The Traprock Team 

Traprock is led by a team of highly qualified and experienced mining industry professionals, with a demonstrated ability to identify and capitalise on opportunities and a clear strategy to deliver growth in both value and resources for shareholders.





Anthony (Tony) Fawdon (Chairman) F.AusIMM, F.AICD

Tony has been active in the Australian mining and exploration industry for 45 years, working, until 1982, at various management levels for multinational companies as a prospector, miner, driller, field manager throughout Australia. He was then involved in acquiring and generating projects for company stock exchange listings for several companies.

Tony then became founder and director of several listed explorers including the Queensland based gold and base metal explorer Strike Mining NL in 1994, for which he was Managing Director/CEO until 2000 and went on to start  Diatreme Resources Limited in 2001, an ASX Limited listed company and was it’s Executive Chairman until June 2014.

Tony is a past Director of the Queensland Mining Council Ltd from 1999 until 2008 and chaired their Junior Resources and Exploration Committees. He was Chairman and founder of the Queensland Geoscience Improvement Forum and largely responsible for the Smart Exploration Initiatives by the Queensland Government, and was a member of the Queensland Minister for Mines Exploration Committee.

Tony has been involved in some significant discoveries over his career, being Kempfield Ag, Pb, Zn, NSW; Granny Smith Mine Au, WA; King of Creation Mine Au, WA; and Cyclone Zircon Deposit Zr, Ti, WA, all in greenfield domains.


David Jelley ( Director) B.Sc (Hons) - Geology, F.AIG 

David undertook a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in geology followed by post graduate honours studies at the University of Ballarat in the late 1980’s.

Following a career in gold and base metals David spent seven years with Bemax Resources and was instrumental in the discovery of over 1.5 billion tonnes of heavy mineral bearing sands including the Ginkgo and Snapper deposits near Pooncarie, NSW. Both these deposits are now in production. During his tenure with Bemax Resources, David helped put Bemax on the world map taking the company from start-up to being the fifth largest mineral sands company in the world.  

David was a founding director of Solomon Gold (now Sol Gold) and spent two years in the Solomons as Operations Director exploring for porphyry copper and gold deposits. During this time, David built the company from start-up to the largest exploration company in the country, employing over 80 people.

David worked for Diatreme Resources Limited as Exploration Manager from 2007 to 2014. During this time, David worked in most states of Australia exploring for gold, copper and heavy mineral sands.

In 2009/2010 David was also a director for Katana Group Limited exploring for iron sand deposits in PNG.

David is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and brings a wealth of experience to the Company from the field to the board room.


Warwick Anderson (Director)

Warwick has over 25 years’ experience in exploration working for both large and small-scale exploration companies. He has a keen eye for detail, and excels in finding the worth in projects that others may have missed, and has an aptitude for hands on project management. 

Warwick took a break in 2005, joining the Australian Army for five years and has served in Afghanistan & Timor Leste.

In 2010 he started his own niche exploration company, Gold Exploration Australia Pty Ltd, which specialises in gold project generation. 


Dr Robert (Bob) Findlay (Chief Geologist) PhD Geology, MAIG

Bob obtained his PhD in structural geology from Auckland University, specialising in fault kinematics and shear zones in greywacke and metamorphic rocks, and subsequently has had considerable experience of greywacke terranes hosting structurally controlled gold as well as of porphyry/epithermal and VHMS systems.

Bob brings to Traprock extensive geological survey, academic and industrial experience in Norway, New Zealand, Antarctica, Australia, PNG, Sulawesi, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines and southern China. Successes as a geological consultant include: identification of the previously unknown 45km2 PNG Liamu intrusive-volcanic complex (Cu-Au porphyry/epithermal Au potential); definition of seven similar targets in the Papuan Peninsula; discovery of a 9km-long epithermal system (Mt Kren-Kisi, Manus Island, PNG); rationalisation of the geological structure of the Tolukuma gold mine (PNG); and identification of an unknown 6km2 potential Cu-Au porphyry in northern Sulawesi. 

Bob's skills in project generation and management are exemplified by leadership of field teams in Antarctica to working as Assistant Director of the PNG Geological Survey, which work included field-leadership and generation of international collaboration.

Bob is a Member and Director of the Australian Institute of Geologists.