Management

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.


PHIL RUSSO

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. 


DALE RICHARDS

General Manager - Geology & Exploration
B.Sc (Geology) (Hons), Graduate Diploma Engineering (Mining)

Mr Richards is a geologist with 20 years’ international experience in exploration, and operational geology. Prior to joining Dacian Gold, Mr Richards was appointed in corporate business development roles, where he conducted technical due diligence and specialist mining studies on a range of copper and gold projects, including recent studies in DRC, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan and Australia for Galane Gold, and preceding that for Baiyin Non-Ferrous. 

As an experienced senior executive, Mr Richards has been responsible for strategic mining project development, and group technical services functions for exploration and mining projects internationally.


BEN McALLISTER

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.