Follow the leaders: This week’s executive movements


Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Pilbara Minerals, Anglo American, Energy Resources of Australia and more.


Pilbara Minerals managing director and chief executive officer Ken Brinsden has declared he will step down from the role by the end of the year.

Brinsden has spent seven years as CEO and would now like to spend more time with family while pursuing personal interests.

“After many exhilarating and, at times, challenging years at the helm of Pilbara Minerals, the company is now in an excellent position with a strong balance sheet, strong cash-generating capacity from our flagship asset and an exciting suite of growth projects,” Brinsden said.

Brinsden led the company through the downturn in the lithium sector through 2019-20 before the company acquired the Pilgangoora lithium project and now aims to become a one million tonne spodumene producer.

Pilbara Minerals chairman Tony Kiernan said Brinsden would be leaving the company in great shape.

“Given the scale and prominence of the Pilgangoora project and the exciting growth pathway ahead of the company, this is a wonderful platform for Ken’s successor to lead the company through to the next strategic horizon and beyond,” Kiernan said.


Anglo American has named Ian Tyler as the successor to Byron Grote in the position of senior independent director from mid-April.

Tyler has been a non-executive director since the beginning of the year and will also succeed Anne Stevens as the chair of the remuneration committee.

Grote is also the chair of Anglo American’s global workforce advisory panel which facilitates engagement between the board and employees. Marcelo Bastos will fill this role once Grote vacates on April 19.

Anglo American chairman Stuart Chambers recognised Grote’s efforts over the nine-year journey and emphasised the important roles to be filled in his absence.

“We again recognise Byron for his extensive contributions to the Board and the committees he chaired and on which he served, and for his tireless commitment to the work of our Global Workforce Advisory Panel,” Chambers said.

“I thank Ian Tyler for taking on the senior independent role in addition to his committee duties, and Marcelo Bastos for agreeing to chair our workforce panel – an ever more important interface for us as a Board.”


Rio Tinto subsidiary Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) has appointed Brad Welsh as the new managing director and chief executive after acting in the role since October.

Welsh is from the Muruwari tribe of north-western New South Wales and will lead the company in the rehabilitation of the Ranger uranium project.

ERA chairman Peter Mansell said Welsh was one of many impressive candidates offered up by Rio Tinto.

“Brad came highly recommended by Rio Tinto and was selected because of his qualifications, background along with relevant experience and skills, which are all highly complementary to ERA’s existing needs,” Mansell said.

Welsh held several roles at Rio Tinto including chief advisor closure strategy non-managed assets, chief advisor to the CEO – Indigenous Affairs, and acting general manager of the Weipa bauxite operation.


Boss Energy has appointed human resources executive Jan Honeyman as non-executive director, after 16 years with First Quantum Minerals.

Her role as First Quantum’s director of human resources saw her lead a group of companies with more than 20,000 employees across 11 countries.

Boss chairman Peter O’Connor said such expertise would be required as things at Boss’ Honeymoon uranium project heated up.

“The uranium market is tightening and we are putting in place the pieces of the jigsaw to ensure we can move into production as quickly as possible once a final investment decision is taken,” O’Connor said.

“Jan’s experience at the highest level will be critical as we build our team.”

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