Our People

In a junior resources company, people are critical. Southern Gold boasts a small but highly professional team of corporate finance executives, exploration geologists and very experienced mine operations people.

Douglas Kirwin

Senior Technical Advisor


Mr Kirwin is an Australian geologist with 45 years of international experience. His exploration teams have been responsible for several well-known mineral discoveries which are now being mined, the most notable being the giant Oyu Tolgoi gold
copper deposit in Mongolia developed by Rio Tinto. He was executive vice president of Ivanhoe Mines from 1996 to 2012and currently an independent consulting geologist based in Thailand. Mr Kirwin has an MSc in mineral exploration from JamesCook University where he is currently an adjunct professor of geology

Paul Androvic

General Manager Exploration and Development - Australia and South Korea

BSc, Honours, MAIG, MAusIMM, MSEG

Mr Androvic is a geologist with over 25 years' experience in the Resource Industry specifically in geology, underground mining, operational and executive management. Mr Androvic has held several key management positions involving small open pit and underground mining projects in Indonesia, through to large integrated gold mining operations in Australia. Mr Androvic was previously General Manager for Kingsrose Mining Limited's Indonesian operations, General Manager at the Challenger gold mine with Dominion Mining/Kingsgate Consolidated and as Group Geologist for Kingsgate in Thailand and Australia.

Chris Bowden

Exploration Manager – South Korea


Dr. Chris Bowden is a geologist with 20 years’ experience, focused on discovering and delivering JORC/NI 43-101 compliant mineral resources. He has held senior roles for successful private and public exploration and mining companies operating throughout Africa and Australasia. Key discovery highlights: advancing Asiatic Gold’s portfolio in South Korea (acquired by Southern Gold), the maiden discovery of Dish Mountain Gold Deposit in Ethiopia (ca. 2Moz Au), reconnaissance in East Asia for Ivanhoe Mines team including initial delineation of the Kharmagtai porphyry copper-gold project in Mongolia and the discovery of the now producing Eunsan and Moisan gold mines in South Korea (PhD studies).

Justin Gum

Principal Geologist


Justin Gum has over 25 years’ experience in the mineral exploration industry. He has spent time working both in the public and private sectors, mainly in the Northern Territory and South Australia. He has focused on orogenic gold and magmatic sulphide mineralisation. In the early 1990’s he lead the exploration team that discovered the world class Callie Gold Mine in the Tanami, Northern Territory. He completed a PhD on SEDEX mineralisation in the Kanmantoo Group of South Australia. Recently, as Exploration Manager, he contributed to the successful floating of Musgrave Minerals on the ASX (2011). Currently he is working as Principal Geologist for Southern Gold in the Bulong Complex of the Eastern Goldfields, Western Australia.

Dan Hill

Company Secretary

MBA, Mapp Fin, CA, F Fin, CSA (cert)

Dan Hill has over 15 years’ experience in finance. With a background in accounting practice, he has also held finance roles at Diageo PLC, Hess Oil & Gas Inc and Grosvenor Estates. Mr Hill also currently serves as Company Secretary on LBT Innovations Ltd (ASX: LBT) and is a director of a number of private companies.

Ray Ridge

Chief Financial Officer

BA (Acc), CA, GIA (cert)

Ray Ridge is a chartered accountant with over 20 years accounting experience; he has held senior management positions in finance, compliance and commerce across a range of industries. He is currently CFO and Company Secretary for dual ASX- and AIM-listed Thor Mining PLC as well as CFO for ASX-listed Southern Gold Ltd. Mr. Ridge has broad corporate experience including previous appointments as General Manager Commercial & Operations with the Utilities, Government and Power Business Group of Parsons Brinckerhoff, CFO of the Merchandise Division of Elders Ltd and Senior Audit Manager at Arthur Andersen.