Pilbara Minerals

Pilbara Minerals’ new CEO and other recent executive movements

Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, featuring Pilbara Minerals, Anglo American, Global Lithium Resources and more.  


Pilbara Minerals has identified its replacement for current managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) Ken Brinsden, hiring Dale Henderson to the role.

The appointment follows an extensive executive search process conducted by the lithium miner, with Henderson selected from a field of outstanding candidates.

Having been the chief operating officer of Pilbara Minerals since 2017, Henderson was appointed because of his strong lithium industry experience, strong cultural values and work ethic.

Henderson has worked in senior roles for companies such as Fortescue Metals Group, Chevron and Occidental Petroleum, and has played a key role in overseeing operational improvements at Pilbara Minerals’ Pilgangoora project in Western Australia.

Brinsden steps down as managing director and CEO of the company on July 30.


Anglo American has welcomed Daniel van der Westhuizen as the company’s CEO in Australia, where he will lead Anglo’s steelmaking coal business made up of five coal mines in Queensland’s Bowen Basin and additional joint venture interests in steelmaking coal and manganese.

Commencing in September, van der Westhuizen comes from Rio Tinto where he most recently chief operating officer and interim managing director of Rio Tinto Aluminium – Pacific Operations.

“Daniel brings to the Anglo American team extensive cross-commodity mining experience in Australia, and a strong understanding of the role that premium quality steelmaking coal must play in the transition to a decarbonised world,” Themba Mkhwanazi, chief executive of Anglo American’s global bulk commodities business, said.

“Anglo American has a series of ambitious goals to transform the future of mining across the full range of sustainability areas, which all of our businesses around the world, including in Australia, are committed to achieving.

“Daniel and the team in our Australian business will ensure that we continue to drive towards carbon neutral operations by 2040, as well as making our business safer and more sustainable in every respect.


Ron Mitchell has been appointed as the new managing director of Global Lithium Resources, having first joined the company’s board as executive director – markets and growth in March.

Mitchell has already played a role in a number of significant developments at Global Lithium since he first arrived, including the signing of a 10-year offtake agreement with major shareholder Suzhou TA&A Ultra Clean Technology Co. and the introduction of Mineral Resources as a cornerstone investor.

He has also been influential in the commencement of Global Lithium’s maiden drilling campaign at the Manna lithium project in Western Australia.

“Whilst we had commenced an executive search to identify the right person to lead the company in its next stage of growth towards development and production, over the last couple of months it became evident that we already had the right person for the job on the team,” Global Lithium non-executive chair Warrick Hazeldine said.

“Ron is truly a leader in the lithium space and his knowledge of the global lithium market is second to none. The feedback we received from both institutions and private investors alike is that this is who they wish to see at our helm as we advance Global Lithium.”


Argent Minerals has welcomed Pedro Kastellorizos as its new managing director, bringing with him more than 25 years’ experience in the exploration, mining and corporate sectors.

Kastellorizos founded Genesis Resources in 2009 and has held board positions at Eclipse Metals, Batavia Mining and Regency Mines, while serving as exploration manager at Tennant Creek Gold and Thor Mining.

Currently a non-executive director of MinRex Resources, Kastellorizos has spearheaded numerous successful joint ventures at public and private mineral exploration and mining companies.

He will play an important role as Argent develops its exploration assets in New South Wales’ Lachlan Orogen, strategically positioned in the same neighbourhood as Newcrest’s Cadia gold operations.


Poseidon Nickel has appointed a non-executive director in Warren Hallam, who is a highly experienced metallurgist and mineral economist with exposure to a range of commodities such as copper, nickel, tin, gold and iron ore.

Hallam has held numerous board and senior executive positions within the resources sector, including at Westgold Resources, Aziana and Nelson Resources, while he was also managing director of Capricorn Metals, Metals Exploration and Metals X.

Poseidon chair Derek La Ferla and managing director Peter Harold shared their endorsement for Hallam.

“We are delighted to welcome Warren to the board of Poseidon,” they said in a shared statement. “His skills, expertise and experience will add timely technical and operational strength to our board as we focus on delivering our fill-the-mill strategy and restarting the Black Swan nickel project.”


