Team

Michael Johnston  

Michael Johnston

President and CEO

Mr. Michael Johnston, Nautilus’ CEO joined the Company just prior to its TSX listing in 2006 as Vice President for Strategic Development and Exploration. He was initially appointed interim President and CEO in October 2012, and confirmed as President and CEO in April 2014 on the successful resolution of the dispute with the State of PNG. He has more than 30 years experience in the mining industry, and over 10 years experience in deep sea mining and exploration. During his time at Nautilus he was instrumental in developing the Company’s extensive land position in the South West Pacific, obtaining the first licence granted to a publicly listed company by the International Seabed Authority, and developing the first commercial exploration and resource evaluation programs for deep sea minerals, including the delivery of the world’s first NI 43-101 resource, mine plan and Environmental Impact Statement, for seafloor massive sulphides. He has also been a key figure for the Company in establishing and improving critical government, supplier and investor relationships.

Prior to joining Nautilus, Mr. Johnston spent over 11 years in senior management positions with Placer Dome, including General Manager Exploration Asia-Pacific and Technical Services Manager for the giant Porgera Gold Mine in Papua New Guinea, where he led a large multidisciplinary team providing the technical management and design for the 210,000 tpd open Pit and 6,000 tpd underground mines and related facilities.

 
Wayne Knott  

Wayne Knott

COO

Mr Knott is a metallurgist with over 30 years of mining industry experience, with particular expertise in dredging, operational start-ups and reviews. Wayne previously worked for Nautilus Minerals as Operations Manager during 2010 to 2012, where he was responsible for defining the Company’s original operational readiness plan, as well as providing significant input into the design and scope of the current production system. Mr Knott has worked globally for large companies including BHP, Rio Tinto, Alcan, and Iluka resources in a range of commodities in technical and operational roles. His immediate past role was Operational Readiness Specialist for Hatch, with clients that included BHPB, BMA, and Teck Resources, amongst others. With a degree in Extraction Metallurgy and an MBA he is technically astute, a strategic thinker and a  leader with the focus on people, systems and business processes.

 
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Glenn Withers

Financial Contoller and Acting Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Glenn Withers joined the Company in October 2016 as Financial Controller and Acting Financial Officer. He has 18 years experience in finance, initially in Investment Banking, with the last 6 years in senior finance positions in oil and gas, drilling and resource companies with the MB Group. Mr. Withers has a bachelor of commerce from the Univeristy of South Africa, an MBA from Oxford Brookes and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). 

 
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Stuart MacKenzie

Company Secretary and Legal Counsel

Mr. Stuart MacKenzie joined the Company in October 2016 as Company Secretary and Legal Counsel.  He has over 30 years experience in them ining industry, and holds a BSc (honours in Geology) from The University of Alberta, and a law degree from the University of New South Wales. He has extensive experience with TSX, NASDAQ, ASX and POMSoX listings, as well as SED and SOX requirements. Mr MacKenzie had served as legal counsel and company secretary for Placer Dome Asia Pacific Limited, Lihir Gold and Pacific Aluminum as well as periods working for Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst) Stikeman Elliott and Barrick Gold. Stuart has been admitted to legal practice in Queensland, New South Wales and British Columbia and is a member of the Queensland Law Society.

 
 Mel Togolo  

Mel Togolo

PNG Country Manager

Mr. Mel Togolo has over 30 years of experience in senior roles, working for industry and government in Papua New Guinea and abroad. He was President of the Business Council of Papua New Guinea for six years and continues to be consulted as a mentor.

Mr. Togolo has represented industry at the board level, including roles at Westpac Bank PNG Limited, Highlands Gold Limited and Bougainville Copper Limited, and was also Deputy Chairman of the Investment Promotion Authority of Papua New Guinea. While he is no longer the Chairman of the Board of National Superannuation Fund Limited, he remains as member on the Board.

Prior to his appointment at Nautilus he worked for ten years as the General Manager of Corporate Affairs at Placer Dome Niugini Limited. 

 
 Paul Taumoepeau  

Paul Taumoepeau

Tonga Country Manager

Mr. Paul Taumoepeau grew up in Tonga, before going overseas to pursue academic studies. He returned to Tonga in 1992 working firstly in the public sector before moving to the private sector. Mr. Taumoepeau spent 13 years with the National Reserve Bank of Tonga, where he filled numerous positions, setting up domestic market and corporate services systems.

Prior to his appointment at Nautilus he worked for Leiola Group Limited, where he was the General Manager in his last two years. Mr. Taumoepeau is currently President for the Tonga Chamber of Commerce & Industry and is also the Immediate Past Chair of PIPSO (Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation).