Christopher Gerteisen

Executive Director & CEO

Mr. Christopher Gerteisen as General Manager controls all aspects of the Estelle Gold project while implementing efficiencies and savings to keep cost per discovery ounce well below industry average. Mr Gerteisen has over 20 years of experience as a professional geologist with an extensive record of managing and advancing complex and challenging resource projects across North America, Australia, and Asia.

His work experience spans Greenfields from discovery through to production stage and other projects with a focus on commodities including gold and copper.  He worked as a geologist on the Carlin Trend in Nevada and on exploration in Alaska with Newmont.  He has held senior positions within several projects throughout the goldfields of Western Australia.

As a research geologist with Newmont he worked on the Batu Hijau Porhryry Cu-Au deposit in Indonesia. Most recently, through his technical contributions and management skills, Mr. Gerteisen played a significant role in the successful start-up, operations, and exploration which resulted in further mine-life extending discoveries at several prominent projects in the Australasian region, including Oxiana’s Sepon and PanAust’s Phu Bia in Laos. Mr. Gerteisen holds a Bachelor of Geology from the University of Idaho and a Masters Degree in Economic Geology from the Western Australia School of Mines.  He is a dual USA and Australia Citizen based in Alaska and a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.

David Hersham

Non–Executive Chairman

David Hersham was born in the UK and educated at Oxford University. He is an established corporate manager and entrepreneur with a successful history of developing and transforming small-cap companies, particularly in the international real estate and technology sectors. He started his career with diamond miner De Beers.

Louie Simens

Executive Director

Louie Simens has been an Executive Director of Nova since 2017. Mr. Simens is responsible for managing the company’s core business operations which requires oversight of company-wide operational efficiencies and working with management and the board to review and implement strategic plans to facilitate growth.

He has extensive experience in capital markets and running businesses, as well as in corporate restructuring, due diligence and mergers & acquisitions, where he utilizes his knowledge of corporate governance and project management. Mr. Simens has a successful track record spanning more than a decade, owning and operating contracting businesses in the fields of both civil and building construction. Mr. Simens is currently director of his family construction group. Mr Simens has been a Director of Snow Lake Resources Ltd since November 2018 and was appointed the company’s Non-Executive Chairman in December 2020. He has also served as Non-Executive Chairman of Torian Resources Ltd, and during his time at Torian, Mr. Simens was instrumental in the company’s recapitalization and turnaround. 

Colin Belshaw

Non–Executive Director

Colin Belshaw studied mining engineering at the Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall, UK, graduating in 1979 with the Dip.CSM (First Class). Colin is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (FIMMM), he is registered as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) with the Engineering Council of the UK, and holds the Mine Managers Certificate (Ghana). Colin’s formative years were spent on the Zambian Copperbelt at the Nkana Division and at the South Crofty Mine in Cornwall, and subsequently held senior operating and corporate positions worldwide, including: Navan Mining’s Director of Operations, Bulgaria and Spain; Managing Director of Kinross Gold’s Russian subsidiary, Omolon Gold, Magadan region; Kinross Gold’s Group Consulting Mining Engineer, Nevada, USA; Vice President Operations with Golden Star Resources, Ghana; Chief Operating Officer with Banro Corporation in the DRC; and Non-Executive Director of Highland Gold, where he was Chairman of the HSE Committee and sat on the Remuneration Committee. Colin joined Nova Minerals’ Board of Directors in December 2020.

Avi Geller

Non–Executive Director

Avi Geller has extensive investment experience and a deep knowledge of corporate finance, including capital markets, venture capital, hybrid, debt and private equity. He served as Chief Investment Officer of Leonite Capital, a family office he co-founded focusing on real estate and capital markets. Mr. Geller also serves as a director of the real estate company Parkit Enterprise Inc (TSX-V: PKT | OTCQX: PKTEF) and the events and technology company Dealflow Financial Products. He previously served as chairman of Axios Mobile Assets.

Dale Schultz 

Chief Geologist

Dale Schultz has over 30 years of experience in the mining and exploration industry in North and South America. He has a M.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan and is a registered Professional Geoscientist in the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Over the years, Mr. Schultz has been the Qualified Person (QP) for a number of projects including Solex Resources’ Pilunani and Macusani projects in Peru, Channel Resources’ El Mozo project in Central Ecuador, Aurelians’ Bonza-Penus resource campaign on the Condor Project in Central Ecuador, Majescors’ Douvray porphyry copper-gold project in Haiti, and spent time at Battle Mountains’ Kori Kollo mine in Bolivia. Mr. Schultz has also extensive experience in a number of other gold mining operations in Canada, and brings with him invaluable experience ranging from initial exploration stages through to underground and open pit mine production of large gold systems.

Michael Melamed


Michael has a strong background in financial reporting, business processes, M&A, and investor relations.  Michael is a Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia and has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting & Finance) from the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

Ian Pamensky

Company Secretary

Mr Ian Pamensky is a Chartered Accountant and member of FinSIA. Ian has over 22 years of experience working across a wide range of industries, from audit and funds management to mining. His large and diverse set of financial, commercial and company secretarial skills has armed him with the knowledge and desire to help businesses boost their success. No matter what the challenge, how small the question, or how complex the numbers, Ian dedicates himself to guidance and support, always with the view to grow and keep growing.

Ian has worked with a range of clients, from small family businesses to SME and ASX listed entities. His insight into the inner workings of a business has led to his pro-active approach to tackling even the toughest of financial hurdles.

Romy Hersham

Company Secretary

Romy has worked with Nova Minerals since 2017, overseeing the Company’s internal operations. He hold a Bachelor of Law(Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University. Romy is extremely passionate about building Nova and is excited to be part of the Company during this critical period of growth.