Dan Wood is an exploration geologist and BSc (Hons), MSc graduate from the University of Queensland who retired from corporate mineral exploration in late-2008, after 24 years with BHP and almost 18 years with Newcrest Mining Limited. From the mid-1990s, he led Newcrest’s world-wide search for gold and gold-copper ore bodies as Executive General Manager Exploration, and was a senior member of the Company’s executive management group. Newcrest was judged by Metals Economics Group of Canada as the world’s most successful gold explorer, 1992-2005.
His mining industry career started in 1967 with BHP, initially for a short period as a mine geologist, before developing an extremely successful career in mineral exploration, where he was involved with discoveries across a range of mineral commodities, over a forty-two year period. He worked for BHP until late-1990 when he transferred to Newcrest Mining, after it was formed by the merger of BHP Gold and Newmont Australia. The gold and gold-copper, ore body discoveries of Newcrest’s exploration team laid the foundation for the company’s emergence as a significant, international mining company.
Recently, he was Director of the W H Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre and is a Member of the Centre’s Advisory Board. He is a non-executive director of the Highlands Pacific Group, a Resource Industry Ambassador for the State of Queensland, Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists, Member of the Geological Society of Australia, and joint-recipient of the Society’s Joe Harms Medal, for discovering the world-class, Cadia gold-copper ore bodies in New South Wales, Australia.