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

    JJohn is a highly experienced mining executive with over 20 years in senior operational management roles and over 25 years at the helm of Palaris providing international mining advisory services.

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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
  • 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
  • Americas
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    Vlad Gladyshev

    Senior Manager – Americas

    With over 17 years of resource industry experience, Vlad is a highly experience mining executive who has worked across North America, Africa, and Russia.

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    Vlad Gladyshev
  • EMEA
    Mike Glaser

    Senior Manager – EMEA

    Mike has over 30 years’ experience in the resource industry, with operational and pit to port study management exposure.

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    Mike Glaser
  • Asia-Pacific
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    Stephen Miller

    General Manager APAC (Metals)

    Stephen is an accomplished mining engineer with over 40 years’ experience, 20 of which were in consulting roles throughout many countries including Australia, Botswana, China, India, Russia, Norway, Germany, and Mexico.

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    Stephen Miller
  • Australia
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    Steve Robinson

    General Manager Engineering, Safety, and Risk

    Steve has over 25 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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    Ryan Gomez

    General Manager Mine Optimisation Studies

    With close to 15 years of experience in the resources industry, Ryan has worked across many commodities including coal, graphite, tungsten and copper across Australia and Brazil.

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    Ryan Gomez
  • Australia
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    Chris Nicholas

    General Manager Mine Feasibility and Advisory

    Chris has close to 20 years of experience in the coal and resources. He has held senior roles in engineering, technical and business positions specifically in the underground coal industry.

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    Chris Nicholas
  • Australia
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    Michael Loney

    Manager Ventilation Gas Services

    With over 25 years’ engineering experience including more than 4 years in consulting, Michael is a specialist coal mine Ventilation Engineer with proven results in all aspects of ventilation engineering.

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    Michael Loney
  • Australia
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    Rafael Brymora

    Manager Asset Management

    Rafael is a highly experienced mechanical engineer with over 32 years’ experience in capital project delivery, engineering, and asset management.

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    Rafael Brymora
  • Australia
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    Jay Sanal Kumar

    Manager Electrical Engineering Services

    Jay has over 12 years of experience in electrical engineering, control systems, instrumentation, hazardous area classification engineering and project management.

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    Jay Sanal Kumar
  • Australia
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    Luke Hamson

    Senior Manager Technical Projects

    With close to 25 years in the coal mining industry within Australia in both underground and open cut, Luke has held various senior engineering and technical positions.

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    Luke Hamson
  • Australia
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    Brad Williams

    Manager Engineering Advisory

    With over 40 years’ experience in the coal mining industry including more than 5 years in consulting, Brad is a dynamic team player skilled with managing projects, products, and teams, working across a variety of management, engineering, maintenance, and operational roles at numerous sites in NSW and QLD.

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    Brad Williams
  • Australia
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    Brett Hodgins

    Senior Manager Technical Projects

    With over 25 years of experience in the resources sector including more than 13 years in resource consulting, Brett brings a wealth of knowledge and a wide range of experience in Operations and Feasibility Studies.

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    Brett Hodgins
  • Australia
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    Richard Schloss

    Manager Engineering and Advisory

    Richard is an electrical engineer with over 40 years of asset management experience in the resources industry.

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    Richard Schloss
  • Australia
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    James Smith

    Senior Manager Technical Projects

    James has spent over 20 years working in the resources industry, both in consulting and site roles with substantial exposure to underground and open pit mines.

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    James Smith
  • Australia
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    Jacqueline London

    Manager Metals WA

    Jacqueline is a professional engineer with close to 25 years of international experience in process engineering and plant design, management, execution and due diligence of mining and resource projects for gold, base metals and industrial minerals valued up to USD500 million.

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    Jacqueline London
  • Australia
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    Nathan Hipwell

    Manager Engineering Services

    Nathan has spent the last 7 years working as a Mechanical Engineer within the mining industry.

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    Nathan Hipwell
  • Australia
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    Andrew Situmorang

    Manager Technical

    Andrew is a highly capable mining engineer with over 15 years of experience in the Australian and Indonesian coal industries.

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    Andrew Situmorang