Peter Spora (1969-2020)
During his 25-year career in the mining and exploration industry, Peter Spora became a well-respected economic geologist specializing in exploration, particularly in Africa. He had worked initially for Esso but found his place in gold mining, commencing employment with Plutonic Operations in 1995, after graduating from the University of Technology Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Geology degree that same year.
He gained extensive experience in project management of large exploration programs, gold exploration in Archean and Proterozoic greenstone terrains, and a wide variety of styles and types of mineral deposits in diverse geological environments around the world. In addition to overseeing and developing exploration programs and projects, Peter also worked extensively on the technical side of corporate development and in project generation for greenfield and brownfield projects. During this time, he was involved in the generation, discovery, and definition of a number of significant gold deposits.
He worked in his early career in Western Australia with Plutonic, which became Homestake Gold and, finally, Barrick Gold Corporation. It was in 2006 that Peter began working in Africa, initially in Tanzania, where he lived for many years with his family as members of the lively expatriate community in Dar es Salaam. In 2008 he became Exploration Manager Africa for Barrick Gold and in 2010 he was appointed Vice President Exploration for African Barrick Gold, which became Acacia Mining, until his departure in 2017. After this he joined La Mancha as Head of Discovery. His final appointment was as Executive Vice President of Exploration and Growth for Golden Star Resources.
Peter is survived by his wife of 30 years, Amanda, and their son, Jameson, of whom he was immensely proud to see commence his studies at Kings College London. Peter had a "joie de vivre," which was infectious for all who met him, whether sharing a seat on a plane for a few hours or as any of his family, friends, colleagues, and companions with whom he shared his life will testify. He had a strong belief in encouraging and supporting people to reach their full potential and was passionate about creating and supporting such opportunities. The purpose of Spora's Explorers Fund is to honor and perpetuate Peter’s legacy and belief in supporting and promoting the talents of others.