Follow the leaders: The latest executive appointments

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Keep up to date with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including Northern Star Resources, VentureX Resources and First Au.

Northern Star Resources has appointed chief executive Stuart Tonkin as the company’s managing director.  

Tonkin brings five years’ experience as chief executive and three years’ experience as chief operating officer of Northern Star to the role. 

According to Northern Star chair Michael Chaney, Tonkin is the right fit to bring the company into its next phase following the $16 billion merger with Saracen Mineral Holdings. 

“Stuart is perfectly placed to lead Northern Star as we seek to optimise the operational performance and financial returns of the exceptional asset base which the company has established as the result of an intense period of merger and acquisition activity,” he said. 

Former managing director Raleigh Finlayson has moved to an executive director role for a transitionary period of around two months before he retires from the board.  

Finalyson will then re-join the board as a non-executive director in 2022 after taking a six-month break to complete an advanced management program with Harvard University.   


VentureX Resources has appointed former Northern Star chairman Bill Beament as managing director of the company. 

Beamant was previously listed as an executive director of the company after leaving Northern Star.  

Former Northern Star non-executive director Shirley In’t Veld has also been appointed as a non-executive director of VentureX. 

In’t Veld has served as managing director of Verve Energy from 2007 to 2012 and has also worked in senior executive roles at Alcoa of Australia, WMC Resources, Bond Corporation and Bank West. 

According to Beament, In’t Veld’s corporate experience will assist the company’s strategy in new generation energy and technology.  

“I have worked closely with Shirley for several years and I consider her to be one of the most talented and valuable directors in Australia,” Beament said. 

VentureX announced that director Anthony Reilly has resigned from his role. 


First Au has appointed Ryan Skeen as chief executive officer of the company, effective immediately.

As a finance professional, Skeen brings experience across wealth management and corporate advisory, as well as a history in financial services start-ups and corporate development.

First Au regards Skeen as the right fit for the company’s long-term growth and strategic objectives.

“Ryan will make an invaluable addition to the First Au team to support the long-term growth and strategic objectives of (First Au),” First Au executive chairman Bryan Frost said.

The company also announced that executive director Richard Ravelins has moved to a non-executive director role.

First Au owns gold exploration projects in Western Australia and Victoria.


Perenti Global has chosen Timothy Longstaff to become a non-executive director on the company’s board.

Longstaff brings a 25-year career in investment banking to Perenti, which includes managing director and senior executive roles at global firms.

He previously served as the senior advisor to the Australia’s Minister of Finance and leader of the Government in the Senate, and the Minister of Trade, Tourism and Investment.

Perenti is confident this will bring geo-political perspectives and insights regarding the workings of government.

Longstaff will also provide expertise in strategy formulation, acquisition and divestment, debt and equity capital markets, and investor engagement among industrial companies.

According to Perenti chairman Robert Cole, Longstaff’s understanding of international debt and equity capital markets and experience in strategy formulation and corporate transactions will advance the company’s strategic objectives.


Northern Minerals has appointed Bin Cai as a non-executive director of the company.

Cai has served as Northern Minerals’ alternate director since 2013 and will immediately start in the role.

Northern Minerals has appointed Belinda Pearce as company secretary after Mark Tory resigned from the role.

The company is a rare earth producer that operates the Browns Range heavy rare earth project in Western Australia.

It placed the operation in care and maintenance in March 2020 before restarting it in August 2020.

Northern Minerals is hoping to develop the project into a world-leading producer of the rare earth element dysprosium.


Province Resources has appointed Roger Martin as a non-executive director for the company.

Martin has served as chief of staff to former Western Australia Treasurer, Minister for Finance and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Lands Ben Wyatt.

He has also served as vice president of corporate affairs at Woodside Energy.

Province Resources has exploration projects in Western Australia and Sweden, including the Pascalle gold project and Gnama nickel project in Western Australia.

The company is also developing the HyEnergy hydrogen project in Western Australia.

According to Province, Martin’s appointment arrives at a time where the company is advancing HyEnergy through its approval process.

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