringing the Beaconsfield Gold Mine in Tasmania back into operation.

Rod is a past President of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Councillor of the IMPC.

Qualifications:
  • FRMIT(PrimaryMet) 1970, DipGeoSc(MinEc) Macquarie 1984, Prof Cert in Arb Adelaide 2003
  • MMICA, Hon FAusIMM (CP), FIMM, FAICD
Specialities:
  • Mineral Processing & Metallurgy
  • New Technology Evaluation and Auditing
  • Due Diligence Studies
Areas of Practice:
  • Independent expert valuations
  • Metallurgy and mineral processing
  • New technology, research and development
  • Project – Management
  • Strategic planning including company acquisition
  • Tailings and waste management
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Commodity Experience:
  • Bauxite and Alumina
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Iron Ore, Manganese, Chrome
  • Nickel and Cobalt
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Northern Territory
  • Brazil
  • PNG

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Dr Bradford Farrell
GeologistFarrell And AssociatesGeologist

Brad has more than 30 years broad based experience in mineral exploration and senior project management and evaluation. He commenced consulting in 1982 after working for a number of large companies particularly Anglo American in Australia, Africa and the pacific. Consulting work has led to involvement in a number of significant projects for a variety of commodities both in and outside Australia. These projects being mineral sands (Australia, Sierra Leone), sulphur (USA), diamonds (Australia, Sierra Leone), gold (Australia, New Zealand, USA) and manganese (Australia).

Director: Sun Resources NL

 

Qualifications
  • BSc Adelaide 1968, MSc Leicester 1972, PhD Leicester 1981
  • MMICA, FAusIMM (CP), MIMM (CEng), MAEG, MPESA
Specialities
  • Geology
  • Exploration
  • Geochemistry
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration – Strategy
  • Exploration – Property Appraisal
  • Geochemistry
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Diamonds
  • Gold, Silver
  • Iron Ore, Manganese, Chrome
  • Nickel and Cobalt
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – South Australia
  • Australia – Western Australia
  • Canada
  • Fiji
  • New Zealand
  • Pacific Islands
  • PNG
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)
  • United States
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Mr Philip Fillis Expert Witness
GeologistFillis Geological ServicesGeologist

Phil graduated in geology from the University of London in 1972 and in over 20 years of professional experience has participated in exploration programmes for base metals, gold, uranium and iron ore throughout Australia, South and West Africa, Europe and Canada. He was a staff geologist with major exploration companies including Esso and US Steel Corporation.
In 1984 he established his consultancy firm, Farnley Nominees Pty Ltd, now trading as Fillis Geological Services. Phil has extensive experience in technical reviews and producing documents to a bankable standard.

Qualifications
  • BSc London 1972, MSc Leicester 1974
  • MMICA, FAusIMM(CP), FIMM, CEng
Specialities
  • Exploration Management
  • Technical Reviews
    Resource Estimation
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Photogeology and remote sensing
  • Resource / Reserve estimation (inc. geostatistics)
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Iron Ore, Manganese, Chrome
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Western Australia
  • Canada
  • Central Asia
  • Indonesia

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Mr Stephen Gemell Expert Witness
Mining EngineerGemell Mining EngineersMining Engineer

Steve Gemell has more than 35 years’ experience in the mining industry, having worked throughout Australasia and in Africa, North and South America, Asia, Eastern and Western Europe. He has been Principal of Gemell Mining Engineers, an independent multi-discipline consultancy, since its formation in Kalgoorlie in 1984.
The consultancy specialises in mineral property assessment, valuations, technical audits, strategic studies, operational troubleshooting, hard rock mine planning and design, feasibility studies and expert witness.
His experience includes operational management in underground and open pit mining in positions from shift boss to resident manager, which has also involved the supervision of CIP/CIL, flotation and alluvial plants. He has subsequently held executive and non executive directorships, including the positions of CEO and Chairman, in listed mining companies. He has additionally held an appointment as Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales and is currently a member of the VALMIN Committee.
He is currently non-executive chairman of Golden Cross Resources Limited, and non-executive director of Argent Minerals Limited, Eastern Iron Limited, Indochine Mining Limited and UCL Resources Limited.
He is a fellow of the AusIMM, a Chartered Professional (Mining) and a Member of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers.

