Chief Operating Officer
Michael is a Metallurgical Engineer with over 25 years experience in the Mining and Minerals Processing Industry. During his career he has worked at several major facilities throughout Australia including having direct management responsibility for commissioning one of the largest most complex fully integrated High Pressure Acid Leaching autoclave plants in the world (Murrin Murrin, WA), Olympic Dam Operations a polymetallic mining and processing facility, Kwinana Nickel Refinery and Goldcorp gold processing and refining facility. He has been the Principal technical manager to several major projects utilising autoclaves during detailed design and /or feasibility study phases including Murrin Murrin Stage II, Mount Margaret Second Nickel Province, Kwinana Nickel refinery expansion and GoldCorp AARL gold circuits.
Michael has broad experience and a high level of technical expertise in a wide range of metallurgical processes and chemical plant operations ranging from wet and dry mineral processing, smelting and off-gas cleaning operations - through a diverse range of hydrometallurgical and chemical plant processes, including acid and chloride leaching operations, gas plants (cryogenic air separation, hydrogen, hydrogen sulphide, and sulphuric acid plants), copper SX EW, U3O8 recovery as well as large tonnage transport, unloading and use of chlorine and anhydrous ammonia.
He has a proven track record in safety and environmental management during commissioning and operation of potentially hazardous sites throughout career, including appointment as site Registered Manager and demonstrated management skills with experience in leading large teams of employees and contractors. Michael has extensive experience in project development from bankable feasibility studies and detailed engineering design through to construction and commissioning, as well as routine reporting to executive management of project progress and expenditure tracking at all stages of project development.
As the inventor and author of a number of Australian and overseas patent applications and widely published technical papers, Michael is well known in the industry.
Mr Neil Hutchison
General Manager - Geology
Neil Hutchison graduated from the University of Southern Queensland with First Class Honours in Geology.
As a former Exploration Superintendent at the Cosmos Nickel Project with Jubilee Mines, Neil has over 20 years of experience in the resource/mining industry, working throughout Australia and overseas.
Neil has a proven track record of discovery and delineation of ore deposits over his career, and has the ability to successfully progress them through to mining. During his time at Jubilee Mines, Neil developed a solid understanding of the nickel and ultramafic forming processes as well as the associated modern exploration techniques required to explore for nickel at the Windarra Nickel Project.
Neil joined Poseidon Nickel in 2007, and along with his geology team has since delineated 156,000 tonnes of nickel metal at the Windarra Nickel Project. The geology team to date has defined 88,000 tonnes of remnant nickel at the historic Mt Windarra and South Windarra Mines. In addition the team made a significant greenfields nickel discovery only 12 months after Neil joined the Company by utilising the skills he developed at Jubilee Mines. The Cerberus Deposit was the first discovery within the Windarra Belt since 1971 and the resource currently contains 68,600 tonnes of nickel metal and is growing.
Along with is geology team, Neil has estimated a Probable Ore Reserve containing 25,000 tonnes of nickel metal at the Windarra Nickel Project which will continue to grow through underground drilling at Mt Windarra and Cerberus.
Neil has extensive experience in nickel sulphides, nickel laterites, gold, base metals, and uranium mineralisation, developing his career whilst working with Jubilee Mines, Troy Resource, Pegasus Gold, Zapopan and Energy Resources Australia (ERA).
Mr Gareth Jones
Chief Financial Officer
Gareth Jones joined Poseidon Nickel in June 2007.
Gareth has over 25 years experience in accounting and commercial roles and specialises in business performance and project management. He has held a variety of senior commercial and management positions, including Head of Commercial for British Gas Business in the UK and Commercial Manager at Vodafone UK.
Gareth is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has an MBA from the University of Warwick.