Directors and Management
Board of Directors
Mr Sam Ekins
BSc.Hons. (Geology), MMinEng (Geomechanics), MAusIMM
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; SuperintendeMnt 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 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 Ltd (ASX: RTR) and was a past Non-Executive director of HitIQ Ltd, a concussion technology company, helping the company to IPO in 2021.
Mr Jeff Elliott
BSc. (Geology), MAIG, FAusIMM, MAICD, AFAIM
Mr Elliott has over 30 years’ experience in the mining industry across exploration, project assessment, technical valuations, independent reporting and corporate advice. He also has strong financial, business management, communication, and strategy development and implementation skills.
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. He is a Non-Executive Director of Southern Geoscience Consultants Pty Ltd, a leading Australian geophysics consulting firm based in Perth, Western Australia. He is also a co-founding Director and shareholder of successful private companies Ausino Drilling Services Pty Ltd, CorePlan and Ever Nimble Pty Ltd that service the mining industry via drilling, software and IT offerings, and industrial minerals explorer Thessally Resources Pty Ltd.
Mr Elliott has a Bachelor of Science (Geology) from Curtin University. He is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG), and a member of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.
Mr Alexander Hewlett
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 Ltd, Mr Hewlett was the past Non-Executive Chairman of Red Dirt Metals Ltd (ASX:RDT, now Delta Lithium Ltd, ASX:DLI) and a founding Director of Black Cat Syndicate Ltd (ASX:BC8), Non-Executive Chairman of Spectrum Metals Ltd (ASX:SPX) and was previously Managing Director of Hammer Metals Ltd (ASX:HMX), a copper explorer with projects in the Mt Isa region of Queensland.
Mr Ajanth (AJ) Saverimutto
Mr Saverimutto is a well-respected mining engineer with over 25 years of Australian and International mining experience and a proven senior level executive whose career has included a balance of corporate and operational roles. Mr Saverimutto has a proven track record of delivering results, driving change, achieving the highest safety, environmental, and governance standards. He also has extensive experience in due diligence, M&A, resource assessment and business improvement.
Mr Saverimutto is currently Chief Executive Officer of Cherish Metals Pty Ltd and has previously held roles as Managing Director at Venturex Resources Ltd (ASX:VXR) and was a founding Managing Director of Salt Lake Mining Pty Ltd (now Karora Resources, ASX:KRR). Mr Saverimutto is also a Non-Executive director of ASX listed Grange Resources Ltd (ASX:GRR).
Mr Saverimutto’s operational experience includes Mining Manager at Freeport McMoran’s Grasberg Copper Gold Operations and Mining Manager at BHP’s Nickel Operations.
Mr Saverimutto has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) Hons from the Western Australian School of Mines (W.A.S.M); and a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Edith Cowan University. He holds a First Class Mine Managers Certificate.
BComm. (Accounting & Finance), Grad. Dip. Applied Finance, GIA
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.
Mr Torrin Rowe
BSc (Geology), GAIG
Mr Rowe is a geologist and has worked in both private and public sectors. He has held senior roles with Evolution Mining Ltd (ASX: EVN), including within the business development team and recently established and lead the exploration team for their Cue JV with Musgrave Minerals Ltd (ASX:MGV). He was recognised as achieving the best exploration gold intercept for the Australian Gold Industry in 2018 of 7m at 140 g/t Au and was awarded the IMDEX industry award for best exploration geologist of 2018. Mr Rowe has worked across multiple jurisdictions with experience setting up exploration projects in Queensland, New South Wales, and Western Australia where prospective projects were quickly advanced from Greenfields stage to resource-level assets.
Mr Rowe has a Bachelor degree in Geology from the University of Western Australia and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Economic Geology at the University of Tasmania Centre for Ore Deposit and Earth Sciences (CODES), with a thesis focus that will research LCT mineralisation in the Pilbara.