BHP snaps up former NAB boss


Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including BHP moving in on NAB’s recently departed chief.


BHP has added Ross McEwan to its board, bringing more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry.

McEwan is finishing up as chief executive officer (CEO) of NAB in April, having held the role since 2019. Prior to that, he was CEO of the Royal Bank of Scotland for six years.

“Ross brings a strong focus on people and culture, technology and innovation and has deep experience in capital allocation and value creation,” BHP chair Ken MacKenzie said.

“He has a deep understanding of organisational transformation and brings a very strong focus on the customer and technology as a driver of change.”

McEwan will commence as a non-executive director on April 3.


Emerging gold explorer Novo Resources is on the hunt for a new CEO.

The search heralds a transition phase for the company, with current executive co-chairman and acting CEO Mike Spreadborough moving to the role of non-executive chair upon the appointment of a new CEO.

Current non-executive co-chair, Quinton Hennigh, will move to the role of non-executive director.

“The past 12 months have seen significant change at Novo, largely through our ASX listing, and multiple transactions including the sale of the Nullagine gold project (including its liabilities) which have secured valuable funding for Novo to progress its exploration strategy and enhance our profile across a broader mix of stakeholder groups,” Spreadborough said.

“With a solid platform, now is the right time to find a dedicated CEO to drive the strategy, whilst the board refresh is important to ensure that we have the right skills for this next phase.”


R3D Resources has appointed esteemed entrepreneur and medical doctor Alistair Lewis as a non-executive director.

Lewis also has more than a decade’s experience in the mining and exploration sectors. In 2017, he established his own investment vehicle for the development of exploration assets focused on gold, tin, tungsten and antimony.

Lewis is also a director of Queensland Strategic Metals, an unlisted exploration company of which R3D managing director Stephen Bartrop is also a director.

“He (Lewis) brings a depth of experience in exploration in north Queensland as well as a following of exploration-focused investors curated over his last decade within the industry,” R3D chair Jihad Malaeb said.

R3D holds a suite of copper, gold, silver and zinc assets in the Chillagoe region of far north Queensland.

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