MPI Executive

Who are we?

Over 26 Years, MPI Recruitment has become one of the most reputable names in mining executive recruitment, with a portfolio of high-profile clients whom we’ve helped build successful management and executive leadership teams.

What we do ↓

Scott Deakin General Manager - Geology & International Mining

Scott Deakin

Tony Turton Principal Consultant - Mining Engineering

Tony Turton

In addition to Scott & Tony, our executive search team includes ex mining industry senior managers with collectively 60+ years of mining industry recruitment experience.

What we do


  • Our mission is clear; to assist mining employers and executives, make great appointments, the first time
  • We merge deep knowledge of executive search; comprehensive databases, extensive networks and targeted research methodology, with unparalleled knowledge of the resources sector
  • A blue-chip miner can be akin to a factory, a $5m IPO to an R&D start up and the vagaries of ore bodies, determine mining and processing methods. These things should influence appointments
  • We get this innately and consequently spend more time assisting you make great choices based on cultural fit. Get this right and executive and board relationships succeed handsomely and ultimately drive elite performance.

Contact us

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Executive Search

Successful senior resource industry appointments require the attention of experts who understand search and what it takes to succeed at executive level in today’s global mining industry.

Unparalleled sourcing experience:

  • Articulation of requirements
  • Building forensic briefs
  • Designing diverse attraction strategies to tap multiple talent pools.

Supported selection;

  • Detailed experience profiles
  • Qualification verification
  • Triple mode interviews; phone, video and in person.
  • Psychometric profiling and, where appropriate, aptitude assessments.
  • Comprehensive reports inclusive of recommendations, drive a truly consultative approach to executive resourcing.

Regularly described by MPI’s clients, as the most comprehensive and value driven approach in the market today.

Scott Deakin
General Manager - Corporate Development
& International Mining
Scott Deakin

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Board Appointments

  • Mining industry boards are often small but need oversight of many professional disciplines.
  • Reduce the risk of board “group think” that can come from an overreliance on appointments from a limited number of known options.
  • A truly independent consulting service, specialising in mining board appointments.
  • We source high quality director candidates, and support you evaluating the very best available option, no matter where they came from.
Scott Deakin
General Manager - Corporate Development
& International Mining
Scott Deakin

Executive and Board Appointments

Talent Mapping

The MPI Talent Mapping service delivers a comprehensive overview of current and future mining executives against specific criteria including competitor employers, roles, commodities, location and remuneration.

A Talent Map will:

  • Enable you to see who could fill your future requirements
  • Benchmark your internal succession plans against top external talent
  • Inform strategies such as localisation and diversity.
Scott Deakin
General Manager - Corporate Development
& International Mining
Scott Deakin

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Organisation Design

  • As mining organisations change, so should their structures
  • Our service assists you design fit-for-purpose structures, tailored to the mining industry and aimed at driving elite performance across all metrics
  • In the dynamic world of mining, best of breed organisation design, should not be about “lines and boxes” but rather about defining decision rights and accountability, with zero bottlenecks.
  • Our work assists you evaluate, design and choose, the most appropriate model to deliver your strategic imperatives.
Scott Deakin
General Manager - Corporate Development
& International Mining
Scott Deakin


MPI would like to congratulate all the recent executive & board appointments:

  • FTI Consulting senior managing director Andrew Bantock has been appointed as chairman and director of Geopacific Resources.
  • Vimy Resources has appointed its director Dr Tony Chamberlain as chief operating officer.
  • Gold explorer Nexus Minerals has appointed Stephen Hewitt-Dutton as CFO.
  • Barton Gold has appointed Nick Byrne as CFO and Ian Garsed as principal geologist, both to be based in Adelaide.
  • Artemis Resources has appointed long-time CFO Guy Robertson to the board.
  • Mining engineer Quinton de Klerk has been appointed as a director of Kopore Metals.
  • Tigers Realm Coal has appointed Mitch Jakeman to its board.
  • Podium Minerals has appointed Jason Whittle as general manager, projects.
  • Middle East-focused Alara Resources has appointed Fadi Zenaty as country manager, Saudi Arabia.
Scott Deakin
General Manager - Corporate Development
& International Mining
Scott Deakin

Board Appointments 17th Jan 2022

Previous appointments

  • Chief Executive Officer, Consolidated Zinc
  • Non Executive Director, Ramelius Resources
  • Manager - Finance & Administration, Ensco
  • Project Director, KGL Resources
  • Head of Commercial, Kalari HSE
  • Senior Project Manager - Mine Development, Alliance Mining Commodities
  • Group Manager People, Barminco
  • General Manager People and Safety, Barminco
  • Non Executive Chairman, TNG Limited
  • AVP Finance and Administration, PGPRC
  • Head of Finance, Kalari HSE
  • Chief Financial Officer / Company Secretary, Pioneer Natural Resources
  • Project Director - Mine Development, Myanmar Metals Ltd
  • Study Manager, Myanmar Metals Ltd
  • Non Executive Director, Perseus Mining Limited
  • Senior Commerical Manager, HSE
  • Senior Construction Manager - Brownfields Underground Mine, Newmont
  • Non Executive Director, Perseus Mining Limited
  • Mine Development Manager, KGL Resources
  • General Manager Commercial, Kalari HSE
  • Mine General Manager, GMA
  • Non Executive Director, Minjar Gold
  • Chief Financial Officer, Auroch minerals
  • Chief Financial Officer, Horizon Minerals
  • Executive Lead Operations, AMC
  • Executive Lead Technical, AMC
  • Executive Lead BD, AMC
  • Non Executive Directors, Koonenberry Gold
  • Chief Executive Officer, Koonenberry Gold
  • Non Executive Director, bbx minerals
  • Exploration Manager, Auroch
  • Non Executive Director, Sliverlake
  • Managing Director, Sarytogan Graphite
  • Chief Executive Officer, Oar Resources
  • Chief Executive Officer, Cosmo Metals
  • General Manager - BD, Ramelius Resources