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.
Peter Flindell: Non-Executive Director
Peter is a minerals exploration geologist with over 30 years experience in the industry covering the exploration, discovery and feasibility of minerals projects at the senior management level. Peter’s previous positions include 12 years with Newmont Mining Corporation, latterly as the Exploration Manager for the Western Pacific and 11 years with Avocet Mining as the company’s Chief Geologist and Executive Vice-President: Exploration. Peter is presently the Managing Director of Signal Delta, a Singapore-based company that focuses on the development of minerals projects for private clients and has managed several major drilling programmes in Southeast Asia, West Africa and Central America. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Condor Gold – an AIM listed gold explorer. Peter brings considerable experience from a client’s perspective that will assist the GDE Group in its global strategy to become a leading drilling and exploration services group.
Chow Kah Ming: Group Financial Controller
Kah Ming qualified as a chartered accountant in 1986 and has many years of external auditing experience in several industries having held roles with Deloitte & Touche and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Kah Ming’s previous roles include being the Chief Financial Officer of two publically listed companies in Singapore as well as being a Company Secretary and an ISO 9000 Management Representative. Kah Ming’s industry experience includes shipbuilding and repairs, infrastructure development and building construction along with retailing and hotels.
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.
Matt Semmens: General Manager – Asia
Matt has over 25 years experience in the drilling industry during which he has held various senior management positions within major international drilling companies across the globe. He has extensive experience and specialised knowledge of both underground and surface drilling techniques, particularly deep-hole directional work. Matt also holds several globally recognised qualifications for both auditing and assessing all parts of our industry and operations, with a particular focus on the training and development of national workforces.
Mick Mahony: General Manager – Australia Pacific
Mick has been working in the drilling industry throughout South East Asia and Australia for over 25 years. His background includes zone manager positions for international drilling companies as well as senior management roles in operations, commercial and business development. Mick has an Advanced Diploma in Drilling (multiple sectors) and has hands on experience in managing all aspects of coring, RC, water bore, slim hole oil & gas, coal and geo-tech operations.
John Rasmussen: General Manager – Europe, Middle East & Africa
John has over 35 years of commercial, administration and management experience in the accounting and mining industries having held a range of operational and consulting roles throughout Australia, Asia and West Africa. John’s recent roles include being Country Manager of Ghana for Lycopodium and General Manager of Penjom Gold Mine in Malaysia for JResources. John brings a wealth of multi-faceted management skills and a successful track record of achievement to the GDE Group, with a particular focus on expanding our operations throughout the Middle East and Africa.