Mike Smith has over 40 years’ experience in the resource exploration sector having managed operations in Australasia, Asia, Europe and South America, involving a wide range of commodities, with extensive roles in investigations for copper, lead and zinc, gold and silver, and mineral sands. His international experience includes residency in the USA and Spain, and work in China, Japan, NZ, Fiji, Solomon Islands, PNG, Bolivia and many other countries. This has generated skills in dealing with a wide range of cultures and commercial situations.


Mike is one of the four Directors of the National Rock Garden. He has also served as the past president of three Australian national geoscientific bodies, and on numerous professional and learned society committees. He served for many years as the chair of the Australian Geoscience Council and the chair of the Registration Board of the AIG. He holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Sydney. He is a Fellow of the GSA, a Fellow of the AIG and an Honorary Member of the ASEG.