Senior Management


Jozsef Patarica

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Patarica is a mining executive with a strong track record in the mining industry spanning 25 years, including 19 years of board experience. Throughout his career he has been involved in senior management, operational and evaluation roles in a range of projects in terms of scale and commodity, principally across Australia and West Africa. Prior to joining Laguna Gold Limited, Mr Patarica was chief operating officer of Mineral Deposits Limited (MDL) for three years during which time he represented MDL’s interests in the TiZir Joint Venture on the boards of TiZir Limited, Grande Côte Operations SA (GCO) and TiZir Titanium & Iron AS. He also performed the role of chief executive officer at GCO for a year. Before MDL, Mr Patarica spent eight years as a director, including five years as managing director/CEO, of ASX-listed Bassari Resources Limited, a company focused on discovering and developing multimillion ounce gold deposits in the Birimian Gold Belt, Senegal, West Africa. He was involved in the development and operational management of the Fosterville Gold Mine (BIOX) in Victoria with Northgate Australia and, earlier with Placer Dome Asia Pacific, Mr Patarica was involved in major project work at the Henty Gold Mine in Tasmania before transferring to Placer’s corporate and project development group. He was involved in the construction and commissioning of Cadia Hill gold mine in New South Wales for Newcrest Mining and earlier was part of the team which successfully constructed and commissioned the stage 3 expansion of the Fimiston plant for Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines.


Glen van Kerkvoort

Executive General Manager Regional Exploration

Mr van Kerkvoort is a geologist with over 20 years experience in Latin America. He has an exemplary track record of mineral discovery including four world class ore deposits. Glen joined Exeter Resources in 2005 and, as chief geologist, was instrumental in the discoveries of the Escondida gold-silver vein deposit at Cerro Moro and the Caspiche gold-copper porphyry deposit in Chile. Prior to Exeter, he discovered the Don Sixto (la Cabeza) gold vein field in 1996 and went on to manage Barrick Gold’s exploration in the Patagonia Region before joining Brancote in 2002.  Following Brancote’s takeover by Meridian, he joined Patagonia Gold where he undertook exploration jointly in Chile and Argentina. Mr van Kerkvoort graduated with first class honours from the Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits at the University of Tasmania (CODES). 


Cameron Knox

Chief Financial Officer

Mr Knox has over 15 years experience in the finance and accounting industry, and has worked across a range sectors and jurisdictions, including Russia, Colombia, and Saudi Arabia. He has gained significant experience in small to medium resources companies, working through pre-IPO fundraisings to ASX listings. He has held senior finance roles in ASX listed Tigers Realm Coal Limited, Citadel Resources Group Ltd, and Nyrstar Australia Pty Ltd.


Joel Forwood

Executive General Manager Business and Company Secretary

Mr Forwood is a senior mining company executive with over 35 years experience in the resources industry including ten years in the investment sector. His areas of expertise include corporate governance, investor relations, communications, funds management and exploration. He has previously worked as an investor relations manager at Kingsgate Consolidated Limited, Lihir Gold Limited and Ballarat Goldfields Limited.