Ben Auld

Managing Director

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Ben Auld graduated in Mining Engineering at the Western Australian School of Mines and commenced his highly successful career in the mining industry gaining experience in a broad range of commodities, disciplines and positions. He held technical positions in underground mines before forming a partnership in a consulting company (Mining Plus Pty Ltd) as the managing director.

Peter Lock

Executive Director

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Peter graduated in Mining Engineering at the Western Australian School of Mines After completing a successful 11 year electrical career in construction, Peter sought a career change in the mining industry as a Mining Engineer and is currently the Executive Director for Mining Plus Pty Ltd. Peter has diligently pursued experience in a wide range of mining environments, disciplines, positions and is a wealth of knowledge.

Brad Evans

General Manager

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Brad is a Senior Mining Engineer with 15 years experience in the mining industry and is currently the General Manager for Mining Plus Pty Ltd. Since completion of a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) at the University of Ballarat, Brad has gained a broad range of practical mining experience through seeking out a diverse range of roles. He has experience in a range of mining roles including Underground and Surface mines.

Colin McVie

Manager Project Development

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Colin is a qualified Mining Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in both open pit and underground mining positions, coupled with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A). More recent expertise has been developed in large scale open pit mining operations and planning including: the development and implementation of mining technology and mine development projects across the globe. Colin’s variety of mining roles include: Consulting Manager; Senior Consulting Engineer; Mine Operations Specialist; Superintendent Mine Production; Senior Business Improvement Engineer; Business Improvement Coach and Senior Mine Production Engineer. Colin is also experienced in life of mine scheduling, mining evaluations, operational planning and project management in large scale operations in Australia, South America, North America and Africa. Colin also has a broad exposure to many computer packages and mine planning software.

Stuart Bodey

Consulting Manager

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Stuart is a Mining Engineer by training, and holds over 25 years experience in the industry with professional background in mining operations, and mining projects, both of which include all stages of: development; management and construction. Prior positions held include senior and executive management positions with both ASX listed and international mining houses, most notably Jubilee Mines and Xstrata Nickel. Stuart has a strong interest in organisational human resources, organisational structure, and business development.

Alex Topalovic

Mining Manager North America

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Since graduation, Alex has 17 years of International mining experience including open pit and underground mine operations, mine planning, site construction work, NI43-101 and JORC compliant technical studies, management and business development.  Apart from the technical background Alex also has a good understanding of economics, mineral processing, geology and environmental, social (aboriginal and first nations) issues as well as the influence of geopolitical factors on resources projects.  He is a QP as defined by NI43-101 for Mine Planning and Design and chartered and registered engineer in Australia and Canada respectively.

Paul Murphy

Manager South America

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Paul completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Geological) at RMIT University in Melbourne and graduated with Honours. Paul has over 13 years’ experience in the mining industry working with Rio Tinto Iron Ore and Mining Plus Consultants. Paul has a high level of Spanish language skills and has performed a diverse range or roles ranging from on-site short term planning to managing large technical studies.  As the Manager of South America based in Lima, his role also encompasses managing local staff of Peruvian engineers, and project managing a range of studies from locations all over Latin America. Paul is a bi-lingual communicator in both English and Spanish.

Phil Burton

Commercial Manager

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Phil has a back ground of Business Ownership in both the Financial Services and the FMCG Industry and has held board positions of those operations in South Africa and in Zimbabwe. Since moving to Australia in 2006, Phil operated as a Management Consultant, focusing on Strategy, Organisational Development and Human Resources. Phil holds MBA from University of Cape Town and is currently the Commercial Manager at Mining Plus Pty Ltd, running the Business Support Team from their Perth office.

Richard Buerger

Team Leader - Geology

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Richard is a qualified Geologist (with Honours) and has over 17 years’ experience in the resources industry, nine of which have been in management roles. Richard has experience in multiple commodities (gold, nickel, copper, zinc and lead) on a number of continents. Richard’s broad expertise in the resources industry includes: exploration, resource definition and estimation, grade control, reconciliation, resource/reserve audits, cost modelling and staff development and mentoring. Richard is particularly skilled at identifying the key strengths and weaknesses in teams and operations and is able to then develop strategies to maximize the value generated by these operations.