Meet The Team

Dr Katherine Ault has a PhD in economic geology from McGill University, an MSc in experimental geophysics from the University of Western Ontario and has worked with Aurum since 2005. She has significant experience in base metals, high and low temperature carbonate-hosted Zn-Pb systems in particular, as well as Cu-Au porphyry, sediment-hosted Cu and industrial minerals. Katherine has taken part in projects ranging from grass-roots to pre-mine feasibility and her specialities include the field-based logging of high- and low- temperature carbonate-hosted zinc-lead systems and Cu-Au porphyry systems, data capture and database compilation, and the integration of geological and geochemical data in support of regional target generation. She has worked on projects in Ireland, Greenland, Canada, Mexico, Honduras, Turkey, Spain, Romania and Tunisia.

Jim has been active in mineral exploration and research for almost 40 years, and has been a Research Associate in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at McGill University since 1991.  His current interests include the mineralogy, geochemistry and genesis of Archean gold deposits, epithermal and porphyry-related mineralization, and active geothermal systems, and the development of exploration tools such as indicator minerals for hydrothermal ore deposits.  In addition to his work at McGill, in recent years Jim has also had positions with Osisko Mining Corp. (Research Geologist) and Cygnus Consulting Inc. (Director, Research Services).  While with Cygnus, Jim provided exploration-oriented research and technical consulting services to dozens of clients around the world.  Past projects focused on diamonds (especially indicator mineral analyses), and the mineralogy of orogenic and intrusion-related Au, porphyry Cu-Au, and epithermal Au-Ag deposits, as well as studies relating to REE, Zn-Pb and HTD-hosted hydrocarbons, Ni-PGE, and ilmenite-rutile chemistry and Ti metallurgy.  At Aurum, Jim coordinates research services including petrographic, mineralogical and geometallurgical studies, custom-designed to solve exploration- and development-related problems.

Paul has been a practicing geologist for over 18 years, working both as an exploration and mining geologist.  In that time Paul has worked for a variety of companies from Tara Mines, BHP, ARCON International to Lundin Mining, before becoming a Principal Geologist at Aurum.  He has held numerous roles from Exploration Geologist, Project Geologist, Chief Mine Geologist, Head of Technical Services, to Mine Superintendent.  He has strong senior management experience, combined with a strong geological background in both exploration and mining.  His unique skill set ranges from mineral exploration, 3D block modelling, resource estimation, mine geology, mine production, to senior mine management.

Eoin McGrath holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Geology from UCD Dublin and an MSc from the Physics of Geological Processes group at the University of Oslo. He spent over 2 years working in the Fault Analysis Group at UCD Dublin and subsequently spent a year working for the Exploration and Mining Division of the Irish government. He joined Aurum in February 2011 and has worked on a variety of projects, from industrial minerals to precious metals and rare earths. He is a structural geologist with a particular interest in faults and has extensive experience of working in complex tectonic settings in Africa and Europe.

Karel holds an MSc and Doctorate from Charles University in Prague and joined Aurum in March 2006. Prior to this he worked on many different projects for the Czech Geological Survey and Czech Academy of Science. As a geologist for Aurum, Karel worked in many European and African countries with climates ranging from the cold winters in central Europe, through the hot, humidity of the Republic of Congo to the dry heat of the Nubian desert in Northern Sudan. He specializes in setting up grassroots projects in remote areas and advancing them to the drilling and resource calculation stage, in exploration for gold, base metals, iron ore, uranium, PGE’s, pegmatites, REE minerals, lithium and placer hosted minerals. Most recently he was exploration manager for a large iron ore project in Ghana.

Gwyneth Murtagh is a graduate from National University of Ireland, Galway, and the University of Portsmouth. She worked with Sekaka Diamonds in Botswana, prior to joining Aurum in October 2006. Gwyneth has experience in exploration for base metals, porphyry systems, diamonds and vein-hosted gold, in Europe and Africa.

Graham Parkin holds a 1st Class BSc(Hons) in Geoscience from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He joined Aurum after graduating in July 2007, and has gained experience in Africa, Europe and the Middle East ranging from grass roots to resource definition on projects including; vein hosted gold; ultra basic platinum and PGE’s; base metals; uranium; and industrial minerals such as sedimentary hosted phosphates and gypsum. In 2012 Graham served as the President of the Irish Association for Economic Geology. He is a member of the Society of Economic Geologists.

Jessica has been with the company for over 7 years and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the office, business accounts and company payroll. She assists the managing director /directors with the day-to-day operation of Aurum.

Steven has over 20 years experience as both an Exploration Geologist and GIS Specialist in the exploration and mining industry.  As the Information Technology (IT)/Geographical Information System (GIS) Manager with Aurum Exploration Services,  Steven has specific experience in data management which includes the capture, maintenance, quality control and manipulation of spatial and non-spatial data. With a strong background in data validation, processing, analysis and interpretation using Geographic Information Systems, including ArcGIS for Desktop and MapInfo Professional (with Discover, Discover3D and Discover Mobile), Steven has used 3D visualization and modelling integrating and presenting geological information using Surpac XPLORpac Edition, Leapfrog and Fledermaus (hydrographic and marine software).