Our people


Roland Selvanayagam

Mr Selvanayagam is the sole Non-Executive, Independent Director of Castlemaine Gold Pty Ltd.

Mr Selvanayagam was appointed to the LionGold Board as a Non-Executive Independent Director on 4 January 2010. He is the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating Committee. 

He is a professionally qualified accountant with more than 30 years of management experience. He was President of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Malaysia Division, from 1996 to 1998. He was awarded the Institute’s Bronze medal for his contribution to the Institute and the profession at large. He has worked for and managed multinational and local companies in Asia and Australia and held directorships in Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Australia and South Africa. 

He serves as a Director of Mitrajaya Holdings Bhd, which is listed on Bursa Malaysia. Mr Selvanayagam also served on the Council of the Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers for a number of years and was the Chairman of the Audit Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Malaysian Food Manufacturer’s Group.

management team at ballarat gold mine

Ballarat Gold Mine - Stephen

General Manager, Victoria

Stephen Jeffers

Bachelor of Mining Engineering
Ballarat College of Advanced Education

Stephen is a Mining Engineer who has had over 30 years of experience in the mining industry, of which more than 20 years were held at Manager and General Manager levels of underground and open pit mining operations.

Stephen has strong experience in operational and management positions, having worked on gold, nickel sulphide, nickel laterite, copper, uranium, zinc, lead and silver projects. 

Stephen also holds a First Class Underground Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency and is a 30-year member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Ballarat Gold Mine - Mark Davies

Processing Manager

mark davies

Bachelor of Applied Science (Metallurgy)
University of Ballarat

Mark has over 30 years’ experience in mineral processing, extractive metallurgy and mine site management roles. 

He has worked in a number of Australian gold and base metal operations including Kambalda, Leinster, Olympic Dam, Ballarat and Mt Rawdon.

Ballarat Gold Mine - Matt Hernan

Geology Manager

matthew hernan

Bachelor of Applied Science (Geology)

Matt has worked in the mining industry for over 12 years gaining experience in Base Metals in Queensland and Gold in Central Victoria. He has developed a passion for Victorian narrow vein nuggetty gold deposits having spent 8 years working as an underground mine geologist at Unity Mining’s Kangaroo flat Mine in Bendigo and the CGT Ballarat mine. 

He is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG).

Ballarat Gold Mine - Hilko

Finance & Administration Manager

Hilko dusseljee

Honours Bachelor of Accounting Science
University of South Africa 

Management Development Program
University of South Africa Business School

Hilko is a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA) and a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (FAusIMM) with over 35 years of experience in the mining industry including 10 years in central Victorian gold mining.

His experience includes Australia, Botswana and South Africa at all levels of mine financial management.in various Head of Finance roles.

Ballarat Gold Mine - Bill

Exploration Manager

Bill Reid

Bachelor of Science (Geology)
University of Sydney

Bill has been a geologist for over 20 years, with experience in industry, survey geology, consulting and university. He has worked on gold, base metal and regional projects in Australia, Canada and Africa, principally in exploration geology.He is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).
Ballarat Gold Mine - Darren

Mining Manager

Darren Watkins

Darren is a Mining Engineer with over 20 years of underground operational experience, including senior management, technical, production and commercial roles.

He is holder of Mine Managers Certificate of Competency in WA, NSW and SA. Managed operations in both owner operator and contract mining environments.

Ballarat Gold Mine - Leigh

Health and Safety Manager

Leigh Searle

Leigh has over 10 years’ experience in the mining industry in various operational, training and safety roles. He has worked in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa.

Leigh is a member of the Australian Institute of Health and Safety (AIHS) and the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA).

Ballarat Gold Mine - Kurtis

Environment and Community Manager

Kurtis Noyce

Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management)
University of Ballarat

Kurtis has over 20 years of Environment and Community experience in both the private and public sectors. He has a long association with the project dating back to 2000.

Kurtis is a member of the MCA Victoria – Environment and Communities working group and International Association for Public Participation Australasia (IAP2).