Chief Operating Officer
Michael is a Metallurgical Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the Mining and Minerals Processing Industry. During his career he has worked at several major facilities throughout Australia including GoldCorp, Olympic Dam Operations, Kwinana Nickel Refinery and Murrin Murrin Operations.
In operations he has been involved in commissioning and ramp up of complex hydrometallurgical and pyrometallurgical plants, similarly in design and construction he has a strong background in the mineral processing and hydrometallurgical and chemical plants.
During his tenure at Western Mining Corporation (WMC) he gained extensive knowledge of the mining, concentrating, smelting and refining of uranium, gold, silver, copper and nickel sulphides gaining broad experience in the commercialisation of disseminated and massive copper and nickel sulphides.
Whilst at Murrin Murrin Operations Michael held senior positions as Operations Manager, Projects Manager, Technical Services Manager and Corporate Strategic Development Manager reporting to the CEO. He managed over 160 staff and contractors with a budget in excess of AUS$150 million with responsibility as the alternate site registered manager during construction, commissioning, ramp up and through to steady state operation.
As the inventor and author of a number of Australian and overseas patents and widely published technical papers Michael is well known in the industry.
General Manager Lake Johnston Operations
John is a mining engineer with over 30 years’ mining industry experience. He has a successful track record in managing both underground and surface mines, planning for and overseeing mining rate and processing plant expansions, as well as overseeing the applications process and receipt of regulatory approvals leading to construction and commissioning of processing plants on greenfield sites. In addition, John has experience managing operations under care and maintenance as well as conducting works leading to mine closure. He has a focus on positive safety performance, practical operating systems, and development of individuals within appropriately structured teams that enable achievement of company objectives.
John’s career has taken him to culturally diverse locations including Scotland, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Australia, where he has managed large and small scale operations mining and processing a range of commodities including platinum, gold, manganese, nickel, rare earths and tantalum.
Prior to joining Poseidon Nickel as the General Manager for Lake Johnston Operations, John spent 2.5 years as the Chief Operating Officer for Global Advanced Metals (GAM) who have two tantalum operations in Western Australia, and also provide infrastructure and mine services to Atlas Iron to support their Iron Ore mining operations on the GAM tenements at Wodgina. Before working for GAM, John spent 4.5 years as the GM Operations for Lynas Corporation where he oversaw the conclusion of the first mining campaign followed by an extensive construction approvals application process, and the construction, commissioning and ramp up to design output of the first rare earths concentration plant in Western Australia, located at the Mt. Weld mine.
In addition to his BSc. Degree in Mining Engineering and West Australian First Class Mine Mangers Certificate, John holds a post graduate Diploma in Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Neil Hutchison
General Manager – Geology
Neil Hutchison has over 20 years’ of experience in the resource/mining industry, working throughout Australia and overseas. He graduated with First Class Honours in Geology from the University of Southern Queensland and is the longest serving member of Poseidon Nickel where he has worked as the General Manager of Geology since June 2007.
Neil is also a Non-Executive Director of Mining Projects Group, an ASX listed nickel Exploration Company.
Neil was formerly the Exploration Superintendent at the Cosmos Nickel Project with Jubilee Mines. He was part of the highly successful exploration team that discovered the Alec Mairs, Prospero and Tapinos deposits which lead to the takeover of Jubilee Mines. During his time at Jubilee Mines, Neil developed a solid understanding of the nickel and ultramafic forming processes as well as the associated modern exploration techniques required to explore for nickel in Kambalda style ultramafic systems.
Since joining Poseidon Nickel, Neil and his geology team have developed the company’s resource and reserve base at Mt Windarra. By utilising the skills he developed at Jubilee Mines, Neil lead the team to a new greenfields nickel discovery named Cerberus only 12 months after he joined the Company.
With the recent acquisition of the Lake Johnston and Black Swan Operations, Neil is poised for the start of an exciting journey ahead.
Mr Gareth Jones
Chief Financial Officer
Gareth Jones joined Poseidon Nickel in June 2007 and brought a broad array of highly relevant experience to the Company during an important time in its development. Gareth has over 25 years’ experience in accounting and commercial roles and specialises in project financing, business performance and project management. He has held a variety of senior commercial and management positions, including Head of Commercial for British Gas Business in the UK and Commercial Manager at Vodafone UK.
Gareth is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has an MBA from the University of Warwick.
Mrs Vanessa Hughes
Manager People and Culture
Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Business with a major in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations from Curtin University. She has over 20 years senior organisational development and human resource management experience including several years in the resources sector with start-up and mid-tier mining companies.
Vanessa has expertise across the full range of her field from strategic HR including business strategy, leadership development, change management, employee engagement and retention, talent development and succession management to more transactional HR including recruitment, employee relations, performance management, grievance management and exit management. Most recently she has worked at Millennium Minerals as Manager People and Culture and previously at Integra Mining as Manager Human Resources.
Passionate about harnessing ‘people capacity’ and growing the company’s strength through its people, a key focus for her current role is creating and sustaining the right environment, corporate character and culture as a formula for success, achieved through outstanding leadership practice, embracing corporate values and by fostering a partnership approach with people and teams.
Mr Robert Boston
General Manager -Corporate, Commercial & Legal
Robert Boston is the General Manager of Corporate, Commercial and Legal. Robert is an experienced resources and legal executive having worked in business development and strategy, marketing and corporate/ commercial positions for BHP Billiton (Nickel West) and Rio Tinto (Exploration). He has also worked for national law firms Freehills and Mallesons Stephen Jaques. Robert has multi commodity experience across exploration, early stage resource development, infrastructure, joint ventures, M&A and corporate governance. Robert holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Curtin University, Bachelor of Laws from the University of Notre Dame, a Post Graduate in Applied Finance from Finsia and a Diploma of Management from AIM.
Robert is admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia and High Court of Australia.