Copper Search was founded with the mission of targeting world class copper-gold deposits within the Gawler Craton of South Australia. The company raised $12 million in a well-supported IPO and began trading on the Australian Securities Exchange in September 2021.

Mr. Duncan Chessell

Chief Executive Officer

Duncan Chessell is a qualified geologist with over 20 years’ experience in business and in oil, gas and mineral exploration. He was responsible for co-founding and listing Resolution Minerals (as Northern Cobalt) in 2017 and has acted in a variety of board and executive roles with ASX listed and public unlisted companies, along with not-for-profit groups.


Mr. Chris Sutherland

Non-Executive Chairman
Chris is an engineer with over 20 years of business experience. He was Managing Director of Programmed from January 2008 until his retirement in September 2019. Programmed was a major publicly listed ASX company until October 2017 when it was acquired for an enterprise value of over $1 billion.

Mr. Peter McIntyre

Non-Executive Director
Peter McIntyre is an engineer with over 30 years of experience in the minerals industry in exploration and production and held senior roles in WMC. He established and was Managing Director of Extract Resources Limited which discovered the world-class Husab uranium deposit in Namibia which was ultimately acquired via a takeover for $2.3 billion.

Mr. Greg Hall

Non-Executive Director
Greg Hall has over 30 years’ experience in mine management, global commodities marketing, and CEO and Board roles with resource companies. This includes groups such as WMC, Rio Tinto, Toro Energy and Hillgrove Resources. He is currently Managing Director of Alligator Energy Ltd (ASX: AGE).

Dr. Antonio Belperio

Non-Executive Director

Geologist with over 30 years of experience in the mining industry and an impressive trackrecord including the discovery of the Prominent Hill Deposit and now mine in the Gawler Craton, South Australia. Former chief geologist for the South Australia Geological Survey and active explorer for over two decades with Demetallica Ltd (ASX: DRM), nee Minotaur Ltd.


Theo Aravanis

Principal Geophysicist
Theo Aravanis, Principal Geophysicist Theo has over 25 years of mineral exploration experience and works on a consulting basis to Copper Search. Theo spent over a decade as the Chief Geophysicist for Rio Tinto’s global exploration group. Theo’s expertise spans a wide range of geophysical techniques applied to an enormous variety of mineral systems globally.

John Main

Technical Advisor
Over 35 years of experience in a plethora of deposit types worldwide. John has had a distinguished career which included tenure as the exploration manager America’s for Rio Tinto. He provides an independent opinion to the board on the technical aspects and strategies of the exploration team.

Richard Hill

Senior Exploration Geologist

Over 20 years of mineral exploration experience in South Australia, he is credited with the Paris Silver Deposit discovery in the Gawler Craton and has worked across multiple commodities and deposits throughout South Australia.