Directors & Management

Matt Shackleton

Executive Chairman
Matt is a resources executive and Chartered Accountant with 20 years’ experience in senior management and board roles. Previously the Managing Director of ASX listed Western Australian gold developer Mount Magnet South NL, Mr Shackleton was the founding director of ASX listed and West African gold and bauxite explorer Canyon Resources Limited, and previously an Executive Director with Brazilian gold explorer Mineralis Limited. He has also held senior roles with Bannerman Resources Limited, a uranium developer, Skywest Airlines, iiNet Limited and DRCM Global Investors in London.

Matt holds a B.Comm. (Economics & Accounting) from Murdoch University in Western Australia, an MBA from The University of Western Australia, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia & New Zealand.

Brenton Siggs

Technical Director
Brenton is a geologist with over twenty four years’ experience in the Australian mineral exploration and mining industry and has worked on a range of gold, nickel, petroleum, mineral sands, coal and phosphate projects throughout Australia. He has extensive experience in all stages of regional and near-mine exploration project management, particularly in Western Australia, from conceptual targeting and ground acquisition through to resource definition drilling programs and open cut mining geology.

Brenton has held Senior Geologist and Project Leader roles with a variety of Australian and major international companies including Newcrest Mining Ltd., Inco Australia, VALE, Sons of Gwalia Ltd, Central Norseman Gold Corporation Ltd and Belvedere Coal Management Pty Ltd. Brenton’s exploration successes include senior geology roles in Western Australian gold discoveries at Racetrack, Golden Funnel and Black Lady (Mount Pleasant), Dingo Range, Norseman and Menzies (Lady Irene). Other technical highlights include senior roles in resource upgrades at significant nickel laterite (Ravensthorpe Project and Kalgoorlie Nickel Project, Western Australia) and coal projects (Belvedere Coal Project, Queensland).

Brenton holds a B.App.Sc. (Applied Geology) degree from the University of South Australia and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (MAIG) and the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG).

Dean Goodwin

Non-executive Director
Dean is a geologist with over twenty five years’ exploration experience which has included acting as Head of Geology at Focus Minerals Limited and a six year period as Managing Director of Barra Resources Ltd (2004-2010). He has also spent six years as an exploration geologist with Western Mining Corporation Ltd and was involved with discovering the Intrepid, Redoutable and Santa Anna gold deposits at Lake Lefroy with WMC. Whilst with WMC he worked closely with the nickel exploration team.

In 1994 he joined Resolute Ltd as Senior Exploration Geologist, spending five years in Kalgoorlie managing exploration for the Chalice, Higginsville, Bullabulling and Bulong projects. In 1999 Mr Goodwin was appointed as Senior Exploration Geologist with LionOre Limited and whilst at the Bounty Gold Mine operations he was responsible for the discovery of several small gold deposits. More recently, he has been working as an independent contract geologist exploring for nickel sulphides throughout Western Australia.

Dean holds a B.App.Sc. (Applied Geology) degree from Curtin University in Western Australia and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (MAIG).

Leigh-Ayn Absolom

Company Secretary
Leigh-Ayn is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary with 16 years’ experience in auditing, accounting and company secretarial roles within public practice and the resources industry. She commenced her career with Deloitte, originally in South Africa and then Australia, before moving into the mining sector with Murchison Metals Ltd. Leigh-Ayn has held positions as Group Financial Controller and Company Secretary with uranium development company Bannerman Resources Limited, and Manager – Corporate with nickel explorer Resource Mining Corporation Limited.

Leigh-Ayn is an Associate Member of the Governance Institute of Australia and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.