Key Management Team

Peter van Luyt

Chief Geologist

Mr van Luyt is a geologist with 30 years’ experience in mining, development and exploration geology. He commenced his career as a mine geologist working in gold mines. Since 2004 he has been a contract and consultant geologist specialising in the resource development of and exploration for base metals and gold projects in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Canada. Mr van Luyt holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honours from the University of Sydney, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Geostatistics from Edith Cowan University and is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.

Mike Efthymiou

Chief Metallurgist

Mr Efthymiou is a metallurgical engineer with 50 years’ global experience in providing sophisticated mineral processing and project development services in the mining industry. Since 2000 he has been the Managing Director of a specialist Metallurgical Process and Project Consulting Services Company to develop and implement innovative technologies and process flowsheet solutions. Mr Efthymiou has previously worked in senior roles at world class base metals operations and projects at BHP Group Limited, WMC Resources Ltd MIM Holdings Ltd, Freeport-McMoRan Incorporated and Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Ltd.

Terry Burns

Project Development Manager

Mr Burns is an experienced economic geologist with additional qualifications in mineral economics and mine engineering and >30 years of post graduate experience. Mr Burns has held senior technical and management roles with several ASX-listed companies in both the precious and base metals industries including WMC Resources, Finders Resources, Mount Isa Mines and Normandy Metals. Additionally, Mr Burns has operated a successful independent consultancy focusing on geometallurgical consulting, technical due diligence, independent technical reporting and feasibility studies.

John Banning

General Manager –
Nifty Copper Project

Mr Banning is a mining engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the mining and construction industries covering multiple commodities including: Copper, Zinc, Lead, Gold, Silver, Tin, Platinum Group Metals, Uranium and Iron ore. His professional expertise extends from project development, construction, operations, technical, business improvement and management. Mr Banning has previously been an independent consultant, Managing Director of Consolidated Tin Mines Limited and Regional General Manager of Kagara Limited. He has also worked with Newcrest, Rio Tinto, BHP, Xstrata Copper, Metals X, Goldfields, Stillwater Mining and Kiewit Construction.

Gavin Hammer

Engineering & Maintenance Manager –
Nifty Copper Project

Mr Hammer is a maintenance professional with over thirty years’ experience in aviation and mining asset maintenance and management. Mining maintenance and management has been over a 17 year period and included surface and underground operations within fixed and mobile applications. Mr Hammer has operational experience in commodities such as gold, iron ore, copper and base metals. His areas of expertise include the construction, commissioning, optimisation and asset management of process plants and mobile fleet operations in local and remote regions. Prior to joining Cyprium Metals, Gavin spent 5 years in Indonesia follow by 2 years in Western Africa in operational and project construction roles.