Management Team

Andrew Smith

Managing Director

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Andrew is a Mining Engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in the Underground Mining industry, the last 23 running Perseverance Drilling, Underground Pty Ltd. He has a broad range of mining experience, both in the eastern states and the west. He worked in roles including Mining Engineer, Project Manager, Underground Manager and Operations Manager for an Underground Contractor, before starting Perseverance Drilling, Underground Pty Ltd.

Andrew Ross

General Manager

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Whilst completing a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) at the Western Australian School of Mines, Andrew spent many years working around the Kalgoorlie Goldfields, gaining valued hands on operational experience in conventional and mechanised mining methods. Combining his education and experience Andrew has taken on various mining positions covering Mine Supervision, Short and Long Term Planning, Design and Scheduling, Project and Mine Management, International Contract Tendering and Operations Management. Andrew was appointed General Manager of Perseverance Drilling in May 2019.

Brett Nevill

Senior Mining Engineer

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Brett has both a Bachelor and a Masters of Mining Engineering. With more than 10 years’ experience in the industry, he has a good mix of Contractor, Principal Mine Owner and Consulting Experience. Brett initially gained good underground hands on practical experience. He has held a range of Mining Engineering positions, gaining experience in Mine Design, Short and Long term planning and extensive Long Hole Drill and Blast design and Supervision. He has also been involved in planning and installing underground dewatering systems and various special projects. It’s Brett’s keen interest and high level of expertise in Underground Drill and Blast that has brought Brett to Perseverance Drilling.

Hugh Mayer

Drilling Manager

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Hugh has spent more than 25 years in the drilling Industry. He initially spent 4 years surface exploration drilling and then moved into Underground, doing ITH, Long Hole Drilling and ground support. Hugh was a Drilling Supervisor for a number of years and has been one of our Drilling Managers since 2011. Hugh still keeps very hands on, drilling and training drillers in busy times. Hugh has completed an effective Supervisors course and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Steve Russell

Drilling Manager

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Steve has a trade qualification. He spent many years working as a Boilermaker/Welder at various operations in Tasmania and Western Australia. He then moved into Underground drilling, ITH and then Top hammer. Steve has worked for Perseverance Drilling, Underground Pty Ltd since 2008 as a long hole driller. Steve now fills the role of Drilling Manager alongside Hugh. Steve also keeps hands on, drilling and training drillers in busy times. He has completed an effective Supervisors course and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Marcus Waldron

Maintenance Manager

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Marcus was qualified as a Fitter and Turner in 2004. He then gained Boiler Maker qualification in Heavy Fabrication in 2012. Then in 2016 he completed a Trade Upgrade to Engineering Tradesman (Mechanical) Mobile Plant. Marcus has worked in the Heavy Equipment maintenance and Repair industry, mostly Mining related, for the last 18 years. He started working for Perseverance Drilling, Underground Pty Ltd in 2013 and has had a number of varied roles with the company.

David Beardsworth

Technical Specialist

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Dave started his career in the mechanical / automotive industry. He has trade qualifications in, Motor Mechanics, Air Conditioning, Auto Electrics and LPG handling and instillation. Dave entered the underground mining industry, initially working for Atlas Copco and completing many equipment courses, he also completed a certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Today he has almost 15 years’ experience maintaining underground Drill rigs and is responsible for trouble shooting, projects and training.

David Holmes

Purchasing Manager / Stores

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Dave has a Certificate of Supervision, a Certificate of Specialised Fuel Injection & Diagnosis and a Certificate of wheel alignment. Dave has many years’ experience in Spare parts and spent 6 years as a branch manager of Repco. He has worked for Perseverance Drilling, Underground Pty Ltd since 2008 and runs a very efficient and well organised procurement and stores system, which allows us to have the equipment we require where and when we need it.

Michelle O’Callaghan

Office Manager

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Michelle has over 15 years administration experience, ranging from reception to various managerial roles. She has certification in Advanced MYOB, Advanced Excel and Advanced Word. Alongside extensive experience in Human Resources as well as navigating logistics and personnel within various companies. She is responsible for all sides of Administration within Perseverance Drilling, keeping things running smoothly.