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Liontown, Zenith and more: This week’s executive movements

Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, featuring Liontown Resources, Zenith Resources, Catalyst Metals and more.  


Liontown Resources has appointed highly experienced mining engineer Shane McLeay as an independent non-executive director.

With more than 25 years’ experience, McLeay has a strong track record in starting up and operating mines of varying scale, through project management, team creation and overseeing operational ramp-up to steady-state production.

McLeay’s expertise in underground mining and in adopting innovative technology-led solutions will be extremely valuable in the development and operation of Liontown’s Kathleen Valley lithium project in Western Australia.

“We are delighted that Shane has agreed to join the Liontown board at an exciting and very important time in the development of the Kathleen Valley lithium project,” Liontown chair Tim Goyder said.

“He will bring the latest and most innovative thinking in mine development and operations to Kathleen Valley, and we are very much looking forward to having him join our team.”


David Ledger has been appointed as the new executive chairman of Zenith Resources, bringing with him more than 35 years’ experience in investment banking.

A former executive director of a major European bank, Ledger has been advising institutional and corporate clients throughout his career and currently works across multiple sectors at his own advisory firm in Sydney.

Zenith managing director Michael Clifford said he was thrilled to have attracted someone of Ledger’s talent.

“As the company advances its lithium joint venture with EV Metals Group, and looks to demerge its base metal and gold assets into one or more new companies to be listed on the ASX, he (Ledger) brings strong commercial skills, understanding of capital markets and corporate governance that will add materially to the skill set and diversity on our board.”

Zenith has also appointed Emma Scotney as non-executive director, who is a highly respected business advisor and corporate lawyer with more than 25 years’ combined experience in the property, agricultural and mining sectors.


Catalyst Metals has welcomed highly experience mining executive Valentine Utete as general manager of its Henty gold mine in Tasmania.

With more than 25 years’ experience in the mining industry, Utete has been mining manager at Aeris Resources’ Tritton operations in New South Wales and general manager of the Nifty copper mine in Western Australia.

With five drill rigs currently operating at Henty, Catalyst is investing in exploration at the mine at a level not seen for more than 10 years.

Catalyst chief executive John McKinstry said Utete was a versatile addition to the team.

“Valentine’s extensive technical expertise and solid track record of management success is a welcome addition to the Catalyst team,” he said.

“We believe his suite of skills and experience will be invaluable as we implement our strategy at Henty. Encouragingly, Henty’s gold production for the current quarter has stabilised and is now in line with budget. Gold production for April was 2500 ounces.”


Viridis Mining and Minerals has announced the resignation of Hugh Callaghan as executive director, while Agha Shahzad Pervez has been appointed executive chair of the company.

From more than 10 years of working with ASX-listed companies, Pervez has held corporate accountant, chief financial officer (CFO) and company secretary roles and is also currently CFO at Equinox Resources and Pathfinder Resources.

“On behalf of the entire board, I wish to thank Hugh for his valuable contribution to company during his tenure,” Pervez said.

“In my new capacity as executive chairman, I look forward to working with the team to drive shareholder value through systematic exploration across the company’s projects, and consideration of additional acquisition opportunities.”


Dart Mining has appointed experienced company director Richard Udovenya as a non-executive director, who is currently principal of ResourcesLaw International, a law firm which focuses on natural resources projects in Australia and Africa.

Udovenya’s appointment coincides with the resignation of Luke Robinson as non-executive director.

Dart has one of the largest tenement footprints in Victoria, with a diverse exploration portfolio spanning orogenic gold, strategic and technology metals such as lithium and tantalum, and porphyry base metals such as copper and zinc.