Follow the leaders: This week’s executive movements


Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at New Century Resources, Northern Minerals, Auris Minerals and more.

Experienced senior executive and lawyer Kerry Gleeson has joined New Century Resources’ board as an independent non-executive director.

This follows a 30-year career overseeing international governance, strategic mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and risk and crisis management across Australia and the United Kingdom.

At present, Gleeson is an independent non-executive director, chair of the remuneration and nomination committee, member of the audit and risk committee and health, safety and environment community committee for St Barbara.

Her previous positions include group executive, secretary and general counsel of Incitec Pivot and corporate lawyer with Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst).

She will formally begin her duties at New Century at the conclusion of the company’s annual general meeting at the end of this month.

Gleeson replaces outgoing non-executive director Bryn Hardcastle, who will leave the board after the annual general meeting to take up a new position as a partner with Allens Linklaters law firm.

The New Century board welcomed Gleeson and wished Hardcastle every success in his new role.


Heavy rare earths producer Northern Minerals has welcomed LiangBing Yu as a new non-executive director, effective immediately.

Yu has more than 20 years’ experience in business operation and management. He is currently an executive partner at Beijing GloryHope Oriental Investment Centre.

The news was followed by the resignation of non-executive director Adrian Griffin, due to growing demands of his other executive positions in other companies.

Northern Minerals chairman Colin McCavana acknowledged Griffin’s long term contribution to the company, as one of its founding directors.

“(Griffin) has made a forthright and dedicated contribution to guiding the company on its exploration and project development journey,” McCavana said.

“It has been a pleasure to work with him on the board since inception of the company and I wish him every success with his other interests into the future.”


Auris Minerals chief operating officer Mike Hendriks has stepped up to the role of managing director as the company shakes up its leadership team.

Hendriks, a chartered accountant and Australian Institute of Company Directors member, joined Auris in 2018.

He will cease his dual role as secretary, with Chris Achurch to fill the gap.

Achurch has previously worked as chief financial officer and secretary of Kalium Lakes, where he continues to contribute via his consulting role.

The promotion of Hendrik follows the announcement of Auris non-executive director Rob Martin that he will retire from his role of non-executive director.

Martin contributed to several company milestones over the past four years and remains a major shareholder of Auris Minerals.

“I would like to thank Rob Martin for his time and commitment to Auris during his tenure,” company non-executive chairman Neville Bassett said.

“I would also like to welcome Mike Hendriks to the board as managing director. (Hendriks) has played an instrumental role in the delivery of a number of key milestones over the past 24 months and we look forward to receiving his continued input.”

Auris recently announced that it would acquire the Sams Creek gold project in New Zealand from Sandfire Resources.


Kingston Resources has recruited experienced Australian mining executive Mick Wilkes as non-executive chairman.

Wilkes has been a non-executive director of Kingston since July 2018 and succeeds Anthony Wehby, who will remain on the company board.

The appointment comes as Kingston prepares to transition to Asia-Pacific gold developer at the Misima project in Papua New Guinea.

Wilkes brings 35 years of industry experience to the role, having been responsible for the development of four greenfield gold and copper mines.

He was most recently president and chief executive of OceanaGold and a member of the board administration committee for the World Gold Council.

“I would like to thank the Kingston board for the opportunity to take on the role of chairman as the company embarks on this exciting next stage of growth and development,” Wilkes said.

“Under the board’s leadership, the recent pre-feasibility study was completed to a very high standard and I am very confident it lays a solid platform from which to take this outstanding opportunity forward.

“I look forward to greater involvement as Kingston continues to work towards delivering on its goal of becoming a mid-tier gold producer.”


Focus Minerals has appointed Fengfan Sun as its new chief financial officer following the departure of Zaiqian Zhang in October.

Sun is a member of CPA Australia and holds a master’s degree in financial accounting.

He has led and developed successful finance teams in listed and unlisted gold companies.

Focus stated that his ability to handle complex assignments would provide the company with assistance and leadership as it worked to resume mining at its Coolgardie operations in Western Australia.

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