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Hot Chili's management team is supported by a dedicated consulting and advisory team

Executive & Senior Management

Melanie Leighton

General Manager- Technical Services Group

Ms Leighton holds a degree in Geology from the University of Western Australia, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, and has greater than 15 years’ experience within the mineral exploration industry.  She has held project and senior geologist roles with several Australian listed companies including Hill 50 Gold and Terra Gold, gaining practical and management experience within the areas of exploration, mining and resource development.  

Ms Leighton has extensive experience in exploration, mining, feasibility studies and resource development in a range of commodities and acts in a project/ technical management role for Hot Chili in regard to resource estimation, land management, systems development and data integration and stakeholder relations. 


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.