2018 Speakers

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Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP

Minister for Energy and Mining - Government of South Australia


Opening address


Alexandra Blood

Executive Director, Mineral Resources Division - Department for Energy and Mining

SA Review


Alex Blood brings more than 20 years diverse industry experience to the role of Executive Director Mineral Resources within the South Australian Government, joining the division in 2017.

Alex’s professional experience spans roles at the state, national and global levels for a wide variety of mining, oil and gas, infrastructure and industrial projects across Australia, Papua New Guinea, Asia-Pacific and Africa. She sits on the National Board for environmental professional certification and has held past global and national corporate sustainability, business planning and technical advisory roles.

In varied leadership roles, Alex has overseen the approvals and assessment processes of significant mining and other projects both in Australia and abroad, corporate strategy and policy, industry committees, environmental and social assessments, and community consultation. Along with her ability to conceptualise the “big picture” and apply managerial and technical skills with precision, communication is one of Alex’s core strengths – and she is highly regarded for consulting and engaging meaningfully with stakeholders from all viewpoints within many cultural settings.

Alex holds a Masters of Environmental Science from the University of Adelaide.

In 2012 Alex became the first woman to be named Environmental Practitioner of the Year by the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

Stepping into the public sector (2017), Alex leads the Mineral Resources team in its commitment to oversee responsible development of South Australia’s mineral resources, including both the mining and quarrying sectors, the state Geological Survey and environmental and social regulators. The challenge is balancing sector growth whilst ensuring the exploration and production of minerals is carried out in a manner that prevents undue harm to the environment and stewards community benefits. As well as innovative policy, case management and regulatory functions, the division delivers high quality geoscientific data, information and advice which is globally recognised for its leading technical excellence.

Session 1 - IPO and Early Stage Exploration

Gerard Anderson

Managing Director - Woomera Mining

Multiple base metal Projects in Gawler and the Musgraves


Gerard is a geologist with 42 years experience in exploration, mine and resource geology principally in iron ore, gold and base metals. Gerard’s senior management positions have included as Exploration Superintendent Boddington Gold Mine, Chief Geologist Bronzewing Gold Mine, Chief Geologist Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines, General Manager Golden Grove Operations, General Manager Newmont Joint Ventures, Managing Director of Croesus, Centrex Metals Limited and Archer Exploration Limited. Gerard has also completed a post graduate degree in Business and a Masters in Mineral Economics.



Rob Rutherford

Managing Director - Red Metal

Copper Copper Copper


Rob Rutherford is the MD of Red Metal and set the company up in 2003 after running Phelps Dodge’s Australian exploration effort for 8 years. He has close to 30 years exploration experience in a diversity of commodities, terrains and countries but is passionate about the discovery of giant base metal and gold in Australia.



Geoff Kidd/Nicole Galloway Warland

Ausmex Director/ Project Manager, SA

Burra Mt Survey – the re-emergence of the Adelaide Geosyncline

Bio - Geoff Kidd

Geoff has lengthy experience, working as Chief Operating Officer, Operations Manager, General Manager, Engineering Manager, Project Manager, Regional Manager, Managing Director and Director of mining companies or leading consultants to the mining industry. He has worked in all states of Australia, Irian Jaya, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, South America, China, and the USA, with a lengthy background in successfully managing the risks associated with studying, designing,  building, and commissioning new mines together with the expansion & optimisation of new and existing mine developments.

Geoff was the inaugural Chairman of Austmine, a Federal Government initiative to export Australian mining expertise and services. He been a member of Australian trade delegations and he has chaired a number of mining industry professional bodies and associations.

Geoff was a founding Director of Ausmex, but also has specific responsibility for the company’s exploration licences around Burra.

Bio - Nicole Galloway Warland

Nicole is a geologist with over 25 years’ experience in the mining and exploration industry in Australia, Eastern Europe and South America. Her experience spans from exploration through project evaluation to open cut and underground mining; with a commodity focus in gold, copper-gold, base metals and uranium. Over the last 10 years she has been based in South Australia, exploring in the Adelaide Geosyncline, Gawler Craton and Musgrave Province.


This presentation examines Ausmex’s exploration program to date in the Burra Region, primarily exploring above a large and deep conductive structure below Burra which was disclosed by the AusLAMP Survey.  That conductive structure bears distinct similarities to the structures below and which feed mineralised pathways up to Olympic Dam, Carrapateena and Prominent Hill and which is also evident in The Curnamona Province.

Ausmex advanced this exploration by the application of a grid of Magnetotelluric (MT) stations at 10 kms spacings over the 7000 kms of Ausmex controlled ELs.  This MT Survey program was developed by Ausmex in close cooperation with the University of Adelaide and the presentation includes initial results from the 3D Modelling of the outputs from the MT Grid Survey.  Ausmex believes that this is the 1st time that a Grid based MT Survey has been applied as a primary exploration technique anywhere in the world.

