Senior Management

Simon Jessop – Chief Operating Officer

Mr Simon Jessop is a Mining Engineer with over 20 years of technical and operational experience in the mining industry covering Underground and Open pit operations throughout Australia. Mr Jessop studied at the WA School of Mines in Kalgoorlie achieving a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) as well as a Bachelor of Science (Mine and engineering surveying). He has worked at numerous Gold projects throughout Australia namely WA and QLD as well as base metals exposure in Nickel both at Kambalda and near Leinster. Mr Jessop was appointed in December 2017 and as COO is responsible for managing the operational aspects of Saracen's business. Prior to joining Saracen, Mr Jessop held numerous General Manager roles for Evolution Mining from the company’s inception in 2011 first as General Manager at Cracow, then General Manager for Underground operations covering Pajingo and Cracow and finally as General Manager of their Mungari operation and the broader Kalgoorlie region.  

Mr Jessop previously worked for Panoramic Resources as the Operations Manager leading the Lanfranchi Nickel project and was Manager of Projects in the Perth office. Before this he also worked for Byrnecut Mining as the Project Manager at Agnew and Cosmos plus various other roles throughout his tenure. Mr Jessop is the holder of a First Class Mine Managers Certificate of Competency.

Morgan Ball – Chief Financial Officer

Mr Morgan Ball is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of Australian and international experience in the resources, logistics and finance industries. Mr Ball was appointed in December 2016 and as CFO is responsible for managing all of Saracen's financial and commercial matters. Prior to joining Saracen, Mr Ball was Managing Director of ASX listed iron ore producer – BC Iron Ltd and prior to this he was BC Iron's Finance Director, CFO and Company Secretary.

Previously, Mr Ball was CFO & Company Secretary of Indago Resources – an ASX listed company developing the large Nyanzaga gold deposit in northern Tanzania. Mr Ball has also held senior commercial roles at WMC Resources, Brambles and P&O.

Mr Ball is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia. Mr Ball is also a Non-Executive Director of Chalice Gold Mines Limited (ASX:CHN) and is Vice President of the Association of Mining & Exploration Companies ("AMEC").

Jeremy Ryan - Manager Legal/Company Secretary 

Mr Jeremy Ryan joined Saracen Gold Mines in March 2012 as Manager - Legal. Mr Ryan was admitted to practice in 1998 and has extensive experience in advising on the development and operation of mining and infrastructure projects.

Prior to joining Saracen Gold Mines Mr Ryan worked as a lawyer for a native title representative body, State and Federal government departments and in the Finance & Projects team of a large international law firm.

Marianne Dravnieks – General Manager People, Culture and Communications 

Ms Marianne Dravnieks has over 30 years’ experience in the resources industry and almost 20 years experience in high level human resources support.  Prior to joining Saracen, Ms Dravnieks was the Principal Consultant in her own business, prior to that she held senior human resources roles in a variety of organisations. Ms Dravnieks holds a Masters in Leadership and Management (MLM) from Curtin University and a Diploma in Positive Psychology (DPP) . 

Daniel Howe - Chief Geologist

Mr Daniel Howe is a Geologist with 13 years’ experience, with a variety of leadership roles in open pit and underground operations covering both gold and nickel. Mr Howe joined the Saracen team in June 2011, as the Resource Development Manager and has since fulfilled the Mine Geology Manager role before transitioning into his current role. Prior to joining Saracen Mr Howe was involved in the successful commissioning of the Athena Gold Mine operated by Gold Fields, St Ives. Mr Howe is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.

Troy Irvin – Chief Corporate Development Officer

Mr Troy Irvin has over 20 years’ experience in the mining and finance industries. Current responsibilities include business development and investor relations. Prior to joining Saracen, Mr Irvin was Director - Institutional Research Sales at Argonaut, a corporate advisory, stock broking and investment house focused on natural resources. Mr Irvin also has over 10 years' operational and management experience in gold and base metals with Barrick, MIM and Western Metals. Mr Irvin holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from the WA School of Mines, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment.

Lee Stephens - General Manager, Thunderbox Operations

Mr Lee Stephens has over 20 years of technical and operational experience in the mining industry in multiple disciplines including both open pit and underground operations. Mr Stephens commenced with Saracen Gold Mines as Quarry Manager in August 2009 and has managed the commencement of mining at Carosue Dam. Mr Stephens previously held management positions with several mining companies and contractors throughout Western Australia. Mr Stephens is the holder of an Unrestricted Quarry Managers Certificate and also holds a Grade 1 Mine Surveyors Certificate.

Paul Brennan – General Manager, Carosue Dam Operations

Mr Paul Brennan is a mining engineer and graduate of the WA School of Mines in Kalgoorlie and has post graduate qualifications in business (MBA) and project management. Mr Brennan has worked for mining companies ranging in size from juniors to large multinationals as well as mining contractors and consultants and most of his experience has been in the gold and nickel mines of the goldfields and northern goldfields regions of WA. Mr Brennans operational roles include positions of Underground Supervisor, Underground Manager, Mining Manager, Project Manager and Registered Manager. Mr Brennan is the holder of a First Class Mine Managers Certificate of Competency.