Management

GRANT DYKER

GRANT DYKER

Chief Financial Officer
B.Com, CA, CTA (Fellow)

Mr Dyker is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years’ experience in senior finance roles within the mining industry. For the last 15 years, Mr Dyker has held the position of Chief Financial Officer for several mid-tier ASX listed mining companies, which include Sirius Resources, Doray Minerals, Avoca Resources and Aztec Resources. His experience includes the arrangement of project funding for the development of these mines and the establishment and management of financial systems during their construction and operation.

Mr Dyker is a qualified member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and is a Fellow member of the Taxation Institute of Australia.


JAMES HOWARD

JAMES HOWARD

Chief Operating Officer
B.Eng (Mining Engineering) (Hons)

Mr Howard is a mining engineer and holds a West Australian First Class Mine Manager’s certificate.  Prior to joining Dacian Gold, he was responsible for the construction of Atlas Iron’s 3Mtpa greenfields Abydos iron ore project in the Pilbara of WA.  During the period 2007-2012, Mr Howard worked for Avoca Resources Ltd, initially as mining manager at Avoca’s 1 Mtpa underground Trident Gold Mine, and then as Project Manager responsible for constructing the Chalice Underground Gold Mine.  He has held several senior operating roles at gold, nickel and copper-gold underground mines throughout WA and SA.


CHRIS OORSCHOT

CHRISTOPHER OORSCHOT

Exploration Manager
B.Sc (Hons), MAusIMM, MSEG

Mr Oorschot is a geologist with 10 years’ experience in Australia having participated in both mining and exploration with a focus on Western Australian gold deposits. Mr Oorschot has held a number of leadership roles since commencing with Dacian Gold in November 2012. During his tenure at Dacian Gold, Mr Oorschot has played a key role in taking the plus 1Moz Westralia and Jupiter discoveries through feasibility, project development and mining. Mr Oorschot is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Society of Economic Geologists.


BEN McALLISTER

General Manager – Mt Morgans Gold Operation
B.Eng – (Mining Engineering) (Hons)

Mr McAllister is a mining engineer with over 12 years of operational and management experience across a variety of commodities in both owner operator and contractor settings within Australia and Africa. Mr McAllister joined Dacian Gold in August 2019 as Underground Manager and was appointed to General Manager – Mt Morgans in April 2020.

Mr McAllister holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) with honours from the Western Australian School of Mines and a WA First Class Mine Manager’s Certificate.


PHIL RUSSO

General Manager - Corporate Development
B. Applied Science, M.B.A. (Mineral & Energy Economics)

Mr Russo has 17 years of international mining and investment experience. Prior to joining the Company, Mr Russo was a Mining and Metals Analyst at a North American Investment Bank for 6 years where he was a highly ranked analyst and a top stock picker award winner. He also spent a period at a Perth-based stockbroker servicing North American investment institutions.

Prior to entering Capital Markets, Mr Russo worked as a Project Engineer with Barrick Gold Corporation in both Perth and Toronto, where his primary responsibilities included supporting the company's pipeline of feasibility and development stage projects globally. Mr Russo has numerous relationships across North American, European and Australian corporates, private equity and investment institutions.