Chief Executive Officer

Matthew Geoffrey Hill MBA, MAICD

Mr Hill is the Managing Director of Asia Pacific Capital Group Limited, and Former Non Executive Director of International Pacific Capital. Matthew is an experienced merchant banker having worked previously at Potter Warburg (now UBS); Eventures (a joint venture between Newscorp and Softbank); Pitt Capital and Souls Private Equity Limited. Matthew specializes in resources and company listings on the ASX and NZX and acts for a number of multinational clients. Matthew has been responsible for leading the company into the development phase at the Talisman mine since his appointment in late 2012 and is primarily responsible for day to day operations and capital raising initiatives of the company. Matthew Holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Master of Business Administration. He is a fellow of the FINSIA and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Hill was appointed as Alternate Director for Geoffrey Hill on 1 December 1999, and has served for nearly 9 years since his appointment as Director on 10 October 2006 and Executive Director on 3 September 2012. Matthew is a former Director of American Rare Earths Limited (formerly known as Broken Hill Prospecting Limited) which holds a cobalt and heavy mineral sands project near Broken Hill in NSW Australia.

Independent Non-executive Director

John Upperton

Mr Upperton has a background in both Commercial and Residential Construction Project Management. Alongside these projects, Mr Upperton has garnered considerable experience in aspects of the RMA and District Planning requirements, including successfully representing himself in Environment Court.

Mr Upperton has 16 years’ experience as Managing Director of a Limited Company. He has served on and chaired several community organisations over a 25 year period.

Mr Upperton has also previously held a senior management role for one of NZ’s leading Manuka Honey producers, being responsible for the negotiation and placement of bee hives across the North Island involving more than 300 landowners.

Non-executive Director

A Victor Rabone, BE Civil Engineering

Mr Rabone is a Geotechnical Engineer with over 20 years of operational experience in all facets of mining gained in New Zealand and internationally. He has specialised expertise in hard rock underground mining.  

Victor’s experience includes feasibility analysis, management of operations, geotechnical stability analysis, ground support design and installation, drill and blast tunnel development, rail haulage system’s design and installation, mineral processing, refining and environmental management.

Victor holds a number of certifications required to manage a hard rock underground gold mining operation including Controlled Substance License, Handlers Certificate for blasting, he holds an A Grade Tunnel Manager certification and a Site Senior Executive qualification.

Victor has in recent years been dedicated fulltime to the planning and development of the Broken Hills Gold Mine in the Puketui valley, Coromandel Peninsula . 

Victor is a member of a number of professional organisations; Engineering NZ, NZ Geomechanics Society, NZ Tunnelling Society and the Railway Technical Society of Australasia.

Victor has had experience in the project management of a variety of construction activities such as installation of screw piles, seismic reinforcement using stone columns, geotechnical drilling programmes, alluvial mining operations and underground mining and tunnelling projects.