Management Team

Craig Jones

Chief Executive Officer
Craig Jones is a highly experienced mining executive and qualified mining engineer with more than 28 years’ experience in West Australian underground hard-rock mining within the resource industry. Prior to joining Poseidon in 2022 and CEO appointment in 2023, Craig was the Chief Operating Officer for Bellevue Gold where he was instrumental in establishing the restart of the historical operation, leading the feasibility study and an integral team member involved in the financing of the project.  Prior to his most recent role, he held senior roles in operations, mine management and business development for various mining companies including Northern Star Resources.  Craig has been instrumental in optimising, integrating and operating underground mines as well as upgrading mill infrastructure and installation of major capital projects at various operations. 

Craig has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from the University of Ballarat and holds a WA First Class Mine Manager’s Certificate.

Brendan Shalders

Chief Financial Officer & Joint Company Secretary
Brendan Shalders is a Chartered Accountant having commenced his career at KPMG. He was a Managing Director at FTI Consulting for nearly 3 years. Having held senior finance roles in both advisory and corporate settings, he has over 16 years’ experience in corporate finance, accounting, risk management and business development, predominantly within the mining and mining services industries.

Andrea Betti

Joint Company Secretary
Andrea Betti is an accounting and corporate governance professional with over 20 years’ experience in accounting, corporate governance, finance and corporate banking. She has a Bachelor of Commerce, Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance, Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment and a Masters of Business Administration. Ms Betti has acted as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for companies in the private and publicly listed sectors, as well as senior executive roles in the banking and finance industry. Ms Betti is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand and an associate member of the Governance Institute of Australia. 

Andrea was appointed as Joint Company Secretary on 4 November 2019.

David Maxton

Project Director
David Maxton is a mineral processing and project management professional with over 30 years’ experience in the resources sector gained across multiple commodities. He has held senior leadership positions at Cameco Corporation and Rio Tinto and has extensive experience in the delivery of feasibility studies, the optimisation of mining and processing operations, and the management of mine site operations. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree (extractive metallurgy and chemistry) and a Master’s degree in business administration. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (AusIMM). 

David joined Poseidon Nickel in November 2019 as a full-time consultant and led the delivery of the Feasibility Study on the Windarra Gold Tailings Project. 

John Hicks

Geological Consultant
John Hicks is a geologist with over 40 years of experience in the Australian mining and exploration industry. From 1998, Mr Hicks has operated as an independent geological consultant.  John has worked at Panoramic Resources starting as an independent geological consultant, before becoming exploration manager in 2005 and general manager of exploration. 

He held various geological positions with several Australian resource companies including Hamersley Iron, Australian Consolidated Minerals, WMC, and Mining Project Investors. He has been an independent geological consultant for Poseidon Nickel since early 2020.   

Karyn Parker

Senior Exploration Geologist
Karyn Parker is a geologist with over 15 yrs experience in nickel sulphide exploration within Western Australia. Her career includes working in near mine exploration at Forrestania and Black Swan for Outokumpu Mining Australia, before joining Jubilee Mines. 

Karyn has also worked for several juniors in the southern Goldfields, conducting and running exploration programs in Norseman and Lake Johnston. In 2007 she was appointed Exploration Manager for Hannans. Karyn joined Poseidon Nickel in January 2022 and is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG).

Anthony Caputo

General Manager Maintenance & Registered Manager
Anthony Caputo is a mining professional with over 20 years’ experience in the resources sector in multiple commodities. He is currently the General Manager Maintenance for the 3 operations as well as Registered Manager of the Windarra Nickel Mine and Black Swan Operation. 

He has held senior positions at FMR and Norilsk Nickel and has extensive experience in operations management, mine optimisation, technical plant operations and project management. 

Anthony is a graduate of Curtin University in mechanical engineering and joined Poseidon Nickel in 2015.
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