Friday 27 November 2020

Adelaide Convention Centre

SAEMC is an annual collaborative event that brings together both the exploration and mining industries in South Australia.

Welcoming speeches

Nicole Galloway Warland

Chair – SAEMC Organising Committee, Australian Institute of Geoscientists


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 Fold Belt, Gawler Craton and Musgrave Province.


Lewis O’Brien AO

Aboriginal Elder of the Kaurna people

Welcome to Country


Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP

South Australian Minister for Energy and Mining

Opening address 

Minister van Holst Pellekaan was elected to Parliament as the Member for Stuart in 2010. He was promoted to the Shadow Cabinet in 2011 and has held the Energy and Mining portfolios since June 2014.

After his re-election at the 2018 State Election, he was sworn in as Minister for Energy and Mining in the Marshall Liberal Government.  

Minister van Holst Pellekaan started his working life as a labourer before playing four seasons in the National Basketball League and at the same time gaining a Bachelor of Economics.  He then spent ten years with BP Australia before entering the small business sector as a shareholder and operator of Outback roadhouses for seven years.  This was followed by three years developing cycle tourism in the Southern Flinders Ranges immediately before entering Parliament.

Minister van Holst Pellekaan’s electorate extends from Kapunda at its southern end, all the way up to the NT border. It heads east to the NSW border. It includes the Mid North agricultural region, all of the Flinders Ranges and the vast north-east pastoral region surrounded by the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales. The regional city of Port Augusta is its main population centre.




Alex Blood

Department for Energy and Mining

SA Exploration & Mining Review 

Alex Blood is Executive Director Mineral Resources, within the South Australian Department for Energy and Mining, after joining in late 2017 from the private sector.

Alex’s experience spans 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 interacting with lenders, governments, communities and a wide range of stakeholders. She is Chair of the Australian New Zealand Board for environmental professional certification and has held past global and national corporate sustainability, and technical advisory roles. In 2012 Alex was awarded Australian Environmental Practitioner of the Year, and has received a number of project technical awards.




Session Speakers

Jamie King

Exploration Manager – Australia, BHP

Session 1: Oak Dam Exploration Update  

Jamie is an exploration geologist with more than 15 years experience in varied exploration terranes from near mine to remote greenfields projects. After several years in his early career exploring for nickel in komatiites and mafic intrusives in Australia, Jamie spent time in South America focused on porphyry copper exploration and recently returned to Australia to manage BHP’s IOCG search space in South Australia. Jamie is currently the Exploration Manager for BHP Metals Exploration and is accountable for copper and nickel exploration in Australia. 

Eric Whittaker

Exploration Manager, Terramin Australia 

Session 1: Exploration in the South Gawler Ranges and the Padthaway Ridge   

Eric is the Exploration Manager for Terramin Australia. Since joining Terramin in 2005 he has worked on the Angas Mine, Tala Hamza deposit in Algeria and is currently working on the Bird-in-Hand Gold Project. However, a passion for exploration sees him keen to lift the cover off the Padthaway Ridge and extend the Gawler IOCG province to the west.

Peter Rolley

Chief Geologist and Exploration Manager, Hillgrove Resources

Session 1: Exploration of the Delamerian in South-Eastern South Australia  

Peter Rolley – Exploration Manager and Chief Geologist for Hillgrove Resources. Over 40 years’ experience with a variety of companies both large and small, in regional and brownfields exploration, mine geology, resource estimation, and managing up and down. He has worked with Hillgrove in south-east South Australia for the past 4 years and has put together the development and exploration growth strategy for the Company. He is here to present the results of these brownfields and regional exploration activities. 

Paul Matthews

Project Geologist, Auroch Minerals

Session 1: South Australia: Exploration update  

Matthew is an geologist with 9 years experience in mineral exploration, petrography and geochemistry. His experience includes exploration in iron ore, comprising multiple magnetite and hematite projects in South Australia and Western Australia, base metals in the Adelaide Fold Belt and Kangaroo Island in addition to petrographic consulting, mainly for gold projects. Matthew is currently responsible for managing exploration on Auroch Minerals’ South Australian tenements.

Ian Gregory

Greenfields Exploration Manager, Western Gawler Project, Western Areas

Session 1: Western Gawler Project- Greenfields Exploration within the Fowler Domain  

Mr Gregory is an exploration geologist with over 20 years’ experience in the exploration industry across Australia. Prior to his current role as Greenfields Exploration Manager at Western Areas, Ian was the Exploration Manager for Antipa Minerals’ Rio Tinto JV, exploring for Telfer-Style deposits in the Paterson Province of WA. Ian’s experience also extends to Western Australian nickel sulphide and orogenic gold exploration during his time as Exploration Manager for Norilsk Nickel Australia, and base-metal exploration with Perilya Ltd in the Flinders Ranges of SA. Ian studied at Curtin University and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) in Geology and is a member of the Australian Institute of Geologists. 

