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.




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
Terry O'Connor
Commercial Director / Chief Operating Officer

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



Jim Halloran
General Manager/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
Chris Agnew
Process Plant Manager

Metallurgist with 20 years experience across various mining related disciplines from exploration, laboratory, metallurgy and processing

Previous experience:

  • Processing Superintendent and Acting Processing Manager of the Rosebery Concentrator for MMG Rosebery Mine
  • Process Superintendent of the Century Concentrator and Karumba Port Facility for MMG Century Mine
  • Senior Project Metallurgist at MMG Century Mine
  • Geological technician for various exploration projects through NSW and QLD.  Experienced fire assayer and analyst in laboratories in VIC
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.
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.
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
Joel Cullen
Supervising Geologist

Highly motivated geologist at 10 years' experience in exploration, project development and production roles. Exposure to Proterozoic and Phanerozoic gold and base metal systems across Eastern Australia in both remote and operational environments. 

Previous experience:

  • Exploration Geologist - Mungana Gold Mines LTD, Chillagoe, QLD
  • Project Geologist - Consilidated Tin Mines LTD, Mt Garnet, QLD
  • Mine Geologist - Citigold LTD, Charter Towers, QLD
Alister Papworth
Mine Engineer

Mining Engineer with over 15 years experience in underground and open pit mining.

Previous experience:

  • Senior Mining Engineer - Evolution Mining Ltd, Pajingo, QLD
  • Senior Mining Engineer - Kagara Ltd, QLD
  • Production Engineer - Perilya Ltd, Broken Hill Operations, NSW
Zane Hatfield
Mine Engineer

Over 25 years of mining experience from the ground up to mining superintendent. In all aspects of operation. Owner operator/contractor.

Previous experience:

  • Underground Mine Superintendent
    • Kagara Ltd
    • Thalanga Copper Mines Highway Reward
    • Newmont Pajingo
    • Gympie Eldorado
Leonard Hilzinger
Safety Superintendent

Over 30 years experience in the mining industry covering both metalliferous underground and open pit mining operations. 

Previous experience:

  • Underground Safety, Training & Emergency Response Coordinator - Lady Loretta Mine Glencore, QLD
  • Emergency Response Coordinator - McArthur River Mine - Xstrata Zinc, NT
  • Hi Risk Safety Trainer Assessor - Oil & Gas ERGT, NT
  • Ranger Open Pit Mine ERA - Rio Tinto, NT
  • Porgera Gold Mine Placer Pacific, NT
  • McArthur River Mine MM - Xstrata Zinc, NT
  • Jaguar Mine - IGO, WA
Craig Winterbottom
Maintenance Superintendent

A highly skilled maintenance orientated professional with over 28 years in the mining, processing and mobile fleet maintenance. 

Previous experience:

  • SAP PM Maintenance Consultant developing and implementing maintenance strategies and master data - M1 Solutions
  • 13 years within MMG's Century Open Pit Mine
    • Senior Maintenance Planner and Shut Down/Project Coordinator
    • Mobile Fleet Maintenance Planner
    • Ancillary Senior Supervisor
    • Diesel Fitter