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Mark Le Messurier

Managing Director

Mark is a mining engineer and executive with 35 years of experience in hard rock base metal and precious metal mining. He most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer of Evolution Mining for seven years from its foundation in 2011, a leading Australian gold miner with a market capitalisation of over AUD$5 billion, prior to establishing Federation Mining with Jim Askew in 2018.  

An Executive Manager with significant success driving the rapid growth of leading base metal and gold, open cut and underground mining projects and operations. With a strong focus on driving operational excellence, Mark was able to consistently grow resource bases, ensure mining and metallurgical assets deliver to target, achieve optimal capability, reduce production costs and improve safety measures while continuing to deliver growth and extend mine life. He has worked at Evolution, Sinogold, Barrick, Western Mining, and Rio Tinto.

Mark holds a Bachelor Mining Engineering Degree with Honours from the University of NSW, an MBA from University of Adelaide, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Simon Delander

Vice President 

Simon is a highly accomplished risk executive with a track record of successful strategic and tactical leadership of business support functions in both mining and heavy industries.

Prior to joining Federation Mining, he has held senior group sustainability roles with Evolution Mining, Minerals and Metals Group (MMG), Jacobs Engineering Group and GoldCorp. He is a results orientated risk specialist and performance leader; able to apply deep knowledge of HSEC & operations management to lead robust risk management frameworks.

Simon holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (OHS & Environment), Master in Business Administration, Master in Emergency Management and a Graduate Certificate in Governance and Risk Management.

Simon will focus on a range of functions at Federation including Sustainability, Corporate Governance, Human Resources and operations support.

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Bruce Higson-Smith

Vice President - Business Development

Bruce is a mining engineer with 35 years’ experience both with mining companies and private equity firms specialising in mining. Prior to Federation, Bruce served Golden Star Resources in a variety of roles – VP Corporate Development, VP Finance, and General Manager of Bogoso-Prestea and Wassa Mines in Ghana. Previous to that he was an investment manager with a number of mining specific private equity funds including the Emerging Markets Gold Fund and the Resource Capital Funds.  Early in his career, Bruce worked underground in Zimbabwe (gold) and South Africa (shaft sinking).

Bruce holds a B.Sc. in mining engineering at the Royal School of Mines and earned an MBA in Finance at Baruch Business School in New York City.

Bruce will lead the mergers and acquisitions function for Federation.


Ben McCormick

Chief Financial Officer

Ben is an accountant and has worked in senior roles for multinational corporations in the mining and resources sector for over twenty years.

Most recently he was the VP Treasury and Corporate development at Andean Precious Metals (TSX), prior to that he was General Manager Projects and the Chief Financial Officer of Rincon Mining Pty Limited (Private Equity) and was instrumental in the turnaround of the Lithium asset in Argentina and Bicarbonate of Soda asset in Colorado, USA and the successful sale of these assets. Prior to joining Rincon Ben was Group Treasury of Newcrest Mining Ltd (ASX, TSX), and previously at Western Mining Ltd (ASX).

Ben holds a Bachelor of Business - Accounting from Monash University, is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA), and has extensive experience in, Treasury, Debt and Equity markets, Insurance, M&A, Business Turnaround, Project Management and Supply and logistics.