Simon Wandke has been appointed as a non-executive director of Magnetite Mines, which is currently developing its Razorback iron ore project in South Australia.

With extensive global iron ore leadership, strategy, value chain and commercial experience, Wandke was most recently executive vice president and CEO of ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel producer.

Magnetite Mines chair Mark Eames said Wandke would play an important role as the company continues to develop Razorback.

“Simon brings a wealth of strategy, management and marketing experience from the mining sector and has a great track record of success, particularly in the development of effective commercial strategies across multiple iron ore businesses, product types and geographies,” Eames said.

“His valuable experience will provide further confidence in the business’s direction and strategy and I look forward to working with him during this exciting time.”


Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments

Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, featuring OceanaGold Corporation, New Hope Group, Austral Resources and more.


Former Newcrest Mining chief financial officer Gerard Bond has joined OceanaGold Corporation as its president and chief executive officer.

Prior to his 10 years at Newcrest, Bond spent 14 years with BHP where he held several different senior positions during his tenure, including in the aluminium and nickel fields and as the head of human resources.

OceanaGold chairman Paul Benson said Bond was well and truly the person for the job.

“Following an extensive search, we are pleased to have attracted such an accomplished and recognised executive to lead OceanaGold forward,” Benson said.

“Gerard has demonstrated strong leadership during his career, brings a wealth of commercial and industry experience and has a proven track record of driving performance and delivering on business potential.”


New Hope Group has found its replacement for outgoing CEO Reinhold Schmidt with acting CEO Robert Bishop taking over the role in a permanent capacity.

After joining New Hope as a financial controller in January 2021, Rebecca Rinaldi has become the company’s new chief financial officer.

Schmidt resigned in January following a period of personal leave and Rinaldi has been acting CFO since the beginning of February to replace Bishop in a reshuffle.

New Hope chairman Robert Millner said Bishop and Rinaldi have the capacity to lead the continued growth of the coal miner.

“Rob and Rebecca’s appointments to the permanent roles are an endorsement of their leadership capabilities, extensive industry experience and commitment to the New Hope Group,” he said.


Emerging copper miner Austral Resources has bolstered its board with the appointment of Michael Hansel as a non-executive director.

A corporate partner at HopgoodGanim Lawyers, Hansel brings plenty of experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, capital raisings and joint ventures.

“Michael has consistently been recognised as a leading corporate, business and commercial lawyer by various legal publications including Doyle’s Guide and The Best Lawyer,” Austral stated.

“The board welcomes Michael’s appointment and looks forward to his contribution in steering the company forward as it moves to producing from its Anthill copper mine having recently secured an offtake and prepayment agreement with Glencore.”

Austral exposed first copper ore at Anthill in late January, allowing the resource to be stockpiled more than a month ahead of schedule. The 10,000-tonne-per-annum project is expected to commence copper production by mid-2022.


Gemma Tually has been promoted to the role of joint company secretary at Fortescue Metals Group following the resignation of Alison Terry who had held the role since February 2017.

Most recently holding the position of group manager – legal, Tually has been with Fortescue for 12 years. Before joining Fortescue, Tually worked at large law firm for seven years where she gained expertise in shipping and maritime law, international trade law and dispute resolution.


Global Lithium Resources has appointed Hayley Lawrance as a non-executive director and welcomed Stuart Peterson as the company’s new head of geology.

With more than 20 years’ experience in legal executive, director and company secretary roles, Lawrance is an expert of the Western Australian mining and resources industries.

Peterson has been an exploration manager for Australian-based lithium companies such as Nimy Resources, Neometals and Lithium Power International, and brings more than 16 years’ experience to Global Lithium.

Lawrance will play a particularly important role in supporting Global Lithium’s growth in environmental, social and governance (ESG). Peterson will be critical to the development of Global Lithium’s Marble Bar lithium project in Western Australia.


Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments

Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, featuring OZ Minerals, Vimy Resources, The Perth Mint and more.  

OZ Minerals has recruited several new additions to its executive leadership team as it approaches a new phase of growth.  

