Researcher biography

Professor Nick Cook is an experienced multi-disciplinary geologist, team leader and business person with expertise in mineral exploration and collaborative project operations.

Nick's career includes periods of University research and teaching, mineral exploration and as a finance professional. Formerly the Chief Geologist for Mawson Gold and Technical Advisor for Southern Cross Gold, global roles that included responsibility for international collaborative industry-government-university research projects and as an industry supervisor for PhD, Masters and Honours projects (Finland, UK and Australia). This was in addition to providing on-the-job training for internal geological and technical staff.

Nick's career highlights include numerous voluntary training and research activities, supporting an international standing in mineral exploration. Leading a stable technical team from the first discovery drill holes through to the Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) stage of the Rajapalot Au-Co deposit in northern Finland is just one highlight.

The role as Group Leader – Total Deposit Knowledge will allow Nick to bring together his diverse skill base in mineral exploration and ore deposits and apply it to the full spectrum of mining-related activities (exploration to mine closure & rehabilitation). A deeper understanding of the relationship of the minerals to lithogeochemistry in the exploration and mining of critical metals will be a focus.