Qualifications
  • BE(Min)(Hons) Sydney 1976
  • Mine Mgr Cert (NSW, WA, South Africa)
    MMICA, FAusIMM (CP), MAIME
Specialities
  • Project Valuation & Technical Audits
  • Strategic Management
    Mine Planning & Design
Areas of Practice:
  • Independent expert valuations
  • Mine – Appraisal
  • Mine planning and design
  • Strategic planning including company acquisition
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Diamonds
  • Gold, Silver
  • Industrial Minerals – Clay Minerals, Refractories, Abrasives
  • Iron Ore, Manganese, Chrome
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Western Australia
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
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Mr Peter Goldner Expert
GeologistGoldner & AssociatesGeologist – Expert Witness

Peter graduated from Sydney University in 1967 with a Batchelor of Science Honours degree and has worked continuously as a practising geologist in numerous roles in Australia and overseas. He has extensive knowledge and experience in exploration, development and production aspects of the mining industry using a wide variety of geological and geophysical techniques; supervision and implementation of large exploration programs with annual budgets in excess of AU$18 million; provision of technical and commercial advice to client companies; target generation and country studies; exploration and evaluation of numerous deposit styles and commodities in a wide variety of geographical and geopolitical environments.
Peter is a former member of the VALMIN committee.
He has commercial experience in the negotiation of a large and diverse range of joint venture and acquisition/divestment agreements; preparation of technical reports for public documents such as prospectuses, information memoranda and documents associated with mergers, acquisitions and divestments; involvement in due diligence studies and reviews; negotiation with government departments; preparation of mining and exploration project valuations; involvement in the formation and subsequent public listing of an exploration company.
Peter was instrumental in the formation of an ASX-listed Mineral Exploration Company – Equatorial Resources Limited. He has been General Manager-Exploration of a mid-sized mining and exploration company with a geological staff of over 50 professionals, a member of the executive management committee overseeing the company’s production and exploration operations and is the Managing Director of his own mining industry consulting company.

Qualifications
  • BSc (Hons) Sydney 1966
  • MMICA, FAusIMM, FAIG
Specialities
  • Precious, Base & Specialty Metal Exploration and Development, Mineral Project and Evaluation, Independent Expert Reports, Expert Witness Services, Resource & Reserve Reviews
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration – Strategy
  • Exploration – Property Appraisal
  • Resource / Reserve estimation (inc. geostatistics)
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Nickel and Cobalt
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • All Australia
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • PNG
  • United States

 

 

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Mr Karl Guilfoyle

Karl Guilfoyle is a Mining Engineer with 29 years of experience in the mining industry, specialising in underground hardrock mine planning and operations.
Karl established Guilfoyle Engineering & Mining Services Pty Ltd in 1991, to provide an independent consulting service to the mining industry. He is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and has written and presented several technical papers at mining industry conferences. His skills include:

  • Understanding the mining business, with a focus on safe and profitable production.
  • Experience in a broad range of underground hardrock mines with diverse conditions.
  • Mine planning and design, from initial conceptual studies to the final critical details.
  • Assessment of mining performance and costs, and identification of the major issues.
  • Ability to analyse complex problems, identify causes and create innovative solutions.
  • Concise reporting with specific conclusions and practical recommendations.

Karl has completed projects including:

  • Planning for underground mines, from conceptual studies to detailed mine designs.
  • Preparation of feasibility studies for open cut and underground hardrock metal mines.
  • Analysis of underground mining systems, from planning to final stoping results and costs.
  • Calculation of break-even mine head grades to optimise profitable recovery of ore resources.
  • Preparation of computer models to calculate, analyse and compare total mine production costs.
  • Preparation of practical geotechnical standards for mine development and longhole open stoping.
  • Selection of equipment for diamond drilling, mine development, stoping, loading and rock transport.
  • Analysis and optimisation of underground mine jumbo development drilling and blasting practices.
  • Introduction of cemented rock backfill to increase resource recovery and reduce total mining costs.
  • Design and analysis of alternative raise development methods, including longhole drilling and blasting.
  • Innovative solutions for unusual mining applications, including specialised blasting techniques.
  • Introduction of underground road trains to improve productivity and reduce total mining costs.
  • Controlled surface and underground blasting, including complex longhole stope “mass blasts”.
  • Preparation of “competency-based” training programs for mine technical staff and operators.
  • Training and coaching of mine technical staff, including Mining Engineers.
Qualifications
  • BE(Min) Melbourne 1978, Mine Mgr Cert Qld.
  • MMICA, MAusIMM
Specialities
  • Underground Mine Planning and Operations
Areas of Practice:
  • Mining engineering
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Nickel and Cobalt
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – All States
  • India
  • PNG

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Mr Patrick Hanna
GeologistHanna Consulting ServicesGeologist
Qualifications
  • BAppSc (Geol) NSW 1976
  • MMICA, FAusiMM (CP)
Specialities
  • Coal Geology
  • Resource Estimation, Evaluation and Audits
  • Exploration Project Management
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration Project Management
  • Resource / Reserve estimation (inc. geostatistics)
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland
  • China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • New Zealand
  • Russia, CIS
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)
  • United States

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Mr Paul Ingram
GeologistP A Ingram & AssociatesGeologist

Paul Ingram has headed exploration programmes for a number of clients throughout Australia and south-east Asia. With over eleven years’ experience in east Asian geology and exploration, Paul and the associated exploration and mining groups offer a sound background to the region. Originally involved in gold, tin and uranium exploration in northern Australia consulting work in recent years has been focused on gold exploration and company management in south-east Asia.
Paul and his associated groups offer a large database, support facilities and contracts in the mineral industry through Australia and south-east Asia. Director: Caledon Resources PLC.

