Company Profile

Managing Director

Mr Papendieck has held a range of Senior Executive roles in Australia and overseas in both the mining and financial services industries. He has experience with gold, copper, iron ore and manganese exploration companies at both management and board level. Following an early career involved with exploration companies with projects in Australia and Africa, Mr Papendieck has spent the last seven years focusing predominately on Brazilian resource projects.

Mr Papendieck was the founding Chairman of Centaurus Resources Limited from 2006 and was appointed as the Managing Director in 2008 to oversee the Company’s emerging operations based in Brazil. A successful merger of Centaurus Resources Limited and Glengarry Resources Limited was completed in early 2010 and Mr Papendieck was appointed the General Manager, Commercial for the combined group, which was renamed Centaurus Metals Limited, until August 2011.

Mr Papendieck brings to his directorship a solid understanding of the resources industry gained through his involvement in both the resources and financial services industries and a detailed knowledge of conducting an exploration business in Brazil. Mr Papendieck holds a Diploma of Law from the NSW Legal Practitioners Admission Board (Dip. Law, NSW LPAB).

Chief Geologst

M.Sc (Metalogeny), PhD (Metalogeny & Geochemistry), CREA

Prior to joining Orinoco, Dr de Carvalho spent seven years working with Yamana Gold Inc, a large Canadian gold company, most recently as the Generative Exploration Manager for Brazil. During this time, Dr de Carvalho was instrumental in identifying new opportunities for Yamana Gold and advancing its exploration projects, including the planned 150,000ozpa Pilar Gold Mine through to feasibility study and mine construction.

Prior to working at Yamana Gold, Dr de Carvalho worked for Anglo Gold as a geologist in the exploration division in the Amazon region and as a contractor for Vale. In addition to Dr de Carvalho's Brazilian exploration experience, he has conducted exploration campaigns and due diligence work throughout South America, working in countries including Honduras, Nicaragua, British Guiana and Argentina.

President, Brazil Operations

M.Sc (Mineralogy & Petrology), PhD (Mineralogy & Petrology), AusIMM,CREAM.Sc (Mineralogy & Petrology), PhD (Mineralogy & Petrology), AusIMM,CREA

Dr Petersen is a Brazilian national with over 20 years' experience in the Brazilian resources industry. Dr Petersen has spent the last eight years in management roles at ASX listed, Brazilian focused companies where he was responsible for project generation and exploration. This includes six years as Chief Geologist at Centaurus Resources (now Centaurus Metals) where he was one of the co-founders.

Prior to this time, Dr Petersen worked with Vale's exploration division on gold targets in Brazil's Iron Quadrangle and later completed his PhD on Anglo Gold Ashanti’s Serra Grande mine in Goiás State, Brazil. In 2003 he moved to Australia to work with the University of Western Australia on the gold mineralisation of complex hydrothermal systems in the Western Australia’s goldfields.

As a Brazilian geologist Dr Petersen has developed an extensive commercial network in Brazil ranging from drilling companies and laboratories to project vendors.

General Manager, Operations

B.Sc. (Hons), Ph.D. (Geology)

Dr Tunks is the current Chief Executive Officer of Auroch Minerals NL. Prior to joining Auroch, Dr Tunks was Managing Director at A-Cap Resources Limited and has previously held senior gold exploration positions, including Chief Geologist at IAMGOLD Corporation, Ranger Minerals Limited in West Africa and North Limited in Western Australia.
Dr Tunks holds a B.Sc. (Hons) from Monash University and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Tasmania. He has over 25 years of experience in exploration and mining in Australia, Africa and South America. Dr Tunks’ core expertise is in structural and economic geology relating to gold deposits.  As a former Senior Lecturer in Geology at the University of Tasmania. Dr Tunks has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at various international conferences on the structural controls of gold mineralisation. He is also an accredited member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.
Dr Tunks has strong links to the equity markets and has been involved in raising over $50 million of capital for exploration and development projects. He has held several board positions and is currently a non-executive director of Minerals Corporate Limited (ASX: MSC).

Mining Consultant

Jim Porter’s consultancy firm JPMC International has been appointed as Orinoco’s mining consultants with Jim Porter providing input into mine design and scheduling, mining operating standards and procedures and geotechnical advice supporting these activities.

He worked for AngloGold Ashanti in South Africa for over 20 years’ and has vast experience in narrow lode hard rock mining, including as Mine Manager and Production Manager at the world-class Western Deep Levels gold mine on the Witwatersrand.

Jim is a Member of the Association of Mining Analysts, Association of Mine Managers South Africa, and current President of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM).

