Successful explorers typically have quality leadership teams.

These proven mine finders and builders – the kind that make shareholders a lot of money – are hard to come by.

Here are three mining legends who moved on from prior successes and are batting for another company-making home run.


Mark Bennett

S2 Resources managing director Mark Bennett.

In 2012, micro-cap explorer Sirius Resources was completely skint when it found the globally significant Nova deposit in the Fraser Range of WA.

It sent an otherwise dour market into a frenzy.

Within two months the Sirius share price was up 4,000 per cent from 5c to over $2.50.

And when it was finally acquired by major miner Independence Group (ASX:IGO) in 2015, the former penny stock was valued at $4.38 per share, or $1.8 billion.

But this wasn’t the first big find for Sirus boss Mark Bennett.

Bennett had already discovered the Thunderbox gold mine in 1999 – WA’s best discovery in decade — and the nearby Waterloo nickel mine in 2002.

Bennett now helms cashed-up gold and base metals-focused Sirius spinout S2 Resources (ASX:S2R), which has projects in Finland and the Fraser Range of WA.

He is also on the board of Todd River Resources (ASX:TRT) — alongside former Gold Road Resources (ASX:GOR) boss Ian Murray — which is hunting for nickel, copper and PGEs near Chalice’s massive Julimar discovery in WA.

Both these guys have experience turning struggling small cap explorers into +$1bn success stories.

That’s rarefied air.


Norman Seckold

Veteran mining company chairman Norm Seckold.
Veteran miner Norm Seckold.

High profile mining personality Norman Seckold has managed miners and explorers for about three decades.

In 2007, his ASX-listed explorer Bolnisi Gold was taken over by major US silver producer Coeur d’Alene Mines for $1.3 billon.

It was a deal that made Bolnisi one of the great success stories of the junior end of the ASX market.

More recently Seckold helped complete the $200m float of Nickel Mines (ASX:NIC), which is now worth ~$2.3 billion after two years on the bourse.

A +1,000 per cent gain.

Seckold is also currently chairman of Alpha HPA (ASX:A4N), a high purity alumina stock quietly preparing for the next boom, Santana Minerals (ASX:SMI), a NZ-focused gold explorer, and Sky Metals (ASX:SKY).

In February, Sky hit a massive 93m grading 4.24 grams per tonne (g/t) gold in maiden drilling at the Hume prospect, part of its Cullarin project in NSW.

That discovery — still in its early stages — has already created a decent amount of value for shareholders.


Terry Streeter

Terry Streeter.

WA mining stalwart Terry Streeter knows — from experience — that a major discovery can change an explorer’s fortunes in a very short amount of time.

Streeter has already helped develop two junior nickel explorers into mid-tier success stories.

Jubilee Mines, worth about $20m when it discovered the Cosmos nickel deposit in WA, was eventually sold for over $3bn in 2007.

Similarly, Western Areas (ASX:WSA), which floated with a market cap of $5m in 2000, is now an established WA nickel producer with a market cap of ~$630m.

Streeter is currently on the board of junior explorers Moho Resources (ASX:MOH) Corazon Mining (ASX:CZR)EMU NL (ASX:EMU), and unlisted companies Fox Resources and Riverbank.