Daniel Saunders

Principal Geologist with broad experience and understanding of the mining value chain.

Daniel Saunders

Principal Geologist with broad experience and understanding of the mining value chain.

Principal Geologist

Daniel is an experienced geologist with more than 20 years industry experience in roles that have varied from mine operations through to regional exploration. He has experience in narrow vein lode, lateritic nickel, pegmatite hosted tantalum and lithium, iron ore, and carbonatite and hard rock rare earth mineralisation. Daniel also has experience in project assessment, mineral resource estimate auditing, and public reporting.

Daniel has been involved with projects domestically and internationally across Africa and South America and been responsible for the preparation of JORC and NI43-101 technical reports for Mineral Resource estimates. Daniel is a Fellow of the AusIMM.

Daniel’s knowledge was enhanced through post graduate study including mine engineering, mine finance, and geostatistics. He has been able to employ this broad understanding of the mining value chain to the various inputs in the geological modelling stage, achieving positive outcomes in the projects he has been involved with.


  • Geological modelling and resource estimation
  • Resource auditing and due diligence
  • Project assessment and valuations
  • Exploration and resource definition drill targeting and designs
  • Public reporting

Qualifications and Affiliations

  • Bachelor of Science (Geology), Western Australian School of Mines, Kalgoorlie
  • Graduate Certificate (Mine Planning and Design), Curtin University, Perth
  • Graduate Certificate (Geostatistics), Edith Cowan University, Perth
  • Fellow Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (FAusIMM)

Career Summary

2021 to present
Principal Geologist
- Cube Consulting Pty Ltd
2018 to 2021
Senior Consultant Geologist
- Cube Consulting Pty Ltd
2014 – 2018
Specialist Estimation Geologist
- Rio Tinto Iron Ore
2010 – 2014
Associate Geologist
- BMGS Perth Pty Ltd
2007 – 2010
Geology Superintendent
- Rio Tinto Iron Ore
2005 – 2006
Senior Exploration Geologist
- Sons of Gwalia
2000 – 2005
Superintendent Geology
- Sons of Gwalia