Directors Executive Team

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Nicole Adshead-Bell

Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Dr Nicole Adshead-Bell is a geologist with a deep understanding of the mining industry from over 25 years bridging the gap between the technical, corporate (Executive and Director), institutional investor and investment banking segments of the business – within an ESG framework.  Her career includes CEO of ASX-listed Brazilian gold producer Beadell Resources (prior to its acquisition by Canadian/US listed Great Panther Mining Ltd);  Director of Mining Research at Sun Valley Gold LLC (a SEC registered precious metals focused fund); and Managing Director, Investment Banking, Haywood Securities ( Canadian independent investment dealer.  While at Haywood she was involved in ~20 public transactions including streaming, mergers, acquisitions and divestures and raising ~C$1.8Bn in equity/convertible financings.  More recently she established Cupel Advisory Corp. to focus on investments and advisory services in the mining sector.   Dr Adshead-Bell has over 15 years of cumulative public board experience including exploration, development, operating and royalty companies listed in Canada, USA, Australia and the UK.       

Dr Adshead-Bell has PhD in structural/economic geology from James Cook University where she also completed her geology undergraduate and honours degrees.  She is currently a Non-Executive Director of TSX listed Altius Minerals Corp., a diversified royalty company focused on sustainability related global growth trends including copper, battery metals (lithium, nickel, cobalt), clean iron ore, potash and renewable electricity generation and ASX listed Matador Mining Ltd, a junior exploration/development company focused on advancing its Cape Ray Gold Project in Newfoundland, Canada.

Christian Ervin Easterday

Managing Director & CEO

Mr Easterday is a geologist and mineral economist with over 25 years’ experience in the mineral exploration and mining industry. He holds an Honours Degree in Geology from the University of Western Australia, a Masters degree in Mineral Economics from Curtin University of Technology and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Curtin’s Graduate School of Business.

Mr Easterday has held several senior positions and exploration management roles with top-tier gold companies including Placer Dome, Hill 50 Gold and Harmony Gold, specialising in structural geology, resource development and mineral economic valuation. Over his career, Mr Easterday has been involved in various aspects of project negotiation negotiations and valuations covering gold, copper, uranium, iron ore, nickel, and tantalum resource projects in Australia and overseas.

Mr Easterday is a founding Director of Hot Chili and has led the Company as Managing Director since its listing on the Australian Securities Exchange in 2010. Mr Easterday is a Member of The Australian Institute of Geoscientists.

Roberto de Andraca Adriasola

Roberto de Andraca Adriasola

Non-Executive Director

Mr de Andraca Adriasola is a business manager with 25 years’ experience in the financial and mining business.  Over the last five years he has been working in the main Iron Ore and Steel Producer in Chile, CAP S A. He also oversaw the construction of the first desalination plant dedicated 100% to producing water for mining companies in the north of Chile.  Mr de Andraca Adriasola has finance experience working at Chase Manhattan Bank, ABN Amro and Citigroup, working both in Chile and in New York and holds an MBA from the Adolfo Ibanez Business School of Chile.  He is a director of Puerto Los Losas, a port in the Atacama Region of Chile. He was elected to the board of directors of CAP S.A. on April 18th 2017, until that date he held the position of VP of Business Development.

Mark Jamieson

Non-Executive Director

Mr Jamieson is currently General Manager Resource Engineering for Glencore’s global copper asset group leading technical support and governance in geology, mine engineering and asset optimisation for development projects, operations and JV’s.

Mark brings 20+ years of technical and project experience in open pit and underground operations, including sub level and block cave mines with Newcrest, MMG and Barrick Gold across Australia, Africa, South East Asia and South America.

Mark holds a bachelor’s degree with honours in Geotechnical Engineering from RMIT University, and a Masters of Engineering Science in Mining Geomechanics from The University of New South Wales.

Mark’s appointment follows Glencore’s investment to acquire a 9.99% shareholding in Hot Chili through the Company’s A$40 million capital raising, as announced to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) on 6th August.

Penelope Beattie

Company Secretary & Chief Financial Officer

Ms Beattie is a Chartered Accountant with 20 years experience in corporate and financial services in Africa, Europe and Australia. She joined the Hot Chili team in November 2021.


Andrea Aravena

Geology Manager – Chile

Ms. Aravena is a geologist from Universidad de Concepción, Chile with over a 13 years’ experience in Chile´s mining and exploration industry. She has also completed further studies in project and operational management in Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Before joining Hot Chili, she has worked 4 years as a mine/exploration geologist in open pit and underground gold operations for Yamana and Minera Dayton companies.

Ms. Aravena joined Hot Chili in 2011 as a senior geologist and has worked extensively supervising and running Productora, El Fuego and more recently Cortadera exploration drill programs, managing the field team and company contractors, ensuring compliance to the company standard operating procedures. Ms. Aravena was contributory to the completion of Productora Pre-Feasibility study and continues supporting legal and environmental permitting for the current company operations.

Grant King

Chief Operating Officer

Grant King has 20+ years of experience in the mining industry, including underground contract mining, production roles and consulting for over a decade on mine studies and financial modelling. Grant holds an Honours Degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Queensland, a Master of Science in Mineral Economics from the Curtin University of Technology and a First Class Mine Manager’s Certificate for the State of Western Australia. Prior to joining Hot Chili, Grant was a Principal Mining Engineer at the engineering firm Wood and consulted on projects across the Americas, Europe and Australia. Grant is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

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José Ignacio Silva

Country Manager & Chief Legal Counsel

Mr Silva gained his law degree at the University of Chile, and studied Masters in International Business Law at the University College London. He has more than 10 years’ experience in litigation, commercial and mining law and business negotiations and in Tier 1 law firms in Chile. Mr Silva has also completed 2 years’ work experience in London, UK in Financial Fraud at the Serious Fraud Office, where his team successfully prosecuted a high level case of corruption of foreign officials. Mr Silva has been working with Hot Chili since July 2009 and in 2011 became Chief Legal Counsel. He is responsible for mining rights acquisitions, mining consolidation, deal negotiations and business development among other things, working directly with the board of Hot Chili.

Kirsty Sheerin

Resource Development Manager

Kirsty is a Resource Geologist with over 13 years’ experience in the mining industry, including underground gold mining and international consulting in resource geology.

She has worked previously as a Senior Resource Geologist for Northern Star Resources and Principal Geology Consultant for OreTeck Mining Solutions.