Friday 29 November 2019

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.


Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP


Opening address 

Dan is the Minister for Energy and Mining in the Government of South Australia. He previously served as the Shadow Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources from 2014 to March 2018.




Alex Blood


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

Peter Rolley

Chief Geologist and Exploration Manager, Hillgrove Resources

Session 1: Uncovering a new copper-gold provinceopper  

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. 

Nicole Galloway Warland

B.Sc. Geo (Hons), MAIG, FGAA

Project Manager, Burra, Ausmex Mining Group Limited

Session 1: Burra Area SA – Copper  

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. 

Jim McKinnon-Matthews

BSc(Hons) MAusIMM

Principal Exploration Geologist (Australia), OZ Minerals

Session 2: Adelaide Fold Belt – Copper/Gold  

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: Kaolin, Poochera 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.

Chris Stevens

Chief executive Officer, Coda Minerals

Session 2: Copper and future minerals  

Mr Stevens is an experienced resources executive and mineral economist who has joined Coda after holding the role of CEO for the past three years at Gindalbie. Prior to joining Gindalbie in 2016, Mr Stevens was the Western Australian Mining Consulting Lead at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he managed professional teams to devise strategy, evaluate investment options and assist in delivery of major transactions for various ASX listed mining and energy companies.

Prior to joining PwC, Mr Stevens held senior roles in the mining industry including General Manager – Commercial at Asia Iron and Commercial Manager at Gindalbie Metals.

In addition to his executive resources experience, Mr Stevens has over 18 years’ experience working with Chinese companies in commercial consulting and private equity. Mr Stevens holds an Honours degree from the University of Oxford and a Master of Science in Mineral Economics from Curtin University.

Leon Faulkner

Managing Director, EnviroCopper Ltd

Session 3: Copper Recovery, Kapunda SA

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.

David Christensen

Managing Director, Renascor Resources

Session 3: Graphite – Siviour Project

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: Gawler Craton, Gold

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 underground operation, Copper/Gold

Lachlan joined Hillgrove in 2012 as the Kanmantoo Mine Manager and was promoted to General Manager for the project in 2015. During his time at Hillgrove, Lachlan has overseen the successful completion of the open pit at Kanmantoo and was instrumental in converting the Kanmantoo pumped hydro concept into Australia’s lowest cost energy storage opportunity, which culminated in the sale of development rights to AGL in 2019. Over the past 20 years Lachlan has held leadership roles across the complete mining cycle. Immediately prior to joining Hillgrove, Lachlan was the Group Mining Manager with Stemcor Europe AG, where he developed Stemcor’s Indian iron ore and manganese assets and established thermal coal trade flows from Indonesia. Prior to this Lachlan was a senior mining consultant with Coffey working throughout the African continent and the Mine Superintendent at the Savage River Iron Ore Mine in Tasmania. A qualified mining engineer, Lachlan also holds a Master of Mineral Economics and MBA.

Mark Irwin


Chief Commercial Officer, OZ Minerals 

Session 3: Gawler/Musgraves, Base metals 

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.


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.