Directors & Senior Management

Brief biographies for the Directors are given below.


Robert Goodden (ACSM 1st Class Mining Engineering & Geology)

Robert is a member of the Company’s technical advisory team. Robert chairs Subsea Minerals Ltd developing business opportunities in marine mining and before that, as Chief Executive on a surf zone marine mining project off the coast of Namibia. He was previously on the advisory board for Nautilus Minerals advising on core drilling and sample recovery.

Robert founded Seacore Limited an offshore drilling and construction contractor in 1976 and ran the company for 30 years until it was sold to the Fugro Group in 2006. He has also served as a commissioned officer in the Royal Engineers.

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Chris Castle (BCA, ACA, CMInstD, CFIP)

Chris is a chartered accountant with more than 37 years’ experience in investment and corporate finance. Chris was a founding director of Spectrum Resources and Premier Mining Securities and has held directorships in ten NZX listed companies. His mining and mineral exploration background includes projects with Amoil NZ, Kanieri Gold Dredging and Australian Anglo-American. Chris’ investment sector experience includes Brierley Investments and the Regina Confections/Charter Corporation group. He established the Aorere business in 1989 as a mining and mineral sector focused investor and share trader. He is also a non-executive director of TSX-V listed Asian Mineral Resources and until recently chairman of ASX listed King Solomon Mines.


Linda Sanders (Dip Journalism)

Linda provides investor and stakeholder relations, marketing and communications expertise to the Company. Linda has more than 36 years of experience as a communications executive and journalist and has significant board experience with New Zealand listed companies and community organisations. She has been a director of the Aorere business since 1989 and retired as its chairman in 2012 and has been a director of the Company since 2008 and is also a trustee of Golden Bay community organisations.

Linda has worked as a communications manager for Telecom New Zealand, the New Zealand government’s Department of Building and Housing and has held a range of consultancy positions in the private and public sectors. She was also a financial columnist for national current affairs magazine The Listener.


Jill Hatchwell (BCA, ACA, CMInstD)

Jill was appointed to the Board in 2008. Jill is a director of Aorere and an executive director of Nevay Holdings, a financial advisory consultancy established in 1988 that advises a range of clients in the private and public sector.

Jill has an extensive background in financial and corporate management, including roles as company secretary and executive director of Charter Corporation and group accountant at Brierley Investments. Jill has been a Member of the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand since 1982. Her other directorships include ServiceIQ, the Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for the Aviation, Tourism, Travel, Museums, Hospitality, Retail and Wholesale sectors of New Zealand’s service industry.


Ryan Wong

Ryan, who holds a Master’s degree in civil and structural engineering, holds a board and senior executive management role with the Caldecott Group of companies based in Malaysia.  Caldecott is primarily involved in property development and construction but has diverse investments in hospitality, recreation and mining. He has been with the Caldecott Group for more than 15 years. Mr Wong is a member of the Institute of Directors NZ, the Association of Petroleum and Explosives Administration UK and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.


Senior Management

Ray Wood, Chief Operating Officer:

Ray is a geophysicist with more than 30 years’ experience interpreting data from the New Zealand region. Ray has published numerous articles on the geology, tectonics and resources of New Zealand’s marine territory. Ray has had extensive experience using geographic information systems to interpret and model geological and other data, including analysis of the impact of trawling on the sea floor.


Robyn Hamilton, Chief Financial Officer

Robyn has been the Chief Financial Officer of CRP since its formation in 2004. Robyn is a Chartered Accountant with 20 years of commercial experience. She has worked as a Chartered Accountant in New Zealand and Australia and brings a range of expertise in the areas of due diligence, internal control, corporate governance, international financial reporting and statutory compliance. She is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and Governance Institute of Australia.

Robyn has an extensive background in oil and gas and mining listed companies working for listed companies Bass Strait Oil Company Ltd, Aorere Resources Ltd and previously Asian Mineral Resources Ltd.


Campbell McKenzie - Vice President Technical Services

Campbell is an exploration geologist who has worked in the minerals industry for twenty years. He has held upper management roles with mineral sector consultancies, government and industry. He is currently the CEO of business development consultancy Kenex Ltd, and provides support across CRP’s  business including exploration planning, stakeholder and environmental management, and corporate affairs.

Robin Falconer (PhD, BSc-Hons, BSc)

Robin is the principal of Robin Falconer Associates Ltd, with more than 40 years’ experience in geosphere, atmosphere, and ocean science surveys and research as a university lecturer, government scientist, consultant, industry employee and research group manager; in New Zealand and internationally.

Robin’s work has included marine mineral and oil exploration, seabed surveys, weather analyses, oceanography, environmental studies, Geographic Information Systems, and computer mapping. He has worked at sea off New Zealand, Australia, South Pacific, New Caledonia, China, Antarctica and the Arctic; for New Zealand, the USA, Canadian, Australian, SE Asian, German and UK companies and research institutes. Robin has several years at sea experience on a wide range of industry and research institute vessels. He is a member of the guiding committee of GEBCO, the joint International Hydrographic Organization and UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Organisation that coordinates world ocean bathymetry mapping. In marine minerals Robin has worked on offshore exploration projects for gold, chromite and phosphate.

As Principal Scientist of the Company, Robin provides input on the practical and management aspects of marine operations, including general seabed, oceanographic and environmental mapping; and technical input on all aspects of the project.