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Mr Gordon Cunningham

  • Forename: Gordon
  • Surname: Cunningham
  • Primary Position: Metallurgical Plant Operations
  • Secondary Position: Cyanide Management Expert

Brief CV

 Gordon Cunningham has more than 42 years’ experience in the mining and metallurgical industry, all based in South Africa but with project work in many countries outside the borders of South Africa. He has also worked in DRC and Zambia for a period of time.

 Gordon has 21 years in metallurgical production, both in technical support and plant management roles, in gold, base metal, platinum concentration, platinum smelting and base metal refining. In addition, copper and cobalt leaching from oxide ores.

 During Gordon’s years in production, he has managed many gold plants, all using cyanide as the lixiviant, including two flotation plants which used cyanide as flotation reagent. He has great respect for cyanide as used in the mining industry and believes that the highest safety standards under the new Cyanide code must be applied in the industry using cyanide.

 Gordon also can offer 4 years of ‘in house’ metallurgical consulting experience catering for gold, coal and base metal consulting. Responsibility for the metallurgical new business aspects of the mining house as well as technical innovation implementation for the company. He was directly responsible for the metallurgical design and implementation of the heap leach plant at Tarkwa Gold Mines in Ghana. 

He had 2 years of independent metallurgical consulting experience prior to joining Turnberry Projects, and has now been with Turnberry Projects for the last 15 years as Managing Director and Principal Metallurgist responsible for all projects completed by the company. 

During the last 15 years he has been involved with a number of gold plant studies, including due diligence reviews, technical support, process optimisation, scoping level, pre-feasibility and definitive feasibility levels.


  • Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) (University of Queensland 1975) Fellow South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Qualified Person Canadian Institute of Mining for NI 43_101 reporting Competent Person – SAMREC Pr.Eng. (Professional Engineer registered with Engineering Council of South Africa) No. 920082

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