Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments

executive movements

Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Metro Mining, Marmota, Barra Resources and more.

Metro Mining chief financial officer and joint company secretary Duane Woodbury has resigned from his role.

Woodbury will cooperate with Metro Mining to find a successor to his role at the company.

Metro Mining managing director and chief executive officer Simon Finnis thanked Woodbury for his contributions to the company.

“On behalf of the Board I would like to sincerely thank Duane for his commitment to Metro and for his achievements during his time with the company,” he said.

“Duane played a major part in financing of the construction of the Bauxite Hills mine and after his appointment as CFO his experience in the management of Metro’s finances has been of great value, particularly during the difficult 2020 year.

“We wish Duane every success in the future.”


Marmota executive director – exploration Kevin Wills and executive director – production Shane Barker have resigned from their roles effective immediately.

Company chairman Colin Rose thanked both Willis and Barker for their contributions.

Marmota has appointed Neville Bergin has been appointed as the company’s new non-executive director – production.

He has previously held roles as director of Northern Star Resources, vice president of Gold Fields Australia and general manager of Jubilee.

The company also appointed Aaron Brown as executive director – exploration.

Brown brings 17 years’ experience in gold, uranium, copper and nickel exploration across Australia.


Barra Resources has appointed Christopher Hansen as chief executive officer and managing director of the company.

Hansen brings experience from Fortescue Metals Group and Barrick Gold to the role.

He was previously working in public and private markets including mining business development activities for a private investor group in Australia.

Barra chairman Gary Berrel said Hansen’s experience will benefit the company’s progress.

“On behalf of the board, I would like to welcome Chris to Barra. We are very pleased to have attracted an executive of Chris’s character, talent and experience to this role,” he said.

“Chris brings a wealth of experience across both technical and financial disciplines, which will serve to be invaluable as we seek to drive value from the existing portfolio, including the continued exploration and development of Burbanks.”


Carnavale Resources has hired Humphrey Hale as the company’s new chief executive officer from June 1, 2021.

Hale previously served as the company’s managing geologist from July 2020 where he managed the acquisition of new exploration through the company’s projects.

He previously held the role of managing director at Wolf Minerals from 2007 to 2014.

Chairman Ron Gajewski said Hale brings a wealth of experience to Carnavale.

“Humphrey brings a rare skill set to Carnavale with his blend of exploration and corporate skills. He is committed to achieving best value for Carnavale shareholders through strategic management and exploration of the company’s assets,” he said.

“He has already made a strong contribution to the company as a consultant, and we are pleased to continue to work together in a more formalised arrangement.”


Russel Mineral Equipment (RME) has appointed Max Wijasuriya as a non-executive director of the company.

Wijasuriya has 20 years’ experience in global senior management, with his most recent being Schneck Process’ managing director, FLSmidth vice president minerals – China, North & South East Asia, and Metso vice president – capital equipment.

RME founder and executive chairman John Russell welcomed Wijasuriya to the role.

“We are delighted to have someone with Max’s professional, industry and Board experience join RME Holdings as a non-executive director,” he said.

“Max brings to the board a proven track record in business leadership, strategy and business development, and will provide valuable additional skills to the Board. We look forward to Max’s contribution and working with him in the future.”

Wijasuriya was also a former director of Austmine’s board.



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