Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments

Follow the leaders

Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at BHP, Pilbara Minerals, Aurelia Metals and more.

BHP directors Susan Kilsby and Anita Frew have announced their retirements from the company.

Kilsby’s retirement comes after she was appointed chair of Fortune Brands Home & Security’s board in January 2021 when she confirmed her intention to retire.

Frew will become chair of the Rolls Royce Holdings board from October 1 2021 after being appointed a non-executive director in July 2021.

BHP’s board has requested that director Malcolm Broomhead seeks re-election at the 2021 annual general meetings for a further year because of the aforementioned retirements.

However, Broomhead has informed the board he will not remain after the 2022 annual general meetings.


Pilbara Minerals has appointed Miriam Stanborough as a non-executive director of the company’s board.

Stanborough brings more than 20 years’ experience as a chemical engineer in the mineral processing industry across copper, uranium, gold, silver, alumina and mineral sands developments.

She was previously part of Monadelphous’ senior leadership team and has also held senior leadership roles at Iluka Resources, Alcoa Australia and WMC Resources.

Pilbara Minerals chair Anthony Kiernan said Stanborough’s experience in minerals processing will add further depth to the board through her expertise in minerals processing, business improvement, production management, human resources, diversity strategy, and sales and marketing.

Stanbrough is also a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.


Aurelia Metals has appointed Peter Botten as non-executive director of the board. Botten has also accepted an invitation to become chairman of the board following the company’s annual general meeting in November.

Botten previously served as managing director of Oil Search for more than 25 years before retiring in February 2020.

He is renowned for transforming the business into a major global energy company with experience across the global oil and gas industry.

Botten also holds strong experience in the resources companies and is currently non-executive chairman of AGL and Karoon Energy.

According to Aurelia interim non-executive chairman Susie Corlett, Botten will bring valuable skills to Aurelia’s growth strategy.

Aurelia’s annual general meeting will be held on November 4, 2021.


Thomson Resources has appointed Stephen Nano as a technical strategy and business development executive.

Nano has 30 years’ industry experience through his career as a geologist and previously served as chief executive officer of Mirasol Resources from 2014 to 2019.

He has also held senior technical and management positions with Newmont, Newcrest Mining and MIM.

According to Thomson, Nano and Global Ore Discovery have been working with the company since 2020 under an ongoing geoscience consultancy agreement.

Nano’s appointment is expected to help the Thomson board develop the business by providing technical and strategy support through its current and future capital partners.


QMines managing director Daniel Lanksey has stepped down from the role to pursue other interests after taking up the role last year.

Lanksey will remain a shareholder of the business despite his resignation from the role.

The company has also listed Peter Caristo as an independent-non executive director of the company’s board.

Caristo has more than 24 years as a geologist and has worked across project generation, assessment and management in greenfields and brownfields projects globally.

The copper and gold explorer stated that Caristo has experience in copper and gold projects across different mineralisation styles.

Caristo has worked for Newcrest Mining and OceanaGold as a geological consultant in Queensland.

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