Francisco Montes is Rugby Mining Limited’s Chief Geologist and the Exploration Manager in Rugby’s Colombian operations. Prior to that, he worked in gold and base metal exploration in Australia and Latin America including Panama, Ecuador, Argentina and Chile where he gained a diverse experience in community relations with indigenous peoples. More recently he has overseen the successful “Consulta Previa” prior-consultation process with the Afro-Colombian communities of Cocomacia in the Western Colombian Department of Choco for Rugby’s Cobrasco project. Francisco graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Tasmania in 1987. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.