Peter Sheehan

Chief Geologist - Auroch Minerals

Arden and Bonaventura Project updates





Ian Sheppard

Chief Operating Officer - Aeris Resources

Establishment of the Lake Torrens Exploration Project



Ian Sheppard is the Chief Operating Officer of Aeris Resources. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and has more than 30 years’ experience in mine operations, technical studies and business development gained in gold, base metals and iron ore.

He has worked in Australia, Canada and Papua New Guinea, and has had involvement with operations in Laos and Indonesia. He spent more than seven years with Ok Tedi Mining in Papua New Guinea as General Manager and Executive Manager with responsibility for operations, technical services, business development and exploration. In Australia he has worked on mines at  Mt Isa, the Kalgoorlie – Kambalda region, the Pilbara, and the Aeris Resources copper mines in central NSW. His experience includes both open pit and underground mining, as well as executive responsibility for exploration operations.

Mr Sheppard holds a degree in Mining Engineering from the University of New South Wales, a Masters in Mineral Economics from Curtin University of Technology, as well as a First Class Mine Managers Certificate from Western Australia.


The Torrens Project is an exciting and technically challenging exploration project in South Australia on EL 5614, about 70km south of Roxby Down. The majority of the EL is located on the Lake Torrens salt lake and National Park. Access to the project is from the adjacent Andamooka Island. The project is a Joint Venture between subsidiaries of Aeris Resources (70%) and Argonaut Resources (30%).

The project was in suspension for ten years from 2008 due to a complex challenges associated with overlapping Native Title claims and aboriginal heritage sites. The presentation will provide a short form historical description of the issues that contributed to the suspension.

Drilling on a salt lake and National Park has required the joint venture to adopt a helicopter supported drilling model to minimise impact on the environment. Helicopter supported drilling is not common in Australia and this combined with the depth of cover over the target basement rocks has contributed to a range of technical and operational challenges for the project. The design of the drilling program and logistics will be discussed. It is early days in the program and with experience the design of the program will no doubt change in the future.

A brief review of the geology at the project site and why it is considered to be an exciting IOCG target in the Gawler craton will be presented. The program of work is just starting and the geology of the project has been presented in many previous forums so there is little new information at this time.

The presentation will give a general overview of re-start of the project in the modern era. This and future presentations that track progress of the project, the practical logistical learnings, and the geology understanding from the project execution will be of interest to exploration geologists working in South Australia.

Session 2 - Advanced projects

Peter Rolley

Principal Geologist - Hillgrove

Great collaboration leads to disruptive geology





Andy Price

Chief Geologist - Havilah Resources Limited

The Mutooroo Copper Cobalt District: Emerging New Discoveries


Andy is an exploration and mine geologist with over 30 years’ experience in a wide range of regions and commodities across Australia.  His experience includes 20 years based in South Australia and he is currently the Chief Geologist, responsible for managing the exploration programs on Havilah’s extensive tenement holdings.


The recently defined Mutooroo Copper Cobalt District is emerging as a significant copper -  cobalt region in the north east of SA.   The district contains the Mutooroo Cu-Co-Au bearing massive sulphide lode deposit, with an 8,400 tonne cobalt and 195,000 T copper JORC resource.  Havilah's recent open file data compilation and follow up field sampling programs over its extensive surrounding tenement holding has identified several highly promising copper - cobalt prospects.

Aaron Brown

Senior Geologist - Marmota Limited

Aurora Tank Gold Project


Aaron is Senior Geologist at Marmota Limited, and has over 15 years’ experience in mineral exploration, primarily for Copper, gold and Uranium in South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. He has expertise in regolith-landscape geology along with geochemical and biogeochemical exploration, and has been recently nominated as a Fellow of the Association of Applied Geochemists (AAG).  Aaron also has experience in mining along with resource modelling and estimation of copper and gold resources, including Southern Gold’s Cannon Resource.



Anthony Gray

Exploration Manager - Alliance Resources Limited

The Emerging Wilcherry Gold Camp


Anthony is a geologist with over 20 years’ experience working in the public and private sectors of the Australian mining industry. His experience ranges across mineral exploration, investment analysis, project and corporate transactions, mine development, and fundraising.

During his career Anthony has explored for greenstone and slate belt hosted orogenic gold deposits, nickel sulphide and laterite deposits, porphyry copper-gold deposits, and skarn-associated gold and base metal deposits. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and Non-Executive Director of Centennial Mining Limited.



Dean Rogers

Regional Exploration Manager - Perilya Limited

Exploration and Development Activities in the North Flinders Project


Dean has been the Regional Exploration Manager for Perilya Limited since 2008, directing exploration programs in both the Broken Hill and North Flinders project areas. Prior to that Dean was a Senior Project Geologist with Falconbridge/Xstrata (now Glencore) working at the Kidd Creek Mine near Timmins, ON, Canada and on numerous regional base metal exploration projects through the Abitibi Greenstone Belt. Most notably work included resource definition drilling on the D-Mine project at Kidd Creek which is now producing at depths approaching 3km below surface, making it the deepest base metal mine in the world.



