Richard Hillis

BSc(Hons) Geology, PhD University of Edinburgh
Non-Executive Chairman


Dr Hillis is a highly regarded geoscientist having graduated from Imperial College (London) in 1985 with a BSc (Hons) in Geology and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1989.

Richard’s career spans appointments at the University of Adelaide where he was Mawson Professor of Geology, State of South Australia Chair of Petroleum Geology, Head of the Australian School of Petroleum, and more recently Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Performance).

A founding director for the IPO of ASX listed Petratherm, Richard was also a founding director of KCL Resources that ultimately backdoor listed on the ASX via Highfield Resources which now has a market capitalisation of ~$275M. From 2010 to 2018 Richard was CEO of the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC) which developed transformative technologies for mineral exploration. Richard was awarded South Australian Scientist of the Year in 2018.

Richard is currently a non-executive director of AuScope – Australia’s provider of research infrastructure to the Earth and Geospatial Science community, and of HILT CRC (Heavy Industry Low carbon Transition Cooperative Research Centre).