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About Us

Company History

Royal Road Minerals partners with local enterprises to discover and develop new world-class gold mines with inclusive and sensitive community initiatives ensuring sustainable, modern and low-impact exploration and gold mining.



Royal Road Minerals was founded in 2010 by the original founders of Lydian International Ltd. Whilst at Lydian the team discovered and developed the plus 5 Moz Amulsar Gold deposit in Armenia. Royal Road’s team has a history of discovery and a track record of building well-financed, successful Gold exploration companies.

The Right Team



Dr Tim Coughlin

CEO & Director

PhD (Structural Geology), MSc Exploration and Mining Geology, BSc Geology, FAusIMM, MSEG. 26 years of experience, senior positions with major mining companies. Founder of Lydian International, discovered and raised finance for the exploration and development of the +5Moz Amulsar gold deposit in Armenia, led successful discovery teams in Australia, Peru, Colombia and Eastern Europe. Specialist in frontier mineral exploration, local partnership programs and mining investment in highly prospective environments such as South America, the Caucasus, the Balkans and Russia.


Iván Devía

Operations Director, Colombia

International risk-management and community engagement specialist with 15 years of experience in Latin America and the Middle East. Graduate Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law at the university Nueva Granada. 6 years with B2 Gold Colombia (TSX:BTO) as Health, Safety and Security Manager. Operations and Security Center Manager with AngloGold-Ashanti Colombia.

Andew Dacey

Andrew Dacey

VP Project Development

Geologist and mining analyst with over 20 years’ experience working in the resource sector with a focus on Au-Ag-Cu & speciality metals deposits.  He has worked for both exploration & mining companies as well as the investment banks Haywood and Evolution Securities. In 2002 he discovered the Golden Hills 3.3Moz Au-equivalent project in Mongolia and in 2003 worked on the initial discovery of the +4Moz Aueq Palmarejo deposit in Mexico.  In 2005 he co-founded Lydian International (TSX:LYD) which recently commenced construction at its 5Moz Amulsar gold project in Armenia. He graduated with a degree in Geology from Victoria University, NZ and completed a Masters of Economic Geology at CODES, Australia. He is a Fellow of the IOM3, a Registered Professional Geologist (AIG) and a CP/QP under the JORC and NI 43-101 reporting codes.



Peter Mullens


BSc Geology, FAusIMM; over 30 years of extensive mining and exploration industry experience. Successfully developed 4 Canadian listed exploration companies including Lydian International. Strong experience of commercial aspects, ore reserves, financial evaluations, mine planning, JV negotiations and financing. Currently CEO of AIM listed Aurasian Minerals.


Vernon Arsenault


BSc Geology. 30 years of experience in exploration and project management in South America principally in Peru, Chile and Argentina. 20 years with Noranda in Canada and South America responsible for the reactivation of the El Pachon project in Argentina. Vice President Exploration for Zincore Metals, responsible for the recent discovery of the promising Dolores Cu-Mo prophyry located in Peru.

Daniel De Narvaez

Daniel De Narvaez


BS Mining Engineering, Dip. Negotiating Strategies. Daniel has worked extensively in mining and socio-political aspects of mining in Colombia and throughout the America’s. During the past five years Daniel has been the Executive Director of Exploraciones Oceanicas S de RL de CV, managing the exploration work and permitting of the Don Diego offshore phosphate deposit in the Pacific coast of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.