Qualifications
  • BSc(Geo) Queensland UTech 1975
  • MMICA, MAusIMM(CP)
Specialities
  • Mineral Exploration
  • Property Assessment
    Exploration Management
Areas of Practice:
  • Management services
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Australia – Western Australia
  • China
  • PNG
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)

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Mr Michael Lawrence Expert Witness
GeologistMINVAL Associates Pty LtdGeologist

Mike Lawrence

Mike is an economic geologist with some 48 years’ international Minerals Industry experience, who provides independent valuations of exploration and mine properties, project technical audits and dispute resolution solutions.  He specialises in due diligence and mineral property technical appraisals and valuations in an ADR or litigation context, involving a very wide range of commodities [eg, coal, iron ore, base metals, nickel, gold, bauxite, phosphate, aggregates, industrial minerals, dimension stone and gemstones.

He has been a mining and geological consultant to the metalliferous, coal and quarrying industries as CEO of international resource consultancies’ regional operations [eg, the French Government’s BRGM/SEREM and the UK Robertson Group], until 1991 when he founded Sydney-based Minval Associates.

He has been widely recognised by the Industry as an independent, highly ethical expert (MICA Medal, Honorary Fellow AusIMM & FAIG, 1999, President AusIMM and its Beryl Jacka Award recipient).

He authored 99 technical papers (to end 2013), particularly on aspects of valuation, due diligence, risk, ethics and professional liability.  He has made major contributions to AusIMM’s VALMIN Code since 1991 and development of AusIMM/MICA Alternate Dispute Resolution Scheme.  Appointed 2008 to NSW Ministerial Land Access Arbitration Panel (reappointed to June 2017).

Qualifications
  • BSc(Hons1) UNSW 1966,
  • GradDipPublicSectorMgt NSWIT 1985,
  • CertArb&Med 2000,
  • MAIMVA(CMV), MMICA, FAusIMM(CPGeo), FIMM(CEng), FAIG, MIAMA
Specialities
  • Technical Assessments, Audits and Valuations
  • Exploration Strategy, Planning & Management
    Alluvial & Hard Rock Geology
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration – Property Appraisal
  • Government and public relations
  • Independent expert valuations
  • Resource / Reserve estimation (inc. geostatistics)
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Commodity Experience:
  • Bauxite and Alumina
  • Base Metals
  • Diamonds
  • Gemstones
  • Gold, Silver
  • Iron Ore, Manganese, Chrome
  • Nickel and Cobalt
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Western Australia
  • Indonesia
  • New Zealand
  • Pacific Islands
  • Philippines
  • PNG
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)
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Mr John Lea Expert Witness

John Lea is a Chartered Professional Geologist whose 24 years of work experience is predominantly in the planning and management of exploration programmes for coal and groundwater, data acquisition and their evaluation. His professional associations with Groundsearch Australia’s current clients provides him with practical experience by working directly with internationally-recognised, technical experts in drilling, geophysical logging, coal analysis, groundwater, geotechnical, environmental and human impact investigations. His wide-ranging experience and continuing professional contacts are invaluable in his current role.

Qualifications
  • BSc (Hons) Newcastle,
  • MMICA, MAusIMM(CP), Mine Mgr Permit (NSW)
Specialities
  • Coal Geology
  • Baseline Groundwater Investigations
    Downhole Geophysics
Areas of Practice:
  • Baseline Studies
  • Geophysics
Commodity Experience:
  • Industrial Minerals – Clay Minerals, Refractories, Abrasives
Regional Experience:
  • India

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Mr Graeme Miller Expert Witness
MetallurgistSinclair Knight Merz Pty LtdMetallurgist

With over 25 years’ experience in process plant operations, design and commissioning, Graeme has participated in the development of the minerals processing industry and the application of novel techniques to many problems. He is Process Manager for one of Australiaýs largest consulting engineering companies. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering and during the early part of his career was involved in the operation of plants for treating: gold, uranium, pyrite, sulphuric acid, diamond recovery, coal preparation and coal utilisation. His design capability covers all of these fields as well as being recognised as one of the leaders in the field of copper leaching solvent extraction and electrowinning. He is the leader of a team of process engineers who have made significant contribution to the advancement of various aspects of minerals processing and hydrometallurgy.
A fellow of the AusIMM with Chartered Practicing Status, member of SAIMM and of the Coal Preparation Society, Graeme has published over 40 technical papers in coal preparation and minerals processing. SKM provides services for the study, development, execution and commissioning of mineral processing plants and mining projects. Clients have included all major Australian mining companies and a wide cross section of the industry, in a variety of commodities.

Qualifications
  • BE(Chem) Queensland 1974 PREng (Chem) Queensland
  • MMICA, FAusIMM (CP), MSAIMM, MCoalPrepSoc
Specialities
  • Mineral Processing
  • Feasibility Studies
    Project Execution & Management
    Solvent Extraction
    Heap Leaching
Areas of Practice:
  • Coal washing
  • Flowsheet development and plant design
  • Heap Leach
Commodity Experience:
  • Bauxite and Alumina
  • Base Metals
  • Diamonds
  • Gold, Silver
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Australia – Western Australia
  • Middle East (inc. Turkey, Cyprus)
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)
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Mr Kevin Morgan Expert Witness

Forty eight years as a geologist with governments, companies and as a consultant have provided Kevin with extensive experience in hydrogeology, climate analysis, regional geology, geochemical exploration, coal exploration and environmental geology. He commenced consulting in 1968 and in 1972 formed his independent practice which is particularly known for expertise in hydrogeology, public company reporting, valuations, waste water disposal and environmental hydrogeology.
Projects have been taken throughout the world with particular reference to Africa, South East Asia, Iran, Papua New Guinea and Russian Far East.
Kevin’s main areas of practice are in regional and arid zone hydrogeology, groundwater exploration and assessment, mine dewatering, tailings dam hydrogeology, waste water disposal, environmental hydrogeology, groundwater monitoring and statutory reporting, hydrochemistry, climate analyses and storm runoff estimation, small dam hydrogeology, and exploration property valuation.

Qualifications
  • BSc WA 1956
  • MMICA, FAusIMM(CP), FAIG
Specialities
  • Hydrogeology and Environment
  • Regional Exploration
    Exploration Property Valuations
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Property Appraisal
  • Independent expert valuations
Commodity Experience:
  • Gold, Silver
  • Nickel and Cobalt
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – All States
  • Canada
  • Central Asia
  • East Africa
  • Indonesia
  • Middle East (inc. Turkey, Cyprus)
  • Philippines
  • PNG
  • Russia, CIS
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)

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Mr Andrew Newland
GeologistNewtuk Consulting Pty LtdGeologist

Andrew Newland has over 29 years experience working in the coal industry and in geophysical consulting. He is currently Principal Consultant /Director of Newtuk Consulting Pty Ltd based in Wollongong. His work experience has included :

Newtuk Consulting 1998 to date
Development and application of real time microseismic monitoring for windblast warnings at a number of coal mines in the Newcastle area. Geological mapping in underground coal mines and surface geological mapping in coal mine lease areas with input into the mine planning process.

BHP Engineering 1987 to 1998
Geological consulting to the Mexican coal industry to update their underground and exploration geological methodology, geophysical surveys in both coal and metalliferous mines and exploration areas including in seam seismic borehole and underground surveys, seismic tomography surveys, EM surveys, magnetometer surveys and seismic tomography surveys in Australia (NSW, QLD, SA and NT) and USA.

Kembla Coal and Coke 1974 to 1987
Underground mine geology and exploration at their Wollongong coal mines, new coal mine development, coal exploration in the Gunnedah Basin, coal tender area evaluations, seismic reflection surveys and magnetometer surveys.

Member Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Member Geological Society of Australia
Member Australasian Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Member Coalfield Council of New South Wales.

Qualifications
  • BA(Earth Science) Macquarie 1973, MSc(Hons) Wollongong 1993
  • MMICA, MAusIMM, MGSA, MASEG
Specialities
  • Coal Geology
  • Geophysics
Areas of Practice:
  • Geophysics
  • Mining geology / grade control
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland

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Dr Geoffrey Oldroyd Expert Witness
Mining EngineerG C Oldroyd & Associates Pty LtdMining Engineer

A mining engineer with +40 years of experience in underground and surface operations, new projects, business development, strategy and research specialising in coal, industrial minerals, base metals and other energy fuels.

General manager and mine manager responsibilities held for operations, new mine developments, technical services, strategic/mine planning and research.

Board Director for: (i) large coal producer and (ii) Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE).

Past Chairman of Australian Coal Association & Queensland Coal Association Research Committees and current Chairman of Technical Advisory Panel for CRC ORE.

Consulting since 1996.

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Qualifications
  • BSc (Hons) Nottingham 1966; PhD Nottingham 1969;
  • Coal Mine Manager Cert NSW & Qld;
  • FAusIMM (CP);
  • FIMM, CEng, RPEQ, FIQA, FAIE, SPE, MAICD.
Specialities
  • Strategic & Technical.
  • Mining Engineering.
  • Project & Mine Evaluation.
  • Company Directorship
Areas of Practice:
  • Mining engineering
  • Strategic planning including company acquisition
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Coal
  • Industrial Minerals – Other
  • Iron Ore, Manganese, Chrome
Regional Experience:
  • All Australia
  • Canada
  • Central Africa
  • China
  • East Africa
  • Indonesia
  • North Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • West Africa
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Mr Antony Osman Expert Witness
GeologistGeologist

Tony Osman is a Chartered Professional Geologist with over 40 vears’ experience in coal and minerals exploration and evaluation, as well as government aid and development programs. He has been involved in business development activities in Indonesia including mining and industry management information systems and human resources development. He has been a consultant for some 20 years of that time.

He has been involved in coal exploration and deposit evaluation for over 35years covering all of Australia (in particular the Bowen Basin of Queensland and the Collie Basin in WA) and Indonesia (in particular Kalimantan and Sumatra). He has reviewed anthracite deposits in North Vietnam. He has been involved in base metal exploration in Australia, Papua New Guinea (including the Bougainville Porphyry Copper-Gold project). Tony has also worked on diamonds in Kalimantan, opal in NSW, lateritic nickel in Indonesia, bauxite (Australia and Indonesia), iron ore (Indonesia and Cambodia) and general review studies.

Inter alia, he has worked for CRA Exploration. BP Australia Coal, ARCO Australia (the first Australian national to be appointed Chief Geologist) and in 1981 posted to Indonesia to establish the entire operations of PT ARUTMIN Indonesia as its first employee and first general manager/exploration manager. This company was Indonesia’s very first Coal Contractor company. Anaconda Indonesia (as General Manager), ACIL as Deputy Team Leader in Kefamenau (West Timor) on an Australian Government rural aid project.

Major clients during his consultancy/contracting years have included Alfred McAlpine International (UK). Austrade (Jakarta), Baker & McKenzie (Singapore-expert advisor), Cyprus Australia Coal, Department of Mineral Resource (NSW), NSW Coal Compensation Board, Peabody (USA), BHP-Billiton (Indonesia) and SRK Consultants.

Other groups such as AME Mineral Economics, Cambrian Resources, GRM International (Australian Government foreign government capacity building programs), Landau Corporation (New York), Herald Resources, PT Mincom lndoservices, PT Minindo Darmasakti Anugerah, New Minerals Corporation, Straits Resources, PT Vietmindo Energatama, White Mining, Xenolith Gold, Lion Resources, Kimberley Oil and Gulf Alumina have also engaged his services.

He is a past Member of the NSW Coal Compensation Board (the fourth Independent Member) and a Councillor of The AusIMM 1990-98 (including two years as Councillor Representing Overseas). He provides liaison services between The AusIMM and MICA with IMA (Indonesian Mining Association), PERHAPI (The Association of Indonesian Mining Professionals) and PII/BKT (Indonesian Inst. Eng/Minin Manpower Section).

He is a past Executive member of the NSW Coalfield Geology Council. Currently Director, MICA Inc, Past Chairman, Sydney Branch AusIMM, Past Director – International Service, Rotary Club of Lindfield.

Qualifications
  • BSc(Geo) UWA 1962, BSc(Maths&Geophys) Melbourne 1965, Cert BahasaIndonesia UKSW-Salatiga Java1990
  • MMICA, FAusIMM(CP), FGS, FSEG, PERHAPI, MSME, MGSA, ASEG
Specialities
  • Indonesian Specialist
  • Minerals and Coal Exploration and Evaluation
    Aid and Capacity Building Programs
Areas of Practice:
  • Literature surveys and data compilation
  • Project – Management
Commodity Experience:
  • Bauxite and Alumina
  • Base Metals
  • Diamonds
  • Gold, Silver
  • Nickel and Cobalt
Regional Experience:
  • Indonesia
  • PNG

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Mr Murray Phillips
Mining EngineerTerrametrics Pty LtdMining Engineer

Murray has held various mining positions including Mining Engineer at the German Creek Mine, Principal Engineer for the ACIRL Surface Mining Group and Director and Engineer for Dragline Technologies Pty Ltd.
His areas of expertise include mine planning, both short and long term, integration of environmental criteria and landform design into mine planning, software development and open cut related research and development.
Murray is currently Director of Engineering for Earth Technology Pty Ltd and Principal Engineer for Terrametrics Pty Ltd.
Earth Technology specialises in mathematical modelling, software development and open cut related research. Products include the 3d-dig mining simulator, 3dX particle flow code and QED blast design and simulation program (owned by Austin Powder).
Terrametrics provides consulting services to the open cut mining industry including mine planning, excavation and mining simulation, landform design and equipment studies.

Qualifications
  • B Eng(Civil) UCQ
  • MMICA, AusIMM
Specialities
  • Open cut mine planning
  • Open cut research and development
  • Software development
  • Mining related simulation
  • Equipment studies
Areas of Practice:
  • Mining engineering
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland
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Mr Geoffrey Pitkin
Mining EngineerPitkin Mining Consultants Pty LtdMining Engineer

Fields of special competence: Long and short term planning of open cut coal mines. Development and application of computerised planning techniques for mine design, scheduling and equipment simulations. Management and coordination of team studies requiring a wide range of technical expertise. Mineral economics and its application to exploration, feasibility studies and mine planning. The application of a broad range of mining technologies including both continuous and discontinuous methods and equipment.
With more than 20 years experience in the New South Wales and Queensland coal industries Geoff has a background in both open cut and underground operations, new mine development and the preparation of feasibility studies. In working for BHP, TDM (Nebo and Riverside), MIM (Newlands), Warkworth and Sinclair Knight, he has developed particular skills in the areas of dragline operations, the application of mining technologies, mineral economics, software development and project management.
Since becoming a consultant in 1990 Geoff has managed and performed: major feasibility and prefeasibility studies; technical reviews; financial studies and valuations; equipment comparisons and justifications; rehabilitation studies; and short and long term planning.

