Rob Bills


Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (appointed September 2007)

Mr. Bills holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Monash University 1984) and a Master of Science (James Cook University 1989). He joined Emmerson Resources in September 2007 after a 25 year career in exploration and mining with Western Mining Corporation (WMC), then BHPBilliton. During his career with WMC Mr. Bills held numerous senior management positions including Senior Mine Geologist at Kambalda, Senior Research Geologist for Australasia, President Director of WMC Indonesia, Group Exploration Manager with WMC and most recently at BHP Billiton held the position of Global Commodity Specialist. Mr. Bills brings to the Company a track record of global exploration and management success including a detailed knowledge of Iron Oxide Au-Cu-U deposits and a deep understanding of the exploration business.

Rod Wheatley 

B.Bus, CPA 

Commercial Manager & Company Secretary (appointed March 2021)

Mr Wheatley joined Emmerson in March 2021, he is a CPA qualified accountant with over 20 years’ experience in senior financial roles within the resources and oil and gas industry. Mr Wheatley was formerly the Chief Financial Officer of Altura Mining Limited and prior to that Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary at Avenira Limited. Mr Wheatley brings to the Company a depth of experience in financial management and corporate governance of ASX listed mining and exploration companies in both Australia and internationally.

Dr Ana Liza "Liezl" Garcia-Cuison 

B.Sc (Geology), PhD (Econ Geology), MAIG, MSEG 

Group Exploration Manager (joined March 2012)

Dr Cuison is an economic geologist with over 20 years of experience in the mineral industry and delivered technical excellence to exploration programs for copper and gold mineral systems in the Philippines and Australia (Tasmania, Northern Territory and New South Wales), with history of involvement in discovery teams and technical successes.

Dr Cuison obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Economic Geology from ARC - Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposit Research (CODES), University of Tasmania in 2010. Her research project focused on the structural model on the mechanism of porphyry emplacement, space creation and vein geometries of one of the world’s most significant alkalic porphyry ore deposit, the Ridgeway Cu-Au deposits in Cadia, NSW.

With Emmerson, Dr Cuison is responsible for the implementation of multidisciplinary exploration programs and leading, managing and supervising a small team focused on the discovery of economic resources within the company’s current portfolio in Australia (New South Wales and Northern Territory)

Dr Cuison is a member of the Australian Institute of Geologist and a member of the Society of Economic Geologist. Liezl is also a University Associate at CODES, University of Tasmania.

Rhianna Farrell 

B.Sc, MBA candidate, MAIG 

Senior Exploration Geologist (appointed November 2020)

Ms Farrell is a geologist who has 18 years mining industry experience. She has held numerous operational roles from supervisory to management level for a variety of companies including Barrick, Gold Fields Australia, and Red 5 Limited.

Ms Farrell brings her expertise in brownfields exploration and mine geology to compliment the Emmerson team’s strong greenfields exploration skills. She is currently completing a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) through Deakin University, and provides assistance with business development projects.

She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and the Society of Economic Geologists.

Justin Hankinson 

Operations Manager (appointed June 2022)

Mr Hankinson is highly experienced Operations Manager with over 40 years' experience across mining, exploration, and drilling. He has held various roles across mining and exploration companies, Barkley Regional Council and Bushfires NT, Department of Lands Resources Management. Mr Hankinson previously worked for Emmerson Resources as Operations Manager / Project Officer and as a Special Projects Consultant for the past 15 years.

Mr Hankinson has a wealth of experience and knowledge across workplace health & safety, field management and activities, surface and underground drilling, exploration and mine surveyor open cut and underground mines, rehabilitation.

With Emmerson, Mr Hankinson is responsible for the exploration program planning, preparation, surveying, rehabilitation, health safety and environment standards and obligations, management of Emmerson Tennant Creek site base and daily operations and stakeholders.