André Labuschagne

Executive Chairman

André Labuschagne is an experienced mining executive with a career spanning more than 30 years, primarily in the gold industry.

He has held various executive roles in South Africa, PNG, Fiji and Australia for a number of leading gold companies, including Emperor Gold Mines, DRD Gold and AngloGold Ashanti. Previously as the Managing Director of ASX-listed gold company Norton Gold Fields Limited, Mr Labuschagne led the company’s growth to become a significant Australian gold producer, prior to its sale to a major Chinese gold company in 2012.

Mr Labuschagne holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Potchefstroom University in South Africa.

Michele Muscillo

Non Executive Director

Mr Muscillo is a Partner specialising in corporate law with HopgoodGanim Lawyers. He is an admitted Solicitor and has a practice focussed almost exclusively on mergers and acquisitions, and capital raising.

He has a Bachelor of Laws from Queensland University of Technology and was a recipient of the QUT University Medal.

In his role with HopgoodGanim Lawyers, Mr Muscillo has acted on a variety of corporate transactions including initial public offerings, takeovers and other acquisitions. Mr Muscillo’s experience brings to the Board expertise on corporate regulation, governance and compliance matters.

Mr Muscillo is the Chairman of the Audit and Risk Management Committee, the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.

Colin Moorhead

Non-Executive Director

Mr Moorhead is an experienced industry executive with a demonstrated track record of over three decades building value in mining companies through innovation, discovery, project development and safe, efficient operations. Colin has extensive experience in development and financing significant mining projects internationally. He also has experience with global mining operations as well as experience in successful mergers & acquisitions.

A geologist by training, Colin is known for strong leadership, strategy and execution that saw him rise through the ranks from a graduate with BHP in 1987 to an executive level manager responsible for global exploration and resource development at Newcrest Mining from 2008 to 2015, a period of significant growth for the company. Colin has significant relevant experience as CEO of emerging Indonesian listed producer PT Merdeka Copper Gold Tbk, where he built and led the team that constructed and commissioned the highly successful Tujuh Bukit Gold Mine.   Colin is Executive Chairman of Sihayo Gold Limited (ASX:SIH), Non-Executive Chairman of Xanadu Mines Limited (ASX:XAM) and a Non-Executive Director of Perth based junior explorer Coda Minerals. Colin is a Fellow, Chartered Professional and Immediate Past President of AUSIMM, a graduate of AICD and Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program (AMP).

Sylvia Wiggins

Non-Executive Director

Ms Wiggins is a globally experienced senior executive and investment banker with a demonstrated track record over 25 years in public markets, with a focus on finance, strategy and risk.

Ms Wiggins has been the CEO and CFO of public listed entities, with her most recent role as Executive Director – Finance & Commercial at ASX listed renewable energy company Infigen Energy, prior to its takeover.  As an executive, Ms Wiggins has been a part of the leadership teams transforming businesses from the strategic, operating and capital structure perspectives to both preserve and create shareholder value.  Ms Wiggins is a member of the Independent Assurance Review Board for the Department of Defence.


Robert Brainsbury

Chief Financial Officer and Joint Company Secretary

Chief Financial Officer and Joint Company Secretary

Robert Brainsbury has more than 30 years’ experience in the mining and mining services sectors. He has held senior roles with companies including Rio Tinto, Xstrata, MIM Holdings and BIS Industrial Logistics.

Prior to joining Aeris Resources, Mr Brainsbury was the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary at Norton Gold Fields Limited. Mr Brainsbury is a qualified accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business degree with majors in Accounting and Marketing.

Ian Sheppard

Chief Operating Officer

Ian Sheppard is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and has more than 30 years’ experience in mine operations, technical studies and business development gained in gold, base metals and iron ore.

He has worked in Australia, Canada and Papua New Guinea, most recently holding General Manager roles with Norton Gold Fields Limited and PanAust Limited. Prior to this he spent more than seven years with Ok Tedi Mining in Papua New Guinea as General Manager and Executive Manager with responsibility for operations, technical services, business development and exploration.

Mr Sheppard holds a degree in Mining Engineering from the University of New South Wales, a Masters in Mineral Economics from Curtin University of Technology, as well as a First Class Mine Managers Certificate from Western Australia.

Kim Franks

Chief People Officer

Kim Franks is a Senior People and Culture Executive with over 20 years’ experience; more than a decade of which has been in the mining industry.

Her track record reflects the development and implementation of people strategies that position organisations for success and building an engaged and high performing workforce.  Key areas of capability include employee relations, business partnering, change management, culture transformation, leadership and talent development.  Her career history includes senior leadership roles with BHP, Santos and New Hope Corporation and she holds a Bachelor of Commerce with majors in Industrial Relations and Organisational Psychology. Ms Franks is committed to the transformation of HR to achieve successful business outcomes and a positive employee experience.

Geoffrey Atkinson

Cracow Gold Operations General Manager

Geoffrey Atkinson is an experienced mining operator with over 30 years operational experience in both underground and surface mining operations in Australia and Asia, including senior management roles with Harmony Gold and Ok Tedi Mining Limited.


Scott Ramsay

Tritton Copper Operations General Manager

Scott Ramsay is an experienced mining operator with over 25 years operational experience in underground hard rock mines in Australia, United States and Asia, including senior management roles with Rio Tinto and Aurelia Metals, leading operational, technical and project development teams, with commodity experience in copper, gold, diamonds and uranium. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.


Mr Ramsay holds a Bachelor of Science (Geology) from the University of Queensland.

David Hume

Projects and Technical General Manager

David Hume is a mining engineer with over 30 years’ of operational experience in underground and open pit hard rock mining in Australia, Europe and Asia, including management roles with Perilya, Harmony Gold, Rio Tinto and Newcrest.

Mr Hume holds a Bachelor of Science (Mining).

Dané van Heerden

General Manager Finance and Joint Company Secretary

Mrs van Heerden has over 20 years’ experience in various, but mainly financial roles with ASX Listed companies in the resources sector.

Mrs van Heerden joined Aeris in 2013 and was appointed General Manager Finance with effect from 1 July 2020 and is also Joint company secretary.

Mrs van Heerden previously worked at Norton Gold Fields Limited as the Group Financial Controller/Acting Interim CFO and held a managerial role at Worley Parsons and accounting firms Deloitte and PKF(now merged with BDO), where her portfolio had a strong resources focus.

Bradley Cox

General Manager Geology

Bradley Cox is a skilled geologist with more than 20 years’ of professional experience spanning exploration, deposit development and mining in greenfields, site delivery, studies and corporate resource evaluation roles.

Prior to joining Aeris Resources, he previously held senior roles with Newcrest Mining Limited, Lihir Gold Limited and Ballarat Goldfields NL. He has also worked with MIM Holdings (now Xstrata-Glencore), BHP Billiton and Central Queensland Magnetite NL.

Mr Cox holds a Masters of Geostatistics and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Applied Geology) with Honours.