Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments


Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at OZ Minerals, the Perth Mint and the MRIWA.

OZ Minerals has recruited several new additions to its executive leadership team as it approaches a new phase of growth.

Matt Reed, who joined the company in September will now become OZ Minerals’ operations executive and will oversee the operational performance of OZ Minerals including at its Prominent Hill, Carrapateena and Carajás mines, plus West Musgrave once up and running.

Reed has experience spanning 25 years at Arrium, Newcrest Mining, WMC and SIMEC Mining.

Claire Parkinson joined OZ Minerals in October and will move into a role as integration executive to guide enterprise-wide changes (which were not disclosed).

Parkinson’s wide range of experiences comes from stints with the Department for Infrastructure and Transport, Bank SA, Guide Dogs SA/NT, and the UK Prison Service.

Bryan Quinn will join OZ Minerals in April 2022 as strategy and growth executive after a long career with BHP as asset president for manganese Australia and as global head of technology, geoscience, engineering, projects and business improvement.

In March 2022, Michelle Ash will fill the newly created role of technology executive and will oversee ICT, mining technology and transformation.

Ash is currently chief executive officer of Dassault Systems GEOVIA software division and has focussed on the natural resources sector to implement geologic modelling and mining engineering software.

OZ Minerals managing director and chief executive officer Andrew Cole said this wide range of appointments would vastly improve the business.

“These appointments will bring further diversity and complement and strengthen the skills and experience of our existing leadership team, allowing us to focus on growing the company whilst advancing our culture of innovation and collaboration,” Cole said.


The Perth Mint has announced Jason Waters will become chief executive officer as of April 26, 2022.

Waters is well endorsed by the Western Australian Government, with Acting Mines and Petroleum Minister Tony Buti complimenting Waters’ credentials.

“The Perth Mint plays an important role in cementing Western Australia’s position as one of the world’s most important and valued gold provinces, and is a key Government employer,” Buti said.

“I’m confident Mr Waters will be able to drive further safe and sustainable growth at The Perth Mint.

“Mr Waters has proven to be a successful CEO, with strong commercial and financial acumen, and extensive experience in government and stakeholder management.”


The Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA) has welcomed Melinda Hodkiewicz as its newest board member, further positioning the board to advance WA minerals research.

Hodkiewicz has 35 years in operations, maintenance and academic roles, including a fellowship with BHP.

MRIWA board member and audit and risk committee member Larry Lopez has also been re-appointed to his position on the board, having held several executive positions in government and private and public companies.

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