Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments


Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Bellevue Gold, Swift and Bisalloy Steel.

Bellevue Gold has reinforced its executive team with two additions in the roles of chief executive officer and general manager.

Darren Stralow will take up the former role, replacing the outgoing Craig Jones who will continue at the company in a consulting capacity to welcome Stralow into the top job.

Stralow enters Bellevue from his role as chief development officer at Northern Star Resources, with a list of senior positions at the company and others under his belt.

Bellevue’s new general manager Bill Stirling also hails from Northern Star where he was general manager of the Jundee, Kalgoorlie and Bronzewing operations during his tenure.

Bellevue managing director Steve Parsons said Stralow and Stirling were great fits for the company’s growth as a gold miner.

“Darren and Bill have extensive skills and experience in developing and operating gold projects,” Parsons said.

“With all our funding now in place we are ramping up development at Bellevue.

“When it comes to ensuring these activities are completed on time and on budget, there is nothing like having done it all before.

“Darren and Bill have done all this before and done it very successfully, so we look forward to them joining what is an outstanding team of committed people who are determined to maximise the great opportunity we have at Bellevue.”


Specialist technology company, Swift, has appointed Charles Fear and Brad Denison to its board as chairman and chief executive officer, respectively.

Fear has spent almost 20 years managing mergers and acquisitions, while managing various market conditions at his co-founded advisory Hartley Poynton and Argonaut.

Currently the chairman of Mayur Resources and director of RugbyWA, Fear brings a breadth of experience managing business across industries.

Denison has a strong financial background, according to Swift, which recognised Denison for his experience working with multi-party projects across government, mining, aged care and commercial sectors.

Denison is currently the director of PrefabAUS, Cardabia Resort Development, and is chairman of Providence Lifestyle Group.

Swift chairman Darren Smorgon said the two additions to the company would enhance its grow capacity.

“We are delighted to welcome two highly experienced WA-based directors with extensive networks in the capital markets and mining services sectors,” Smorgon said.


Bisalloy Steel, Australia’s only manufacturer of quenched and tempered steel, has welcomed Michael Gundy as interim chief executive officer and managing director.

Gundy will help with the transition while Glenn Cooper takes the rest of 2021 to vacate the role.

He has previously worked with BlueScope Steel in Indonesia and Thailand and will enter Bisalloy backed by a long career in the steel industry.

Bisalloy works closely with BlueScope for the highest quality wear steel products for the mining industry, and the close relationship will allow for Gundy’s smooth transition.

Cooper and Gundy will work closely for the remainder of 2021, according to Bisalloy, as the company continues an in-depth international search for the company’s next CEO and MD.

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