Matt Reed, who joined the company in September, will now become OZ Minerals’ operations executive and will oversee the operational performance of OZ Minerals including at its Prominent Hill, Carrapateena and Carajás mines, plus West Musgrave once up and running.  

Reed has experience spanning 25 years at Arrium, Newcrest Mining, WMC and SIMEC Mining.  

Claire Parkinson joined OZ Minerals in October and will move into a role as integration executive to guide enterprise-wide changes (which were not disclosed).  

Parkinson’s wide range of experiences comes from stints with the Department for Infrastructure and Transport, Bank SA, Guide Dogs SA/NT, and the UK Prison Service.  

Bryan Quinn will join OZ Minerals in April 2022 as strategy and growth executive after a long career with BHP as asset president for manganese Australia and as global head of technology, geoscience, engineering, projects and business improvement.  

In March 2022, Michelle Ash will fill the newly created role of technology executive and will oversee ICT, mining technology and transformation.  

Ash is currently chief executive officer of Dassault Systems GEOVIA software division and has focussed on the natural resources sector to implement geologic modelling and mining engineering software.  


Vimy Resources has appointed Tony Chamberlain as chief operating officer, who first joined the company as an executive in 2014 and was principal in the elevation of the Mulga Rock uranium project in Western Australia.  

Since 2019, Chamberlain has been the project director and chief operating officer at BCI Minerals and was influential in building the financial foundations for the $1.2 billion Mardie salt and potash project in WA.  

Vimy is aiming to complete a bankable feasibility study, additional financing activities and continue early works at Mulga Rock in 2022, while the company has also flagged exploration developments at its Alligator River uranium project.  


Global Lithium Resources has welcomed Ronald Mitchell as executive director for markets and growth, and Greg Lilleyman as non-executive director, who bring more than 55 years’ experience to the company combined.  

With 25 years’ industry experience, Mitchell has built a strong connection to the lithium sector through senior roles at Tianqi Lithium Corporation and Talison Lithium, while he was also the inaugural chairman of the London Metal Exchange’s lithium committee.  

Lilleyman was formerly chief operating officer and director of operations at Fortescue Metals Group for four years, and before that, was an influential figure in various roles during his 26-year stint at Rio Tinto.  

Global Lithium has also announced that Jamie Wright has stepped down from the company board and his role as managing director. The company has commenced its executive search process for Wright’s replacement.  


Colin Belshaw has resigned as non-executive director of Nova Minerals and will transition into a role as head of the company’s new technical advisory panel. 

During Belshaw’s first year on the company board, Nova’s total gold resource estimate almost tripled from 3.3 million ounces to 9.6 million ounces, with significant intersections made at the company’s flagship Estelle gold project.  

Belshaw will be joined on the panel by Nova chief geologist Dale Schultz, senior metallurgical and minerals processing engineer Mike Hallewell and Nova chief executive officer and experienced geologist Christopher Gerteisen.  


Magnetite Mines has appointed Jim McKerlie and Paul White as non-executive directors, which aligns with the company’s strategy to progress its corporate governance where its board will be represented by a majority of non-executive directors. 

McKerlie has more than 30 years’ experience as a global business leader and experienced public company chairman, having served in senior roles at the likes of Beach Energy and Drillsearch Energy, prior to its merger with Beach Energy.  

White was the former chief executive officer of rugby league team Brisbane Broncos and is recognised as a highly accomplished business leader with substantial experience in the mining field, having served in roles at Anglo American and Xstrata.  


The Perth Mint has announced Jason Waters will become chief executive officer as of April 26, 2022. 

Waters is well endorsed by the Western Australian Government, with Acting Mines and Petroleum Minister Tony Buti complimenting Waters’ credentials. 

“The Perth Mint plays an important role in cementing Western Australia’s position as one of the world’s most important and valued gold provinces, and is a key Government employer,” Buti said. 

“I’m confident Mr Waters will be able to drive further safe and sustainable growth at The Perth Mint. 

“Mr Waters has proven to be a successful CEO, with strong commercial and financial acumen, and extensive experience in government and stakeholder management.”