Bluebird Merchant Ventures Ltd Snapshot
"Bringing old mines back to life"
Reopening the Gubong Mine - Gubong was once the 2nd largest gold mine in South Korea. There are over 120 kilometres of underground development as well as several shafts. The mine produced historically at 9 g/t of gold. The mine closed in 1971 when the gold price was USD 40/oz.
Reopening the Kochang Mine - Kochang is a gold and silver mine. Bluebird has dewatered the mine and has accessed several kilometres of underground development. The mine closed in 1975 when the gold price was USD 140/oz
Colin Patterson - Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer
Colin has more than 40 years’ experience in the mining industry in all major aspects of mining (management, production, design, exploration, evaluation, construction and corporate). He has held directorial and executive management positions at numerous mining and exploration companies and has operated and managed projects worldwide. Most recently he was Executive Chairman of a Philippine listed gold producer, Apex Mining. He is a fellow on Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He holds a degree of a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Mining), a Bachelor of Commerce with honours in Business Economics (Finance).
Charles Barclay - Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer
Charles has worked in the gold mining industry for more years than he cares to remember. His career has encompassed most mining and project positions from Sampler to Chief Operating Officer, a position he has held in 3 mining companies in the Asia Pacific area over the past 20 years. He has managed many projects including Vertical Shaft construction (South Africa), mine design and construction (Papua New Guinea and Vietnam) but his favorite projects have always been reopening and rejuvenating old mines and mine workings.
Aidan Bishop - Executive Director
He has a number of years of experience in start-up businesses in the Philippines in various sectors. Since 2013, he has been founder of a consumer foodtech start-up that operates in the Philippines, Indonesia and Hong Kong. He has also been actively involved in the cocoa industry in the Philippines and is a founding director of a U.K. based super premium chocolate company.
Douglas Kirwin - Senior Technical Advisor
Doug 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 2012 and currently an independent consulting geologist based in Thailand. Doug has an MSc in mineral exploration from James Cook University where he is currently an adjunct professor of geology.
Stuart Kemp - Chief Financial Officer
Stuart is an MBA qualified Chartered Accountant. He has 30 years of experience working across various industry sectors in senior Financial, Operational and General Management roles. He has worked for leading, innovative corporations in the UK, NZ and across SE Asia where he has been able to utilise his significant consultancy experience to ensure the delivery of effective, solution focused approaches to facilitate financial control and business growth.#
Graeme Fulton - Project Manager
Graeme has been involved in the mining industry for more than 30 years. He has worked in New Zealand, Canada, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, South Africa and Australia. He has expertise in geological modelling & evaluation; Resource & Reserve definition/modeling; mine design & scheduling; feasibility studies audits and due diligence. Graeme is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He has a degree in Mining & Petroleum Engineering from Strathclyde University.
Peri Resabel - Operations Manager
Peri has over 40 years’ experience as a Mining Engineer. He co-founded Paramina Earth Technologies, Inc., a mine development and civil construction contracting company in 1992 that had underground development contracts in Asia. He worked with Roan Consolidated Mines in Zambia and was a President of the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers; a Director of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines; an APEC Engineer and was previously President and COO of Philippine listed gold producer, Apex Mining Co., Inc. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering.
Peter Wallwin - Metallurgical Manager
Peter has over 40 years of experience in mining and minerals processing with companies such as Goldfields, Messina Limited and was a founder member of Time Mining. Peter formed his own process and project development consultancy in 1999 operating internationally. Peter has held numerous positions including general manager of an underground gold mine and has project managed many successful projects from development to commissioning.
Emy Fabro - Administration Manager
Emy holds a Masters Degree in Communication. She began her career in the broadcasting industry before moving to Vietnam to work in an NGO. Her involvement in this organization lead to her to a PR role in 2006 for a Canadian Mining company, Olympus Pacific Minerals where she met Colin Patterson and Charles Barclay. In 2009 she returned to the Philippines and took up a role in the Administration, Community Relations and HR in Apex Mining Corporation. She subsequently became the HR and Administration Group Manager at a gold mine owned and operated by Philex Mining Corporation.
Jonathan Morley-Kirk - Non-Executive Chairman
With over twenty years as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Jonathan has focused largely on natural resources and emerging markets. He has many years of public company directorship experience with international companies. Prior to moving to Jersey twenty years ago he held directoral positions at Samuel Montagu & Co and S G Warburg in London.
Daryl Norton - Engineering Manager
Darryl has over 35 years of experience in the gold mining industry, particularly in Africa, the Former Soviet Union & South East Asia. Darryl has been an Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of two London listed companies KazakhGold and Oxus Gold. He has also managed projects for mines, process facilities & infrastructure from design through construction to final commissioning/hand-over for numerous gold mining companies. He is currently COO of London listed Goldstone Resources.
Clive Sinclair-Poulton - Non-Executive Director
Clive has many years of experience working in the natural resources sector having directorial positions. Since 2009 he has been Executive Chairman of Agricola Resources plc. Previously, from 2008 until November 2014, he was the Executive Chairman of Beowulf Mining plc, an AIM listed company. Prior to this he was a Non-Executive Director at Morning Star Holdings (Australia) Ltd, an aluminium processing and platinum exploration company listed on the ASX. Between 2004 and 2008, he held the office of the Chief Executive Officer at Bezant Resources plc, an AIM listed exploration company whose assets included a Philippine exploration project. He earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Law from St Catharine’s College (Cambridge). He is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.