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Warren Thorne

Mining Professional

  • PARABURDOO, Western Australia
  • 0428 132 499


Senior geology professional with 17 years experienced across exploration and mining with considerable technical and personnel management experience in Iron Ore and Gold exploration, mining operations and project development. Additionally, I have occupied senior multi-disciplinary technical, and management  roles with global experience spanning Australia, Africa, and South America. Culturally-sensitive leader that believes in the the team is greater than the sum of its parts, and that empowering self-learning drives high-performing teams.

Work History

Senior Geologist

Rio Tinto
Jul 2013Present
  • Senior geologist on site for 24mtpa SOP operation. Team of 13 incorporating all geological functions across three mine-site (Paraburdoo-Eastern Ranges-Channar)
  • Strong driver of safety culture
  • Responsible for the establishment of a high-performing geology team
  • Acting Technical Services Manager when required
  • Sound knowledge of mine planning, survey and geotechnical functions
  • Key stakeholder for mine closure plans
  • Key stakeholder for rehabilitation dump design and mineral waste characterisation
  • Strong relationships within the business to deliver projects 
  • Strong relationships with plant and production to highlight risk and drive cost-saving initiatives

Exploration Project Manager

Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd
Mar 2013Jun 2013
  • Registered exploration manager for Hancock's Pilbara iron ore tenements.
  • Responsible for camp management and exploration project management.

Technical Manager Iron Ore

Vale Australia
Apr 2011Dec 2012
  •  Provide technical, and project evaluation/operational expertise and leadership in iron ore and manganese deposits, coordinating and leading multidisciplinary teams in exploration and new project developments globally.
  • Provide independent technical, project evaluation/operational advice to the Directors regarding global ranking and development of new projects
  •  Work with the regional project managers and their teams to ensure that exploration and project developments are optimal, reflecting industry best practice. Facilitate and provide mentoring and training to geologists and project evaluation teams to ensure they have the skills and training required
  • Assist in the development of the strategic plan
  •  Provide a link between Exploration and the Operations – transfer knowledge and skills between brownfields/minesite exploration teams
  • Guidance to Regional Managers and their teams in project generation for iron ore and manganese • Promote R&D to drive best practice/innovation/competitive advantage within Exploration
  • Coordinate multidisciplinary teams on project evaluations and due diligences
  • Assist Exploration and Business Development teams to identify, negotiate and incorporate project acquisitions that can leverage the company growth.

Geology Manager

Owere Mines, Ghana
Apr 2010Apr 2011
  • Geology manager for exploration and mining during mine start-up.
  • Lived in country in Ghana (Konongo). 
  • Responsible for team building and up-skilling of national work-force
  • Resource modelling/wireframing

Specialist Project Geologist

Rio Tinto Iron Ore
Sep 2009Apr 2010
  • Projects focused on potential ore-body complexity / variability, including material quality, rock characteristics, mine geology practices and ore handling issues are going to be addressed.
  • Identifying and mitigating gaps around grade variability, material types, feed related issues, reconciliation, blending and throughput, as requested in current operating mines.
  • Conducting initial data gathering and analysis, delivering directions, guidelines and reports
  • Site-based Mine Geology – Provide technical advice and input for studies, reviews and technical audits.
  • Geotech and hydrogeology teams – Provide ore-body and mine geology support in technical decision making.
  • Mine Geology Systems – work closely to gain further support in resolving more complex and longer term projects.
  • Technical Marketing – assistance in specific project work within mine geology context.

Senior Project Geologist and Mine Geologist

Rio Tinto Iron Ore
Feb 2005Oct 2008
  • Ensure the accurate and complete collection and synthesis of all geological information
  • Manage the planning, liaison and co-ordination of assigned project activities
  • Manage the accurate and timely completion of geological models
  • Provide input into technical projects and the Geological data base.
  • Communicate the program to the team and key stakeholders.
  • Provide energetic team leadership to a high ethical standard.
  • Identifying the skill and resource needs of the project or team.
  • Seek, engage and manage external consultants and contractors where required 
  • Fulfilled the role of mine geologist at Mt Tom Price, Paraburdoo, Nammuldi, Brockman BS2, Marandoo and Hope Downs

Senior Exploration Geologist

Syndicated Metals
Feb 2002Feb 2005
  • Oversaw operations of soil sampling and RC programs within Cu-Au-U mineralised systems
  • Management of contractors
  • Field mapping and prospect evaluation over varied terrains
  • Tenement reporting, production of annual report 
  • Promote and maintain safety systems and protocols

Contract Geologist

Jan 2001Jan 2002
  • Work/research at UFMG, investigating iron ore mineral systems

Exploration Geologist

Asarco Exploration Ltd/Eleckra Mining Ltd
Jan 1999Oct 2000
  • Supervision of RAB, AC and RC programs targeting Au, Ni, U and PGE mineralisation within Eastern Goldfields 
  • Greenfield field mapping and production of geological interpretation
  • Liaising with local land holders and pastoralists
  • Tenement reporting, production of annual report
  • Management of sampling protocols and data validation.



Gold Exploration and Mining
Exploration Targeting
Iron Ore
Geological Mapping
Structural Geology
Mineral Exploration
Strategic Planning
Operations Management
Project Planning
Due Diligence


Society of Economic Geology Iron Ore Short Course, Kuraman, South Africa

Invited Speaker

Fundamentals of Steel Making

Iron Ore 2011 Conference Short COurse
Sep 2011Present

Senior First Aid

St John Ambulance
Mar 2013Mar 2015


References as requested


  • Thorne, W.S., Hagemann, S.G., and Barley, M., 2004, Petrographic and geochemical evidence for the hydrothermal evolution of the North Deposit, Mt. Tom Price, Western Australia: Mineralium Deposita, v. 39, p. 766-783


  • Thorne, W.S., Hagemann, S.G., and Banks, D., 2007b, Hypogene fluids responsible for the transformation of BIF to high-grade iron ore (>65 wt. % Fe); insights from the 4E deposit, Paraburdoo, Western Australia, in, European Current Research on Fluid Inclusions (ECROFI-XIX), University of Bern, Switzerland, 17–20 July, 2007. Abstract Volume, p. 9

  • Thorne, W.S., Hagemann, S.G., Webb, A., and Clout, J., 2008, Banded iron formation-related iron ore deposits of the Hamersley Province, Western Australia, in Hagemann, S.G., Rosière, C.A., Gutzmer, J., and Beukes, N.J. (eds.), BIF-related high-grade iron mineralization: Reviews in Economic Geology, v.15, p.197-221.  

  • Thorne, W.S., Hagemann, S.G., and Banks, D., 2009a, Halogen and cation constraints on the origin of hydrothermal fluids forming high-grade iron ore deposits in the Hamersley Province, Western Australia [ext.abs.]: Meeting of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits 10th, Proceedings, SGA, Townsville,Australia, v. 2, p. 582-584.


  • Thorne, W.S., Hagemann, S.G., Vennemann, T., and Oliver, N. 2009b, Oxygen Isotope Compositions of Iron Oxides from High-Grade BIF-Hosted Iron Ore Deposits of the Central Hamersley Province, Western Australia: Constraints on the evolution of hydrothermal fluids: ECONOMIC GEOLOGY, v. 104, p. 1019-1035.


  • Thorne, W.S., Hagemann, S.G., Sepe, D., Dalstra, H., and Banks, D. 2014, Structural control, hydrothermal alteration zonation, and fluid chemistry of the concealed, high-grade 4EE iron orebody at the Paraburdoo 4E deposit, Hamersley Province, Western Australia; ECONOMIC GEOLOGY, v.109, p.1529-1562