Feature Team Member
Manager - South America
What is your position at Mining Plus?
My current position at Mining Plus is as the Manager of South America. I am a geological engineer by training and I spent the first part of my career working for Rio Tinto in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. I joined Mining Plus in 2011. I started in the Melbourne office where I worked for around 3 years, before being part of the due diligence team to investigate the first Latin American office for Mining Plus. Peru was the standout for the first Latin American office so I moved to Peru full-time in 2014 to assist with the office setup and take over management of that office.
Tell us about yourself
I have always loved to travel. I have visited over 40 counties, some for work, but mostly for pleasure.
Whilst on holidays traveling in South American in 2002, I met my wife-to-be Paola in Peru. I now live in Lima, Peru and have two young kids (Liam and Sienna).
Most of my side of the extended family still live in Australia (Melbourne), so we get back to Australia as often as we can to visit them and make sure that the kids develop that beautiful Australian accent.
Tell us a bit about your journey to becoming the Manager of South America
It is interesting how your life experiences shape where you end up. Very early in my career with Rio Tinto I took some time off to travel. I learnt Spanish, I studied finance, and I studied some marketing. I met all sorts of different people with different viewpoints and personalities.
Who would have thought that those experiences would have shaped my career as they have? If it were not for those experiences, which seemed at the time to be unrelated to my career in mining, I certainly would not be in the role I am currently.
The role I am in now certainly needs an entirely different set of skills other than the technical base you typically learn at university.
What do you enjoy about your particular position, working in the Mining industry and Mining Plus?
What a great industry. The opportunity to travel to some of the most interesting and isolated locations on the planet. The opportunity to contribute in some way through formal mining to the development of these isolated areas, bringing roads, health care, educations, water supply and work opportunities for locals.
With respect to Mining Plus specifically, I think most staff members really enjoy the flexibility. That fact that Mining Plus understands we all have a life outside work, and “winning on all levels” (family, health, etc) is critical for long-term success.
Working with a great team here at Mining Plus allows me to be involved in studies that are bigger than just me (feasibility studies for large copper mines for example). It is very rewarding to lead a team to success on such significant projects.
Also, one particular aspect I love about my position is that I have an opportunity to meet such fantastic people. It is an honour to meet those at the top of their game, the CEO’s, COO’s, Technical Services Managers, etc.; individuals who make decisions worth millions of dollars and shape people’s lives on a daily basis.
Words of wisdom, advice for success
Play the long game. Always.
What do you do in your free time?
I love to surf and skateboard. I do both poorly, but I love it, and it keeps me fit and agile. Now with a four and six year old it is great to get down to the skate park or out in the water with them. No doubt, they will be better than me before too long and I will be trying to keep up with them. That will be a great day.