Board of Directors

MICHAEL WILKES

MICK WILKES

Non-Executive Chair
BE Mining, MBA

Mick is a seasoned mining professional with over 35 years of experience in the industry, principally in gold and base metals. He has specialised in project development, construction and operations throughout his career.

In the past 20 years he has been responsible as both a senior site manager and executive for the successful greenfield development of four major gold and copper mines, each creating substantial value for shareholders, local communities and Governments with aggregate annual production of over 600koz of gold and 200kt of copper. These developments included the Sepon Gold/Copper Mine in Laos, the Prominent Hill Copper/Gold Mine in South Australia, the Didipio Gold/Copper Mine in the Philippines, and the Haile Gold Mine in South Carolina, USA.

Most recently Mick was the President and CEO of Canadian and Australian listed OceanaGold Corporation, building the Company from a junior producer in New Zealand to a multinational mid-tier producer with four operations across three countries and a strong growth pipeline.

Mick was recently a member of the Board Administration Committee for the World Gold Council and is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland.  He is also the Non-Executive Chairman of Kingston Resources Limited, and a Non-Executive Director of Matador Mining Limited.

 


IAN COCHRANE

LEIGH JUNK

Managing Director
Dip Surv, GDip MinEng, Msc MinEcon, GAICD

Leigh is a Mining Engineer with over 25 years of operational and executive management experience in numerous Australian mining companies across multiple commodities including gold, nickel and manganese.

Leigh has been a Director of several public companies in the Mining and Financial sectors in Australia and Canada, and most recently was the CEO and Managing Director of Doray Minerals Ltd until its merger with Silver Lake Resources in 2019.

Leigh was a co-founder of Donegal Resources which was successful in purchasing and recommissioning several Nickel operations around Kambalda WA until it was sold to Canadian miner Brilliant Mining Corp.

In 2003, Leigh was the recipient of the Ernst & Young WA “Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award” and in 2007 was a winner in the WA Business News “40 Under 40 Award”. 


 

EDUARD ESHUYS

EDUARD ESHUYS

Non-Executive Director
BSc, FAUSIMM, FAICD

Ed is a geologist with several decades of exploration experience in Western Australia. His successes as Director of Resources for the Great Central Mines Group are well known. In the late 1980s and 1990s he led the teams that discovered the Plutonic, Bronzewing and Jundee gold deposits, and the Cawse Laterite Nickel Deposit. He led the subsequent development and gold production at Bronzewing and Jundee and nickel at Cawse. He has also led the discovery of nickel sulphides at Maggie Hays south of Southern Cross and Mariners nickel at Widgiemooltha WA in the 1970s.

Ed was Managing Director and CEO of St Barbara Mines Limited, from July 2004 to March 2009. He developed St Barbara into a substantial gold producer with the redevelopment of the Sons of Gwalia underground mine which subsequently produced in excess of 2 million ounces. 

In 2010, Ed joined DGO Gold Limited as Executive Chairman with responsibility for corporate governance, discovery and investments focused on gold and copper, administration, board conduct and leadership.  Ed is also a director of De Grey Mining Limited.

Ed was Non-Executive Director of NTM Gold Limited which merged with Dacian Gold in March 2021, at which time Ed joined the Dacian Board. 

  


DEREK HUMPHRY

DEREK HUMPHRY

Company Secretary/CFO
CA BCom/BEcon

Derek is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience in the resources industry. He has a strong background in the financial management of resource companies from feasibility, through to financing, development and operation.

Prior to joining Dacian Gold, Derek was Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Nusantara Resources Limited which was pursuing the development of its 2.0M ounce gold project.

Derek's career has included senior management roles at dual ASX and HKex listed iron ore development company, Brockman Mining Limited, dual ASX and TSX listed gold mining company, Intrepid Mines Limited and gold and nickel miner, LionOre Mining Limited.