Chris Giles

Technical Director, Havilah Resources

Session 2: The Grants Basin Iron Ore Discovery  

Dr Chris Giles is an experienced exploration geologist having worked on exploration teams that have been directly responsible for the discovery of several operating gold mines in various parts of the world, including Indonesia, East Africa and Australia. He has been jointly responsible for the formation of Havilah and the development and execution of the Company’s exploration and corporate strategy

Jim McKinnon-Matthews

BSc(Hons) MAusIMM

Principal Exploration Geologist (Australia), OZ Minerals

Session 2: Using Machine Learning in Mineral Exploration – Exploration Challenge  

Jim is an exploration geologist with 27 years’ experience in mineral exploration and project generation with major and junior ASX listed companies on four continents. Jim spent nine years with WMC Resources and 16 years in the junior sector with Mithril Resources Ltd. He has also held several director roles in public and private exploration companies.

Jim is currently OZ Minerals’ Principal Exploration Geologist for Australia and is responsible for the OZ Minerals exploration portfolio in Australia, which includes joint ventures with four ASX listed companies as well as the exploration around Prominent Hill and Carrapateena. 

James Marsh

Managing Director, Andromeda Metals

Session 2: Developing a World Class Halloysite-Kaolin Project  

James Marsh is an industrial chemist holding tertiary qualifications in chemistry and physics, who has worked in a number of technical and commercial roles across a wide range of industrial minerals for the last 30 years. After graduating in the UK he worked for English China Clays in Cornwall, which became the French company Imerys, a world leader in kaolin and industrial minerals. After 15 years he moved to Australia to join Minerals Corporation, and after 9 years there ended up as Executive Marketing and Technical Director. This included setting up operations in Australia, China and Europe, along with global supply channels. In 2010 – 2011 he gained first-hand experience of the Poochera Project in South Australia, working as a consultant to Minotaur Exploration. He then spent 7 years as Business Development Manager for Active Minerals International, a world leader in dry-processed kaolins, before joining Andromeda Metals in June 2017 as Managing Director.

Matt Weber

Manager – Economics & Geology

Session 2: The Mt Gunson Story  

Mr Weber is an exploration geologist with approximately ten years’ experience in the WA mining and exploration sector. Prior to his time at Gindalbie, Mr Weber held a role in the resources policy division at the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

Mr Weber has previously held exploration geology roles across a number of small exploration companies, focussing on gold, iron ore and base metals, and spent time as a member of the exploration team for Rio Tinto in their Pilbara iron operations. Mr Weber holds bachelor’s degrees in Applied Geology and Environmental Biology, and a Master of Science in Mineral Economics from Curtin University.


Leon Faulkner

Managing Director, EnviroCopper Ltd

Session 3: Update on the Kapunda Copper ISR Project

Leon is a geologist with 30 years professional work experience in exploration and mine development projects that cover most states of Australia. He spent a number of years working with the ISR mining operation at Honeymoon prior to care and maintenance in 2014, and since been involved in looking at opportunities that would suit InSitu recovery operations of other metals.
In 2017 Leon and his team established Environmental Copper Recovery P/L over the Kapunda Copper ISR project (JV with Terramin Ltd), funded to $3.7 million by private investor ASX and AIM listed Thor Mining PLC and a Commonwealth CRC-P grant. Earlier this year ECR morphed into EnviroCopper Ltd over the Kapunda project and new JV with Andromeda Metals Moonta project.

Duncan Craib

Managing Director, Boss Resources

Session 3: Australia’s next uranium producer

Mr Duncan Craib is the Managing Director of the Honeymoon Uranium Project, South Australia. Having joined the Company in January 2017, Honeymoon has advanced its re-start strategy so that the mine can quickly respond to changing market conditions and catch the upside of a new uranium cycle.

Prior to commencing with Boss Resources, Mr Craib served as Finance Director to Swakop Uranium (Pty) Ltd and was heavily involved in the US$2.5 billion development and construction of its world class Husab uranium mine in Namibia.

Prior to 2012, Mr Craib served in London as CFO to Kalahari Minerals Plc. The company’s key investment was a 42.74% shareholding in Extract Resources Ltd and its subsidiary Swakop Uranium (Pty) Ltd, which was ultimately the subject of a corporate transaction in 2012 valued at US$2.2 billion.

