Meet the Team

Management Team

Ivor Bryan, Managing Director

BE Mining (First Class Hons), MAusIMM, MAICD

Ivor has over 35 years’ experience in the mining industry with executive management roles in operations, project management, and consulting. During his career, Ivor has managed the development of a large underground mining operation at Olympic Dam, led multi-disciplinary teams on resource development projects in both Australia and overseas, and been involved in numerous feasibility studies for Australian and international clients.

He has a first class honours degree in Mining Engineering obtained from the University of Sydney, a first class mine managers certificate of competency and has completed executive development courses with the business school at the University of Western Australia.

Ivor was a major shareholder, executive director, and founding partner of RMDSTEM, a respected technical and technology management consultancy that serviced the mining industry over a 16 year timeframe. RMSTEM’s clients included global industry leaders, juniors, mid-caps, and Australia’s leading resource based research and technology developers.

Frank Trask, Technical Director

B.Sc. Geological Engineering (Mining Option), MSc. Mining Engineering. Montana School of Mines, Butte, Montana, USA

Frank has had more than 50 years experience in the mining sector in a vast range of roles such as Director, Managing Director, Senior Exploration Geologist, Pit Geologist, Mine Geologist and Lecturer/Teacher at the Western Australian School of Mines. He has expertise in the areas of operating pilot plants, heap leaching of copper, mine operation and the manufacturing and supply of mill reagents in the Kalgoorlie area.

Frank commenced his mining career at the El Salvador operations of The Andes Copper Mining Company located in Potrerillos, Chile. After moving to Western Australia Frank was based in Kalgoorlie and started working for Anaconda Inc. completing jobs at Yilgarn Craton and was credited with the discovery of the Yakabindie Nickel deposit. He then went on to operating for 10 years as an independent prospector and mine operator with various Joint Ventures. In that time he became a specialist in non-metallic minerals, and worked on such diverse commodities as talc, vermiculite, aggregates, limestone, soda ash, saline minerals, gypsum, lithium, coal and lignite, pegmatite minerals, emeralds, diamonds, and uranium.

Tim Newton, Operations Director

BEng. (Chemical Engineering), MSc. (Mineral Economics), Grad. Dip. (Extractive Metallurgy), MBA (Int. Business – China)

Tim is an innovative metallurgist and process engineer with over 20 years of experience in the international mining industry. He has a diverse background covering a range of precious, base and energy metal projects in Australia, South America and Asia. His core experience is in complex hydrometallurgical facilities, particularly copper heap leach SX-EW, nickel laterite HPAL, zinc refining and uranium circuits and has had roles in operations, commissioning, technical services, engineering and laboratory testing. He was previously co-founder and director of Simulus (Perth), delivering engineering studies, process simulations, test management and due diligence assessments to a wide range of mining industry clients. His international experience includes management of metallurgical projects on refractory gold operations in China.


Professor Jacques Eksteen

PhD, Pr Eng.

Chair – Extractive Metallurgy, Director – Gold Technology Group

Department of Mining Engineering and Metallurgical Engineering

Western Australian School of Mines, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Curtin University

Dr. Elsayed Oraby

PhD, MSc, BSc Eng.

Minerals and Extractive Metallurgy Department

Western Australian School of Mines, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Curtin University

Technical Team

Andrew Robertson, Project Studies Manager

Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemistry), FAICD, MRACI C Chem

Andrew has held executive general manager roles with BHP Steel, World Geoscience and Cockburn Cement. During a corporate career spanning more than 30 years, Andrew built considerable management experience through wide ranging functional and whole-of-business responsibilities. He has a history of leading successful business improvement and technology based projects. His career path has included extensive knowledge of technical processes and operations, financial management, contract negotiations, marketing, distribution, pure and applied research, international business and product development, capital works projects, strategic planning and interactions with government.

Since 2003, Andrew has consulted across a number of project and study areas mostly as owner’s representative or as project manager.  These areas include scoping and feasibility studies for gold, copper, zinc, nickel, molybdenum, limestone, dolomite, cement and lime.

Chris Smith, Senior Process Engineer

PhD, Mineral Processing (Imperial College, London); MEng, Chemical Engineering (University of Manchester)

Chris is an engineering professional with over 10 years of experience in mineral processing operation and innovation. His career with Rio Tinto and Imperial College London has been built upon employing  his deep understanding of processing fundamentals to deliver operational performance improvements, across multiple commodities, through a combination of embedding best-practise techniques and leading edge technologies. He has led the development and piloting, from laboratory scale through to commercial deployments, of numerous technologies across the value chain of copper ore processing; from novel blasting concepts, through ore sorting and comminution to leaching and flotation.

Rian Bezuidenhout, Senior Process Engineer

PhD, Process Engineering; MEng, Metallurgical Engineering; BEng, Metallurgical Engineering

Rian is a highly qualified process engineer with over fifteen years of industrial experience. In particular he spent ten years as a process specialist at Lonmin Platinum, scoping and managing several major research programs and capital projects. He has a proven ability to effectively manage projects, develop new processes, and identify new business opportunities. He has extensive experience in designing, building and operating metallurgical pilot plants.

George Zamorski, Senior Metallurgist

BSc (Metallurgy); Cert (Assaying)

George is an experienced metallurgist with over 40 years’ experience in base and precious metals. His experience has primarily been gained on operating plants and in laboratory test work supporting flow sheet development.

Charles McHugh, Senior Associate – Mining

Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) (Hons), Bachelor of Science (Geology), MAusIMM

Charles is a highly experienced mining executive with a track record in production, strategic planning, project evaluation and mining technology development. He has considerable exposure to gold, nickel, copper, iron ore and coal commodities. He has a Western Australian First Class Mine Manager’s Certificate and has held various leadership and advisory roles including:

  • Director of the Co-Operative Research Centre for Mining, Brisbane Australia.
  • Chairman of the Technical Advisory Panel for the Co-Operative Research Centre for Mining, Brisbane Australia.
  • Committee Member for the International Caving Study II.
  • Industry Advisor for the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, Sydney Australia.
  • Member of the Management Committee of the Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation.
  • Steering Committee Member of the Hybrid Stress Blasting Model, University of Queensland Australia.

Nick Kelly, Senior Laboratory Technician

Graduate Diploma Extractive Metallurgy BSc (Hons) Chemistry

Nick is a metallurgical technician/project scientist with 10 years’ experience in the mineral processing industry. He has worked more recently with CSIRO in the areas of sample preparation, comminution, leaching, solvent extraction and rheology for a variety of commodities.