Chief Executive Officer
Merlin joined Erris Resources as CEO in April 2017. He is a graduate in geology from Manchester University and holds a Masters Degree in Mineral Deposit Evaluation from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College. Merlin started his career as an exploration geologist on zinc and copper projects for Rio Tinto in southern Africa before completing his MSc and subsequently working as an equity and commodities analyst at HSBC between 1997 and 2003. In 2003 Merlin founded Palladex plc, and was CEO until mid-2007. At Palladex he raised US$9.8m on admission to AIM in 2004, worked in Central Asia, delineated and then divested gold assets in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, identified the geological potential of the Tulu Kapi gold deposit in Ethiopia, and renamed the company Minerva Resources plc.
Between 2008 and 2009 he was Exploration Director at Zamin Ferrous, running multiple programmes in South America, including a significant discovery in Uruguay. Merlin worked at Blakeney Management between 2010 and 2015, as Natural Resources Portfolio Manager – Middle East and Africa, covering exploration, development and producing assets in Oil & Gas and Mining. Since 2015 he has consulted for Tavistock Communications, Golden Star Resources and Ferrum Crescent Ltd among others. He holds BSc (Hons) in geology, MSc, DIC and FGS.