• Gerard Barron

    CEO & Chairman

    Gerard Barron is an entrepreneur and CEO who has a record of building globally focused companies in technology, media and future-oriented resource development. His passion is building companies that will help us build a truly sustainable future.  He has been involved in the early strategic development and financing of DeepGreen since its formation in 2011. In 2001, he made his mark in advertising and media by founding Adstream, and remained CEO of the business until December 2013.  During that time Adstream grew from a single office in Sydney to over 40 offices in 30 countries around the world.  Mr. Barron has also been a first money investor in industry-leading companies, including Nautilus Minerals and Sirtex Medical. He is focusing on DeepGreen because he believes the company will help supply the world with the essential metals to build the technologies needed for a sustainable future, while avoiding the impacts of terrestrial mining, such as deforestation, tailings and child labour.  He lives in London, England.

  • Anthony O’Sullivan

    Chief Development Officer

    Anthony O’Sullivan has over 30 years mining experience with a track record of delivering innovative solutions across multiple continents both in the terrestrial and marine environments. He is an innovator in mining, who is part of DeepGreen because of his proven commitment to sustainable and ethical mining. As Chief Operating Officer of Nautilus he led exploration, engineering and design, project development, permitting and product marketing culminating in the declaration of 43-101 compliant resources, grant of the environmental permit and mining lease from the Government of Papua New Guinea, ore sales agreement with one of China’s leading copper producers Tongling Nonferrous Metals Group and the completion of project design and commencement of project construction. He was previously part of the BHP Billion Global Exploration Leadership Team with responsibility for the company’s iron ore, bauxite, coal and non-porphyry base metal exploration portfolios. He is the named co-inventor on 5 subsea mining patents.

  • Dr. Gregory Stone

    Chief Ocean Scientist

    Dr. Stone is an ocean scientist and explorer with over 10,000 dives throughout Earth’s ocean down to 18,000 feet using submarines, SCUBA, underwater habitats and robotics. The Boston Globe E named him “Bostian of the Year”. Greg is also widely known as a global thought leader who finds ways for humanity and the ocean to co-exist and support each other in the modern world. He was a catalysts at the genesis of the Ocean Health Index and specializes in sustainable fishing, aquaculture, climate adaptation and seamount ecology. Greg’s ability to communicate complex science is illustrated by his compelling TED and Davos talks, and his appearances in documentaries for Discovery and National Geographic. Greg’s numerous accolades and professional associations include the Explorers Club, Pew Fellowship for Marine Conservation, National Geographic Hero, Order of Kiribati Medal, the U.S National Science Foundation/Navy Antarctic Service medal. Greg is Senior Science Advisor to the Special Envoy for Ocean and the World Economic Forum Ocean Program. Previously, he was Chief Scientist for Conservation International and head of their Global Ocean Program. He currently calls Los Angeles his home and looks out at his beloved Pacific Ocean.

  • Dr. Samantha Smith​

    Head of Environment and Social Responsibility

    Dr. Smith holds a BSc (Hons) from McMaster University in Canada, and a PhD from England’s University of Bristol. She brings over 20 years experience in conducting environmental assessments with experience in Mexico, Canada, UK,Papua New Guinea and the international seabed area. Dr Smith is recognized as a world leader in deep-sea environmental management and practices and recently served the role of President of the International Marine Minerals Society,. Dr. Smith was also a member of the UNEP/GRID-Arendal Steering Committee for the Pacific Marine Minerals and Deep Sea Mining Assessment. From 2006 to 2014 Dr. Smith headed deep sea mining company Nautilus Minerals’ Environmental and Social Performance programmes where she was responsible for managing impact assessments and permitting of Nautilus’ operations. Following rigorous internal and independent external reviews, Dr. Smith’s environmental impact assessment work resulted in Nautilus being granted an Environment Permit for the development of their Solwara 1 seafloor mining project from Papua New Guinea’s Department of Environment and Conservation in 2009.

  • Robert Heydon

    Head of Regulatory Affairs

    With a degree in Law (Hons) and Business Management from the University of Queensland, Australia, Robert Heydon has played an important role in pioneering 21st century private sector mineral exploration in the International Seabed Area. He has been involved in the deep sea mining industry for over a decade, including assisting to progress the development of national and international legal frameworks regulating seafloor mining.  Along with overseeing successful seafloor mineral exploration and metallurgical processing programmes, Mr. Heydon has pioneered deep sea mineral ventures with Pacific Island countries. Previously, he worked for Nautilus Minerals Inc., and was a member of the UNEP/GRID-Arendal Steering Committee for the Pacific Marine Minerals and Deep Sea Mining Assessment.

  • Jon Machin

    Head of Offshore Engineering

    Jon Machin has 30 years experience at the forefront of oilfield engineering and technology and has worked extensively in the deep-water sector. He has held senior management positions in the technical and commercial departments within market leading organizations Fugro, Technip and Schlumberger. He was a co-founder of deep-water geotechnical engineers UTEC Geomarine. Mr Machin has a remarkable track record of design and build of numerous Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV’s) and ‘extreme’ machines engaging the seafloor, including trenchers for pipelines and cable laying and deep-water dredgers. With DeepGreen Resources Director David Heydon, he jointly conceived the ROVdrill to overcome limitations of conventional drill ships in the marine minerals industry. Mr Machin holds a masters degree in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford. He is a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, is accredited with over 20 published peer-reviewed papers and lectures widely on deep-water engineering. He holds at least 6 patents.

  • Jeffrey Donald

    Head of Onshore Development & Processing

    Dr. Jeffrey Donald has over 20 years of international experience in the mining & metallurgy business. Dr. Donald is a specialist in the interface between business strategy, capital project scoping, technology and operational excellence. He is an expert at managing the business case development of complex strategic projects in challenging international environments with multiple stakeholder interests. Dr. Donald has a broad knowledge of all aspects of the mining industry; nickel in particular, with a basis in metallurgy and process engineering. Dr. Donald has extensive project development experience, having managed portfolios of complex, strategic projects including greenfield developments, major expansions, environmental improvement & compliance, commercialization of novel technologies and operations improvement programs during his tenures at Hatch, Inco, Vale, PT Vale Indonesia and SNC Lavalin. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and degrees from Queen’s University at Kingston, ON.

  • Corey McLachlan

    Head of Social Performance

    Corey is an experienced community and social performance manager with experience working in the South Pacific and in Canada’s North. Corey began his career working in government before transitioning to the mining industry where he worked with Rio Tinto leading their community relations team at the Diavik Diamond Mine. While at Diavik, Corey developed sector leading practices for Indigenous business development and renegotiated modern industry leading benefit agreements. Outside of work, Corey enjoys spending time with family in the mountains and sits on the Squamish Waldorf School Board.

  • Keenan Hohol

    Legal Counsel

    With 20+ years of international and cross-cultural legal, advisory and management expertise, Keenan has worked with pedigree law firms in Canada (including Baker McKenzie and Fasken Martineau), the US (Cravath, Swaine & Moore) and Europe (Baker McKenzie), and he later served as a General Counsel at the following listed companies: BHP Billiton (Global Exploration), Western Coal/Walter Energy, Silver Standard Resources and Pan American Silver. 

    Keenan has considerable and diverse experience in commercial negotiations; establishing, managing and enhancing corporate legal departments; advising on corporate strategy and implementation, including in the context of M&A and divestiture transactions and joint ventures, financing transactions, major projects, government relations, and a broad range of other commercial transactions; enterprise risk management; corporate governance and legal compliance (including anti-corruption compliance); labour and employment matters; emergency response and related incident management; and dispute resolution and material litigation matters.