Newmont, New Hope and more: This week’s executive movements


Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, featuring Newmont Corporation, Lindian Resources, New Hope Corporation and more.


Newmont Corporation has appointed Mia Gous as the company’s new senior vice president for its Australia operations.

Gous has 27 years of experience in the mining industry, where she has led heavy minerals, zinc, lead, copper and gold operations in Africa, Europe, South America and Australia. She joined Newmont in 2021 as general manager for its Boddington operation in Western Australia.

Having received the Influential Women in Chile – Leadership award in 2019, Gous was named to Chile’s 100 Female Leaders list.

As senior vice president of Australia, Gous will lead Newmont’s delivery of value through the company’s core values of safety, sustainability, integrity, inclusion and responsibility.

Newmont has also appointed Alex Bates to the role of senior vice president – workplace responsibility.

“Newmont continues to leverage our deep bench of experienced leaders with the appointment of Mia Gous and Alex Bates to these critical roles,” Newmont president and chief executive officer Tom Palmer said.

“Their individual strengths, including extensive operational and management expertise, will be tremendous assets to Newmont as we continue to lead the gold industry through our world-class portfolio of assets and project pipeline.”


Lindian Resources has welcomed former Arafura Resources managing director Alistair Stephens as its new chief executive officer.

It comes after Lindian recently announced its intention to acquire a 100 per cent interest in Rift Valley Resource Developments, a Malawi company that owns the globally significant Kangankunde rare earths project.

With mining experience spanning 35 years across roles in mine geology, mine planning, metallurgy, advanced processing, marketing and logistics, Stephens has worked in the rare earths field for 20 years.

Stephens is a specialist in the critical and strategic commodities sector and has worked directly in the field of rare earths for 20 years.

As Arafura’s managing director until 2010, Stephens played an instrumental role in the development of the Nolans rare earth project in Northern Territory, which is on the precipice of first production.

“I believe that the Kangankunde project is the best undeveloped rare earth project in the world, with such global significance that it may redefine supply independence in the rare earth market,” Stephens said.

“Having passively studied the Kangankunde project for more than a decade, I am genuinely excited by the opportunity to lead the project development program which we will immediately commence after shareholder approval is secured.”


Steven Boulton has joined New Hope Corporation as an independent non-executive director.

As an accomplished chief executive officer and director with more than 40 years of experience in infrastructure, utility and asset fund management, Boulton is currently the chair of SeaSwift and KC8 Capture as well as a director of Fulton Hogan.

Boulton has served on more than 20 boards during his career. He brings extensive experience and skills across areas such as strategic planning, capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, and stakeholder relations.

New Hope chair Robert Millner said Boulton was an important addition to the company.

“As part of our succession planning and ongoing renewal, the board is committed to ensuring a strong membership and diverse mix of skills, knowledge and experience,” he said.

“Steve’s broad experience will further strengthen the board and complement the expertise of current members.”


Jindalee Resources has appointed highly experienced lithium industry executive Darren Wates as an independent non-executive director.

Founder of corporate and commercial law firm Corpex Legal, Wates has more than 12 years’ experience with Neometals and is currently serving as consulting general counsel to the lithium company through Corpex Legal.

Jindalee also announced the retirement of Patricia Farr, who has been on the Jindalee board since 2008 and has served as executive director and company secretary during her time. She will continue to act as Jindalee’s company secretary.

Jindalee chair Justin Mannolini welcomed Wates to the company.

“Darren brings a wealth of experience and contacts in the lithium industry, having assisted Neometals in the formative stages of its Mt Marion joint venture with Ganfeng and Mineral Resources and its exit from the arrangement in 2019 as part of its strategy to focus on lithium-ion battery recycling.”

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