Follow the leaders: This week’s executive movements


Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Australian Vanadium, Swick Mining Services, Azure Minerals and more.

Australian Vanadium non-executive chairman Brenton Lewis is set to retire at the company’s 2020 annual general meeting next month.

Lewis has been a director at Australian Vanadium for 10 years and is confident that the team will continue the necessary drive and focus to bring the Australian Vanadium project in Western Australia into production.

Cliff Lawrenson has been named non-executive director and non-executive chairman elect.

Lawrenson is currently non-executive chairman of Paladin Energy, Caspin Resources, Pacific Energy and Onsite Rental Group.

He is the former managing director of Atlas Iron, leading the company through its acquisition by Hancock Prospecting.

“I am pleased to be joining the Australian Vanadium board and team,” Lawrenson said. “Vanadium is a particularly appealing strategic commodity with several increasingly relevant applications.

“The Australian Vanadium project is at an exciting time in its journey to production and I am looking forward to supporting the hardworking staff in developing the project and the Australian vanadium market.”


Swick Mining Services has taken a step in demerging its drilling and mineral technology businesses with the appointment of Jason Marinko as the new managing director of the mineral technology department.

Once demerged, the drilling and mineral technology businesses will operate under a new company, Orexplore Technologies.

Marinko is an experienced chief executive, chairman and director, with previous appointments that include executive chairman of Spookfish, chief executive of Little World Beverages and director of Yojee.

Swick managing director Kent Swick commended Marinko’s appointment, stating that his “wealth of experience combined with his extensive technology and financial expertise will provide significant benefits to Orexplore as it moves to demerge from Swick and beyond”.

Commercialisation of Orexplore has gathered momentum, having secured an agreement with St Barbara for scanning 1500 metres of core each month over a six-month period at the Gwalia gold mine in Western Australia.

This marks the approximate halfway point of the demerger, with the work at St Barbara expected to mobilise this month.


Azure Minerals has welcomed Wayne Bramwell to the company as non-executive director.

Bramwell is a metallurgist of more than 29 years with various experiences across project evaluation, development and operations in base metals, precious metals and bulk commodities in Australia and internationally.

At present, Bramwell is group business manager of the Creasy Group and non-executive director of Westgold Resources.

Long-standing non-executive director Wolf Martinick has advised that he will not seek re-election at Azure’s 2020 annual general meeting and will retire at its conclusion next month.


Six Sigma Metals has appointed Michael Jackson as exploration manager for the Monument gold project in Western Australia following its acquisition in August.

Jackson will begin his role by reviewing all historic exploration data, geophysical surveys, induced polarisation (IP) and geochemical work from the Monument project in the planning of future drilling campaigns.

He is bringing more than 25 years of experience in exploration and resource development to the company, thanks to previous stints at Evolution Mining and De Grey Mining, to name a few.

“We welcome Jackson to the Six Sigma team and look forward to working together to prepare for our upcoming maiden drilling programs,” Six Sigma chairman Patrick Holywell said.

“His previous experience will no doubt bring superior knowledge and understanding of both the geology and potential that the project demonstrates.”


Glen Koropchuk will be the newest non-executive director to join Atrum Coal.

Koropchuk was nominated by Atrum major shareholder Tim Roberts, who holds a 19.3 per cent shareholding in the company.

Koropchuk is a mining engineer of more than 35 years, with substantial project management and business development expertise including more than 27 years working in management and operational roles at Anglo American and De Beers Group.

He was chief operating officer for De Beers Canada and two Anglo American Russian-based joint ventures, chief executive officer of Peace River Coal, head of operational performance of three Anglo American’s coal joint ventures in America, general manager of the Anglo-Randgold Resources Morila gold mine in Mali and project manager of the Anglo Kopanang gold mine in South Africa.

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