Follow the leaders: The latest executive appointments


Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Rio Tinto, Trigg Mining, Talisman Mining, ioneer and more.

Rio Tinto has hired Isabelle Deschamps as the company’s new chief legal and external affairs officer.

Deschamps currently works as general counsel of AkzoNobel and is a member of the executive committee.

She will succeed current chief legal and external affairs officer Barbara Levi from October 25, 2021.

“Isabelle brings a wealth and diversity of legal experience having worked in various senior legal roles for a number of large multinational companies,” Rio Tinto chief executive Jakob Stausholm said.

“I am delighted to welcome her to Rio Tinto and look forward to having her join the executive team and lead our legal, compliance and external affairs teams.”


Trigg Mining has appointed Tony Chamberlain as the company’s chief operating officer.

Chamberlain has held senior operational roles and leadership positions across the resources and engineering sectors and has also taken BCI Minerals’ Mardie salt and potash project to its bankable feasibility study stage, where he worked as chief operating officer.

Trigg Mining managing director Keren Paterson welcomed Chamberlain to the role.

“We are pleased to welcome Tony to our growing team at Trigg. He brings a wealth of recent experience from the potash industry and will help Trigg rapidly progress the Lake Throssell Potash Project in Western Australia,” Paterson said.

“Tony’s strategic input to the executive team and his deep knowledge of developing projects through to bankable finance, will be invaluable as we move Lake Throssell forward to scoping and pre-feasibility over the next 12-18 months.”


Talisman Mining has appointed Shaun Vokes to the role of chief executive officer of the company.

Vokes has served as interim chief executive officer since September 2, 2020.

Talisman’s board unanimously voted to give Vokes the permanent role due to his strong performance and leadership during the company’s restructuring period.

The company has also appointed Russell Gregory, who previously served as senior advisor – studies and technology for Rio Tinto, as exploration manager from August 2, 2021.

“We are pleased to announce these senior management appointments as we gear up for a period of significantly increased activity across our NSW portfolio,” Talisman chairman Kerry Harmanis said.

“On behalf of the board, I’d like to congratulate Shaun on his appointment as CEO on a permanent basis, and to thank him for his hard work and dedication over the past nine months as we have worked closely together to reposition Talisman for an exciting future.

“We are also pleased to announce the appointment of experienced geologist and senior mining executive Russell Gregory as exploration manager. Russell joins us following a distinguished career at Rio Tinto, and we are very much looking forward to getting him on board and accelerating exploration activities across our highly prospective portfolio.”


ioneer has appointed three people to the roles of director of process engineer, director of mining and director of supply chian management for the Rhyolite Ridge lithium-boron project in Nevada, USA.

The company has hired Rob Stepper as director of process engineering, who previously served as general manager of Coeur Mining’s Rochester silver-gold mine.

Sasha Meyer will take the role of director of mining with a previous background in mine management, while Kori Breschini will join as director of supply chain management.

“We are extremely pleased to announce these key appointments, and welcome Rob, Sasha and Kori to our management team,” ioneer managing director Bernard Rowe said.

“They bring deep mining, production engineering and supply chain expertise to our team and have all worked on various projects in Nevada where Rhyolite Ridge is located.

“We have continued to build our US- based team as we ready ourselves for the commencement of construction of Rhyolite Ridge.”


E2 Metals has given Peter Mullens the role of non-executive director.

Mullens is a geologist who holds a bachelor of science degree from Monash University, and brings over 30 years experience from the minerals industry.

He has also held senior roles with Mount Isa Mines and has worked on several large gold discoveries internationally.

“We are pleased to welcome Peter to the Board of E2 Metals,” E2 Metals chairperson Brad Evans said. “His experience and knowledge will be a tremendous addition to the board and the growth of the company. We look forward to working with Peter.”


Resource Base has appointed Paul Hissey as non-executive director of the company.

Hissey brings over 20 years’ experience in the resources sector and is currently chief financial officer at Navarre minerals.

He previously led the mine geology team at the Olympic Dam deposit in South Australia for BHP.

Hissey also spent a combined 10 years as a rated equity analyst with Goldman Sachs and Royal Bank of Canada where he researched Australian mining companies.

“It is wonderful to have someone with Paul’s significant and highly relevant experience join the board at Resource Base upon his nomination by Navarre,” Resource Base executive chairman Shannon Green said.

“He will be a valuable resource for all the team, and we look forward to his guidance and contribution as we progress with our exploration at the Black Range project.”

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