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Qualifications
  • BE(Hons) NSW 1978
  • MMICA, MAusIMM (CP)
Specialities
  • Mine Design and Planning
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Economics and Valuations
Areas of Practice:
  • Independent expert valuations
  • Mine – Appraisal
  • Mine planning and design
  • Project – Management
  • Scheduling
  • Strategic planning including company acquisition
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland
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Mr Christopher Prowse Expert Witness
GeologistC K Prowse & AssociatesGeologist

Chris has over 20 years’ experience in the mineral and extractive industries. He caters for all facets of exploration programs, evaluation and project management, particularly in gold and base metal projects, sand and hardrock construction materials operations including dimension stone.
His work is conducted predominantly in Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and Western Australia. Recent briefs undertaken include regional project management, quarry development and rehabilitation planning, reserve/resource estimation, major exploration programs, prospect assessments and project generation.
Chris is also a member of the Institute of Quarrying Australia and an Associate Member of the Securities Institute of Australia.

Qualifications
  • BAppSc RMIT 1981, DipAFI SIA 1993
  • MMICA, MAusIMM(CP), AMIQ, ASIA
Specialities
  • Non-Metallics Exploration
  • (Construction Materials)
    Base & Precious Metal Exploration
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration – Strategy
  • Geochemistry
  • Literature surveys and data compilation
  • Photogeology and remote sensing
  • Quarrying
  • Resource / Reserve estimation (inc. geostatistics)
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Industrial Minerals – Clay Minerals, Refractories, Abrasives
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – South Australia
  • Australia – Victoria
  • Australia – Western Australia

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Mr Peter Robinson

Since graduating from St Lucia University in Brisbane in 1969, Peter has spent over 36 years in exploration for principally base metals, uranium and gold. His experience began during the nickel boom and carries through the uranium and gold booms. He has been in project management since 1976 and became operations manager for Urangesell schaft Aust Pty Ltd in 1979.

Peter has had over 15 years experience in Uranium exploration. He began his own consulting/contracting company in 1984 and continued managing the exploration of projects. His experience is Australia wide and in most geological provinces and ages in Australia. He prefers projects with a challenge.

Qualifications
  • BSc Queensland 1969
  • MMICA, FAusIMM(CP)
Specialities
  • Exploration Management
  • Uranium Expert,
    Metalliferous Geology, Project Generation
    Project Evaluation & Assessment
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration – Strategy
  • Exploration – Property Appraisal
  • Geochemistry
  • Project – Management
  • Recruitment
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Nickel and Cobalt
  • Sn-W-Ta-Nb Group
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Northern Territory
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Australia – South Australia
  • Australia – Victoria
  • Australia – Western Australia

 

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Mr Neil Stuart Expert Witness
GeologistGeologist

With 30 years experience in the mineral industry, Neil’s career has been wide and varied. He commenced with Utah Development Co. in 1969 working in base metals, uranium and coal exploration in Australia, various African countries and Indonesia. Early in 1978 he joined Marathon Petroleum to lead their coal exploration group which became quite successful. Late in 1979, Neil launched his own consultancy practice and since then has been involved in a great variety of tasks from short term specific assignments to management of large projects carrying budgets of millions of dollars. He has also been involved in technical reporting for corporate purposes (fund raising, valuations etc). Director: Oroplata Ltd

Qualifications
  • BSc Melbourne 1970, MSc James Cook 1985
  • MMICA, FAusIMM(CP)
Specialities
  • Exploration Management
  • Base & Precious Metal Exploration
    Coal Exploration
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration – Property Appraisal
  • Geochemistry
  • Resource / Reserve estimation (inc. geostatistics)
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Uranium
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Northern Territory
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Australia – South Australia
  • Australia – Victoria
  • Australia – Western Australia
  • East Africa
  • North Africa
  • PNG

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Dr David Tyrwhitt
GeologistDS Tyrwhitt & AssociatesGeologist
 An economic geologist with over forty years of exploration and mine management experience, David was director of exploration and later CEO with Newmont (1981-1988) then CEO with Ashton Mining for three years (1988-1991) until setting up in practice as a consulting geologist.

Exploration and mining of gold and diamonds, base metal exploration background in Australia, SW Pacific, SE Asia, China, India, Indonesia, North America, Eastern and Southern Africa.
Directorships: Astro Mining NL, Bay Resources Limited, Quantum Resources Limited. Johnsons Well Mining NL, Gutnick Resources N.L. Major consulting role with several Gutnick network companies and Normandy Anglo Asia Joint Venture 1992-96.
Last three years’ focus has been on gold and base metal projects in China with consulting role with Sons of Gualia (Tantalum), Ivanhoe Mines Limited (gold, copper, nickel and PGM), Anglo American (base metals) Anglo Platinum (PGM).

