NJF Consulting


>40 yrs experience

Nick Franey

MSc, MSEG, MAIG (Director)

I am a geologist with a broad range of exploration management experience, at grassroots and advanced project level, having searched for most types of gold and base metal deposit in a variety of geological terranes. I was the VP Exploration (Africa) and then VP Exploration (Asia-Pacific) for Anglo American, and a member of Anglo’s Management Committee, responsible for global exploration. More recent executive appointments, with Anvil Mining, Oceanagold, Discovery Metals, Azumah Resources, Renaissance Minerals, and Auris Minerals have provided me with a taste of the mid-tier to junior sector of the industry. I’ve worked in more than 15 countries, on three continents, and have visited as many again on various geological missions.
Nick Franey

Career Achievements

Business Development

  • Established new regional exploration office for Anglo American in Nairobi, Kenya – as a base for target generation in NE Africa (Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya & Uganda);
  • Launched Western Lowlands Au exploration project for Anglo American in Eritrea (abandoned due to outbreak of war);
  • Negotiated reciprocal rights deal between Skorpion Mine (Anglo American) and Rosh Pinah Mine – led to the discovery of a supergene oxide Zn deposit (18Mt @ ±10% Zn), which was later mined by Skorpion.

Exploration & Evaluation

  • Led team that tripled Anvil’s Cu resource base to 2Mt Cu in less than two years, by means of an aggressive drill programme (±150,000m);
  • Led team that doubled Azumah’s Au resource to 2.2Moz Au within a year;
  • Developed robust geological models (and exploration criteria) for Dikulushi Cu, Kinsevere Cu, Boseto Cu, Kunche & Bepkong Au, Julie Au, OKvau Au, on which Mineral Resource Estimates were based.

Data Management

  • Established global geochemical data management solution for Anglo American – with acQuire;
  • Developed comprehensive information management system (NMBIS) for Anglo American in Africa – used to attract claw-back deals with junior partners.
  • Developed new geochemical database and QAQC protocols for Anvil Mining, Discovery Metals, Azumah Resources, Renaissance Minerals and Auris Minerals – with various software solutions.
  • Promoted the initial use of GIS for exploration in Anglo American (early 1990s);
  • Established a remote centralized GIS database for Renaissance Minerals – to serve both Cambodia and Perth.

Human Resources

  • Designed and managed a major restructure of the Exploration Division of Anglo American (Africa) in 2001 – reduced staff by more than 200;
  • Renegotiated employment contracts for all exploration staff of Azumah Resources – both to reduce company liability & improve employee terms;
  • Organized numerous “Exploration Workshops” to promote sharing of ideas, develop and train staff, and build team spirit (for the first time ever in some companies!);
  • Taught MSc level courses in Remote Sensing & GIS at Rhodes University, South Africa (1990-92), and Exploration Management at James Cook University, Australia (2016/18/19);
  • Written book on “Mineral Exploration Management (soon to be published by the AIG) – specific target audience is newly appointed (and aspiring) Exploration Managers.

Admin & Finance

  • Prepared Business Plan and managed budget of >$20M for Anglo American (Africa) in early 2000s – more recent exploration budgets less for obvious reasons;
  • Managed Anvil Mining’s own Drilling Division (with 5 drill rigs) – estimated cost saving ±60%;
  • Established numerous management systems in all companies – to promote effective & efficient exploration, with periodic management review.

Health & Safety, Environment & Community Relations

  • Led team that designed and implemented comprehensive safety, health and environmental management system – awarded ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 certification for Anglo American (Asia-Pacific);
  • Effectively rehabilitated very sensitive desert terrane in the Sperrgebiet, Namibia, after grid-based geochemical exploration by 850 RAB holes – results surpassed official environmental commitments, as specified in the EIA;
  • Established early community engagement practices with many potentially affected people on numerous projects (e.g., in DRCongo, Philippines, Botswana, Ghana, Cambodia) – with expert help from consultants;
  • Successfully managed clearance of illegal artisanal miners from prospective sites in the DRC and Ghana – with no adverse security issues.