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Meet John 

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.

Having overseen more than 2750 projects globally, John’s insight brings an astute perspective and a discerning clarity to any project.

John specialises in knowing the right questions to ask.

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Australia

Rhys Brett
Executive GM Finance and Business Improvement

With over 15 years of leadership experience in the resources industry in operational, technical and commercial roles, Rhys brings a breadth and depth of experience to business strategy and value chain engineering. His strength is a deep understanding of the mining value chain which he draws from to challenge or validate underlying client assumptions regarding their business model.

Rhys' focus is on delivering quantifiable results - measurable recommendations which could lead to cost reduction and revenue improvements to a client’s operation.

Rhys Brett
Executive GM Finance and Business Improvement

With over 15 years of leadership experience in the resources industry in operational, technical and commercial roles, Rhys brings a breadth and depth of experience to business strategy and value chain engineering. His strength is a deep understanding of the mining value chain which he draws from to challenge or validate underlying client assumptions regarding their business model.

Rhys' focus is on delivering quantifiable results - measurable recommendations which could lead to cost reduction and revenue improvements to a client’s operation.

Shane Summers
Executive GM - Engineering, Risk & Project Execution

Shane has 30 years of experience in a range of senior management and engineering roles within the resources industry and electricity supply sector. Shane has lead multidisciplinary teams to deliver outcomes for mine owner’s teams, OEM business units and consulting assignments.  He continues to demonstrate that engineering rigour can be balanced with pragmatic business objectives and operational compliance.

Shane’s track record is evidence that each challenge is approached with unfailing commitment to deliver quality engineering outcomes.

Shane Summers
Executive GM - Engineering, Risk & Project Execution

Shane has 30 years of experience in a range of senior management and engineering roles within the resources industry and electricity supply sector. Shane has lead multidisciplinary teams to deliver outcomes for mine owner’s teams, OEM business units and consulting assignments.  He continues to demonstrate that engineering rigour can be balanced with pragmatic business objectives and operational compliance.

Shane’s track record is evidence that each challenge is approached with unfailing commitment to deliver quality engineering outcomes.

Michael Barker
General Manager Feasibility Studies

With 20 years of experience in the mining sector, Michael spearheads all feasibility studies from concept through to execution at Palaris.
Michael also leads the delivery of optimised gas and ventilation solutions, providing peace of mind through robust systems of assessment. His strength is in maximising a client’ project value though financially focused project assessment.

Michael's depth of understanding will challenge existing assumptions, ensuring all aspects are considered and well thought through using a rigorous technical process.

Michael Barker
General Manager Feasibility Studies

With 20 years of experience in the mining sector, Michael spearheads all feasibility studies from concept through to execution at Palaris.
Michael also leads the delivery of optimised gas and ventilation solutions, providing peace of mind through robust systems of assessment. His strength is in maximising a client’ project value though financially focused project assessment.

Michael's depth of understanding will challenge existing assumptions, ensuring all aspects are considered and well thought through using a rigorous technical process.

Martin Hibberd
General Manager Financial Services

Martin has over 16 years in the resources industry across a broad range of operations, projects and corporate transactions. He has advised on numerous diligence projects globally, IPOs in metals and coal, and has led independent reviews at a strategic level. His strength is his ability to synthesize mining and related financial information and quickly highlight areas of materiality.

Martin draws on his mining and financial acumen to facilitate a systemized, deep review of an asset – providing insightful analysis to help make informed investment decisions.

Martin Hibberd
General Manager Financial Services

Martin has over 16 years in the resources industry across a broad range of operations, projects and corporate transactions. He has advised on numerous diligence projects globally, IPOs in metals and coal, and has led independent reviews at a strategic level. His strength is his ability to synthesize mining and related financial information and quickly highlight areas of materiality.

Martin draws on his mining and financial acumen to facilitate a systemized, deep review of an asset – providing insightful analysis to help make informed investment decisions.

Todd Vallance
General Manager Mine Design and Optimisation

Todd has over 16 years of experience in the resources industry, with strong study management skills and underground mine design expertise. His strengths are the maximisation of project value, complex design solutions, trade off studies and multi criteria analysis. Todd has also honed his financial analysis skills, creating value in over 25 due diligence projects.

Todd derives satisfaction defining project value and unlocking latent capability from operations. His guidance is based on deep understanding of best practice and underlying levers of productivity that maximise margin.

