DIRECTORS

Mr Didier Murcia
Mr Didier Murcia
Chairman. (B.Juris, LLB), AM

Mr Murcia is a lawyer with over 30 years of legal and corporate experience in the resources industry. He is currently Honorary Australian Consul for the United Republic of Tanzania. Mr Murcia is the Chairman and founding director of Perth-based legal group Murcia Pestell Hillard, and holds Director positions at Gryphon Minerals Limited, Cradle Resources Ltd and Alicanto Minerals Ltd.

Mr Darren Gordon
Mr Darren Gordon
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer. (B.Bus, CA, FFin, ACIS, MAICD)

Mr Gordon is a Chartered Accountant with 25 years’ experience in the mining industry as a senior finance and resources executive. Mr Gordon has had extensive involvement in financing resource projects from both a debt and equity perspective, including his previous position as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for Gindalbie Metals Limited.

Mr Bruno Scarpelli
Mr Bruno Scarpelli
Executive Director (M.Sc., PMP)

Mr Scarpelli is based in the Company’s Brazil office. He joined Centaurus in 2011 bringing a wealth of stakeholder relations and regulatory approval experience to the Company, particularly in the field of environmental matters. Prior to joining Centaurus, Mr Scarpelli  was the Environmental Coordinator of the S11D Iron Ore Project, part of the world class Carajas Iron Ore Operations in the State of Para, Brazil.  Mr Scarpelli has also previously held a number of roles in Minas Gerais, including with the leading environmental consulting group, Brandt Meio Ambiente, and the global mining consultancy, Golder Associates.

Mark Hancock
Mark Hancock
Non-Executive Director (B.Bus, CA, FFin)

Mark is a Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years professional experience, including senior financial roles across a number of leading Australian and international companies including Lend Lease Corporation Ltd, Woodside Petroleum Ltd and Premier Oil plc. Since 2006 he has held senior roles at Atlas Iron Ltd, most recently as Executive Director – Commercial, having joined the Board in May 2012. In addition Mark has served as Atlas’ representative on the Board of other ASX listed iron ore players, namely Warwick Resources, Aurox Resources and Giralia Resources.

Chris Banasik
Chris Banasik
Non-Executive Director

With more than 31 years’ experience across multiple disciplines and commodities, Mr Banasik is a well-known and highly-regarded mining and exploration executive. He was a founding Director of the successful WA gold producer Silver Lake Resources (ASX: SLR), where he held the key role of Director of Exploration and Geology from 2007 to 2014 – a period which saw the Company grow to an ASX-200 company in 2012 with a market capitalisation of over $1 billion and employing over 650 personnel.
 
Prior to that, he held a range of senior geological and executive roles for companies including Consolidated Minerals, Reliance Nickel, Western Mining Corporation and a private mining company.
 
He has extensive experience in nickel exploration, project development and operations, having held several geological and management positions with WMC (1986-2001). He was also Senior Mine Geologist with Goldfields Mine Management (2001-2004) and Chief Geologist at the Beta Hunt nickel operations (2004-2007).
 
During his time at WMC, he was actively involved in the decision-making and implementation process to sell the Company’s Kambalda nickel mines, which resulted in significant additions to the mine life of the Kambalda nickel field.

Paul Bridson
Paul Bridson
Company Secretary (CA, ACSA)

Paul is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years accounting and finance experience, including over 18 years in the resources industry. He has previously held senior roles with ASX listed exploration companies Syndicated Metals, Avalon Minerals and Gindalbie Metals. Mr Bridson is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Chartered Secretaries Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia.

Mr Roger Fitzhardinge
Mr Roger Fitzhardinge
Exploration Manager (B.Sc (Geology) MAusIMM)

Mr Fitzhardinge is a geologist with more than 18 years’ experience in the exploration and mining industry. Mr Fitzhardinge joined Centaurus in 2010. He manages all exploration campaigns and development activities across Centaurus’ Brazilian gold, copper and iron ore projects as well as potash exploration in Australia and South East Asia. Before joining Centaurus, Mr Fitzhardinge worked with Mirabela Nickel Ltd in Brazil as Manager of Technical Services. He has previously worked in gold exploration in the Yilgarn with Normandy (now Newmont) and Homestake (now Barrick) as well as BHP's iron ore operations in the Pilbara region.