Board and Management
Ian Murray – Non-Executive Chairman
Mr Murray is a Chartered Accountant, a Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds an Executive degree in Advanced Management & Leadership from the University of Oxford, Saïd Business School. With over 25 years’ mining industry experience in senior leadership positions, including the position of Executive Chairman and Managing Director of Gold Road Resources Ltd (ASX: GOR) and DRDGold Ltd (NYSE & JSE: DRD), he has also held executive positions with international ‘Big Four’ accounting firms.
Mr Murray brings a wealth of financial, corporate, project development and operational experience to the Board and most recently led Gold Road as it transitioned from explorer to large scale gold producer. Mr Murray has been the recipient of many awards during his leadership of Gold Road, including the Gavin Thomas award for leadership, the Diggers and Dealers Deal of the year award in 2017, after winning the best emerging company award in 2011 as well as the CEO of the year award from CEO Magazine.
Sam Pazuki – CEO/MD
Mr Pazuki is based in Toronto and has over 20 years of mining industry experience in senior leadership positions. He joins Matador as CEO / MD after nearly ten years with dual-listed OceanaGold Corporation (ASX: OGC; TSX: OGC) where he led the Investor Relations and Corporate Development functions most recently as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development. Prior to OceanaGold, Mr. Pazuki advised major mining companies, including BHP Billiton, as a management consultant within Ernst & Young’s Advisory Services practice in Toronto, and was part of a team that helped establish a Climate Change and Sustainability practice for the firm. Mr. Pazuki is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and a Masters of Finance.
Mr. Pazuki’s extensive global capital markets network and gold industry leadership expertise will assist Matador in leveraging its current and future success as it grows the business, successfully advances the Cape Ray Gold Project and expands the Company’s shareholder base in North America.
Dr Nicole Adshead-Bell – Non-Executive Director
Dr Adshead-Bell is an experienced mining executive and non-executive director with a successful career spanning over 24 years. She was most recently the CEO and Managing Director of Beadell Resources Ltd, an ASX-listed company prior to its acquisition by TSX/NYSE American listed Great Panther Mining Ltd in March 2019.
Prior to this, Dr Adshead-Bell was Director of Mining Research at Sun Valley Gold LLC, a global precious metals fund and Managing Director, Investment Banking at Haywood Securities Inc. In addition to her position at Matador, Dr Adshead-Bell is President of Cupel Advisory Corporation, a company she established to focus on investments in the natural resource sector and provide strategic advisory, due diligence and research services to issuers and natural resource equity and debt funds. She is also a non-executive director of Altius Minerals Corp. (TSX), a diversified royalty company based in St John, Newfoundland, Canada.
Dr Adshead-Bell holds a Ph.D., Structural/Economic Geology and a Class 1 Honours Degree in Structural Geology, both from James Cook University, Queensland, Australia.
Justin Osborne – Non-Executive Director
Justin has over 30 years’ experience as an exploration geologist and is a fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and holds a Bachelor of Science, Honours (First Class) from La Trobe University of Victoria.
In addition to his role at Matador, Justin is an Executive Director at Gold Road Resources (GOR.ASX) and played a pivotal role in the rapid and effective resource development of the world class Gruyere Gold Deposit (6.6Moz Au) which currently producers approximately 300,000oz Au per annum.
Mr Osborne has also previously held senior positions on the exploration executive team of Gold Fields Ltd, including Vice President Development Strategy – Growth and International Projects, and General Manager Near Mine Exploration covering all international mining operations. He played an instrumental role in the development of the Damang Superpit project in Ghana, which yielded potential resources in excess of 6 Moz within two years, and had considerable discovery success as Mineral Resource Manager at the St Ives Gold Mine, making the discoveries of the Athena and Hamlet deposits among other significant Reserve additions.
Warren Potma – Chief Geologist
Mr Potma is a highly experienced exploration manager, with a successful career spanning over 25 years. He was most recently Principal Geologist for CSA Global, where he provided specialist consulting services to exploration and mining companies.
Prior to his time at CSA Global, Warren was Exploration Manager for Hot Chili, an ASX listed company with a portfolio of projects in Chile. Warren’s geology team also delivered a maiden Ore Reserve and provided all the geological and geometallurgical inputs required for the Productora Pre-Feasibility Study. Prior to this Warren held the position of Exploration Manager for Silver Swan Group/Caravel Minerals following his departure from a very successful eight years with the CSIRO where he led the Mineral Systems and Targeting applied research stream which focused on developing and applying exploration technologies and methodologies across the Australian exploration and mining sector.
Warren holds a Master’s degree in structural geology from Monash University, and is a member of both the AIG and AUSIMM.
Crispin Pike – Exploration Manager
Crispin Pike has come on as Exploration Manager having worked for the Geological Survey of Newfoundland and Labrador for six years, and prior to that with 9 years with INCO/Vale on projects across North and South America.
Chris Bath – Chief Financial Officer
Mr Bath is an experienced CFO with a broad skill set spanning financial and corporate management, funding, commercial management and operations. Mr Bath has more than 20 years’ experience in senior financial roles within the energy and resources industries in Australia and Asia, including as CFO for companies listed on ASX, AIM and JSX. Mr Bath is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Carol Marinkovich – Company Secretary
Carol has over 25 years experience in the mining industry. She has extensive experience in Company Secretary and Corporate Governance Practices both within Australia and Internationally working with companies in the ASX200, ASX300 and for other listed junior explorers.
Carol is a Member of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in London.
Brian Scott – Joint Company Secretary
Mr Scott has previously worked as a lawyer for over 25 years, principally in Southeast Asia, where he was a partner in a major global law firm. Over that time he has worked with clients on a range of transactions with a particular focus on the energy and resources sector.
Eric Hinton – Project Manager
Mr Hinton brings over 17 years of international experience in structural geology and geophysics applied to mineral exploration and is a Newfoundland geology expert.
He brings deep experience across project management, mine engineering, mine construction and mine operations, as well as expertise across both EPCM and technology procurement. Mr Hinton will join Matador after four years as VP Technical Services and Technical Services and Corporate Development at Core Mining Group Limited. His commitment to building strong partnerships, pursuit of excellence in all facets of mining business, and track record of delivering outstanding results will be instrumental in Matador advancing the Cape Ray Gold Project.
Mr. Hinton is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba, the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and has also served twice as the Chair on the Metal Mining Society. He has a Bachelors degree in Mining Engineering, a Masters in Mineral Resource Engineering and has a number of registered patents for mining technology that he has developed.