Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments


Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Chalice Mining, Gold Road Resources and more.

Chalice Mining has strengthened its board with the addition of independent non-executive director Linda Kenyon.

Kenyon is a highly experienced corporate lawyer and former senior Wesfarmers executive, where she worked for 32 years.

She has played a part in mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings and other transactions during her time at Wesfarmers.

Chalice expects Kenyon will add to the board’s capability as the company looks to advance its Julimar nickel-copper-platinum group elements (PGE) project in Western Australia.

The company also announced the retirement of non-executive director Steven Quin, who joined the board in May 2010.


Gold Road Resources non-executive director Sharon Warburton has announced her retirement from September 30 2021.

Warburton joined Gold Road in May 2016 serving as chair of the audit committee, member of the risk and environmental, social and governance committee, remuneration committee and nomination committee.

According to Gold Road chairman Tim Netscher, Warburton has been crucial to the company’s transition from an explorer to producer by guiding the companies accounting, finance and corporate governance controls.

Gold Road will announce the appointment of an additional non-executive director with skills to serve as chair of the audit committee in due course.

The company operates the Gruyere gold mine in Western Australia under a joint venture with Gold Fields.


Firefinch has appointed Tom Plant as chief financial officer and Nathan Bartrop as company secretary.

Plant has a strong background as a senior finance executive and has worked on significant corporate debt and company transforming transactions, including demergers, across his 25-year career.

Firefinch said this experience will be vital as it moves to become a 150,000 to 200,000 ounce per annum gold producer and demerge its Goulamina lithium project in Mali.

Bartrop has more than a decade of experience in ASX listing rules compliance as a corporate governance professional.

He holds a bachelor of laws and commerce fromo the University of Western Australia and a graduate diploma of applied corporate governance from the Governance Institute of Australia.

Firefinch’s outgoing chief financial officer and company secretary Eric Hughes will remain as an adviser to the company.


Scorpion Minerals has appointed Bronwyn Barnes as non-executive chair as the company enters its next phase of growth.

Barnes previously served as a non-executive director for the company since October 2018.

She has previously worked at BHP and early-stage explorer companies in director, leadership and operational roles.

Scorpion stated the appointment reflects the company’s increased activity, as it works to accelerate its Pharos project in Western Australia.

Pharos is prospective for gold, iron ore, PGE-nickel-copper and volcanogenic massive sulphide hosted copper-zinc, silver and gold mineralisation.

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