B.Sc (Hons)

Executive Chairman & Managing Director

(Appointed 23 May 2006, appointed Chairman 14 September 2018)


Mr Christopher Cairns completed a First Class Honours degree in Economic Geology from the University of Canberra in 1992. Mr Cairns has extensive experience having worked for:

  • BHP Minerals as Exploration Geologist / Supervising Geologist in Queensland and the Philippines

  • Aurora Gold as Exploration Manager at the Mt Muro Gold Mine in Borneo

  • LionOre as Supervising Geologist for the Thunderbox Gold Mine and Emily Anne Nickel Mine drill outs

  • Sino Gold as Geology Manager responsible for the Jinfeng Gold Deposit feasibility drillout and was responsible for the discovery of the stratabound gold mineralisation taking the deposit from 1.5Moz to 3.5Moz in 14 months.


Mr Cairns joined Integra Mining Limited in March 2004 and as Managing Director oversaw the discovery of three gold deposits, the funding and construction of a new processing facility east of Kalgoorlie transforming the company from explorer to gold producer with first gold poured in September 2010. In 2008 Integra was awarded the Australian Explorer of the Year by Resources Stocks Magazine and in 2011 was awarded Gold Miner of the Year by Paydirt Magazine and the Gold Mining Journal.

In January 2013, Integra was taken over by Silver Lake Resources Limited for $426 million (at time of bid) at which time Mr Cairns resigned along with the whole Integra Board after having successfully recommended shareholders accept the Silver Lake offer.

Mr Cairns is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, a member of the JORC Committee and a Board member of the Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame.


B.Sc(Hons), M.Sc


Executive Technical Director

(Appointed 8 March 2013)


Ms Jennifer Murphy completed a First Class Honours Degree in Geology in 1989, and subsequently a Master of Science Degree in 1993 at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. Ms Murphy joined Anglo American Corporation in 1993 as an exploration geologist working in Tanzania and Mali. In 1996, she immigrated to Australia and joined Normandy Mining Limited, working initially as a project geologist in the Eastern Goldfields and Murchison Greenstone Provinces and afterwards was responsible for the development and management of the GIS and administration of the exploration database.


Between 2004 and 2007, Ms Murphy provided contract geological services to a range of junior exploration companies. Ms Murphy joined Integra Mining Limited in 2007, initially as an administration geologist, and in 2010 the role was expanded to that of corporate geologist. In 2013 Ms Murphy joined Stavely Minerals as part of the management team to provide technical and geological expertise. Ms Murphy is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and has a broad range of geological experience ranging from exploration program planning and implementation, GIS and database management, business development, technical and statutory, and ASX reporting, as well as corporate research and analysis and investor liaison.


Ms Murphy is a member of the Company’s Audit and Risk Committee.


B.Com, CA

Non Executive Director

(Appointed 23 May 2006)

Mr Peter Ironside has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and is a Chartered Accountant and business consultant with over 30 years’ experience in the exploration and mining industry. Mr Ironside has a significant level of accounting, financial compliance and corporate governance experience including corporate initiatives and capital raisings. Mr Ironside has been a Director and/or Company Secretary of several ASX listed companies including Integra Mining Limited and Extract Resources Limited (before $2.18Bn takeover) and is currently a non-executive director of Zamanco Minerals Limited.


Mr Ironside is Chair of the Company’s Audit and Risk Committee.


B.Bus, CA, F.Fin

Non Executive Director &

Company Secretary

(Appointed 7 November 2013, appointed Non Exec Director 14 September 2018)

Ms Amanda Sparks is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.


Ms Sparks has over 30 years of resources related financial experience, both with explorers and producers. Amanda brings a range of important skills to the Board with her extensive experience in financial management, corporate governance and compliance for listed companies. 

Latest News

Another Monster Copper-Gold Hit Underscores Potential of the Cayley Lode as Resource Drilling Advances Strongly

Exceptional intercept of 87m at 1.74% copper, 0.57g/t gold and 20g/t silver in SMD087 includes individual interval grades of up to 24% copper and 10g/t gold

Grant of Retention Licences for the Stavely Project and the Ararat Project, Western Victoria

Grant of key Licences gives Stavely Minerals the security of tenure required to progress mining and development studies through to project financing and a potential investment decision

Cayley Lode Delivers More Standout Intercepts

Very broad copper-gold mineralised intercepts and good widths of high-grades in latest drilling, plus SMD085 intersects mineralisation beneath the Low Angle Structure 300m further to the south-east

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