Directors and Management
Board of Directors
Mr Matthew Banks
Mr Banks has nearly two decades experience specialising in marketing and public relations and more recently in finance. During that time, he has developed strong relationships with a number of leading public and private companies as well as high net worth individuals from across a number of industries. He is also a partner in an advisory firm that recapitalised Spectrum Metals Ltd (ASX:SPX) in 2017.
Mr Banks is a founder and non-executive director of gold and base metal explorer Rumble Resources (ASX: RTR) and was a past non-executive director of HitIQ Ltd, a concussion technology, helping the company to IPO in 2021.
Mr Sam Ekins BSc(Geol)
Chief Executive Officer
Mr Ekins is a geologist with over 15 years of experience in technical and leadership roles in greenfields and brownfields gold and base-metal exploration, as well as global upstream oil and gas consulting. His experience includes working as a Senior Geologist at Gold Fields Ltd’s (NYSE & JSE: GFI) St Ives Mine in Kambalda WA; Superintendent of Exploration at Evolution Mining Ltd’s (ASX: EVN) Mungari Operations, Kalgoorlie WA, which included Evolutions’ Leadership Gold Programme; and as Exploration Manager at Prodigy Gold NL (ASX:PRX).
Mr Ekins has a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Geology from the University of Tasmania Centre for Ore Deposit and Earth Sciences (CODES) and a Master of Mining Engineering specialising in Geomechanics from the University of New South Wales. He is a member of the AusIMM.
Mr Jeff Elliott BSc. (Geology), MAIG, FAusIMM, MAICD, AFAIM
Mr Elliott is the former Managing Director of CSA Global, a position he held since 2007 and finalised in late 2020 after completing a sale of the business to leading sustainability firm ERM. Mr Elliott is a geologist with over 30 years’ experience in the mining industry, during which time he has developed broad capabilities in project evaluation, exploration and resource development. Mr Elliott is a director and shareholder of Southern Geoscience Consultants, and a number of private companies servicing the mining industry.
Mr Alexander Hewlett BSc(Geol)
Mr Hewlett has a degree in Geology from the University of Western Australia. He has an extensive background in public companies including involvement in IPO’s, RTO’s and capital raisings and has been an active Board member of several ASX-listed companies.
In addition to his role as Non executive Director of Wildcat Resources, Mr Hewlett is Non-Exec Chairman of TNT Mines(ASX:TIN) and a founding Director of Black Cat Syndicate (ASX:BC8), Non-Executive Chairman of Spectrum Metals Limited (ASX:SPX) and was previously Managing Director of Hammer Metals, a copper explorer with projects in the Mt Isa region of Queensland.
Mr Aidan Platel BSc(Geol)
Aidan Platel is a geologist with close to 20 years’ experience in the minerals industry, in both mining and exploration roles across a wide range of commodities. Since 2014 he has worked as an independent consultant with a focus on project evaluation, prior to which he spent 12 years based in South America. He has a proven track record of exploration success having discovered and developed several major deposits.
Aidan has a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Geology from the University of Western Australia, and a Masters of Business Administration with Distinction from the Curtin Graduate School of Business. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).
Mr Bahen is a Corporate Advisory Executive and Chartered Secretary who commenced his career in audit and assurance with a chartered accounting firm. He is currently a Non-Executive Director and Company Secretary to a number of ASX listed companies and has a broad range of corporate governance and capital markets experience, having been involved with public company listings, M&A transactions and capital raisings for ASX-listed companies across the resource industry. Mr Bahen is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia and holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accounting and Finance.