Mining materially contributes to the now and future of everyone’s world.

Stratum’s purpose is to ensure that the best people carry this responsibility.

That’s why our goal has always been to change the traditional, reactive recruitment model by proactively identifying, and working with, the top 20% of leaders in the industry.

In the age of information, finding a name is ubiquitous. Finding the right name, the right fit, is the challenge. That’s where ROI is generated.

That’s our focus.



We do HQ based executive search and site-based mining recruitment
(management/leadership in operations, projects & exploration)


What starts well, ends well. Take the guesswork out of your next hire.


We’ve done our 10,000 hours. Benefit from our reach and insight.


Original research & publications, bespoke client assignments and more.


Few organisations have succession plans. We can help, at HQ & site.



Our 80/20 Ten Step Proactive Process.
Unique in the mining recruitment industry.
See why it works.


Our assessment and delivery tool achieves 96% Y1 retention. Guaranteed. Reduce commercial downtime, save significant time and cost.


Investing in the future of Search Firms: Our vision. Some projects we can talk about, some we can’t.



"I was first introduced to Jane Banks, and subsequently Stratum, in 2011 when I was CFO at Endeavour Mining. At the time, Jane got to know Endeavour after successfully completing mandates for the MD of a company we acquired.

Currently, as the CEO of Equinox Gold, we once again retained Stratum to recruit two leadership hires in Brazil, a General Manager and Project Manager.

Overall, we have been pleased with Stratum’s assistance.”

Christian Milau

Equinox Gold

"I met Will several years ago, and his contrarian view on the traditional recruiting models caught my attention; particularly his curiosity about how different people perform differently in organisations. This was of particular interest to me as I credit cultural fit as a key contributor to the success we achieved at Xstrata.

Over the years (and several mandates later) I have enjoyed seeing Will develop into a leading Consultant in his domain.

Will’s knowledge of the mining space and strategic thinking was evident during the last two executive search mandates Stratum delivered during my tenure as Chair at Nevsun and New Gold. He was not afraid to challenge and influence executives, to think differently about the type of profile they might require, particularly around why the recommended individuals would fit and flourish in an organisation.

A good example of this was when Will proactively positioned an up-and-coming project executive into another organisation to influence and have an impact on a $5bn project. Despite the organisation’s initial reticence, Will’s influence (and his idea in the first place), resulted in a successful hire. Several years on, this hire not only turned out to be a resounding success, undoubtedly exerting his influence, but is now being primed to become the VP Projects of this multibillion-dollar successful organisation. I am particularly proud of this individual as I mentored him earlier on in his career and saw the same potential.

So far, each mandated assignment Stratum (Will) delivered has been a success, with individuals contributing materially to the success of the organisations they have joined. On top of this, post-hire, Will continues to regularly hold discussions with his placed executives and stakeholders, which I have no doubt contributes to the successful outcomes experienced.

I’d say that the above summarizes what I want from an Executive Search Partner.”

Ian Pearce

Former CEO Xstrata Nickel
Chairman Nevsun and New Gold

"Stratum has been able to find candidates for a market where we thought none exists. Three excellent placements in really difficult assignments, now adding value across our businesses.

Will and his team was so successful that we have now engaged them to source several key technical positions in the mining division, and also other senior positions for our business.

Stratum’s knowledge of the mining industry and methods of sourcing is highly recommended and anyone looking for good staff sourced in a professional and time efficient way should give Will a call to show how he adds value to sourcing in your business. Efficiency, professionalism and high integrity is what you get when you use Will Coetzer.”

Anton Neser

Former Head of HR: Global Mining