Qualifications
  • BSc(Hons) Bristol 1959, PhD Leeds 1966
  • MMICA, FAusIMM(CP), FSEG(USA)
Specialities
  • Gold Exploration In Australasia
  • IndoChina, China & Indonesia
    Gold Project & Mine Resource Audit
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Exploration – Strategy
  • Exploration – Property Appraisal
  • Management services
  • Strategic planning including company acquisition
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Diamonds
  • Gold, Silver
  • Nickel and Cobalt
Regional Experience:
  • Canada
  • China
  • East Africa
  • Fiji
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • New Zealand
  • Pacific Islands
  • Philippines
  • PNG
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)
  • United States

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Mr Zdenek Vesely Expert Witness
Mining EngineerVesely & Associates Pty LtdMining Engineer

Dennis Vesely has acted as a consultant in Construction Engineering since 1984 to clients that include project, civil and mining contractors, owners, design consulting firms, and other organisations. Services provided include first principle estimates of major, smaller or complicated projects to the mining and civil sectors, both in underground and surface works. Other related services from input into design, contractual matters, planning and project startups were also provided.
Projects include very long tunnels, deep mine shafts, open cut mines, river diversions, concrete and earth/rock dams, highways, concrete structures, hydroelectric works, marine works, railways, treatment plants, asset evaluation and the like. Plant and equipment evaluation, selection and operating costs are derived for equipment such as fast hard ground tunnel boring machines with continuous conveyors, slower shielded EPBM, pipe jacking, roadheaders, drill jumbos, large earthmoving plant, cranes, marine units; together with attendant service and associated equipment.
Various assignments include work on projects in all Australian States and several countries in Asia, the Pacific and Africa. Much of the overseas work has been conceptual in nature requiring practical definition for later stages in investigation, design and tender documentation.
After graduation, he worked with major civil and mining contractors beginning with field work such as the last major Talbingo Dam in the Snowy Mountains Scheme, the St Lawrence Seaway Canal in Canada, railway tunnels in Melbourne and Sydney, bridges and other projects. Field and project engineer positions lead to that of project manager. Later within head office of contractor organisations, the position varied from planner through to chief estimator. The work continued on projects such as deep shafts and declines, tunnels, cable-stayed bridges, power stations in Australia and overseas.
He has a particular interest in putting projects together technically, commercially and with good rapport with his fellow participants in management, designers and field workers.
He is a member of AUCTA that is jointly sponsored by AusIMM and IEA.

Qualifications
  • BE (Civil) UNSW 1966
  • MMICA,  MAusIMM, FIEAust, PE (Ontario), RPE (Qld)
Specialities
  • Project Construction Engineering and Management
  • Estimating Tenders
    Underground & Surface Work
Areas of Practice:
  • Infrastructure – Mine facilities
  • Project – Management
  • Tenders and contracts
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Canada
  • China
  • Fiji
  • Indonesia
  • New Zealand
  • Pacific Islands
  • Philippines
  • PNG
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)

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Mr Kerry Whitby
 Kerry has been a consultant geologist with McElroy Bryan Geological Services for more than 30 years, and Managing Director since 1997. During that time he was responsible for the planning, supervision and management of numerous coal exploration programmes throughout Australia. In a number of instances (e.g. German Creek and Gordonstone) he assisted through the feasibility stage till the project was successfully commissioned. He has provided his geological expertise and experience to many coal mining operations and exploration projects in the Hunter Valley (NSW) and the Bowen Basin (Queensland) areas of Australia as well as in Colombia, South America.

Kerry has been involved in two large geological mapping/coal resource assessment projects in Antarctica and has carried out coal project/ mine evaluations in parts of southeast Asia. He has extensive experience in the planning and implementation of gemstone (particularly sapphire) exploration programmes in Australia and China.
Project feasibility studies, technical audits and detailed resource/reserve assessments are his area of specialisation.

Qualifications
  • BSc NSW, 1972
  • MMICA, FAusIMM(CP), MGSA, MAIG
Specialities
  • Coal Exploration Management
  • Resource Assessment
    Feasibility Studies and Technical Audits
Areas of Practice:
  • Exploration – Planning and Management
  • Resource / Reserve estimation (inc. geostatistics)
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Commodity Experience:
  • Gemstones
Regional Experience:
  • Antarctica
  • Australia – Queensland
  • China
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)
  • South America, other
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Dr Brian White Expert Witness
Mining EngineerTennent, Isokangas Pty LtdMining Engineer

Brian has more than 35 years experience in the minerals industry covering both underground and surface coal and metalliferous mining and quarrying. He has held senior managerial and planning positions in gold mining in Ghana, coal in NSW and mine development in WA. His practical experience includes extensive periods of project management covering a wide and diverse range of new mine development and expansion both in operations and in planning and feasibility. He has also gained a wide experience in environmental management and pollution control activities in mining and mine development.
Brian has been involved with the provision of consultancy and R & D management services both as an academic and in industry embracing a wide range of projects and countries. Since joining Tennent, Isokangas Pty Ltd in 1990 Brian has been involved with a diverse range of projects, frequently in the role of study manager/leader. These have included feasibility studies, technical audit and due diligence review, and valuation of coal, gold and base metal operations. He has also prepared insurance underwriter’s mine assessment reports, acted as an expert witness, and provided services in support of R&D activities including the taxation concessions.
Brian is a former Chairman of MICA and former Councillor/Board Member of The AusIMM. He still serves on a number of committees of the AusIMM including the Ethics Committee.

