Follow the Leaders: This week’s executive appointments


Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Anglo American, Ramelius Resources, Diatreme Resources and more.

Anglo American has appointed Duncan Wanblad as chief executive of the company following the retirement of Mark Cutifani.

Wanblad brings 30 years of international mining experience to the role, along with a deep understanding of Anglo American, having served in both executive and non-executive roles at the company.

He will commence as chief executive as of Anglo American’s annual general meeting on April 19 2022. The appointment follows a rigorous global search process.


Ramelius Resources has welcomed Fiona Murdoch as a non-executive director of the company, effective December 1.

With extensive operational experience in Australian and international resources and infrastructure sectors, Murdoch is a non-executive director of NRW Holdings and Metro Mining.

Murdoch also serves on the Australian Premium Iron Joint Venture Committee for AMCI and POSCO.

Ramelius stated that Murdoch’s appointment would enhance the skills matrix of its board as the company continued to expand its capabilities.


Diatreme Resources has appointed former Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan as a non-executive director and chairman.

With connections across all levels of government, Swan offers Diatreme a strong advocate for economic development, Indigenous engagement, environmental protection and health safety.

The addition will see Diatreme’s current chairman Greg Starr return to the role of a non-executive director at the company.

Diatreme is an emerging silica sands explorer and miner with a portfolio of projects spanning Western Australia and Queensland.


Southern Gold has made a few changes to its executive team following its annual general meeting in late October.

With the retirement of managing director Simon Mitchell, Greg Boulton has been appointed as interim chief executive officer while continuing as company chairman.

Recently appointed exploration manager Robert Smillie has joined the team and has commenced work with non-executive director Doug Kirwin on geological and technical opportunities in-country.

Southern Gold intends to use South Korea’s winter periods to assess company priorities, resourcing, project generation, while increasing training for South Korean geologists and recruitment of expats.

The company has a vision to become an internationally recognised high-grade gold-silver project generator in South Korea.


Andromeda Metals has welcomed Tim Anderson as its chief commercial officer, bringing more than 30 years of national and international business development experience to the role.

Most recently, Anderson was program manager of Nova Systems’ energy and resources program, where he demonstrated his ability to identify intellectual property and commercialisation opportunities.

Andromeda said they were excited to have Anderson on board as the company continue its transition from an explorer to a developer and producer of industrial minerals.


Beach Energy has announced the resignation of managing director and chief financial officer Matt Kay, paving the way for chief financial officer Morne Engelbrecht to assume the role on an acting basis.

Kay was influential in transforming Beach Energy into a strategically diverse business well positioned to deliver material gas production into competitive Australian east coast, New Zealand and international liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets.

Beach Energy will conduct a search process to find a suitable candidate to replace Kay.

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