Follow the leaders: This week’s executive movements


Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Cardinal Resources, BCI Minerals, Kal Tire and more.

Cardinal Resources has started to restructure its company board following Shandong Gold Mining’s successful takeover of 95 per cent of Cardinal shares.

Cardinal chairman Kevin Tomlinson is resigning from the board and will be succeeded by Shandong Gold director Qiang Du.

Three other Shandong Gold nominees, Canwu Zheng, Huijie Duan and Lingquan Kong, have joined the Cardinal board, while Trevor Schultz from Cardinal has stepped down.

Cardinal directors Archie Koimtsidis, Malik Easah, Michele Muscillo and Kenneth Thomas will continue in their role for the time being.

Tomlinson said it was an honour to lead Cardinal and thanked the teams in Perth and Ghana for their tireless efforts in developing the Namdini gold project in Africa.

“The team at Cardinal is to be commended for the discovery, delineation and development of the world class Namdini 5.1-million-ounce gold reserve,” Tomlinson said.

“My gratitude goes to my fellow directors for their guidance during the various studies and eventual takeover of the company. I speak for all in wishing Shandong Gold the best success in Namdini’s development.”


Former Western Australian premier Richard Court has joined the board of BCI Minerals as a non-executive director.

Concurrent to being Western Australia’s premier from 1993 to 2001, Court was also the state Treasurer.

From 2016 to 2020, he served as Australia’s ambassador to Japan.

Other experience includes being chairperson of GRD, Iron Ore Holdings, National Hire and WesTrac Equipment.

BCI chairman Brian O’Donnell said Court will bring valuable leadership skills to the company board as it develops the Mardie salt and potash project on Western Australia’s Pilbara coast.

“The addition of (Court) adds valuable experience leading into the late stages of BCI’s engagement with external parties to secure final approvals, fundings and offtake for the Mardie project,” O’Donnell said.

“His experiences will be particularly important in supporting the BCI team to establish the most appropriate strategy for engaging potential offtake support from major companies in East Asia.”


Kal Tire’s Australian division has started this year under the leadership of a new managing director, former general manager Miles Rigney.

Rigney has been in the tyre services business for more than 25 years, having started as a trainee with Klinge & Co in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

He has also supported Kal Tire’s projects in South East Asia during a 13-year stint in Indonesia as a regional support manager, and worked with Kal Tire’s international vice presidents in South Africa and Latin America.

His other past roles include assistant terminal manager at BP and operations manager and project manager of Klinge & Co.

Rigney’s appointment comes after Kal Tire secured three service contracts with new and existing mining companies.


Geopacific Resources has welcomed Mike Meintjes and Graeme Rapley as the company’s new secretary and project director, respectively.

Meintjes is a chartered accountant and has spent 30 years working for a big four accounting firm. He also spent three and a half years at Ernst & Young’s Papua New Guinea office during this period.

Since 2012, Meintjes has held a number of part-time secretarial roles in the resources industry including at Alligator Energy and Resource Generation.

As project director at Geopacific, Rapley will oversee all construction activities at the Woodlark Island gold project in Papua New Guinea.

He is a civil engineer of 20-plus years with international project execution experience in the Papua New Guinea, West Africa, South East Asia and the Caucasus.

He was most recently project director at Centerra Gold’s Oksut project in Turkey, which was completed under budget and ahead of schedule.

Geopacific chief executive Tim Richards said he was extremely pleased with the new appointments.

“Both (Meintjes) and (Rapley) bring relevant industry experience and are highly accomplished professionals in their respective fields,” Richards said.

“I look forward to working with them and the rest of the Geopacific team to deliver the Woodlark gold project for the benefit of all stakeholders.”


Artemis Resources board member Boyd Timler has been promoted to executive director of the company.

He has been a non-executive director of Artemis since last October and has 38 years’ experience in the resources industry.

This includes being chief operating officer of Panoramic Resources and Beadell Resources and chief executive and managing director of Medusa Mining.

From 2005 to 2013, he served in senior operations management positions at Barrick Gold.

In conjunction with Timler’s promotion, current board member Edward Mead will step up to take on the role of non-executive director, effective next week.

Mead has been an executive director of Artemis since 2014.

Timler and Mead, along with the rest of the Artemis leadership team, will oversee exploration and development at the Carlow Castle and Patersons copper-gold projects in Western Australia.

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