Robert is Exploration Manager for Zambia with First Quantum Minerals Ltd., leading a multidisciplinary team in the sediment-hosted copper search space. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in applied geology from the University of Leicester (2007) and was awarded the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3, UK) Award. He also completed his High Impact Leadership (HIL) certification from the University of Cambridge in 2020.
Throughout his career, he worked as an exploration geologist on grassroots exploration programs as well as brownfield and advanced-stage projects, also gaining exposure, through stints, attached to active mine operations. Robert is a fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists. He is currently serving as vice president of the Geological Society of Zambia (GSZ). The GSZ supports and encourages students, early career geoscientists, experienced professionals, and the global geoscience fraternity to engage in varied aspects of geoscience by supporting students, sharing knowledge, and cultivating bonds. In addition, he sits on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the SEG and is an SEG mentor.
Rob joined First Quantum Minerals Ltd. in 2010 as a geologist working on several sediment hosted-copper exploration programs. His team focuses on the technical assessment of sediment-hosted copper opportunities in the Katanga basin, and he is passionate about understanding and testing prospects showing the appropriate mineral system components associated with hydrothermal systems. He was part of the team that made the Southeast dome (Kansanshi) deposit discovery and was involved in the Phoenix Copper, Kipushi (Zambia-DRC border) discovery. These successes are credited to a capable team of geoscientists. He has participated in framing and negotiating third-party agreements, facilitating access to ground identified from First Quantum Mineral’s generative exploration efforts.
He continues to actively support industry undergraduate student projects with institutions locally as well as supporting problem-solving applied research projects with other institutions globally, developing geologic and mineral exploration vectors, indicators, and discriminators in an attempt to raise our success rate. He further nurtures his passion for field data collection, interpretation, and synthesis of geologic and geophysical data, while managing very early stage and advanced-stage exploration initiatives. Outside of work he enjoys the outdoors and travel and is a keen hobby photographer.