Our Senior Team

Established in 2000, Palaris employs a diverse range of professionals with substantial resources experience. Our core values emphasise professionalism and integrity – this underpins all that we do.

Our Senior Team

  • Global
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    John Pala

    Managing Director

    John’s breadth of advisory capability is backed by 35 years of operational and consultancy experience in the resources industry. He has a deep understanding of project value drivers.

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    John Pala
  • Global
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    Ben Hammond

    Chief Operating Officer

    Ben brings to the table a unique blend of commercial knowledge and experience balanced with a deep technical mining background.

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    Ben Hammond
  • United Kingdom
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    Kent Shackel

    Senior Manager – EMEA

    Kent is a mechanical engineer and project manager with 25 years’ experience in precious metals, base metals and uranium within the mineral resource industry.

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    Kent Shackel
  • Global
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    Andrew Ingram

    Business Development Manager

    Andrew has over 30 years’ experience working in the resources industry, originally in mine operations prior to transitioning to marketing and sales.

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    Andrew Ingram
  • Australia
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    Steve Robinson

    General Manager Safety, Health and Risk

    Steve has over 20 years of experience in risk management and safety in a variety of industries including mining, construction, and heavy industry.Steve has over 20 years of experience in risk management and safety in a variety of industries including mining, construction, and heavy industry.

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    Steve Robinson
  • Australia
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    Martin Hibberd

    General Manager Mine Finance Advisory

    Martin has over 19 years of experience in the resources industry across a broad range of mining operations, projects and corporate transactions.

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    Martin Hibberd
  • Australia
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    Nicholas Salvador

    General Manager Engineering and Maintenance

    With close to 20 years of mechanical engineering experience in the coal industry (open cut & underground), Nicholas compliments this with five years of wide-ranging consulting experience.

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    Nicholas Salvador
  • Australia
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    Ryan Gomez

    General Manager Mine Optimisation Studies

    With close to 20 years of experience in resources industry, Justin has worked with a vast range of commodities including coal, copper, gold, and uranium both domestically and internationally.

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    Ryan Gomez
  • Australia
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    Steph Byrom

    General Manager Decarbonisation

    An experienced senior manager with proven abilities in providing strategic and technical expertise to decarbonise the energy and natural resources sector.

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    Steph Byrom
  • South Africa
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    Mike Brown

    Managing Partner – African Region

    Mike has over 35 years’ experience in the resources industry in management, operational, and director roles. 

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    Mike Brown
  • Canada
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    Vlad Gladyshev

    Senior Manager – Americas

    Vlad is a seasoned mining executive with over 15 years of industry experience across North America, Africa, and Russia.

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    Vlad Gladyshev
  • Global
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    Stephen Miller

    Senior Manager APAC

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    Stephen Miller
  • Australia
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    Jacqueline London

    Manager Metals WA

    Jacqueline is a professional engineer with 20 years’ international experience in process engineering and plant design, management and execution of mining and resource projects for gold, base metals and industrial minerals valued up to US$500 million.

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    Jacqueline London
  • Australia
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    Bruce Folpp

    Manager Engineering Services NSW

    Bruce has close to 45 years’ experience working primarily in the resources industry across NSW and QLD.

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    Bruce Folpp
  • Australia
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    Ian Cox

    Manager Electrical Engineering

    Ian has over 18 years’ experience in electrical engineering, from data, instrumentation and control to low/high voltage (HV) distribution and earthing.

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    Ian Cox
  • Australia
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    Karen Bolden

    Manager Financial & Geological Services

    With over 20 years of corporate and advisory experience in the resource industry, Karen brings a depth of commercial and financial capability and a proven track record of commerciality and business optimisation.

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    Karen Bolden
  • Australia
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    Chris Nicholas

    Manager Feasibility Studies

    Chris has over 16 years of experience in the coal and resources industry within Australia. He has held various engineering, technical and business positions specifically in the underground coal industry.

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    Chris Nicholas
  • Australia
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    James Smith

    Manager Mine Technical

    James has spent over 17 years working in the resources industry, both in consulting and site roles with substantial exposure to underground and open pit mining.

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    James Smith