Board and Management



Mr Brian Phillips – Non Executive Chairman
AWASM (Mining), FAusIMM, C Eng

Brian Phillips is a mining engineer with over 45 years’ corporate and operating experience in the mining industry in Australia and overseas.
Mr Phillips joined MPI Mines Limited in 1992 and was Managing Director of that company from October 2002 until December 2004, followed by two years as Chairman of Leviathan Resources Limited. He was a Non Executive Director of Perseverance Corporation from January 2007 until February 2008, and was a Non Executive Director of Tawana Resources NL until July 2009 and Rex Minerals Limited until June 2010. He is the currently the Chairman of Panoramic Resources Limited. He is a founding Director of the Company upon incorporation in 2010.

Mr Matthew Gill– Managing Director, Chief Executive OfficerMatthew Gill
B.Eng (Hons, Mining), M.Eng.Sc.,FAusIMM, GAICD

Matthew Gill is a mining engineer with over 35 years’ experience. He has a strong technical, operational and executive management background; having worked as an underground miner, mine planning engineer, supervisor, general manager and managing director in Australia, Papua New Guinea, India, Ghana and Bolivia. He holds three First Class Metalliferous Mine Manager’s Certificates of Competency and has been instrumental in the successful development of three gold mines (Porgera, Beaconsfield and Ballarat). He is a three-time winner of the Australian Mine Manager of the Year Award and received the AusIMM Leadership Award in 2008. Previously, he was Group Chief Operating Officer for Singapore-listed LionGold Corp. Also, he has worked for Castlemaine Goldfields, Rio Tinto, WMC, Placer Pacific and Renison Goldfields. He is currently a non-executive director of AuStar Gold Ltd. He commenced with the Company in 2015 and joined the Board in 2016.

Matthew also provides technical, leadership and risk management consultancy advice to industry, including Myanmar’s largest gold mine and is a lecturer for mining engineering undergraduates at Monash University.

Mr Peter Lester – Non Executive DirectorPeter Lester
B.E (Mining), MAusIMM, MAICD

Peter Lester has over 40 years’ experience in the mining industry, and has held senior executive positions with North Ltd, Newcrest Mining Limited, Oxiana Limited, Kidman Resources Ltd and Citadel Resource Group Limited. Mr Lester’s experience covers operations, project and business development and general corporate activities. Mr Lester is a non-executive chairman of Helix Resources Ltd and a non-executive director of Millenium Minerals Ltd and Nord Gold NV. He joined the Board in 2013.


Mr. Ian Smith – Non Executive Director

B.E (Hons, Mining), BF in Admin, FIEAust, FAusIMM, MAICDIanSmithResized

Ian has more than 40 years’ experience in the mining and services sector. Ian has held some of the most senior positions in the Australian resources industry, and was most recently MD and CEO of Orica. Prior to that, Ian was MD and CEO of Newcrest for five years, growing the business to become Australia’s biggest, and globally one of the largest gold mining companies, with responsibility for 16,000 employees, and ten mines spread across four countries. Ian has technical, operational, financial and strategic expertise, having also held senior and executive positions with Rio Tinto, WMC, Pasminco and CRA. He has represented the mining industry at the highest levels in Australia, being a past president of the Australian Mines & Metals Association and a past chairman of the Minerals Council of Australia. He joined the Board in 2017.


Mr. Jeremy Gray – Non Executive Director

B.C (Hons, Finance)

Jeremy has more than 24 years in mining investment including appointments as the Global Head of Basic Materials at Standard Chartered Bank Plc, Head of Metals and Mining Research at Morgan Stanley in London and the Head of Mining Research at Credit Suisse in London. Mr. Gray serves as a Director of Chancery Asset Management and Managing Partner of Cartesian Royalty Holdings, Singapore. Mr. Gray has been a Non-Executive Director of Axiom Mining Limited since July, 2015. He is the Managing Director of Orinoco Gold Ltd. He joined the Board in 2017.



Mr Shane TurnerShane Turner
CA, B. Bus 

Shane Turner is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience. He has extensive experience in Business Advisory, Initial Public Offerings, ongoing compliance and Corporate Governance. Mr Turner is employed by RSM Australia and is also a non-executive director (NED), company secretary (CS) and chief financial officer (CFO) of MRG Metals Ltd. Past roles include NED, CS & CFO of Metminco Ltd and local agent for Redcliffe Resources Ltd. He commenced with the Company in 2015.



Mr Rohan Worland – Exploration Manager
BSc (Hons), Grad. Dip (F&I), MAIG

Rohan Worland is a geologist with over 21 years’ exploration experience including 14 years with the Normandy and Newmont groups. Mr Worland held the roles of Exploration Manager with WCP Resources Limited and Buka Gold Limited, prior to his role as Exploration Manager for Rex Minerals Ltd. He has extensive experience in a variety of gold deposit styles in Australia, North and South America and New Zealand. Mr Worland resigned from Rex in June 2010 to take up his appointment with White Rock.