Our Team (Old)

We are proud of the caliber of each and every member of our team and believe it is the combination of accumulated knowledge, expertise, and approach to working with our clients that defines Aurum and our service offering.

James Clark

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 industry 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. Jim is a registered Professional Geologist (PGeo) through the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario and the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Newfoundland and Labrador.

Karel Maly

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.

Graham Parkin

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 Sharkey

Jessica has been with the company for over 9 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 Downey

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).

The Directors

Wilson Robb, BSc (Hons) – Chairman

An experienced Exploration Geologist with a solid managerial and entrepreneurial background, Wilson is a co-founder, Principal Geologist and Executive Chairman of Aurum. With technical and managerial experience within the mineral exploration industry, he has a proven track record of developing intuitive exploration programmes and successful identification of new gold and base-metal mineralization.

Johnny Meehan – Operations Director

Johnny has over 15 years experience in ground engineering, groundwater, mineral and hydrocarbon exploration and extraction.  In his early career he worked for his family drilling company which formed the foundation of his career. Subsequently he moved into the Upstream Oil and Gas industry. He has been involved in numerous Coal Bed Methane, conventional and unconventional oil and gas extraction projects. He has a strong background in operations, commercial management and business management systems, with a particular focus on health and Safety management and welfare in work. A highly organised, experienced and honest professional with an established track record of delivering results within agreed timeframes and budget.

EurGeol Vaughan Williams, PGeo, MSc, ACSM – Corporate Secretary

Co-founder of Aurum Exploration Services, Vaughan has over 30 years experience in both field exploration planning and management as well as geological and mineral resource modelling on advanced drilling projects.  Prior to Aurum, Vaughan worked as a Senior Geologist for Navan Resources Plc, managing exploration programs in Ireland (Zn-Pb-Au), Almagrera / Sotiel (Cu-Pb-Zn-Au), Aguas Tenidas (Cu-Pb-Zn) and Los Santos (Tungsten).  He also worked at Bulgaria’s Chelopech high-sulphidation gold deposit as a senior mine and regional exploration geologist.

While at Aurum he managed the Curraghinalt mesothermal gold project for Dalradian Gold Limited (2003-2011), significantly increasing the resource from 620,000 oz through to the present 2.7 million oz.   He has also managed other projects including an extensive phosphate QA/QC, exploration and resource evaluation project in Saudi Arabia.

He is a registered Professional Geologist (PGeo) through the Institute of Geologists of Ireland.

EurGeol Dr. Sandy Archibald, PGeo – Technical Director

Sandy has over 27 years of experience in the mineral exploration industry and has participated in academic and industry projects throughout the Americas, Europe and Africa. He has been involved in gold, base-metal, uranium, diamond, and nickel exploration and has carried out extensive research on Au-Ag metal-rich geothermal systems. He is also a former Director of AIM-listed Alba Mineral Resources, a past-President of the Irish Association of Economic Geology, and a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geology.

Sandy is currently a director of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), and a former Council Member (Canada and SE Asia) for The Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA).  He is a registered Professional Geologist (PGeo) through the Institute of Geologists of Ireland, and the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO).