Board of Directors


Non-Executive Chair

Craig McGown is an investment banker with over 40 years of experience advising companies in Australia and internationally, particularly in debt and equity financing in the natural resources sector.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, has been admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and as an Affiliate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Mr McGown is an Executive Director of the corporate advisory business New Holland Capital Pty Ltd (part of the Taurus Funds Management group) and was previously the Executive Chairman of stockbroker, DJ Carmichael Pty Limited and an Executive Director of Resource Finance Corporation Ltd (now RFC Ambrian Ltd).

He is currently the Independent Non-Executive Chair of Essential Metals Limited and Sipa Resources Limited, an Independent Non-Executive Director of QMetco Limited and chairs the Harry Perkins Institute for Respiratory Health, a not-for-profit organisation focused on prevention and treatment of respiratory disease. He was an Independent Non-Executive Director of Develop Limited (formerly Venturex Resources Limited) in 2021.


Non-Executive Director

Sue-Ann Higgins is an experienced legal practitioner, company secretary and director with diversified skills and over 25 years of experience in senior legal, commercial and executive roles in the resources sector, including with ARCO Coal Australia Inc, WMC Resources Ltd, Oxiana Limited and Citadel Resource Group Limited.

With a focus on providing legal and commercial consulting services to mineral resources companies, Sue-Ann has extensive experience in governance and compliance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, equity capital markets and mineral exploration, development and operations.

Sue-Ann holds Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Queensland and Graduate Diplomas in Applied Finance and Investment and Company Secretarial Practice. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Governance Institute of Australia and the Energy and Resources Law Association.

Sue-Ann is also a non-executive director of Round Oak Minerals Pty Ltd and an executive director and company secretary of Metal Bank Limited. 


Non-Executive Director
B.Com, CA, FFin

Mr Ball has more than 30 years of Australian and international experience in the resources, logistics and finance industries and is currently the Chief Commercial Officer for Genesis Minerals Limited (ASX: GMD).

Mr Ball was formerly the Chief Financial Officer of ASX 50 gold producer, Northern Star Resources Limited (ASX: NST) and was the Chief Financial Officer of Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited (ASX: SAR) before its merger with Northern Star.

From 2013 to 2016, Mr Ball was Managing Director of BCI Minerals Ltd (ASX: BCI) and prior to that held senior financial and commercial roles with WMC Resources, Brambles and P&O.

Mr Ball holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of FINSA (formerly the Securities Institute of Australia).


Non-Executive Director

Troy Irvin is a proven mining executive, specialising in business development, investor relations and corporate strategy.

Mr Irvin is currently Corporate Development Officer at Genesis Minerals. From 2015 to 2021 he was Corporate Development Officer at Saracen Mineral Holdings. Mr Irvin also spent a decade working in institutional sales and research at a leading stockbroking firm.

He brings deep relationships in the global capital markets, particularly with funds investing in natural resources.

Troy has tertiary qualifications in Mining Engineering (WA School of Mines in Kalgoorlie) and Applied Finance and Investment.


Non-Executive Director

Mr Gerry Kaczmarek has almost 40 years’ experience predominantly in the resource sector, specialising in finance and company management with several emerging and leading mid-tier Australian gold companies.
Mr Kaczmarek was Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for Saracen Mineral Holdings (ASX:SAR) from 2012 to 2016. He served as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary at Troy Resources (ASX:TRY) from 1998 to 2008 and from 2017 to 2019.

Earlier in his career, he held a range of positions with the CRA / Rio Tinto group and was Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for a number of other mid-tier and junior mining companies.


Chief Financial Officer / Joint Company Secretary
B.Com, CA

Ms Hamilton-Browne is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years experience in the resources industry.

Prior to joining Dacian Gold Ltd Ms Hamilton-Browne was Senior Financial Accountant at Westgold Resources Ltd. She has also held senior accounting roles at Alacer Gold Corporation and Consolidated Minerals Pty Ltd.

Ms Hamilton-Browne holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.