Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments


Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Peak Minerals, Woodside Petroleum, AusGold and more.

Peak Minerals has appointed Jennifer Neild as chief executive officer of the company.

Neild has more than 15 years’ experience in mineral exploration and has worked in geology, geophysics and corporate roles.

She has previously worke for Xstrata Nickel, Newmont Australia and HiSeis and is accredited with an honours degree in geology from Laurentian University in Canada and a master degree in exploration geophysics from Curtin University in Perth.

Neild said the role will allow her to help advance the company’s Greenrocks project in Western Australia.

“Given Peak’s recent success with multiple zones of intrusive magmatic copper being identified within the Company’s recently consolidated Greenrocks Project in Western Australia,” Neild said.

“The role provides the opportunity to continue to build and validate the existing geological model’s success within the emerging new copper province.”


Woodside Petroleum has made Meg O’Neill the company’s permanent chief executive officer and managing director following her work as acting chief executive officer.

O’Neill succeeds Peter Coleman who retired from Woodside in June 2021.

She first joined Woodside in 2018 and has helped lead the Scarborough and Sangomar developments in her time as acting chief executive officer.

O’Neill said the development of Woodside’s merger with BHP’s petroleum business is high on the agenda.

“My focus will be on delivering the significant benefits expected from the merger of Woodside and BHP’s petroleum business and continuing to reduce costs and carbon while delivering Woodside’s current projects and production,” O’Neill said.


AusGold has appointed Timothy Kestell to the company’s board as a non-executive director.

Kestell brings 25 years of capital markets experience with previous roles at HSBC, Paterson Securities and Euroz Securities.
AusGold stated Kestell has played a key role in Indago Resources’ spin out Tusker Resources, which was then acquired by Barrick Gold.

Kestell also was involved in Lotus Resources’ recent purchase of the Kalekera uranium asset from Paladin Energy.

He also has experience as a director of Capricocorn Metals and Emerald Resources where he supported the transition for both companies from explorer to gold producer.


FYI Resources has appointed Sandy Chong as an independent non-executive director of the company.

Chong will be given special responsibility to assist the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters.

FYI stated its important to manage ESG risks so it can maintain its license to operate.

Chong brings more than 15 years of communications, strategic alliance, philanthropy, ESG and corporate social responsibility to FYI.

She has previous experience as founder and chair of the United nations Association Sustainable Development Goals forums series in Western Australia and is an adjunct professor for Curtin University.


Elevate Uranium as hired Andy Wilde as appointed exploration manager.

Wilde has worked for Paladin Energy and Deep Yellow across Namibia, Canada and Australia.

His previous experience has allowed him to develop strong experience of calcrete hosted mineralisation within Paleochanels, which is similar to the geology of Elevates’ exploration assets.

Wilde has also worked for 82 Energy, BHP Minerals, Birimian and Gold Fields.

“Andy is one of a select group of geologists that have relevant experience in surficial calcrete hosted uranium mineralisation contained within paleochannels, such as we have in Namibia,” Elevate managing director Murray Hill said.

“In addition, Andy has intimate knowledge of our Australian assets having previously worked on the vast majority of these with other companies.”

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