David Christensen

Managing Director, Renascor Resources

Session 3: Siviour Graphite Definitive Feasibility Study

David Christensen is an experienced mining executive, with recent successful experience managing exploration, mining and marketing operations. Prior to founding the Company, David served as Chief Executive Officer of Adelaide‑based companies, Heathgate Resources Pty Ltd and Quasar Resource Pty Ltd. While at Heathgate and Quasar, his responsibilities included overseeing Australian operations, including the Beverley uranium mine, as well as the expansion into new projects with the discovery and development of the Four Mile deposit and numerous joint ventures. David’s experience also includes serving as President of Nuclear Fuels Corporation, a trading and marketing company, where he managed a multi‑million dollar uranium portfolio and was responsible for developing sales strategy, executing trades and swaps and negotiating all contracts. David commenced his career as an attorney in California and London offices of international law firm Latham & Watkins, where he advised on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. David was educated at Cornell University (BA, Economics and Classical Civilizations), the University of California, Los Angeles (JD) and the Universitá di Bologna (Fulbright Fellow).

Anthony Gray

Exploration Manager, Alliance Resources

Session 3: Advancing the Weednanna Gold Deposit to Production

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.

Lachlan Wallace

Chief Executive Officer, Hillgrove Resources

Session 3: Kanmantoo Growth Pipeline

Over the past 20 years Lachlan has held a variety of Lachlan has of technical and managerial roles in the mining industry in Australia, Europe, Asia and Africa. During his time at Hillgrove, Lachlan has overseen the successful completion of the open pit at Kanmantoo, converted the Kanmantoo pumped hydro concept into one of Australia’s lowest cost energy storage opportunities, and is now positioning the business for its next phase of growth and development. He is here to present the opportunities both on the mining lease, and immediately adjacent, which may be able to take advantage of the permitted and operational processing plant and tailings facility at Kanmantoo, to convert exploration success into production quickly and for relatively low capital.

Mark Irwin


Chief Commercial Officer, OZ Minerals 

Session 4: Operations Update 

Mark is accountable for OZ Minerals growth activity, including delivery of the Carrapateena copper-gold project, the West Musgrave copper-nickel project, project studies and our exploration and acquisitive growth pipeline.

He has lived and worked in the United States, Australia and the UK and has over 20 years of experience in complex global organisations including BHP, Graincorp and Transfield Services.

Before joining OZ Minerals, Mark was most recently with international mining services company, Boart Longyear, where he held the role of Chief Commercial Officer based in the United States.


Nick Bartsch

Technical Services Manager, Iluka Resources 

Session 4: Update on Jacinth Ambrosia Exploration and Operations

Nick is a mining engineer with approximately 10 years’ experience in Open Pit Mining in South Australia. Graduating as part of the first class of Mining Engineers from Adelaide University in 2010, he commenced as a graduate mining engineer at Prominent Hill. The following 8 years included time in production, planning and drill and blast departments and assisting with the transition between the open pit and underground. Following the completion of the open pit in 2018, Nick joined Iluka as a Senior Mining Engineer at Jacinth Ambrosia mine near Ceduna, where he now manages the Technical Services Department.



Kathy Ehrig

Principal Geometallurgist, BHP

Session 4: Olympic Dam Update

Dr Kathy Ehrig is recognised internationally as a leader in geometallurgy, establishing Olympic Dam’s geometallurgy program 2006. She completed her Bachelor of Science in geology at California State University, Fresno in 1984 and earned a PhD in geology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991.



John Anderson 


Q&A session 

A geoscience graduate of the University of Adelaide, John explored Australia-wide for diverse metals during 19 years with Aberfoyle and 7 years with MIM, culminating in the role of General Manager Exploration – Australia and Africa. A five-year interlude of researching mineral systems and associated intrusives in NSW and Tasmania included a scholarship at a Mineralogy Institute in Germany. 

He joined the Junior sector in 2003 as a foundation Director of Southern Gold, then as the inaugural Managing Director of Investigator Resources between 2007 and 2018. John is now consulting through his company Austrike Resources Pty Ltd.

With a passion for converting innovative research into exploration opportunities, John led teams in making several mineral discoveries in South Australia including the Paris silver project. His latest left-field venture was teaming up with the Australian Institute for Machine Learning to achieve second prize in the OZ Minerals Explorer Challenge centred on Prominent Hill.

He believes the State has the mineral pedigree and recent conceptual breakthroughs for a co-ordinated and urgent push to revitalise South Australia’s discovery success. This needs to include community buy-in.

John was President of SACOME during 2000-2001 and a member of the Minister’s Minerals and Energy Advisory Council until this year. He is currently Chair of the Advisory Board for the Institute of Minerals and Energy Research at the University of Adelaide.