Process Consultant

Mr O’Brien will be responsible for all aspects of the design, installation, commissioning and oversight of the day-to-day operations of the Sertão Gravity Gold Circuit. He brings more than 40 years of experience working in the international mining industry, specifically in mineral processing and the delivery of major mining and infrastructure projects in Australia and Southern Africa.

Noel has experience in operational roles ranging from direct mine management to company general management. Mr O’Brien was previously the Managing Director of the South African division of leading engineering and construction group SNC-Lavalin.

Company Secretary

Phillip Wingate holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Curtin University Australia, and is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. After graduating from University, he started his career in commercial and management accounting with a large private construction group.

Mr Wingate has been involved in a number of company secretarial positions and ASX junior transactions. Phillip is currently company secretary of ASX-listed Radar Iron Ltd and has been closely involved with the mining sector in Western Australia since 2008. Phillip has a strong financial and management reporting background.

Non-Executive Director

Mr Thomas is the principal of a corporate advisory practice working with small to mid-market capitalisation companies in the areas of corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and investor relations.  He is currently a Non-Executive Chairman and a Non-Executive Director with several ASX listed companies and has held both Executive and Non-Executive roles with numerous other ASX listed and unlisted companies after an extensive career in the financial services sector working in corporate stockbroking, investment banking, funds management and banking.

Mr Thomas graduated from the University of Adelaide with a BSc in Geology and Economic Geology, the University of Western Australia with an MBA and the Securities Institute of Australia (now FinSIA) with a Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment. He has more than 30 years of mining and exploration industry experience in a broad range of commodities from precious and base metals, bulk and industrial minerals, diamonds plus oil and gas.

Mr Thomas is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Republic Capital Management and Go energy Group and a Non-Executive Director of Tempo Australia.


Non-Executive Director

Mr Finch, whose career as an exploration and mining geologist spans over 40 years in Southern Africa, Indonesia and Australia, holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

From 1970 to 1981 he worked as a mining and exploration geologist for Anglo American in Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa before becoming the principal geologist for CRA Exploration (Rio Tinto) based in South Australia, driving major exploration programs and new project generation.

In addition to establishing Taipan Resources NL, he founded and became President of Canadian listed Goldminco Corporation.

He established Trafford Resources In 2006 to explore for iron oxide, copper, gold, lead-zinc, silver, and uranium deposits in South Australia and oversaw the formation of Ironclad Mining as a 50 per cent owned subsidiary of Trafford, to develop iron ore deposits in South Australia.

Mr Finch is currently Managing Director of Trafford Resources Ltd and Non Executive Director of Ironclad Mining Ltd.

Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Hannaford has extensive financial experience from several corporate roles in Australia, Asia and Europe, with a resources emphasis ranging from listed mineral exploration companies to listed oil producers and oilfield construction groups. Mr Hannaford co-founded boutique corporate advisory firm Ventnor Capital Pty Ltd, which specialises in the provision of corporate services to the junior resources sector. As a director/authorised representative of Ventnor Securities Pty Ltd and director of Ventnor Capital Pty Ltd, Mr Hannaford has been responsible for several new listings and M&A transactions, including Strickland Resources Limited (now Orinoco Gold Limited), Bathurst Resources Ltd, Transit Holdings Ltd (now Potash Minerals Limited), Atlantic Limited, Comdek Limited (now Resource Generation Limited) and Bone Medical Ltd. 

Mr Hannaford graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1986, majoring in finance and economics. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1990, gaining experience with Arthur Andersen in Perth and Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA).

Mr Challis is a mining engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the operation, management, financing and analysis of mining projects around the world. His appointment further strengthens the board in the key areas of technical, operational and mining expertise, with his experience expected to be invaluable as Orinoco makes the transition to gold producer.

Mr Challis commenced his professional career as a mining engineer with Gold Fields of South Africa in 1974 before returning to Europe, where he worked as a mining analyst and project financier for several European institutions. In 1997, he joined Ivanhoe Capital Corporation and was involved in several Canadian resources companies in the roles of CEO, President and Director.

Mr Challis is currently a Director and Chairman of Rye Patch Gold Corp, as well as a Director of West African Iron Ore Corp, Quartet Mining Ltd, Goldfield Empires Ltd, Explor Resources Inc. and Pasinex Resources Ltd.

Mr Spencer has over 20 years’ experience in precious metals markets, working in various accounting, treasury and finance roles including with three gold mining companies and a large gold refining and trading enterprise. He was previously an Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the specialist narrow vein, high grade underground miner Kingsrose Mining Ltd (ASX: KRM).

Mr Spencer’s five-year tenure with Kingsrose spanned the acquisition of an undeveloped gold property in Indonesia, through the development and construction phases of the project, to achieving Kingsrose’s status as the lowest cost gold producer on the ASX.