Board and Management
Ian Murray – 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.
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.
Mick Wilkes – Non-Executive Director
Mr Wilkes is a highly experienced mining executive, with a successful career spanning over 35 years. He was most recently the CEO and President of dual listed (ASX/TSX) OceanaGold, where he served for a decade, prior to leaving from the position during early 2020. During his time at OceanaGold, Mr Wilkes transformed the company from a junior gold producer in New Zealand to a multinational mid-tier gold producer with a market capitailsiation of $2 billion when he departed. Under Mr Wilkes’ watch OceanaGold acquired and successfully developed the 3 million ounce Haile Gold Mine in South Carolina, USA. Mr Wilkes holds a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from the University of Queensland and an MBA from Deakin University.
Warren Portma – Exploration Manager
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.
Adam Kiley – Corporate Development
Mr Adam Kiley has over 15 years’ experience in the mining sector with a depth of experience in providing corporate and financial advisory services to ASX listed companies in both Australia and the United Kingdom.
Adam holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University.
Keith Bowes – Project Manager
Mr Keith Bowes is a highly regarded mining executive with extensive experience in metallurgy, project management and operational management. Over a 20 year period, Mr Bowes has worked on project development and operations in Africa, South America and Australia across a range of commodities and processes. Mr Bowes holds a BSc. Chemical Engineering from the University of Natal in South Africa.
Stuart McKenzie – Company Secretary
Stuart McKenzie has over 30 years’ experience in senior commercial roles with IMX Resources Limited, Anvil Mining Limited, Ok Tedi Mining Limited, Ernst and Young and HSBC. Stuart holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Economics and is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia.
Christopher Knee – Chief Financial Officer
Chris is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 15 years’ experience in a multinational accounting firm and senior finance roles across the resources industry with projects in Africa, Canada and Central Asia. He has a range of experience across a variety of disciplines including joint venture agreements, conducting due diligence, complex international tax structuring, finance transactions, accounting and compliance. Chris is the current CFO of Graphex Mining.