Directors and Management

Bradley Drabsch


Brad is a qualified geologist with over 20 years’ experience in the mineral exploration industry. Brad has acted as Managing Director, Director and Exploration Manager along with technical roles in his earlier career. Previously Brad was Managing Director of Trek Metals Ltd (ASX:TKM) and a founding Director of Centrepeak Resources Group Pty Ltd (CRG). Brad has previously worked for Doray Minerals Ltd (ASX:DRM), Montezuma Mining Company Limited (ASX:MZM), Duketon Mining Ltd (ASX:DKM), Ivanhoe Mines Ltd (TSX:IVN) and Independence Group NL (ASX:IGO). Brad is currently Managing Director of Western Australian focussed gold explorer DiscovEx Resources Ltd (ASX:DCX) and a Technical Director of High Grade Metals Ltd (ASX:HGM).

Michael Gumbley

Non-Executive Director

Michael holds qualifications in Commerce (Sydney), Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA and has a Masters of Political Science from the Sorbonne University, Paris. Michael has over 18 years of international finance experience as Chief Financial Officer and Operations Financial Manager with aid and not-for-profit organisations. Michael has a deep understanding and experience in negotiating, collaborating and delivering projects in developing nations across Africa and Asia, including in Ethiopia, where he collaborated with local partners, government, and other institutions to successfully deploy over US$60 million in developing more than 6,000 charitable water projects.

Dr Chris Bowden

Non-Executive Director

Chris is a geologist with over 20 years experience in the mining industry globally, with a strong technical focus on front-end discovery and deposit delineation. Previously Chris was Exploration & General Manager for ASCOM Precious Metals Mining, working throughout north-east Africa, where Chris discovered and subsequently delineated the initial >1.5Moz Dish Mountain Gold Deposit in Ethiopia; and lived for 5 years. Other key roles previously include: Exploration Manager for Southern Gold Limited (ASX: SAU; and a key team member of Ivanhoe Mines (TSX:IVN).  Chris has a PhD in Economic Geology, as well as postgraduate qualifications in mineral finance and economics.  Chris is a Fellow & Chartered Professional of the AusIMM, and Fellow of the SEG.

Ben Pearson

Chief Executive Officer

Ben has over 17 years’ experience in industry specialising in ESG, environmental and social impact assessment, pollution control, remediation, and toxicology. His management experience involves senior positions with non-government organisations, environmental regulators, consultancy, academia, and private industry. Ben has been involved in several large-scale infrastructure projects throughout his environmental career including regional water supply schemes, open cut and underground coal mines, wastewater treatment facilities and major road projects. In 2018, Ben established Oteba Pty Ltd to provide specialist ESG advice for junior mining companies. Recent projects include work for Black Rock Mining (ASX: BKT), Marimaca (TSE: MARI), OKLO Resources (ASX: OKU) and Emmerson PLC (EMS: LON).

Aaron Bertolatti

Finance Director and Company Secretary

Aaron is a qualified chartered accountant and company secretary with over 10 years’ experience in the mining industry and accounting profession. Aaron has significant experience in the administration of ASX listed companies, financial accounting, corporate governance and corporate finance. He was previously Australian chief financial officer of Highfield Resources Ltd (ASX:HFR) and is current CFO for American Pacific Borates Ltd (ASX:ABR).