Follow the leaders: This week’s appointments

Christofer Catania has been appointed as general manager of MEC Mining. Image: MEC Mining.

Keep up with the latest executive appointments across the mining sector, including at Macmahon, Kalium Lakes and MEC Mining.

Macmahon chief financial officer Giles Everist has resigned from his position to spend more time with his United Kingdom-based family.

Peter Pollard will replace Everist and will work closely with him over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition into the role.

Pollard has extensive experience with globally listed resources, engineering and construction companies and held senior finance and executive roles in Australia, Asia and the Middle East.

Everist, who joined Macmahon in 2013 as a non-executive director before becoming chief financial officer in 2017, wished the company all the best for the future.

“It is with great regret that I have decided to resign from Macmahon,” he said. “It has been a challenging but rewarding seven and a half years, however, given the travel restrictions we now face I would like to spend more time with my family in the United Kingdom.

“The company is now in great shape (and) I remain committed to supporting the company in the coming months.”


Kalium Lakes chairman Malcolm Randall will be retiring from his position as a company director at or before the company’s next annual general meeting in November.

He is stepping down as chairman immediately but will remain onboard as a non-executive director.

Following this move, the board appointed company non-executive director Stephen Dennis as chairman.

Dennis has built a career in resources across Australia and internationally for more than 35 years, representing a number of senior resource company boards, including several stints as chairman.

He was nominated to join Kalium Lakes last April by major shareholder Greenstone Resources. He will cease to be Greenstone’s nominee at Kalium Lakes, and be succeeded by current non-executive director and senior partner Mark Sawyer.


Mining engineer Christofer Catania has been appointed as general manager of Australian global engineering consultancy firm, MEC Mining.

Catania has come a full circle, with this appointment coming nearly 15 years since being one of MEC’s first university vacation students.

He began working for the company’s three founding directors while studying at university.

Through eight years working across four stints at MEC, in roles including manager of consulting and general manager of operations, Catania has been influential to the company’s growth.

Catania said he was “excited and humbled” to become general manager after spending his career invested in making MEC Mining stronger.


Chalice Gold Mines has shuffled its board of directors to reflect the company’s market growth following a significant discovery at the Julimar nickel-copper-platinum group elements (PGE) project.

To strengthen the board’s depth of skills, the company has hired mining executive Garret Dixon as an independent non-executive director, effective immediately. The board now comprises of three independent non-executive directors.

Dixon has extensive experience in the resources and mining contracting industries in Australia and internationally, with more than three decades of experience in private and ASX-listed companies, including senior executive roles with major mine owners, operators and contractors.

Dixon was most recently executive vice president and president of bauxite at Alcoa, and has held roles as executive general manager of Henry Walker Eltin and managing director of Gindalbie Metals.

Chalice executive chairman Tim Goyder will also transition into the role of non-executive chairman, effective September.

This follows managing director Alex Dorsch’s appointment to the board in late 2018.

Goyder remains Chalice’s largest shareholder and will continue to play an active role in the company board.


The Australian Resources and Energy Group Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA) has welcomed Newcrest Mining chief people and sustainability officer Lisa Ali to its board of directors.

Ali, who joined Newcrest in February, adds international experience to the already diverse group of AMMA directors.

Prior to her role at Newcrest, Ali has served in a number of senior leadership roles across the oil and gas, petrochemical and manufacturing sectors.

This includes 12 years in various global positions with BP and a stint as head of transformation at Trinidad Petroleum.

She has worked in executive roles in the United Kingdom, Brazil, Abu Dhabi and nations in the Caribbean for some of the largest oil and gas companies in the world.

AMMA chief executive Steve Knott recognised Ali’s passion for developing a diverse next generation of talent, as well as her international leadership skills.

In addition to Ali, the AMMA board now comprises of president Tom Quinn (Ventia), vice presidents Meg O’Neill (Woodside Energy) and Linda O’Farrell (Fortescue Metals Group), chief executive officer geographic regions and region chair Johnpaul Dimech (Sodexo), chairman Nathan Fay (ExxonMobil Australia), executive vice president Australasia Stuart Mathews (Gold Fields) and managing director Shelley Roberts (Compass Group).

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