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.
Michael is a Non-Executive Director of ASX Listed Jervois Mining, a nickel-cobalt exploration company who’s core project, Nico Young, is based in New South Wales. As inventor and author of a number of Australian and overseas patents and published technical papers, Michael is well known in the industry.
Mr Neil Hutchison
General Manager – Geology
Neil Hutchison has over 25 years of experience in the resource/mining industry, working throughout Australia and overseas. He has a track record of discovery, resource/reserve definition, project development, evaluations and acquisitions. Neil has extensive experience in gold, cobalt, copper, lithium, nickel, uranium and vanadium.
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 in 2007, 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. Neil and his exploration team have defined over 500,000 tonnes of nickel in JORC resources through discovery, acquisitions and geological reinterpretation including the recent Abi Rose discovery at Lake Johnston.
Neil graduated with First Class Honours in Geology from the University of Southern Queensland and is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG). He is also a Non-Executive Director of Kairos Minerals, an ASX listed nickel Exploration Company.