Chief Executive Officer
Mr Richards is a mining engineer with a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Oxford. Mr Richards brings with him broad experience in open pit mining ranging from scoping and feasibility studies, site technical services, through to operations and mine management.
Mr Richards has extensive mining experience both in Australia and in the expatriate environment across Papua New Guinea, Europe, Africa, and the Caucasus.
Prior to joining Geopacific Resources, Mr Richards was General Manager Technical Services of St Barbara Limited after serving as General Manager Simberi Operations for St Barbara Ltd 2013-2019. During this period, Mr Richards was instrumental in the turn-around of the Simberi Gold Mine, delivering five record years of gold production and cash-flow performance.
Chief Financial Officer/Company Secretary
Mr Smith has over 15 years’ experience in the resource industry across a broad range of commodities including precious metals, industrials and bulk commodities. Mr Smith has worked for a range of companies operating in the Asia Pacific region and most recently held the role of Chief Financial Officer at ASX listed Kingsrose Mining Limited, with gold operations in Indonesia.
Mr Smith is a Chartered Accountant with relevant industry experience on an array of financing transactions across debt and equity markets. Mr Smith also brings specialist knowledge in the areas of international taxation, corporate structuring, accounting and corporate governance.
Mr Smith previously held the role of Company Secretary at Straits Resources Limited.
General Manager People & Performance
Mrs Scheepers is an accomplished, team orientated Human Resource professional providing strong leadership in a wide range of human resource initiatives. She has extensive resources industry experience with over 17 years’ experience with major resource companies with positions held at site, corporate and offshore locations.
Mrs Scheepers hold a Masters of Business Administration as well as a BBA in Human Resources, she also is a qualified High School Teacher.
Prior to joining Geopacific Resources, Mrs Scheepers was the Group HR Manager for St Barbara. During her time with St Barbara she assisted with the turn-around of the Simberi Gold Mine and implemented the Gender Smart Safety Project. She is passionate about people development and has established a team in PNG to upskill the local workforce and community members.
Mr Rapley is a Civil Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in Construction and Project Management.
Previous roles include Project Director for Centerra Gold at the Oksut Project in Turkey, Project Manager for True Gold at the Karma Mine in Burkina Faso, Project Manager for the Sadiola Hill Mine in Mali and Project Manager for the Tongon Gold Mine in Cote d’Ivoire.