Follow the leaders: This week’s executive appointments

Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Sheffield Resources, Centrex Metals, Aurizon and more.

Sheffield Resources managing director and chief executive Bruce McFadzean will step down from his role while remaining a non-executive director starting July.

McFadzean will also continue to serve as director of the company’s Kimberly mineral sands joint venture in Western Australia.

The change in positions is part of Sheffield’s revised leadership structure as the company enters the execution phase of its Thunderbird mineral sands project in Western Australia.

Sheffield’s non-executive chair John Richards will also be changing company positions, moving to the newly created role of lead independent director.

Richards acknowledged McFadzean’s role in delivering the Thunderbird project with joint venture partner Yansteel.

“(McFadzean) worked tirelessly over a long period to identify and then execute the transaction which provides the equity component of the Thunderbird project development and the board expresses its sincere thanks for those efforts,” he said.

“We look forward to continuing to rely on (McFadzean’s) knowledge of the project and his relationships with key stakeholders as a non-executive director.”


Centrex Metals has enlisted Robert Mencel as chief executive of the company.

Mencel has over 25 years’ experience in developing and operating mining, minerals processing and engineering operations.

He has previously served as managing director and chief executive of resources companies.

Centrex Metals chairman Graham Chrisp said the board had welcomed Mencel as a valuable addition to the company.

“Mr Mencel’s appointment comes at a critical growth phase for the company as it progresses the financing and development of its flagship asset, the Ardmore rock phosphate project in Northern Queensland, with the ultimate aim of transitioning from explorer to developer,” the company stated.

Mencel will assume the role of chief executive from May 24.


Aurizon has appointed David Wenck as new company secretary from April 29.

Wenck currently serves as Aurizon’s head of legal and group general council, and will assume the additional roles of company secretary and risk and assurance.

Aurizon has also appointed Naomi Wecker from the company’s legal team as an additional Aurizon secretary.

Aurizon stated that current company secretary Dominic Smith would step down from the role and leave the company at the end of the month.

Company managing director and chief executive Andrew Harding said the role changes would save costs in Aurizon’s corporate services area.

“I would like to thank Dominic for his contribution to our company and wish him all the best for the future,” he said.


Rincon Resources has appointed Gary Harvey as chief executive, effective May 12.

Harvey previously held project, senior exploration and leadership roles with mining companies such as Viceroy Australia, Lionore Australia, Forrestania Gold and Johnsons Well Mining.

Rincon stated that Harvey had held non-technical roles with Fortescue, Hetherington Exploration and Mining Title Consultants.

He brings 25 years’ experience in gold and nickel exploration into the role, with his most recent role being exploration manager of Barra Resources.

Rincon executive chairman Geoff McNamara said Harvey would assist the company’s exploration prospects.

“(Harvey) is an outstanding addition to the Rincon team. His extensive exploration, tenement and land management experience in Western Australian will be a tremendous asset as the company prepares to commence an aggressive exploration campaign across its South Telfer, Laverton and Kiwirrkurra projects,” he said.

“Having previously worked with (Harvey) I’m delighted that Rincon has been able to attract such a high calibre candidate to explore and develop its assets.”


Genmin has introduced Zaiqian Zhang as the company’s chief financial officer (CFO).

The African iron ore explorer and developer stated that Zhang brought more than a decade’s worth experience in the mining industry.

Zhang previously served as Focus Minerals’ executive director and chief financial officer.

“We are pleased to have successfully identified and appointed a CFO of the quality of (Zhang) so soon after listing and in accordance with the timeline set out during the IPO,” Genmin managing director Joe Ariti said.

“With the company’s assets in Gabon and expected connections with Chinese groups sourcing iron ore supply in Africa, the board believes it is tactically important to bring Chinese cultural and language skills into the organisation at a senior level.”

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