Board & Management
Executive Chairman - BLegS
Chris Battye provided the impetus in founding Commissioners Gold Limited in 2005 as a New South Wales focused gold explorer and identified the Company’s key project acquisitions with the assistance of Geos Mining. His interest in the resources sector was sparked by a paternal predecessor who became a Gold Commissioner in the Lachlan Fold Belt in the 1850s.
Before admission as a solicitor in 1984 Chris had careers in media and mining, being a machine sapphire miner on the Anakie Field, Queensland during the seventies. Since admission Chris has practised law with a major CBD law firm, as well as regionally in Bathurst and Ballina. In the late eighties he purchased one of Sydney’s oldest practices, transforming it into a low cost high volume retail conveyancing business with five outlets, called The Conveyancing Shop.
Wesley Martin Harder
Non Executive Director - BSc. Dip SIA. MAusIMM
Wes Harder is a former gold analyst with Jackson Ltd Stockbrokers and has also worked as a gold, mining and resource Analyst with stockbrokers Ord Minnett and Frank Renouf. He has also worked as a field exploration geologist for some 15 years in Australia and its near neighbours including Sumatra, Irian Jaya in Indonesia, New Britain and mainland Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji.
In Australia he has worked in New South Wales, Queensland, the Northern Territory and Tasmania. He has worked in tropical and temperate (both wet and dry) climates, searching for a range of mineral commodities including gold, copper, uranium and coal for major companies such as Placer Prospecting, Newmont Mining Inc., and Pancontinental Mining Limited. He was a founding Director and CEO of Zinico Resources NL and its successors for a period of seven years and has conducted his own consultancy firm for many years.
Robert John Waring
Non Executive Director - BEc, CA, FCIS, FFin, FAICD, MAusIMM
Robert Waring has over 30 years experience in financial accounting and company secretarial roles, principally in the resources industry. Robert is a company secretary for several public companies listed on the ASX.
He was a director of an ASX listed exploration company for 15 years. Robert has specialist skills in the preparation of company prospectuses, due diligence work and financial assessment of projects and companies. He has a keen interest in the equity markets. Robert is a founding Executive Director of Spencer Hamilton Limited.
Company Secretary - MCom, MBA, CPA, FCIS, F Fin
Keith is an experienced company secretary having previously served two ASX listed company Boards, and a number of private companies. He has a strong knowledge of resource company financial requirements and management.
Keith also does consulting work for Novus Capital Limited, a licensed dealer in securities. His previous positions have included work at the Australian Securities Commission and eight years with an Australian Merchant Bank, providing advice on mergers and acquisitions, tax effective funding and corporate restructuring.
Project Manager - BSc (Hons), Gr Dip, FAIG, FAusIMM, MMICA
Sue Border is a geologist with over 30 years experience in the minerals industry. Sue specialises in project management and reserve estimation. Her broad experience includes periods as a mine geologist, consultant, academic, and exploration manager before founding Geos Mining.
Specifically, as exploration manager, Sue discovered and developed Staurolite Ridge, a large garnet deposit which has been mined.
Sue has built up an exploration portfolio for a $15 million public float on a very limited budget and successfully negotiated joint ventures.
Together with her husband Geoff she has built Geos Mining into a team of 20 varied professionals consulting in a wide range of minerals and coal related fields. Sue has experience in a wide variety of industrial minerals and metals and has carried out research in geostatistics and mine quality control. She is a fellow of AusIMM (Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy) and AIG (Australian Institute of Geoscientists), and a member of MICA (Mineral Industry Consultants Association).
Exploration Manager - BSc (Hons) MAIG
Jason Needham is a geologist with more than 12 years’ experience in the resource exploration industry. His career has spanned a range of gold mineral sands, coal gas and geothermal projects in eastern Australia, principally in New South Wales.
He was most recently Exploration Manager for an international gas company in Australia, and has worked for listed resources entities, exploration and engineering consultancies and the Geological Survey of NSW. Jason is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.