Follow the leaders: The latest executive appointments


Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Austin Engineering, Salt Lake Potash, OZ Minerals and more.

Austin Engineering has enlisted David Singleton as chief executive officer and managing director of the company.

Singleton previously worked as a non-executive director for Austin and replaces Peter Forsyth who resigned from the role last month.

He has previous experience as chief executive officer of Austal.

“We’re very pleased to bring David into the role of company chief executive officer,” Austin chairman Jim Walker said.

“He brings a relevant skill set to Austin as it embarks on a crucial strategic review to elevate it to the next stage of growth.

“He has both corporate and operational skills and has already made a strong contribution to the company through his role as non-executive director.”


Salt Lake Potash has appointed Stuart Fraser as chief financial officer of the company.

Fraser brings experience as an energy services finance executive and was most recently chief accounting officer of Weatherford International.

Fraser will take over from acting chief financial officer Grant Coyle who has taken a managing director role at another resources company.

Salt Lake Potash chief executive officer and managing director Tony Swiericzuk welcomed Fraser to the role.

“We are very pleased to welcome Stuart to SO4 and are confident his extensive experience in global energy services businesses will be a significant asset to the company,” he said.

“I would like to thank Grant for his contribution to the business and wish him well in his future endeavours.”


Sundance Resources chief executive officer Giulio Casello will step down from the role to become a non-executive director following a company review.

According to Sundance, the review followed illegal expropriation of its Nabeba iron roe permite in the Republic of Congo and ongoing litigation against the Governments of Congo and Cameroon.

“This has resulted in the role of chief executive officer no longer being required on a full-time basis, with the reduced responsibilities to be absorbed by Sundance’s board of directors,” Sundance stated.

Casello reflected on his time at the company and hopes the company can find justice.

“The past 11 years have delivered a rollercoaster ride though it never dented my commitment to try to deliver positive outcomes for all Sundance stakeholders. As disappointed and shocked as I am at the turn of events last year, I remain as committed as the Sundance board to seeking justice for the illegal expropriation of our iron ore assets,” he said.

“I look forward to assisting Sundance in any way that I can as the company moves into this next stage.”


Greatland Gold has hired Christopher Toon as chief financial officer of the company.

Toon has an extensive history in the mining industry and previously worked for Sakari Resources, Quila Resources, Iluka Resources and Sandfire Resources.

According to Greatland Gold chief executive officer Shaun Day, Toon will bring a strong skillset to the company.

“We are delighted to welcome Christopher as our new chief financial officer,” he said.

“An experienced and respected operator, Christopher brings considerable expertise in guiding publicly quoted mining companies through periods of rapid growth and transformation.

“This skillset will be an immense asset to Greatland as we progress Havieron up the value curve and develop the wider business.”


Elevate Uranium has appointed Stephen Mann as a non-executive director of the company.

Mann has experience as a geologist and corporate leader with senior roles in the uranium experience.

He was previously Australian managing director of Orano, the world’s largest uranium producer.

“We are delighted to add Stephen’s experience to Elevate’s board, at an exciting time for the company,” Elevate chairman Andrew Bantock said.

“Over recent years, Elevate has assembled substantial uranium resources in Australia and Namibia and continues to make exploration discoveries, at a time when the global demand for baseload carbon free energy is rapidly increasing.

“Stephen’s experience in discovery, development and commercialisation of mining projects, including as a senior leader of a global uranium major which operates across the nuclear fuel cycle, will add to our capacity to capitalise on this suite of assets.”


OZ Minerals has appointed Julie Athanasoff as group manager legal and joint company secretary.

Athanasoff started in the role on July 12. According to OZ Minerals, Robert Mancini will continue his role as head of legal and joint company secretary.

“Julie and Robert will both be responsible for communication between the company and the ASX,” OZ Minerals stated.

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