Appointment of South Korea based Exploration Manager

05 July 2021

South Korea based Exploration Manager appointed

  • Mr Robert Smillie, a geoscientist with more than 30 years experience, including significant epithermal gold exploration experience, to join Southern Gold as Exploration Manager
  • The position is based in South Korea and is the start of an initiative to get more in-country technical expertise on the ground to increase project generation and expand the project drill pipeline

Southern Gold Ltd (“Southern Gold” or “the Company”), is very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Robert Smillie to the position of Exploration Manager.  Mr Smillie will be based in South Korea and will have responsibility for executing the Company’s country-focused strategy and the targeting of newly identified epithermal gold systems that have only seen very limited modern exploration.

Mr Smillie is a very experienced professional in the discipline of geology, graduating with a Master of Science from Otago University, New Zealand, and backed by a 32 year career in exploration, much of it spent offshore in various countries throughout Asia and with more than 12 years exploring epithermal gold targets, our main target type in South Korea.

Mr Smillie’s most recent role was Head of Department, Regional Geology for GNS Science, New Zealand’s Geological Survey.

Prior to this very senior role, Mr Smillie was Exploration or Country Manager for companies such as Ok Tedi Mining in Papua New Guinea, the National Petroleum and Mining Authority in Timor-Leste and Calibre Mining in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.  Mr Smillie also worked for OceanaGold Ltd at projects in New Zealand and the Philippines.

Earlier roles included work for Kenex Knowledge Systems in New Zealand, PT Masmindo Mining in Indonesia and WMC Resources at St Ives in Western Australia, among others.

Mr Smillie has a Master of Business Administration from Victoria University, New Zealand and is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists.

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 Appointment of South Korea based Exploration Manager