Session 3 - Scoping and Feasibility Studies

David Christensen

Managing Director, Renascor Resources



David Christensen is an experienced mining executive, experience managing mining and marketing companies in Australia and the United States.  Prior to founding Renascor, David served as Chief Executive Officer of Adelaide based companies, Heathgate Resources and Quasar Resource.  David also has extensive marketing and trading experience, including having served as President of Nuclear Fuels Corporation. David commenced his career as a corporate finance attorney in the United States and London.  David was educated at Cornell University (Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Classical Civilizations), the University of California, Los Angeles (Juris Doctor) and the University of Bologna in Bologna, Italy, where he was a Fulbright Fellow.



Leon Faulkner

Managing Director - Environmental Copper Recovery SA Pty Ltd

The potential of InSitu Recovery for copper, gold and other metals, the  Kapunda Project as a possible example.


Leon is a geologist with 30 years professional work experience in exploration and mine development projects that covers most states of Australia. He spent a number of years working with an ISR mining operation at Honeymoon and since that went into care and maintenance in 2014, has been involved in looking at opportunities that would suit InSitu recovery operations.

He has worked with an ASX 200 gold company on identifying and characterising ISR potential of one of their stranded gold assets and most recently is heading up the Environmental Copper Recovery team and their Kapunda project. This project was awarded a CRC-P grant in August this year and research is currently being undertaken on a number of different areas.


Research into insitu recovery has progressed significantly in the last 3-5 years in a number of areas including, lixiviant technology, mapping fluid distribution, fluid barrier technologies and social license. These advances mean that ISR as a technique can now be applied to a far wider range of deposits than previously thought, opening up a potentially significant number of previously stranded assets to profitable, low impact recovery. A selection of these advances are being applied at the Kapunda project to see if the remaining Kapunda copper deposit could be profitably recovered with a low impact form of mining.

Jonathon Trewartha

Project Manager - Leigh Creek Copper Mine

Leigh Creek Copper Development Plans


Jonathon is a Mining engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in mining, holding senior positions both in Australia and overseas. He has a rounded experience in operational, project and technical management; from greenfield exploration through to feasibility studies and operations.  With corporate experience as a Director in both private & listed companies.



James Marsh

Managing Director - Andromeda Metals

Andromeda Metals – A New Direction in Industrial Minerals


James Marsh is the Managing Director of Andromeda Metals.  Originally from Cornwall in the UK he graduated in Chemistry and Physics before starting work in 1998 in the R&D department of English China Clays, specialising in mineral fillers for polymer applications. By 2002 he had a global role as Technical Manager for the Performance Minerals Division of what became the French company Imerys Minerals after acquisition. In 2003 he moved to Australia and worked as the Technical and Marketing Director for Minerals Corporation with operations in Europe, China and Australia.  For the last seven years he has worked in business development for Active Minerals International, a US world leader in industrial minerals. In his spare time James is a veteran surf lifesaver and keen surfer.


The Poochera Project is a joint venture between Andromeda Metals and Minotaur Exploration located on the Eyre Peninsula approximately 635kms west by road from Adelaide. The involvement of Andromeda in this project signals a significant change in direction for the Company, and represents Andromeda ultimately transitioning from a gold/copper explorer to an industrial minerals producer. The Carey’s Well deposit at Poochera has the comparatively rare and high value form of halloysite kaolin that occurs in the form of nanotubes. Halloysite is a very intriguing mineral that has recently become the subject of intensive global research in a multitude of high-tech applications, as well as being in demand for existing, mature high-volume industries. The Eyre Peninsula has arguably the world’s largest deposits of this hybrid material that is growing in demand and reducing in global supply. Andromeda is working to fast-track the project into operation, thus putting South Australia on the industrial minerals world map.

Session 4 - Mining

Hamish Little

Jacinth-Ambrosia Operations Manager - Iluka

Jacinth update





Mark Irwin

Richard Holmes

Head of Exploration and Growth - Oz Minerals


Mark Irwin

Chief Commercial Officer - Oz Minerals






Kathy Ehrig

Principal Geometallurgist, BHP Billiton Olympic Dam

Olympic Dam Geology - new insights


Kathy is a geologist with over 31 years experience in the geothermal and mining industries. She has worked at Olympic Dam in a variety of roles since 1992 which have focussed on unravelling the genesis of the Olympic Dam Cu-U-Au-Ag deposit while providing mineralogical support to the onsite processing facilities. She leads the geometallurgical team who developed the relationships which express process performance as a function of mineralogy and chemical composition.

Panel Discussion

Land access for exploration activities

Chaired by  Derek Carter


Eddie Fry, Jamie Smith and Rebecca Knol

South Australian Exploration and Mining Conference ADELAIDE CONVENTION CENTRE ADELAIDE - SOUTH AUSTRALIA 7 December 2018
South Australian Exploration and Mining Conference ADELAIDE CONVENTION CENTRE ADELAIDE - SOUTH AUSTRALIA 7 December 2018