Chief Executive Officer
Mark joined the company on 1 January 2014 as its Chief Executive Officer. Mark has extensive business experience in the mining industry, having held senior operational and general management roles with Perserverance Corporation, MPI Mines/Leviathan Resources, Lihir Gold and more recently Newcrest Mining. Mark brings operational and corporate experience in a variety of fields including management responsibility for the construction, development and operation of mine site activities and services in Australia and challenging overseas environments, longer term strategic planning, management of social and community engagement programs and leadership development. Mark holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) from the University of New South Wales and is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Chris has over 25 years' experience in senior finance roles for public companies in Australia and New Zealand, including Chief Financial Officer/Company Secretary for Sydney Gas Ltd and General Manager, Accounting for AGL. Chris is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Auckland University and a Diploma in Corporate Management.
Chief Financial Officer
Ravi has over 20 years' experience in senior finance roles with ASX listed companies. This has included significant experience in the mining sector having worked for Normandy Mining, SinGold and mining services company Mine Site Technologies, all which have major mining projects and operations both in Australia and overseas. In addition, he has held senior finance and accounting roles at ASX listed companies AGL and Salmat. Ravi is a qualified Chartered Accountant who holds an economics degree from Sydney University, a Masters of Tax from the University of NSW and is currently completing an MBA from Australian Graduate School of Management.
TONY DE SANTIS
Chief Operating Officer
Tony has over 30 years' experience in the mining industry, having held senior management roles with BHP Billiton, Anglo American and Peabody Pacific. Tony is a Mining Engineer who also holds an MBA from the University of Wollongong and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Country Manager, Burkina Faso
Adama is a Geologist with over 20 years' experience in exploration and mining projects. He has been involved with the Perkoa Zinc Mine for over 10 years. Prior to working for Blackthorn, Adama was employed with BHP Billiton. Adama holds Graduate and Post Graduate degrees in Geology.
Ian is a senior geologist with over 25 years’ of experience in minerals exploration and feasibility studies. Originally from Melbourne, he studied geology at Latrobe University graduating in 1985, and spent a number of years working as an exploration geologist in Australia before completing a Masters of Economic Geology at the University of Tasmania in 1993 and an MBA at Mt Eliza Business School Melbourne in 2003. Ian has worked within the minerals exploration industry in Australia as well as Eastern and Central Europe with a number of small to mid-cap mining and exploration companies, as well as having roles with BHP Billiton and Vale. Prior to joining Blackthorn Resources, Ian was the Zambian Exploration Manager for Vale based in Lusaka. He will continue to be based in Lusaka, as well as working on site at Mumbwa. The focus and priority of the role will be on the development of the Kitumba deposit. However, Ian will also oversee other exploration in Zambia and Burkina Faso.
FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL
Group Financial Controller
Muthu has over 20 years' experience in senior accounting roles in manufacturing, sales & distribution and corporate financial accounting. He is a Certified Practicing Accountant and a member of the Australian Society of CPA's. Muthu holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and an MBA from the University of Western Sydney.
Tom has over 8 years' experience in exploration and geoscience consulting working with BHP Billiton, Fugro Airborne Surveys, Geoscience Australia – CRCLEME and Peak Gold Mines. Tom has a Bachelor of Science with Honours (Geology) and Graduate Diploma in Science Communications, both from the Australian National University.