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Senior Management Team

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Como Engineers employs a team of experienced metallurgists, engineers, construction supervisors and drafts-people which enables us to offer a complete process and engineering service. We are able to supply services from metallurgical testing through to scoping and definitive feasibility studies as well as detailed engineering design to project construction and commissioning.

Richard Ladyman

Executive Chairman

Richard is a Mechanical Engineer with over 45 years of experience in the minerals industry and a founding member of Como Engineers in 1986. He is currently the Executive Chairman of the company and still actively involved as part of the Como Engineers Senior Management group for both Technical and Management activities. Richard has been instrumentalto the evaluation, design, construction and operation of many mining & mineral processing operations. Richard’s expertise is widely called upon for assistance with both new and existing operations.

Grant Blakeman

Managing Director

Grant joined Como Engineers in June 2007, having emigrated from South Africa. Grant has been the Project manager on a number of design, construction and refurbishment projects, as well as having involvement across a broad array of scoping, feasibility and definitive feasibility studies. Projects have included brownfields and greenfields sites in gold, nickel, copper, iron ore, zinc and lithium. He has direct experience in both greenfield and brownfield projects, including projects ranging from under $1M and up to $100M. Grant became Managing Director of Como Engineers in 2018

Martin Smith

Manager Global Markets

Martin is a qualified mechatronics engineer and seasoned project manager with over 25 years experience. He has extensive experience in the mining industry, with onsite project management, project engineering, equipment design experience, and management of scoping through to definitive feasibility studies. Martin also conducts valuations, due diligence and other studies for clients. Martin works closely with the Jakarta office (PT Como Engineers) to develop projects in Indonesia and South East Asia.

Alisdair Finnie

Technical and Design Manager



Alisdair is a Metallurgist with over 20 years of experience. His skills include working as a design manager for flowsheet development and process plant design, plant optimisation and commissioning, plant reporting and metallurgical accounting, plant expansions and upgrades and equipment selection and sizing. Alisdair is frequently called upon by clients for his input and advice with regard to the development of new plants as well as improvements to existing operations.

Laos Lagoudis

Associate Advisor

Laos is a capital projects professional, from an Engineering background, with 23 years of EPC/EPCM experience across Infrastructure, Mineral Processing, Oil & Gas projects in Africa, the Middle East and Australia.

His perspectives are informed from a diversified career that includes past roles at Management Consulting, Financial Services and Not-for Profit companies.  This broad base helps him to understand the requirements of our clients, their financiers and delivery partners; to provide insights that highlight the things that matter for decision makers.

Amy Zheng

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Amy is a qualified Chartered Accountant wiht significant experience in dealing with local and multinational , listed and non-listed entities across various inducstry sectors. Amy has gained practical experience in international, Australian, Irish, UK and US accounting standards and has listed public company experience in both Australia and Ireland.

  • Skills and specialities include:
  • Stautory audits
  • Financial statements and tax strategies
  • Budgeting and Forecasting
  • Constructing, implementing and monitoring reliable control systems
  • Due diligence reports
  • HR and payroll

Amy is also bilingual fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese.

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