Directors & Management

Matthew Yates
Non-Executive Chairman

B.Sc. (Hons), MAIG

Mr Yates is an accomplished exploration geologist with 35 years’ industry experience, covering all facets of exploration from generative work to project development.  This includes nine years in the Goldfields of WA. He managed highly successful exploration teams at Nimary-(Jundee) in WA and also completed extensive gold exploration programs in the Murchison, Wheat Belt and Pilbara regions of WA.

Prior to founding OreCorp Limited, he was the Managing Director of OmegaCorp and Joint Managing Director of Mantra Resources Limited. He has been instrumental in the acquisition of the key assets in all the companies he has managed, including the assets of Solstice Minerals. Mr Yates has planned, managed and executed significant gold, base metal and mineral sand projects in Australia, Central Asia, the Gulf Region and southern, east and west Africa.

Mr Yates is Executive Chairman of OreCorp Limited. He has been a non-executive director of the Company since 27 February 2013, taking on the role of Non-Executive Chairman from 16 November 2022.

Nick Castleden
CEO & Managing Director
BSc (Hons) Geology

Mr Castleden is a geologist with over 25 years of experience in the mineral exploration and development industry. He has worked with respected Australian mining companies including Mt Isa Mines, Perilya Mines, MPI Mines, and LionOre in various exploration, project generation and management capacities and has had operational experience in Africa, North and South America and across Australia, as well as holding advisory roles in Perth-based capital investment firms.

Mr Castleden has particular experience in Western Australian gold, nickel and base metal exploration and has participated in the discovery and delineation of new gold and nickel sulphide deposits that have made it through feasibility to successful mining. He was the Managing Director of Apollo Consolidated Ltd until late 2021, when it was acquired by Ramelius Resources.

Mr Castleden has been CEO & Managing Director of the Company since 24 January 2023.

Alastair Morrison
Non-Executive Director

M.Sc (Hons), Grad Dip App Fin & Inv, MAIG, GAICD

Mr Morrison is a geologist and finance professional with more than 30 years’ experience in mineral exploration and investment. He initially worked for more than six years in Australia as an exploration geologist in WA and the Northern Territory. His experience in WA included both mine and exploration geology roles at the Wiluna, Lawlers and Bellevue gold mines, as well as early-stage exploration work in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions. In the Northern Territory he worked for North Flinders Mines at Dead Bullock Soak during resource definition and early development of the >10 million ounce Callie gold deposit. He later managed the North Flinders exploration team in the NW Arunta region.

From 1996 to 2003 he was Exploration Manager in Tanzania for East African Gold Mines Limited at the North Mara Gold Project. During that time, the exploration team at East African Gold Mines delineated more than 5 million ounces of resources, including the discovery of the high-grade Gokona gold deposit. In later years, he had additional responsibilities for all in-country development activities, through feasibility and permitting until the commencement of construction. East African Gold Mines was acquired by Placer Dome Inc. in mid-2003 for US$252 million.

Since 2004, he has worked as an analyst and portfolio manager for a family office investment fund. He has also been involved on the board of various private companies with exploration interests in South America. Mr Morrison was a non-executive director of ASX-listed E2 Metals Limited from 2019 until 2021.

Mr Morrison has been a director of the Company since 24 September 2021, taking on the role of Executive Director from 2 May 2022 through to 31 January 2023. From 1 February 2023, Mr Morrison has stepped back to a non-executive director role.

Mike Klessens
Non-Executive Director

B.Com, CPA

Mr Klessens is a CPA with over 30 years’ practical financial and management experience, particularly within the resources industry. This experience has involved all areas of corporate and treasury management, project financing, capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions, dual listings, feasibility studies and establishment of systems and procedures for new mining operations.

Mr Klessens held senior financial positions in a number of Australian listed companies involved in the development and enhancement of new and ongoing mining operations from exploration, feasibility and to construction and production including projects in Laverton, Leonora, Katherine and the Tanami Desert between 1991 to 2001.  From 2002 - 2011, Mr Klessens was Vice President - Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Equinox Minerals Limited where he was responsible for finance, debt and equity financings, treasury and all financial functions of the Company and its operations.

Mr Klessens has been a non-executive director of the Company since 28 January 2022.

Michael Emery
Non-Executive Director

B.Eng (Mining) and MBA (Finance)

Mr Emery is a mining engineer with over 15 years experience having spent the early part of his career with BHP in Western Australia. He then became a resource analyst and more recently was on the dealing desk at Euroz Hartleys in Perth.

Mr Emery's broad experience in both the mining and corporate industries provides a unique skill set with an extensive understanding of the technical, corporate, and marketing side of the mining industry.

Mr Emery has been a non-executive director of the Company since 1 July 2023.

Dr Mark Alvin
Exploration Manager

BSc (Hons), PhD, FAusIMM, MSEG, FGSA

Dr Alvin is a geologist with over 20 years professional experience in multi-commodity minerals exploration in Australia, Africa and North America. He has held global and country level leadership roles of cross-functional exploration and pre-development teams for over 15 years with companies including Nyrstar, Rio Tinto, Strandline Resources and MRG Metals. Dr Alvin has international management experience in generative and advanced exploration, through order-of-magnitude and feasibility studies related to gold, base-metal, coal and titanium-zircon heavy mineral sand deposits. He has been a member of exploration teams at Geita, Yaramoko and Buhemba gold deposits plus production at the Myra Falls and Langlois polymetallic gold-silver-lead-zinc mines.

Dr Alvin was awarded the Rio Tinto Exploration Discovery Award in 2009 for the Mutamba titanium-zircon heavy mineral deposit discovery in Mozambique. He is multi-lingual with fluency in Kiswahili and Portuguese and has completed postgraduate studies in occupational safety and health risk management.

Dr Alvin commenced with OreCorp Limited in October 2020 as Exploration Manager (Western Australia), taking on the role of Exploration Manager at the Company from 22 April 2022.

Silfia Morton
CFO and Joint Company Secretary

Ms Morton is a Chartered Accountant with a Masters Degree in Commerce, specialises in financial management, financial reporting services and risk compliance and management. She has served as CFO and company secretary for a number of ASX listed and unlisted public companies. She has previously spent twelve years as senior audit manager at one of the leading international Audit, Tax & Advisory firms where she was focused on engagements across the mining, technology and manufacturing sectors.

Ms Morton joined the Company on 9 February 2023.

James Doyle
Joint Company Secretary

Mr Doyle is an experienced company secretary and corporate advisor with over 15 years’ experience advising public and private companies across a range of sectors including resources, oil and gas, industrials and technology. He has extensive experience providing corporate governance and compliance support as well as managing and executing corporate transactions including equity and debt capital raisings, IPO’s, ASX listings and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr Doyle joined the Company on 9 February 2023.

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