Todd Vallance
General Manager Mine Design and Optimisation

Todd has over 16 years of experience in the resources industry, with strong study management skills and underground mine design expertise. His strengths are the maximisation of project value, complex design solutions, trade off studies and multi criteria analysis. Todd has also honed his financial analysis skills, creating value in over 25 due diligence projects.

Todd derives satisfaction defining project value and unlocking latent capability from operations. His guidance is based on deep understanding of best practice and underlying levers of productivity that maximise margin.

Joel Plavecky
General Manager Business Improvement

With close to 20 years in the resources industry, Joel has a significant breadth and depth of experience in both leadership and operational management. His strengths include organisation redesigns and the implementation of new operating systems with a keen interest in sustainable operational excellence and capabilities’ development.

Joel has a track record of assisting mines under financial pressure to achieve necessary short term gains in productivity improvements. He is also extremely skilled in setting the operations on the right course for higher long run productivity performance.

 

Joel Plavecky
General Manager Business Improvement

With close to 20 years in the resources industry, Joel has a significant breadth and depth of experience in both leadership and operational management. His strengths include organisation redesigns and the implementation of new operating systems with a keen interest in sustainable operational excellence and capabilities’ development.

Joel has a track record of assisting mines under financial pressure to achieve necessary short term gains in productivity improvements. He is also extremely skilled in setting the operations on the right course for higher long run productivity performance.

 

Steve Robinson
General Manager Safety, Health and Risk

Steve has over 18 years of experience in risk management and safety in a variety of industries including mining, construction and heavy industry. He combines his deep understanding of the engineering related legislation and standards with a wealth of experience in regard best practice relating to health, safety and risk management.

Steve has a track record of implementing solutions that are effective and fit the business profile with an unrelenting focus on providing clients with practical insight into material risk. His collaborate approach delivers a straight forward, sensible and commercially viable solution to the most difficult of risk and safety issues

 

Steve Robinson
General Manager Safety, Health and Risk

Steve has over 18 years of experience in risk management and safety in a variety of industries including mining, construction and heavy industry. He combines his deep understanding of the engineering related legislation and standards with a wealth of experience in regard best practice relating to health, safety and risk management.

Steve has a track record of implementing solutions that are effective and fit the business profile with an unrelenting focus on providing clients with practical insight into material risk. His collaborate approach delivers a straight forward, sensible and commercially viable solution to the most difficult of risk and safety issues

 

South Africa

Mike Brown
Managing Partner - African Region

Mike has over 35 years’ experience in the resources industry in management, operational, and director roles.
He has insight into all technical aspects of the investment/resource sector, including the risks associated with resource performance, project management, ramp up, management of working capital and implementation of financial controls.

He offers perspective as a former Chief Operating Officer, having held accountability for mines including greenfield and brownfield growth projects.

Mike's high-level experience provides confidence his insights will make a tangible difference, both in the board room and at an operational level.

Mike Brown
Managing Partner - African Region

Mike has over 35 years’ experience in the resources industry in management, operational, and director roles.
He has insight into all technical aspects of the investment/resource sector, including the risks associated with resource performance, project management, ramp up, management of working capital and implementation of financial controls.

He offers perspective as a former Chief Operating Officer, having held accountability for mines including greenfield and brownfield growth projects.

Mike's high-level experience provides confidence his insights will make a tangible difference, both in the board room and at an operational level.

United Kingdom

Jacob Gresham
General Manager Palaris Europe

With close to 15 years of experience in the resources industry across the full mining life cycle including both developed (Australia, Europe) and emerging economies (Africa, China), Jacob is comfortable working across local languages and cultures. With both technical and commercial qualifications, Jacob is focused on optimisation of cash flows, capital expenditure levels and return on investment performance. 

Jacob’s innovative and strategic commercial thinking provides confidence to financial institutions including private equity investors and project debt financers.

Jacob Gresham
General Manager Palaris Europe

With close to 15 years of experience in the resources industry across the full mining life cycle including both developed (Australia, Europe) and emerging economies (Africa, China), Jacob is comfortable working across local languages and cultures. With both technical and commercial qualifications, Jacob is focused on optimisation of cash flows, capital expenditure levels and return on investment performance. 

Jacob’s innovative and strategic commercial thinking provides confidence to financial institutions including private equity investors and project debt financers.