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.
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.