Follow the Leaders: This week’s executive appointments


Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including Bellevue Gold, Newcrest Mining, Kopore Metals and more.

Bellevue Gold has bolstered its executive team with the additions of Darren Stralow as chief executive officer and Bill Stirling as general manager of the company.

Stralow replaces the outgoing Craig Jones, who will remain at the company in a consulting capacity, and enters Bellevue from his role as chief development officer at Northern Star Resources.

Stirling also hails from Northern Star where he was general manager of the Jundee, Kalgoorlie and Bronzewing operations during his tenure.

Bellevue managing director Steve Parsons said Stralow and Stirling were great fits for the company’s growth as a gold miner.

“Darren and Bill have extensive skills and experience in developing and operating gold projects,” Parsons said.

“With all our funding now in place, we are ramping up development at Bellevue. This will see us finalising key contracts for the supply of equipment and services, completing a host of important commercial agreements and, of course, building the mine and processing plant.” 


Newcrest Mining has appointed Sherry Duhe as chief financial officer of the company, taking over from the departing Gerard Bond.

Duhe has spent the past four years as chief financial officer and executive vice president of Woodside Energy, where she has established extensive finance and leadership experience.

She has also held senior international roles at companies such as Shell Exploration & Production, Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil.

“Sherry has extensive international experience across capital intensive and complex industries and is also a proven top 20 ASX-listed company chief financial officer who will bring her extensive financial expertise and leadership skills to Newcrest as we execute our growth strategy,” Newcrest managing director and chief executive officer Sandeep Biswas said.

Duhe will join Newcrest in early 2022.


Northern Minerals has announced the resignation of founding director Colin McCavana as non-executive chairman and non-executive director of the company.

The company honoured McCavana in transforming the company from an explorer to producer, with its Browns Range rare earth project considered the first significant dysprosium producer outside of China.

McCavana said he would be pursuing other interests in the exploration and mining sector. Northern Minerals is currently on the search for its next chairperson.


Kopore Metals has welcomed James Eggins as non-executive chairman of the company, who brings with him 40 years’ experience in the uranium sector.

Eggins previously held senior management roles at Queensland Mines, which developed and operated the Nabarlek uranium project in the Northern Territory.

He has also managed various marketing and business development roles across precious metals, mineral sands, refined copper and rare earths, where he most recently worked with Greenland Minerals for seven years.

Kopore said Eggins’ experience will assist the company to continue advancing its Horseshoe West joint venture project in Western Australia as well as its assets in Botswana.


Fenix Resources has appointed John Welborn as its non-executive chairman, effective from the company’s 2021 annual general meeting.

A highly accomplished and internationally respected mining company director and senior executive, Welborn has more than 20 years’ experience working in the resources sector.

Welborn was managing director and chief executive officer of Resolute Mining across a five-year period which saw the company’s market capitalisation grow from below $200 million to more than $1 billion, alongside a 300 per cent jump in its share price in the same timeframe.

Fenix stated that Welborn would assist in elevating the company’s iron ore capability which is currently represented by its Iron Ridge mine in Western Australia.

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