OUR TEAM – Deepcore Drilling

Deepcore Drilling’s commitment to professionalism and industry expertise is reflected within their management team appointments.
Leading the team is Scott Tumbridge, a co-founding member and Managing Director. The supporting management team positions are held by a complement of co-founding members and selectively recruited personnel.

Collectively, the management team possess over 175 years of experience enabling Deepcore Drilling an extensive and comprehensive catalogue of expertise and networks including:

  • Directional Drilling
  • Surface Exploration (Including heli-portable and man-portable equipment)
  • Underground Drilling
  • Dewatering Drilling
  • Geotechnical Drilling
  • Site specific rig development and customisation
  • Production Drilling with mobile plant
Scott Tumbridge

Scott Tumbridge

MANAGING DIRECTOR
With over 20 years’ experience within the Australian mining and drilling industries, I have attained premium accomplishments in corporate governance, business development and operations, creating highly successful “in-demand” business services, deemed by industry figures as a desired place of employment and association.

My extensive industry expertise enables an insightful advisory and management approach, creating a structured environment committed to productivity, accountability, safety culture, growth innovation and success.

My commitment for driving Deepcore Drilling to become an innovative “safety and health-focused” leader has resulted in a large range of innovative projects including start-of-the-art technology with the new MDR700 fleet, the design and delivery of the Deepcore Sound Enclosure, role-specific manual handling training, remote analysis and reporting programs to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disease and injury and driving proactive health promotion projects including Mental Health Awareness training.

Maintaining a strong industry standard and by supporting the development and wellbeing of our people, will ensure the continued success of Deepcore Drilling as we go further.

Don Macdonald

Don Macdonald

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Commencing in 2004, I initially started my drilling career as a Driller’s Offsider at Stawell Gold Mine. Since this time, I have gained various opportunities to progress my career, first as a Driller in Western Australia, then moving to Deepcore in 2010 with more strategic, leadership focus, across HSE, Training, Operations Management and now as an executive leader in my role as Chief Operating Officer.

Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to lead a range of initiatives that drive innovation. It is not just our clients, but the community who benefit from Deepcore initiatives. Some highlights in recent times have been the design and construction of a fully enclosed Acoustic Drilling enclosure, underground directional drilling in Melbourne CBD and drilling at the iconic Snowy Hydro 2.0 project.

Leading innovation safely, with a strong supportive culture is what drives me to succeed. As a whole, Deepcore Drilling have a strong leadership foundation, offering a wealth of knowledge and experience, to lead us as we go further. We don’t aim to be the biggest, but we do aim to be the best at what we do.

Darren Perry

Darren Perry

GENERAL MANAGER - PNG OPERATIONS
Commencing my industry career as a Driller’s Offsider in 1994, I worked my way up to Senior Driller, before joining Deepcore Drilling in 2008. My initial role commenced as a Supervisor across various sites within Victoria, before my appointment as Victorian Area Manager.
My career highlight has been in managing the company’s expansion into PNG in 2013 in my current role as General Manager for Deepcore Drilling’s PNG operations. We are proud to employ a team of local and expatriate personnel, including 130 nationals-in-training, to support future growth.
I am driven by the desire to build and sustain a safe and successful drilling service in one of the most logistically challenging and remote mine sites in the world. I am passionate about instilling safe work practices and a safety culture into our predominately national workforce and guiding their progression.
I am looking forward to many more years leading the PNG operations onwards and upwards.
Andrew Stewart

Andrew Stewart

OPERATIONS MANAGER – VIC/NSW
Since commencing my drilling career as a Driller’s Offsider in 1987, I have since expanded my experience, working up the ranks to operational leadership in 2006.
My history includes a variety of specialist drilling programs, across both underground and surface operations, working in some of Australia’s harshest drilling conditions across various projects in Victoria, the WA Goldfields and Queensland.
Drilling technology and innovation (related to manual handling) has been the most dramatic change I have witnessed over the course of my career. The design of the marooka rigs and the introduction of the new MDR rig has further increased safety features and demonstrates innovative features to improve drilling activities.
As Operations Superintendent, this role allows me to work with lots of different people and places and work though any situations we encounter together to achieve our goal. Working with Deepcore gives us a competitive edge as we thrive on innovation, a “can-do” team culture and a broad range of experience that allows us to take on technical projects that others can’t.
What drives me is that, as a company, I can not only develop my own skills, but support the future development of my crews.
Rodney Hall

Rodney Hall

REGIONAL MANAGER - OLD
Starting my career in 1987 a Drillers Offsider, I have worked on various projects (underground and surface) throughout Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Joining Deepcore Drilling in 2006 as a Senior Driller, I worked my way up to Victorian Operations Manager and now in my current role as Queensland Regional Manager.
I am passionate about what we do and, more importantly, how we do it. We are industry experts, with a range of experience, across a variety of complex drilling programs giving us the capacity to undertake a broader range of specialised projects.
Matt Linforth-Brown

