The GDE Group’s Management Team
John Horne: Chairman
John has worked in the exploration, geotechnical and mining industries for over 45 years. He has vast international experience having managed dozens of projects throughout Europe, the Middle East, South America, Africa, Australia and Southeast Asia. John is an expert of all forms of land-based operations as well as over-water rigs including barges, jack-up rigs, drill ships and purpose-built vessels. John has extensive managerial expertise in the mineral drilling industry and relies on his experience to advise the Group on its operations and business expansion.
Jason Lee: Chief Executive Officer
Jason is a commercial lawyer with over 15 years experience in the mining and banking sectors, with his most recent role being Corporate Advisor to The GDE Group. Prior to that, Jason spent considerable time at Avocet Mining, JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America. His skillsets include corporate advisory, mergers and acquisitions, business development, regulatory compliance, dispute resolution and HR management. Jason’s previous experience includes working on large international projects for both public and private companies operating throughout North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Jason brings this diverse range of experience to the GDE Group, with a focus on expanding the business globally and guiding the group towards being a leader among its peers.
Phil Taylor: General Manager – Group Technical Services
Phil received his United Kingdom CIOB Diploma in Site Management in 1986 followed by his Masters (MSc) in Construction Management. He specialised in Occupational Health & Safety, obtaining his CITB National Certificate followed by his NEBOSH General Certificate. Coupled with his qualifications, Phil has substantial ‘hands on’ experience of managing mining and exploration projects ranging from large multi-rig operations for international clients in both open-pit and underground locations to small remote area exploration sites. Phil recently completed his Training and Assessing course in Perth which broadens his extensive knowledge of safety standards and regulations, enabling The GDE Group to consolidate and develop our comprehensive In-House Training Programmes.