Paul Blackney

Executive Consultant

Paul is a geologist with more than 37 years of technical and operational experience. He has worked as a consultant in resource geology for over 30 years. Paul’s skills include resource evaluation, technical audits and reviews, geostatistics, reconciliation, grade control, competent persons reporting and project management.

During Paul’s career as a resource consultant, he’s worked with a wide range of commodities, including extensive experience in many types of gold deposits from narrow vein extreme nugget variations through to porphyry copper-gold styles. Paul also has substantial iron ore experience and significant exposure to copper, PGE, base metal and mineral sands commodities. Paul has considerable practical experience in resource estimation, technical audits and reviews, and grade control systems. The application of tailored resource evaluation and grade control methods to produce the best possible estimates and to optimise ore recovery have been long term areas of interest. These skills and experience have led to Paul acting as the Competent or Qualified person for a large number of resource projects. Paul has passed on these skills to numerous geologists over the years through the delivery of training courses and mentoring programs.


Snowden Optiro provides advice, mining consulting, training and innovative software solutions to mining and exploration companies, their advisors and investors.

Qualifications : BSc (Hons) (Geology)