Chief Executive Officer
Mrs Leighton is a geologist with over 20 years’ experience in the resource sector, spanning multiple commodities, deposits and jurisdictions. She is a founding director of Leighton Geoservices Pty Ltd, a consulting firm providing corporate and geological services to the mineral resources sector with the mantra of bridging the gap between technical, corporate and investors. Ms Leighton has held senior management and geological roles with Hot Chili Limited, Harmony Gold, Hill 50 Gold and Northwest Resources, gaining practical and management experience within the areas of exploration, mining, resource development, stakeholder engagement and investor relations.
Mrs Leighton currently serves as Non-executive director for Great Boulder Resources (ASX:GBR) and Industrial Minerals (ASX:IND).
Exploration Manager, Ecuador
Mr. Morelli is a geologist with over 15 years’ experience working across various epithermal systems as well as copper-molybdenum, copper-gold and gold-rich style porphyry systems. This experience was gained working with Barrick, Newmont, Kinross and Rio Tinto working in Cretaceous, Palaeocene, Eocene-Oligocene and Miocene Belts of northern and central Chile and Mexico. Mr. Morelli recently worked as Geology and Exploration Superintendent on the Norte Abierto Project, a joint venture between Newmont and Barrick Gold, evaluating the Cerro Casale and Caspiche copper-gold projects.
Operations and Administration Manager, Ecuador
Mr. Inca is a civil engineer with 14 years’ experience in project management and supervision, public procurement, geotechnical engineering, costing and budgeting. He holds a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering and Productivity from the National Polytechnic School of Ecuador.
He has worked in public and private companies in design, construction and supervision of hydroelectric projects, metal structures and tunnels in Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and Costa Rica.
As an entrepreneur Mr. Inca founded and managed INCAEC Engineering Corp. for 5 years.
CSR Manager, Ecuador
Ms. Peñaherrera is a trilingual, senior executive, with 25 years of experience in different industries and productive sectors, additionally providing advice and field work in community relations with emphasis on land negotiation and acquisition processes, population resettlement, elaboration, establishment and implementation of community development plans for mining companies, definition of compensation policies, management and control of social conflicts related to industry issues (illegal mining), which has allowed her to generate important strategic alliances with communities, authorities and local governments.
Chemical engineer, with a master's degree in environmental management and a specialization in mining safety.
Professional with experience in the application of environmental regulations for Mining Operations in Ecuador.
Database & GIS Manager
Experienced GIS Specialist and Spatial Data Scientist with a demonstrated history of working in the geoscience industry.
Master of Applied Science in Spatial Analysis for Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.
Chief Technical Advisor
Mr Skead is a geologist with over 30 years of international experience in mining exploration and development. He holds a BSc. Honours degree in geology from the University of Cape Town, (RSA) and MSc. in Exploration Geology, from the Rhodes University, Grahamstown, (RSA). Mr Skead most recently worked as the Vice President of Project Development at GT Gold Corp. (TSX-V: GTT) which was recently acquired by Newmont Corp. (NYSE: NEM, TSX, NGT) for C$393 million. While at GT Gold Corp. Mr Skead delivered the geological model and resource for the gold rich copper porphyry Saddle North Project which comprised Indicated Resources of 1.81 Blb copper and 3.47 Moz gold and Inferred Resources of 2.98 Blb copper and 5.46 Moz gold.
Prior to his role at GT Gold Corp. Mr Skead was Director of Geoscience at Newmont Corp. and has previously held senior management positions in a number of internationally recognised mining companies including Goldcorp, Randgold Resources (LSE: RRS) and Dundee Precious Metals (TSX: DPM).
Government and Legal Corporate Affairs, Ecuador
Mr Villao is a lawyer with 15 years’ experience across several public sector institutions in Ecuador. Mr Villao most recent position was as the Under-Secretary General of Strategic Development and prior to that he was the Under-Secretary of Administration for Hydrocarbon Contracts and Assigned Areas. He holds a Master’s degree in Administrative Law from Austral University in Argentina, a Higher Diploma in Local Government Management in Ecuador, and a Diploma in Mining Management at the Catholic University of Chile.