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Senior Leadership Team

Topdrill is built on a foundation of strong, visible leadership. Our group of experienced and talented professionals challenge themselves daily to deliver results for our clients and lead by example.

Tim Topham

Managing Director
Hailing from New Zealand with a Bachelor of Agriculture, Tim is the founder of Topdrill, with 18 years experience in the drilling industry. His vision and drive amongst the Goldfields as a business leader is well known and his passion for growth and progress inspirational. Tim is driven to build the largest privately owned, Goldfields based drilling company. He is dedicated to researching and investing in innovations within the industry that support his TOP team's safety and focused upon building long-term client relationships. 

Tim recently won the 40 Under 40 Category for Best Large Business.

Brian Dowdle

Brian began his career in the drilling industry over 17 years ago, working as a driller on Diamond Rigs around the WA Goldfields. He has drilled throughout Western Australia and the Northern Territory with multiple commodities on multipurpose drilling rigs.

Michael Begg

Having graduated from the University in Sydney with a Honours Degree in Agricultural Economics, receiving the University Medal, Michael excels in his field. Michael is a commercial specialist with 11 years experience across multiple industries including agriculture, manufacturing, mining & automotive. Michael specialises in designing and leading organisational change and digital transformation projects, as well as managing external stakeholders and supporting M&A transactions. Michael has an excellent track record of partnering with senior management and other stakeholders to support data transformation, decision making, improving business performance and driving continuous improvement in processes, reporting and systems.

Danielle Nordeck

With over 22 years’ experience working at the executive level, Dani has held the position of Business Manager at Topdrill since 2021. Prior to working with Topdrill, Dani held senior positions in various companies including SME’s through to large corporate ASX-listed entities. Dani has experience with governance, board reporting, assistant company secretarial duties, human resources, operations management, corporate social responsibility, and the creation and implementation of business processes to promote efficiency. Dani also currently assists the business development team at Topdrill and is active in reporting on client operations and building relationships with relevant stakeholders.

Patrick De Haan

With a career spanning over 20 years, Patrick currently holds the position of People and Performance Manager. Patrick partners with the senior leadership team to develop, implement and maintain work force planning and supports senior leaders in achieving their people goals. He also works to deliver on strategic actions for the human resources end to end function. Patrick provides leadership, support, coaching and training to operational managers on dealing with people matters and develops systems to allow the HR function of the business to run efficiently. Pat holds a Bachelor of Business (Double Major HR and Management) and is passionate about growing engagement across the organisation and the development of team members to their full potential.

Peter Salom

With over 30 years' experience, Peter has demonstrated capabilities in identification of new business development opportunities and promotion of product and service offerings. Peter has a proven track record of influencing, advocacy and communication to stakeholders as well as providing training, coaching and mentorship for cross-functional teams. Peter also has extensive experience in managing project lifecycles from initiation through to closing, completing all project deliverables on schedule and on budget. Peter's previous roles have provided him with significant experience in developing strategic partnerships, administering contract negotiations and delivery within tier 1 companies within the resources sector.

Cameron Fleming

With over 20 years' experience, Cameron has worked in the resources sector for many years and brings a wealth of knowledge in drilling operations and business management. Cameron applies a diverse range of skills, experience and education in business management to support the team at a high level to achieve client outcomes. Cameron works closely with both the business development and operations teams at Topdrill and has experience in both greenfields and brownfields projects and knowledge of remote exploration activities. Cameron holds a Graduate Diploma in Business from Curtin University and Certificate III and IV in Mineral Drilling Operations.

Angela Topham

Angela joined Topdrill in 2017 and has a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing & HR), Bachelor of Tourism and a Post Graduate Degree in Education from the University of Otago, New Zealand. She has a wealth of experience in marketing, and people management and brings a depth of knowledge and skill to Topdrill through her time in education. Angela has held a number of senior management roles and sat on education boards prior to her commencement with Topdrill. She currently sits on the Topdrill Executive Leadership Team and is passionate about not for profit causes, education and mentoring and supporting Women in Leadership.
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