Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments

Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Red River Resources, Coronado Global Resources, AVZ Minerals and more.

Red River Resources has welcomed former Newcrest Mining and Orica managing director and chief executive Ian Smith as a non-executive director.

Smith is backed by more than 40 years’ experience in mining engineering, with senior positions in the resources sector such as chairman of the Minerals Council of Australia.

He was also previously global head of operational and technical excellence at Rio Tinto and managing director of Rio Tinto’s Comalco Aluminium Smelting subsidiary.

Smith is a fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).

“(Smith’s) appointment comes as Red River Resources has just commenced production at our Hillgrove gold mine in (New South Wales),” Red River chairman Brett Fletcher said.

“(Smith’s) skill-set, his extensive experience in the Australian and global mining industry will be invaluable to Red River as we seek to continue to grow and expand our asset base.”


Coronado Global Resources is joined by a new assistant and joint company secretary Susan Casey, who is now based in Brisbane.

She joined the company this month as general counsel – Australia after fulfilling a similar role across the energy and resources, media, broadcasting and publishing industries.

This included more than 10 years with Rio Tinto.

Her appointment as general counsel follows the resignation of Liesl Burman from her positions as general counsel and assistant company secretary.

Coronado secretary Richard Rose remains in his position based in Virginia, the United States.


AVZ Minerals has named Jan de Jager as chief financial officer and joint company secretary with Ben Cohen.

De Jager has held senior roles in the mining industry for more than two decades, including as chief financial officer for Covalent Lithium (Kidman Resources’ joint venture company) and general manager, treasury and reporting for Roy Hill Australia.

He was most recently managing director for his own professional services business X2 Consulting, where he delivered projects for South32 and WesTrac.

Cohen will serve the positions as commercial manager and joint company secretary with de Jager.

“(De Jager’s) broad financial knowledge will be invaluable as AVZ progresses through its financing arrangements, construction contracts and ultimately into production,” AVZ managing director Nigel Ferguson said.

“(Cohen) has already proven his worth in finalising three offtake agreements for AVZ and will now add the role of joint company secretary to his duties.”


Cazaly Resources has come under a new leadership chapter with Tara French as the chief executive/managing director of the company.

French will initially fill the role of chief executive starting July before transitioning to managing director following a three-month handover period with Nathan McMahon.

She is a geologist with 24 years’ mining and exploration experience, which was mainly gained in Western Australia.

French was most recently general manager of exploration for Regis Resources where she had been working for 14 years.

She was previously employed at Nickel Australia (now Azure Minerals), WMC Resources, Placer Dome and Normandy Mining.


Kingrose Mining has appointed Mark Smith as chief financial officer to succeed Chloe Lam, who will step down from her role after 10 years with the company.

Smith was previously chief financial officer and group financial controller for Centamin, where he was key to the development, construction and operation of the Sukari gold project in Egypt.

He was also commercial manager for Endeavour Mining and Lihir Gold, both of which operated producing gold assets in West Africa.

Kingrose chief executive Fabian Baker said Smith brought a hands-on approach and a track record that included establishing exploration businesses in new jurisdictions through to building the systems and teams required to successfully deliver projects to production.

“I am delighted to welcome (Smith) to the team as we continue to reshape and advance Kingrose,” Baker said.

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