James Merrillees is a professional geologist with more than 20 years of applied minerals exploration experience. He has successfully led exploration teams throughout Australia, South America, Asia and Africa and his experience includes all aspects of minerals exploration and evaluation for a range of commodities and deposit styles. After 12 years with BHP Billiton Exploration, Mr Merrillees worked in technical and corporate roles for both ASX-listed and private gold and base metals explorers and producers. He has extensive experience in exploring Archean and Proterozoic mineral systems and has been involved in the discovery of greenfields nickel, uranium and iron ore deposits in Scandinavia, as well as bauxite and gold in West Africa. He is a member of the AusIMM, holds a Bachelor of Science (Geology) and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) degrees, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance.