Directors and Officers

Riccardo Vittino


Mr Vittino has over 25 years experience in the resources sector with a focus on corporate and financial management.

He graduated from the University of Western Australian with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1985 and began his career in the mining industry in 1988 as Company Secretary for Helix Resources Limited.

During his 18 year tenure at Helix, Mr Vittino was involved with various IPOs and joint ventures both local and international.  He left Helix in 2006 as CEO to pursue a role in South Africa as Finance Director of Central Rand Gold Ltd.  He was responsible for overseeing Central Rand Gold’s listing on the Main Board of the LSE and the JSE in 2007 and its subsequent progress to pre-feasibility and commencement of trial mining.

Mr Vittino returned to Perth in 2008 to focus on personal interests.  He has held numerous non-executive Director roles including Diamond Ventures NL and Platinum Australia Limited.  He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  He is currently a Director of ASX listed Fitzroy Resources Ltd.

Samuel Smart

Non-Executive Director

Sam is a corporate lawyer, who has considerable experience advising companies on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and capital raisings in a variety of sectors, including mining, telecommunications and hotels.  Sam has advised resources companies in relation to equity offerings on the London Stock Exchange (both main board and AIM), Euronext and ASX.  Although the majority of his professional career has been spent working in law firms, including in the London office of global law firm, Linklaters, Sam has also worked in a corporate advisory role, focused on mining and resources companies. 

Sam holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Masters of Business Administration.

William Dix


Mr Dix is a geologist with 16 years experience in base metal, uranium and gold exploration and mining. He holds a Bsc and Msc (Geology) from Monash University and is a member of AusIMM. Formerly Exploration Manager for Apex Minerals NL he led a successful exploration team that was responsible for significantly growing gold resources at all of Apex Minerals NL’s projects.

Previously, Mr Dix spent 7 years with LionOre Mining International where he was a District Supervising Geologist in Western Australia. During his time with LionOre Mining International, Mr Dix was part of the team that discovered the Waterloo Nickel Mine and delineated the 2 million ounce Thunderbox Gold Project.

Mr Dix has a proven track record of successful project and team management and also has extensive experience in commercial activities including capital raisings, mergers, acquisitions and divestments. He is currently Managing Director of the ASX listed Fitzroy Resources Ltd.

Robert Kirtlan


Robert had a background in accounting and finance prior to working for a major investment bank in Sydney and New York focusing on global mining. He has been involved in the mining industry for approximately 20 years arranging equity and debt financing for junior and major mining companies. More lately he has taken active roles in the financing, management and development of exploration opportunities across a broad spectrum of commodities in various countries.

He was a founding shareholder and director (2001-2006) of ASX listed Cooper Energy Limited and was a founding shareholder, director and acting CEO of NGM Resources Limited, taken over by Paladin Energy Limited in 2010.

Other Directorships

Aviva Corporation Ltd, a gold and copper focused explorer in Kenya.
RMG Ltd, a zinc focussed explorer in Queensland and Tasmania.

Former Directorships in the Last Three Years

NGM Resources Ltd