Key People
Zenito's team has experience across most mining commodities, and have recently been providing consulting services on projects involving graphite, lithium, gold, iron ore, copper, lead and zinc. 
Managing Director
Joe Russell

Joe is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and qualified Project Manager with over 20 years industrial experience as an engineering manager, project manager, project engineer and design engineer in Australia and on global projects while based in the UK.

His experience covers a variety of minerals such as gold, copper, uranium, magnesium, and iron ore. His processing and plant experience includes crushing, milling, heap leach, leach CIP/CIL, bio-oxidation, flotation, dewatering, IX/SX, air/water plant services and cooling systems, wet and dry materials handling (slurry pumping conveying, stockpiles, stacker reclaimers) and ore/product logistics (truck, train and shipping).


His project experience is comprehensive covering project management, project engineering, detailed mechanical engineering, scheduling, risk, quality and cost control. He has been involved in project execution levels ranging from detail design and analysis of equipment up to high level systems engineering and project management, having worked from the initial phases of project development and initial scoping studies, through to project execution via EPCM.

Principal Process Engineer
Chris Stinton

Chris is a Chartered Mineral Process Engineer and has been practising mineral processing for over 35 years, with experience including mineral projects in Africa, Asia, Europe and America. He has successfully completed studies for clients all around the world. These include initial concept studies, pre-feasibility studies suitable for preliminary financial assessment to allow go/no-go decisions, and definitive studies used for assisting in the procurement of project financing. He has experience of the development of engineering through to complete design of plants and treatment systems. He has also produced training and operating programmes, laboratory specifications and design.  


Chris is a Qualified Person (or Competent Person, depending on the jurisdiction) according to the National Instrument 43-101 Technical Reports, JORC compliant reports, and Competent Persons/Mineral Expert under UK securities law, and has worked on due diligence for various bank financing of mining projects. 

Project Engineer
Senior Process Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer

Michael is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with 15 years’ industrial experience in the design and engineering of mineral processing plants in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, covering a wide variety of minerals such as gold, cobalt, lead, zinc, silver, uranium, and iron ore. He has considerable project experience with large minerals projects, from feasibility study phases, through to detail design, construction, and commissioning. 

Michael has a comprehensive understanding of the project and commercial processes and standards that are required to successfully deliver projects. His key competencies include fluid mechanics and pipe design; project and equipment engineering; hazard and operability studies; project valuation via cost estimations and financial analysis.

James Buchanan

James is a Chartered Chemical Engineer with over nine years' experience in the minerals processing industry. During this time, he has worked on a wide variety of precious, base metal and industrial mineral projects across the globe. His expertise in minerals engineering includes gold, rare earth elements, copper, lead/zinc, iron ore and cobalt/nickel and ranges from early scoping/option studies, feasibility studies through to EPCM and on-site engineering support.

James has experience in a wide range of unit operations, including comminution, leaching, solid-liquid separation and heat exchange. He is also familiar with process modelling software, having used HSC Chemistry and SysCAD to model various hydrometallurgical systems and processes.


This skill base extends into financial modelling and economic analysis as part of project valuation efforts.

Miguel Bosma

Miguel is a Mechanical Engineer with over 17 years’ experience spanning the full project development spectrum from feasibility studies to plant operation. 

His processing and plant experience includes crushing, milling, dry and wet materials handling, and ore and product loading and unloading. Specific design experience includes bulk materials storage containers, diverter chutes and other platework items, stockpiles, final product storage silos, stacker reclaimers, pump boxes, process water and slurry tanks, launders, and distribution and splitter boxes. His ore and product loading and unloading experience includes designs for loading and unloading from trucks, trains and ships. He is skilled in the use of relevant software including Rocky particle simulation software for optimising chute work and storage containers design and Beltstat for conveyor design.