The Auctus team has extensive international networks giving them access to significant resources and a talent pool of experienced industry professionals.


  • Human Resources, Business Analysis, Health, Safety and Environment, Corporate Governance, Procurement, Finance, Sales and Marketing and Administration.
  • To identify resources to support other projects, i.e. conducting due diligence.


  • Geologists, open cut and underground mining professionals, processing specialists, health, safety and environmental experts, leaders in logistics, operators and maintenance professionals.
  • Proven track record of successfully engaging with service providers, including, build, own and operate (providers), contract miners, construction companies, utility companies, port authorities and vessel chartering.

Experienced across a range of commodities and geographies, the Auctus Resources management team are renowned for their ability to control costs whilst delivering increased throughput and improved operating efficiencies. The team have years of proven experience in managing open pit and underground mining operations, and were directly responsible for negotiating over AU$4b worth of major operating contracts for mining, rail and power during the recent mining boom.



Steve Murdoch
Executive Chairman

A metallurgical engineer with strong leadership skills, Steve Murdoch is highly experienced in top level management, with a multi-billion dollar track record for high-value turnarounds. In his career, Steve has taken underachieving companies from a position of negative to positive EBIT, including Karara Mining, Cape Australia Holdings, Austal, Smorgan Steel and Mt Isa Mines.

Previous experience:

  • Chief Executive Officer of Karara Mining Ltd
  • Executive Director of Cape Australia Holdings
  • Chief Operating Officer of Austal Ships Ltd
  • Key manager at Smorgan Steel
  • Various roles at Mt Isa Mines including General Manager at Oaky Creek coal mine and General Manager of Operations at the Mt Isa Copper Mine
Terry O'Connor
Commercial Director / Operations General Manager

Mechanical engineer with a strong international track record of leading teams in turnaround initiatives, project delivery and business development.  

Previous experience:

  • Chief Executive Officer of Sustainability Pty Ltd, an international consultancy and technical services provider
  • Executive roles with multinational corporations including ExxonMobil, MTU Detroit Diesel and Terex Mining
  • Impressive track record in business development and transformation across multiple industries and countries
  • Successfully worked with Steve at Cape Australia Holdings, and indirectly via a MTU Detroit Diesel and Austal Ships Ltd relationship
Paul Sims
Finance Director

Highly experienced and credentialed resources finance professional with over 30 years' experience.

Previous experience:

  • Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Karara Mining Ltd
  • Extensive experience in finance and commercial roles in the former WMC nickel business
  • Finance and commercial business transformer at Murrin Murrin Nickel
  • Successfully worked with many of the proposed leadership team in previous roles



Morgan Wakely
Construction Manager

Morgan started his working life as a fitter and turner. He spent 12 years in the iron ore business in the Pilbara before transitioning into the coal industry. Over 24 years in the Bowen Basin, Morgan spent most of this time in maintenance and engineering, along with operations and construction. He gained experience in several other roles along the way.

Previous experience:

  • Maintenance Superintendent for Hamersley Iron, WA.
  • Maintenance Superintendent for MIM at the Abbot Point Bulkcoal Export Terminal, QLD.
  • Operations Manager at Oaky Creek Coal open cut operation and process plant, QLD.
  • General Manager Operations at the Geraldton Port for the newly constructed Karara Export Terminal, WA.
  • Involved in the successful completion of the $3 billion Karara Magnetite Mine and Port construction and operation, WA.
  • Management of tailings dam construction and operation.
Jim Halloran
Project Manager Mining/Site Senior Executive

Jim is a highly experienced underground mining manager with over 30 years' experience in hard rock mining.

Previous experience:

  • Project Manager at Northern Star Resources, Kundana Operations, WA
  • Regional General Manager and Site Senior Executive in the former Kagara Ltd operations, QLD.
  • Mine Superintendent at Barminco Eloise Copper Mine, QLD.
  • Numerous operational roles in underground mines throughout WA, specialising in high speed development
Warren Crabb
EPC & King Vol Project Manager

Warren has been involved in the establishment and management of successful base metal and coal projects with a track record of successful business development and project delivery. Warren has over 20 years industry experience with a BE Chemical Eng from University of Queensland and an MBA from Deakin University

Previous Experience:

  • General Manager Business Development and Projects - Glencore Australia Zinc Division
  • Project Manager - Xstrata Zinc McArthur River Expansion Project
  • Operations Manager - Oaky Creek Coal Openpit and Processing Plant
Lionel Kelly
Registered UG Mining Manager

Lionel has over 35 years practical mining experience, covering both metalliferous underground and open pit. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Mining from Ballarat University and First Class Mine Managers Certificates of Competency in Queensland and Western Australia.

Previous experience:

  • General Manager and Site Senior Executive at the Wolfram Camp Mine, QLD.
  • Manager Mining and Site Senior Executive for Snow Peak Mining. QLD.
  • Underground Foreman for various companies including:
    • Kagara Ltd, QLD.
    • CBH Ltd at Cobar, NSW.
    • Tolukuma Gold Mines, PNG.
    • Newcrest Mining at Telfer, WA.
Ian Hodkinson
Geology Manager

Ian has over 35 years exploration and open pit/underground mining geology experience and including a broad range of metalliferous commodities. He has an M.Sc. in Mining Geology and Mineral Exploration from Leicester University and is a Registered Professional Geoscientist and member of the AIG.

Previous experience:

  • Murrumbo Ltd, Exploration Director, QLD.
  • Kagara Ltd, Chief Geologist, QLD.
  • Barminco Ltd, Eloise, Geological Superintendent, QLD.
  • SMC Resources Ltd, Chief Geologist, QLD.
  • Mt Leyshon Gold Mines Ltd, Chief Geologist, QLD.
Greg Betteridge
Site Services Superintendent

Finance, Commercial & Administration Manager roles for the last 17 years in Australian Mining

Previous experience:

  • Hillgrove Mines, NSW
  • Cockatoo Coal, QLD
  • Millenium Minerals, WA
  • CopperCo / Lady Annie. QLD
  • Leigh Creek Coal. SA
  • Prior roles were similar positons in manufacturing & logistics.
Karl Winstanley
ICT Manager

Over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry mainly at gold mines in WA. The past 17 years has been in ICT working underground as a general miner previous to that. Implemented or overhauled/improved remote systems at numerous WA and NT sites covering everything required to create a functional system cost effectively in remote locations.

Previous experience:

  • Tanami Gold NL – IT Manager
  • OM Manganese – ICT Manager