Follow the leaders: This week’s executive movements

Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Regis Resources, AuStar Gold, Vango Mining and more.

Regis Resources has welcomed Elena Macrides as its new company secretary as Jon Latto steps back from the role.

Macrides is an independent management consultant and solicitor of over 20 years, with consultative experience in mining, utilities, information technology, property and infrastructure development and government.

She joined Regis as assistant company secretary last May, with her past roles in mining including a five-year stint at Rio Tinto as assistant study manager, as well as accommodation and town development and commercial advisor, accommodation and town development.

Latto will now focus on his role as company chief financial officer.


Gareth Lewis has joined the board of AuStar Gold as a director following the resignation of Matthew Gill, who has departed to focus on his role as chief executive and managing director of White Rock Minerals.

An engineer and project manager by profession, Lewis has more than 30 years’ experience in large scale commercial and government projects and is a significant shareholder of AuStar Gold.

He is a member of both Engineers Australia and Professionals Australia and has delivered major projects at senior management levels in the United Kingdom, United States and across Europe.


Vango Mining has appointed former Queensland politician Craig Wallace as an independent non-executive director of the company.

Wallace, a previous deputy chairman of TerraCom Resources, is an accomplished international commercial negotiator.

His government experience includes serving in the Parliament of Queensland from 2004 to 2012, holding several offices including as Minister for Natural Resources and Water, Minister for Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure and Deputy Speaker of Queensland Parliament.

“I welcome (Wallace) to the board,” Vango Mining executive chairman Bruce McInnes said.

“His experience and diverse skill set will be invaluable to the board and management team as we continue to develop a range of commercial and operational opportunities at the Marymia gold project (in Western Australia).”


Golden Cross Resources is entering a new phase of leadership, with company independent non-executive director and chairman Jordan Guocheng Li taking over as executive chairman.

Li has been a managing director, director, chief executive, strategy manager and commercial general manager at multiple companies, including at Aurizon Group, International Base Metals, Macquarie Gold, Zamia Metals, Zamia Resources and Fairfax Media.

He is also a former policy officer and steering committee officer of Australian state government and Chinese central government departments.

In mining management, Li specialises in exploration, mine planning, feasibility studies, mergers and acquisitions, gold and copper mine operation, metals marketing analysis, commodity trading and corporate finance.

Li is a fellow member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).


Suvo Strategic Metals has recruited chemistry, geology and materials engineering consultant Eileen Hao to manage its global sales of kaolin and silica sands.

Hao’s official role will be general manager – global sales, marketing and business development as she brings her expertise in kaolin, having previously worked for large kaolin companies English China Clay International and Imerys.

She has also led several project acquisitions, development of greenfields projects and sales and marketing for products such as fillers and pigments, ceramic minerals, performance minerals and refractories.

At Suvo, Hao will secure offtake agreements for the Suvo’s White Cloud kaolin project in Western Australia and increase sales and customer base from its recently acquired Pittong hydrous kaolin project near Ballarat, Victoria.

She will begin her role on January 18.

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