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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 3000 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.

Senior Leadership Team

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Australia

Rhys Brett
General Manager Business Development and Innovation

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
General Manager Business Development and Innovation

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.

United Kingdom

Ben Hammond
General Manager Palaris Europe

Ben brings to the table a unique blend of commercial knowledge and experience balanced with a deep technical mining background. He has 16 years of experience in the resources industry across a variety of operational and project roles. He also has significant study management experience and expertise in due diligence and evaluation for acquisitions of production and pre-production assets across a range of commodities. This is all underpinned by his business improvement capability having worked in operations across the full supply chains in bulk commodities.

Ben Hammond
General Manager Palaris Europe

Ben brings to the table a unique blend of commercial knowledge and experience balanced with a deep technical mining background. He has 16 years of experience in the resources industry across a variety of operational and project roles. He also has significant study management experience and expertise in due diligence and evaluation for acquisitions of production and pre-production assets across a range of commodities. This is all underpinned by his business improvement capability having worked in operations across the full supply chains in bulk commodities.

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.

Australia

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 fit for purpose solutions on over 250+ risk related projects. He has an unrelenting focus on providing clients with practical insight into material risk.

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 fit for purpose solutions on over 250+ risk related projects. He has an unrelenting focus on providing clients with practical insight into material risk.

Australia

Martin Hibberd
General Manager Financial Services

Martin has over 17 years in the resources industry across a broad range of operations, projects and corporate transactions. He has advised on over 85 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 17 years in the resources industry across a broad range of operations, projects and corporate transactions. He has advised on over 85 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.

Australia

John Snape
General Manager Engineering & Project Delivery Services

With 43 years of leadership experience in the resources Industry, John has strong depth and breadth of experience in management, operational, technical, project management and statutory roles. He is highly experienced in engineering and mining at surface, underground and coal preparation plants. His core strength is applying root cause analysis and delivering solutions that are practical, cost effective and deliver tangible value. He has a proven record with continuous improvement and cost out programs due his natural style of leading from the front.

John Snape
General Manager Engineering & Project Delivery Services

With 43 years of leadership experience in the resources Industry, John has strong depth and breadth of experience in management, operational, technical, project management and statutory roles. He is highly experienced in engineering and mining at surface, underground and coal preparation plants. His core strength is applying root cause analysis and delivering solutions that are practical, cost effective and deliver tangible value. He has a proven record with continuous improvement and cost out programs due his natural style of leading from the front.

Australia

Julian Hoskin
General Manager Mine Planning and Optimisation

Julian is an extremely experienced mining professional with over 30 years of experience in managing mining operations, construction of mines and ports, resource evaluation and project delivery. Julian is commercially astute with the ability to identify value improvement opportunities with great insight. He has honed his ability to implement planning processes to ensure line of sight between business plans and day to day operation. He has led major organisational change, including organisational restructures of multiple sites, improvements to WHS systems, and the implementation of initiatives to reduce unit costs.

Julian Hoskin
General Manager Mine Planning and Optimisation

Julian is an extremely experienced mining professional with over 30 years of experience in managing mining operations, construction of mines and ports, resource evaluation and project delivery. Julian is commercially astute with the ability to identify value improvement opportunities with great insight. He has honed his ability to implement planning processes to ensure line of sight between business plans and day to day operation. He has led major organisational change, including organisational restructures of multiple sites, improvements to WHS systems, and the implementation of initiatives to reduce unit costs.

Australia

Michael Barker
General Manager Feasibility Studies

With 20 years of experience in the mining sector and 10 years in resource consulting, Michael spearheads all feasibility studies from concept through to execution at Palaris. His track record includes being the study manager for over 50 feasibility studies. He has an unrelenting focus on margin maximisation through a combination of identifying the highest value product, lowest cost, benchmark productivities or identifying innovative technical solutions. 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 and 10 years in resource consulting, Michael spearheads all feasibility studies from concept through to execution at Palaris. His track record includes being the study manager for over 50 feasibility studies. He has an unrelenting focus on margin maximisation through a combination of identifying the highest value product, lowest cost, benchmark productivities or identifying innovative technical solutions. Michael's depth of understanding will challenge existing assumptions, ensuring all aspects are considered and well thought through using a rigorous technical process.

Australia

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.