Mr Philips has been with Avanco since the company started. In January 2013, he was appointed as Director of Operations, a position that he later relinquished as the Board sought to be independent. Today, although no longer a board member, he continues his work as the Head of Projects.
Mr Phillips specialises in providing innovative practical solutions to complex metallurgy, with particular expertise in flotation and hydrometallurgy including copper oxide leaching and SX-EW. Mr Phillips has worked for engineering companies including SNC Lavalin, Kvaerner and Minproc in a wide variety of mining projects. Before joining Avanco, he was the Technical Director for Kinross in South America with responsibility for exploration, project development and operations.
Mr Phillips has a BEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rhodesia. He is a Brazilian national, resident and fluent in Portuguese.