Professional History

Professional qualifications

1974   PhD    Australian National University, Canberra  (Structural Geology Thesis)

1966  BSc    University of Glasgow, Scotland (1st Class Honours & Class Medallist)

Employment History
1994 -Present Self Employed Consultant in Economic & Structural Geology Africa, Australia, Canada, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, Thailand, PNG, Vietnam, Europe
1991-1994 RGC Exploration Chief Geologist Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, PNG
1986-1991 RGC Exploration Principal Geologist Australia, Indonesia
1984-1986 Self Employed Geological Consultant WA, NT, QLD, Indonesia
1976-1984 Anaconda Inc. Special Projects Geologist Australia, SE Asia, USA
1974-1976 Univ. of Adelaide Research Fellow Broken Hill, NSW
1972-1974 Aust. National Univ. Post-graduate Student PhD Studies
1969-1972 Conwest N.L. Geologist WA
1966-1969 Rio Tinto Geologist NT, QLD, PNG

Areas of expertise

  • Structural and tectonic controls of mineralisation at regional to ore body scale.
  • Geological mapping – all scales, underground, open cut, prospect and regional.
  • Structural logging of diamond drill core.
  • Geological Interpretation of air photographs, air magnetic, satellite reflectance and other remote-sensed imagery.
  • Project generation for:
    - Structurally controlled ore deposits
    - Porphyry and epithermal gold and gold/copper systems
    - Sediment-hosted Zn/Pb deposits.
    - Massive NiS
  • Regional geology and metallogeny of:
    - Australian Proterozoic Basins
    - Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia
    - SE Asia and PNG.
  • Presentation of 1-4 day workshop courses on field and mine mapping, structural geology for explorationists & structural logging of drill core. These have now been presented to over 250 participants at 12 different public & corporate venues.


 Some significant recent contracts

Archaean gold mine, East Africa.
Newcrest Mining
Epithermal gold mine, Indonesia. Porphyry Cu/Au Mine, NSW Regional mapping Vietnam.
Porphyry Cu mine Myanmar. Slate belt Au Myanmar.
Resolute Mining
Archaean Au mine, East Africa.
Tectonic Resources
Structurally complex Archaean massive NiS open cut/underground mine, WA
Epithermal gold, Thailand. 4-day workshop course in structural geology & core logging
Newstar Mining
Underground mine Mapping (gold), WA
Central China Goldfields
Open cut/underground mine mapping (gold), China
BHP Billiton
Presentation workshop courses on structural geology & core logging

Significant career achievements

  • Discovery of Freddie Well Cu/Zn deposit in West Australia (1972).
  • Resolution of the structure of Broken Hill (New South Wales) ore deposits (1976).
  • Setting up and management of major exploration programs in NE Queensland and the Mount Isa inlier (1979-1981).
  • Conceptual discovery of the Greenfield Au deposit in WA – subsequently a profitable open cut mine (1985).
  • Control of technical quality of exploration and mining geology for a large mining group operating throughout Australia, Asia and PNG (1991-1994).
  • Generation of quality exploration projects for gold and base metals in WA, QLD, SA, NT, NSW, PNG, Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sarawak, and Sabah.
  • Authorship of internationally published book on the use of geology in mineral exploration and mining.



In the fields of tectonics, structural geology, rock deformation, structural controls of mineralisation and mineral exploration methodology.  Peer reviewed technical publications in: Australian Journal of Earth Sciences (1974), Journal of Geological Education (1974), Australian Geological Survey (BMR & AGSO) (1975), Tectonophysics (1976), Economic Geology (1979) and Precambrian Research (1980).

Published books: “Geological methods in mineral exploration and mining” (hardback 1997,115 p., Chapman & Hall[1] – London. 2nd Edition 2010, 238p, Springer, Heidelberg) and “Structural Logging of drill core” (2nd Edition, 2007, 75 p., Australian Institute of Geoscientists, Handbook 5)[2].

[1] Now a title of  Springer, Heidelberg – obtainable through

[2] Obtainable from the AIG by application to