Peak Gold Mines has welcomed a new general manager with experienced mining leader Craig Thomas commencing in the role last week.
Mr Thomas has taken over the GM’s position from Neal Valk who recently resigned from Peak Gold Mines to seek other opportunities.
With extensive underground mining knowledge and proven experience in leading operational turnarounds over the past 30 years, Mr Thomas is a good fit for the role.
In addition to working as a mining engineer, he is also an experienced executive with strong technical, operational and commercial skills. Mr Thomas has held corporate and site-based leadership roles in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Africa including chief executive officer with Weatherly International, general manager at Ballarat Gold Mine with Lihir Gold and other roles with Mountt Isa Mines, IAMGold, Placer Dome and Western Metals.
When asked about his new role at Peak, Mr Thomas said he was pleased to once again be living and working back in Australia.
“After living overseas for the last decade, arriving in Cobar brought back fond memories of when I began my mining career in Mount Isa where I lived and worked in the late eighties and early nineties,” Mr Thomas said.
“I am looking forward to continuing Neal Valk’s strong and constructive relationship with the Cobar community.
“I am also looking forward to tackling the challenges at the Peak in order to set up the business for long term success,” he said.