Qualifications
  • BSc(Hons), PhD, MBA, Mine Mgr Cert UK, NSW, WA, Qld
  • MMICA, FAusIMM, FIE(Aust), FIMM, MAIME, MIQ, MAUCTA, FAIM, RPEQ
Specialities
  • Project Management
Areas of Practice:
  • Mining engineering
  • New technology, research and development
  • Project – Management
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
  • Training and Education
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Nickel and Cobalt
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Australia – Western Australia
Mr Simon Wulff
Mining EngineerMining Projects Pty LtdMining Engineer

Simon has had 20 years’ experience in world class hard rock mining operations across Australia, and offers a successful, experienced record of growth, expansion, management, safety and leadership in the industry. This has spanned porphyry copper, base metals and gold industry operations, utilising both contract and in-house workforces, in open pit and underground operations.
He has established and led effective mining teams with a project management focus and retains a “can do” approach to multifunctional projects. All aspects of establishing and the running of major contracts with large work forces has been a part of these roles, which have required communicating strategic, deliverable outlines to the directorship of the companies, analysts and various shareholding institutions, through good and tough times.

Qualifications
  • BE(Min)
  • MMICA, FAusIMM
Specialities
  • Mine Operations Management
  • Technical Project Review and Establishment
Areas of Practice:
  • Mining engineering
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Australia – Western Australia
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Mr John Wyche
Mining EngineerAustralian Mine Design & Development Pty LtdMining Engineer

John has over 22 years’ experience in opencut and underground mining in metalliferous, coal and industrial minerals projects. His career has covered evaluation, development and operation of mining projects.
He has extensive skills in computer based mine planning and design applications. His capability in mine evaluation and planning is based upon broad and ongoing experience in mine operations which gives his work an emphasis on practically based solutions.

Qualifications
  • BE(Hons) Queensland 1981, BComm Queensland 1990, Mine Mgr Cert Qld
  • MMICA, MAusIMM (CP)
Specialities
  • Metalliferous and Coal Open Cut
  • Mine Design & Planning
    Project Feasibility and Evaluation
Areas of Practice:
  • Mining engineering
  • Technical audit and due diligence studies
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gold, Silver
  • Oil Shale
  • Rare Earths
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Northern Territory
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Australia – South Australia
  • Central America (inc. Mexica, Cuba)
  • Laos
  • Pacific Islands
  • Philippines
  • S E Asia (Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar)

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Dr Robert Yeates Expert Witness
Mining EngineerROB YEATES & ASSOCIATES PTY LTDMining Engineer

Rob is a mining engineer and management consultant with over 30 years’ experience in the design, operation and management of mines. Since 1997 he has been principal of a consulting business offering services generally in the field of mine management. Services offered include feasibility studies, mine, project and company valuations, strategic planning, industrial relations, marketing and other management services.
Rob initially started with Peko Wallsend Ltd, working in open cut and underground copper, gold and tungsten mines before moving to coal. During that time he worked in various production, engineering, supervisory and marketing positions. Joined Oakbridge Ltd in 1989, firstly being responsible for marketing (1989-1991), then development (1991-1993), and then as Managing Director (1994-1997) responsible for all operations.
During this time he gained experience at senior levels in all aspects of mine management including exploration, marketing, finance, foreign exchange, insurance, business and strategic planning, budgeting, joint ventures, industrial relations, legal, environmental management, safety and project management.
From 1994 to 1997, Rob was on the NSW Minerals Council Executive and Chairman of their Environmental Committee. From 1993 to 1997 he was on the boards of the coal terminals at both Port Kembla and Newcastle and involved in all aspects of coal transportation from mine to customer. In 1992 and 1993 he was also Managing Director of Great Northern Mining NL a listed alluvial miner.

Qualifications
  • BE(Hons)(Min) NSW 1971, PhD NSW 1977, MBA Newcastle 1986, Coll Mgr Cert NSW
  • MMICA, FAusIMM (CP), FAICD
Specialities
  • Company Acquisition : Investment Strategy
  • Feasibility & Valuation Reports
    Commodity & Marketing Studies
    Coal and Iron Ore
Areas of Practice:
  • Mining engineering
Commodity Experience:
  • Base Metals
  • Gemstones
  • Gold, Silver
Regional Experience:
  • Australia – Queensland
  • Indonesia
  • New Zealand

 

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