Rick Yeates (Managing Director) is a geologist, whose professional career has spanned 35 years, variously working for BHP, Newmont and Amax, prior to co-founding the consulting firm of Resource Service Group (subsequently RSG Global) in 1987. Over the next 20 years RSG and its antecedents grew from a small Kalgoorlie-based firm into a highly respected international consulting group with an annual turnover >$20M, progressively establishing offices in Australia, Africa and South America, and in the process winning numerous business, technology and export awards. RSG Global was successfully sold to Australian-listed Consulting group Coffey International Limited in 2006 to become Coffey Mining, where Rick continued to work in mergers & acquisitions and business development functions until his resignation in late 2009.
Rick has considerable international experience, having worked in some 37 countries, variously undertaking project management assignments, feasibility studies and independent reviews for company listings, project finance audits and technical valuations. Rick is well known to the major international mining exchanges and financial institutions, has been responsible for several significant mineral discoveries, has reviewed hundreds of mining and exploration projects worldwide and has lectured in exploration geochemistry at the Western Australian School of Mines.
Rick is also a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), and has served on the boards of numerous private companies, NFP organisations and industry bodies including Austmine and AAMEG. He currently serves as a non-executive director of ASX 200 nickel producer Western Areas NL.
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