Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments

executive movements

Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including Perenti, Black Cat Syndicate, Native Mineral Resources and more.

Perenti has appointed a joint company secretary, Rajiv Ratneser, who will manage the role with company secretary Justine Passaportis.

Ratneser previously held the role of Perenti chief legal and risk officer, and has more than 20 years’ experience across legal, commercial, governance, risk and internal audits across the resources, engineering and construction industries.

Ratneser also brings a wealth of experience as a senior executive and qualified lawyer.

“Mr Ratneser’s appointment continues Perenti’s success in attracting industry leading talent to support its near term business performance and 2025 strategy,” Perenti stated.

“Mr Ratneser’s appointment as a direct report to the managing director and CEO (chief executive officer), Mark Norwell, strengthens Perenti’s capability and commitment to governance, compliance and risk management.”


Caprice Resources has appointed Andrew Muir as managing director of the company, effective on April 27.

Muir has experience as a gold geologist and was previously managing director of NTM Gold before it was acquired by Dacian Gold.

Caprice has also enlisted Chris Oorschot as exploration manager.

Current executive director Scott Patrizi will transition to the role of non-executive director as a result of Muir’s recruiting.

“Caprice has an outstanding suite of gold and base metals assets, and I look forward to being part of the team to grow the value of the company via a systematic and diligent exploration effort, as well as on a corporate front,” Caprice chairman David Church said.


Black Cat Syndicate has introduced Philip Crutchfield as independent non-executive director of the company.

Crutchfield has previous experience as a barrister specialising in commercial law and was previously a chairman for Zip Co until his resignation on March 2.

He also serves as chairman of share trading platform Superhero Holdings, director of Encounter Resources and recruitment facilitator for Applyflow.

Black Cat chairman Paul Chapman welcomed the appointing of Crutchfield, with the company hoping his experience will continue to develop the company.

“Black Cat is transforming from an explorer into a producer,” Chapman said. “(Crutchfield’s) corporate and legal experience will be important for this step change in our business. Furthermore, (Crutchfield’s) strong commercial acumen will underpin our transactional capabilities.

“(Crutchfield) is also a long standing and (fourth) largest shareholder in Black Cat.”


Canyon Resources chief financial officer and company secretary Nick Allan has resigned from his roles.

Allan will work with Canyon until May 28 to finalise the company’s mining permit application for its Minim Martap bauxite project in Cameroon, Africa.

“The company thanks Mr Allan for his contribution and for his continued support at this important phase of the project’s development,” Canyon stated.

Canyon is undertaking a search for a new chief financial officer and company secretary.


Simon Richards has been hired as chief geologist of Native Mineral Resources (NMR) to advance the company’s gold and copper exploration projects.

With more than 25 years’ experience in academia and industry roles, Richards has experience in a number of areas including mining, exploration, geophysics, tectonics and microscale structural geology.

He has previously worked in exploration programs targeting narrow vein gold and sea floor massive sulfide mineralisation, and has adopted specialised techniques for under cover exploration in Australia and abroad.

“Having worked closely with the NMR team for several months in a consulting role I can confidently say that the company has assembled an incredibly exciting portfolio of gold and copper projects which have significant potential exploration upside in the near-term,” Richards said.

“I am excited to be joining the NMR team and look forward to contributing towards the company’s growth.”

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