Management Team

Robert Ryan (CEO)

Mr Ryan graduated from the highly-regarded WA School of Mines (WASM), has extensive technical and operational experience working at the highest levels of the WA gold industry and brings the appropriate blend of skills and expertise required to oversee the advancement of the Bardoc Gold Project through feasibility and into financing, development and operations. He was most recently General Manager – Paddington Operations for Norton Gold fields (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Zijin Mining Group Limited), where he was Registered Manager for the 3.7Mtpa Paddington Operation (located near Bardoc), producing 200koz a year with over 400 employees and full-time contractors.

Oliver Mortensen (Chief Financial Officer)

Mr Mortensen is a Chartered Accountant with 15 years of experience across public practice, private and public companies. He has extensive finance leadership experience both in public practice and within the mining industry. He has worked in the mining industry since 2010, holding various finance leadership roles for Thiess in the Bowen Basin, Barrick in the Goldfields, BGC Contracting and seven years with Newmont. During his time at Newmont, Mr Mortensen led finance functions at the world-class Boddington Gold mine, business readiness functions at Merian Gold mine in Suriname as the mine was commissioned, led business planning for the North American portfolio of operations in Nevada, and North American portfolio business planning merger activities in Vancouver as part of the Newmont/Goldcorp merger. Mr Mortensen holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Physical Education degrees.

Russell Hardwick (CFO / Company Secretary)


Mr Hardwick is a Certified Practicing Accountant with 20 years’ experience in a variety of private and public companies. Mr Hardwick is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Chartered Secretary. Mr Hardwick has extensive experience in corporate secretarial, capital raising and commercial management. He has held the positions of Director or Company Secretary for both AIM listed and ASX listed companies as well as Senior Executive positions within private companies. Mr Hardwick is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors' Course. 

Andrew Francis (Chief Operating Officer)

BEng (Hons.) (Mining Engineering), MAusIMM, First Class Mine Manager’s Certificate

Andrew Francis is a mining engineer with over 15 years’ technical, operational and management experience across a variety of commodities obtained globally in both company and contractor settings. Mr Francis has been involved in several underground, open pit and shaft sinking project studies and start-up’s, including the Rubicon-Hornet-Pegasus and Millennium underground mines, Janet Ivy, Matts Dam and Mt Jewell open pit mines and the K2 Shaft at the Gosowong mine.  Prior to joining Bardoc Gold, Mr Francis worked in technical and management roles within Northern Star Resources and has previously held senior and management roles with companies such as Barrick, Byrnecut, Entech, MMG and Goldfields.

Mr Francis holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) with honours from the Western Australian School of Mines, a WA First Class Mine Manager’s Certificate and is a member of the AusIMM.

Bradley Toms (Exploration Manager)

BSc (Geol)

Mr Toms is a geologist with over 24 years of exploration experience which includes 15 years in the North Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia. Mr Toms has held senior exploration positions on projects in close proximity to the Kalgoorlie North Gold Project including roles with Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines and with Centaur Mining and Exploration Limited between 1994 and 2000 at the Mount Pleasant and Ora Banda gold operations.