Matt Linforth-Brown

OPERATIONS SUPERINTENDENT - VIC
My experience with Deepcore has always been rewarding, since commencing as an entry level employee 9 years ago. Starting outside the industry as a Chef by trade, I have since changed my career direction, taking on many new challenges as a Driller, working on various projects throughout Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Papua New Guinea.
My role as Operations Superintendent allows me to work with lots of different people and places and work though any situations we encounter to help us succeed.
Deepcore has allowed me to advance my career over the years and we all have the common goal of striving to be the best at what we do.
Andrew Mattiske

Andrew Mattiske

HEALTH, SAFETY & ENVIRONMENT MANAGER
With an honors degree in Chemical Engineering and over 26 years’ experience in exploration drilling, mining and smelting operations in Australia and the Netherlands, I have a broad range of skills in the management of Health, Safety and Environmental management systems, operations management and metallurgical projects.
My passion for delivering sustainable safe work practices is derived from extensive experience in regulatory approvals, legal compliance, risk management, due diligence, sustainability reporting, community engagement and mine closure planning.
Commencing with Deepcore in 2016, I have lead the development and implementation of effective safety, environment, quality and training management systems resulting in high performing, sustainable and responsible operations.
Phil Matthews

Phil Matthews

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER
Phil began his career in the mining industry in 1990 with a Contract Drilling Company as their book keeper, since he has been employed by a further three companies in various roles ranging from payroll, to HR to purchasing. He as a founding member and part owner of Deepcore Drilling and is now in role of Financial Controller based out of the Stawell office in Victoria.
Daniel Steel

Daniel Steel

MAINTENANCE MANAGER
With over 20 years’ experience in heavy machinery maintenance, my passion is delivering quality equipment, developing high performing maintenance teams and driving technical innovation and systems.
My career has spanned a range of heavy industry, including road transport, earthmoving, mining mobile plant and drilling equipment, both field and workshop-based across Australia’s east coast and the Philippines.
In my current role as Maintenance Manager for Deepcore Drilling, I have had the opportunity to lead innovation, specifically with the engineering and design of Deepcore’s specialist sound-reduction acoustic sheds, the engineering and development of our track-mounted surface drill rigs and leading us into the digital world with Deepcore’s assets.
As part of the Deepcore team, I am proud to lead our maintenance activities and further develop our team to continue to find methods to do things smarter and more efficient. It is our collective goal, not to be the biggest, but to be the best, which drives our desire to succeed.
Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean

HR MANAGER
With demonstrated Human Resources/Operations leadership experience (across Mining, Drilling, Manufacturing and Logistics sectors), I pride myself on delivering innovative, best practice HR solutions to the Deepcore Drilling team.
Holding both MBA/BA qualifications, my education and 18-year history has allowed me to drive a range of industry activities, including executing various EBA/union negotiations, leading a $750m mine acquisition project, delivering HR support for a $500m port expansion and driving capability, workforce development and planning for a 1500-person factory.
My vast international experience across Australia, Canada, USA and the UK heavy industry has given me insight into multiple Tier 1/Tier 2 operations, allowing me to deliver a range of human resources activities, to develop and support high-performing teams.
My role as HR Manager with Deepcore allows me to drive and develop innovative processes, planning and systems to further support Deepcore’s leadership, maintenance and field teams. It is our goal to be the best at what we do, supporting our people to succeed that drives my passion for developing our people, not only in my role, but as we, as a team, continue to go further.
Joel Dubois

Joel Dubois

OPERATIONS SUPERINTENDENT – NSW/QLD
My career in drilling started 18 years ago starting initially as an Offsider in 2000. I joined the team at Deepcore drilling in 2008 and moved up through the ranks to Driller, Site Supervisor and now Operations Superintendent for our New South Wales/Queensland underground operations.
My experience has varied, working in Australia and PNG, on both surface and underground, with experience with a variety of complex drilling programs including Directional, Deep Hole, Exploration, Geotechnical, De-Watering, Gas Intersections, Cave Monitoring, Hydro-fracking and Heli-Portable operations.
When I joined Deepcore Drilling I felt part of a company with the same core values as my own. My love for the industry and passion (or some may call obsession) to succeed, keeps me motivated. I am thankful to be part of the experienced and dedicated team at Deepcore Drilling.

Joel Vitanza

OPERATIONS SUPERINTENDENT - QLD
Originally from a printing background, I commenced my new career in the drilling industry in 2008, as a Driller’s Offsider (surface). Since this time, my experience has expanded across Queensland, Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and an expatriate posting in Alaska, carrying out technical drilling programs on multiple sites, as a Driller, Supervisor and now in a leadership capacity.
My drilling experience spans from trouble-shooting complex drilling programs, high-pressure dewatering, wedging, conventional and deep exploration on some of the largest mining projects in Australia, working on both underground and surface drilling operations.
With Deepcore Drilling, I have had opportunities to further advance my own career, having recently moved into my current role as Operations Superintendent, as we expand our operations across Queensland. I have a motivated commitment to develop, support and mentor our team to achieve and maintain the highest drilling standards, to further enhance our culture of safety, innovation and success.