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.

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.

Joseph Lee

Representative Director – South Korea

BAppFin JD

Joseph Lee has over 12 years’ experience in resources sector corporate finance and ECM, spanning IPO’s, capital raisings, M&A, asset divestments & acquisitions, investor relations and corporate restructuring. His experience includes directorships in a Korean government supported Mongolian gold-copper exploration company with assets in the South Gobi, Mongolian trade and business consultancy. Additionally, Mr. Lee is partner in Hong Kong based mining and agribusiness focused private equity fund. He holds a Bachelors of Applied Finance and a post-graduate degree in Law from Macquarie University Australia.

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.