Follow the leaders: This week’s executive movements


Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at BHP, Resolute Mining, South32 and more.

BHP non-executive director Shriti Vadera has retired from her role on October 15.

She finished her career with BHP after serving on the company board since December 2010.

BHPh noted that its remuneration report for the financial year ending June 30 2021 would include remuneration earned by Vadera during her appointment.

This will include BHP’s regular fees for an independent non-executive director, plus an additional fee for her role as senior independent director and membership fees payable from July 1 to October 15.

Vadera has not and will not receive any further remuneration or payments upon her retirement from BHP.


Resolute Mining managing director and chief executive John Welborn has stepped down from his position after five years with the company.

Chief financial officer Stuart Gale has been named interim chief executive while the company searches for its next leader.

The board is aiming to recruit a new chief executive with the skills and industry experience to deliver on Resolute’s strategy to deliver improvement in operational outcomes and resilience.

Resolute chairman Martin Botha confirmed that “the time is right to introduce a new chief executive to take Resolute forward”.

Gale joined Resolute as chief financial officer in January, having previously held senior executive positions at Fortescue Metals Group and Wesfarmers.

He will be supported by the Resolute team and board as he leads the team in the interim.


South32 has made a number of changes to its lead team as the company continues to simplify its functional structures.

Vanessa Torres, who broadened her role to chief technical officer earlier this year, will assume the role of accountability for technical stewardship and governance for health, safety and environment.

This goes on top of her responsibility for projects, innovation and technology.

South32 chief commercial officer Brendan Harris is also expanding his role in his new position as chief human resources and commercial officer.

South32 vice president for corporate affairs Kelly O’Rourke has filled the newly created role of chief external affairs officer and will be responsible for corporate affairs and sustainability strategy.

O’Rourke has 15 years’ experience in the mining industry and extensive experience in the legal, commercial, business development, mergers and acquisitions, corporate affairs and community areas, including two senior roles at BHP.

Following these changes, South32 chief sustainability officer Rowena Smith and chief people and legal officer and secretary Nicole Duncan will leave the company.

Duncan will retain responsibility for legal, business integrity and secretary duties until her departure, with announcements about the reallocation of these tasks to come.


Red 5 has welcomed Jason Greive and Andrea Sutton as its new chief operating officer and non-executive director, respectively.

Greive will begin his role as chief operating officer next month and be responsible for growing Red 5’s operations at the Darlot and King of the Hills gold projects in Western Australia.

He has over 26 years of international mining experience, including as general manager of operations at the Cowal gold mine, general manager of technical services with Evolution Mining, managing director of Nexus Minerals and executive general manager of operations with Brockman Resources.

Greive also spent 14 years in a range of corporate roles with Rio Tinto and Barrick Gold.

Sutton, on the other hand, has had 25 years of executive and operational leadership experience with Rio Tinto and Energy Resources of Australia (ERA).

At Rio Tinto, Sutton held the roles of head of health, environment, safety and security, general manager of operations at the Bengalla coal mine in New South Wales and general manager of infrastructure, iron ore.

She was also chief executive and managing director of ERA and presently sits on the boards of Infrastructure Western Australia, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and the National Association of Women in Operations.

Sutton will join Red 5 following the company’s annual general meeting next month.


Bardoc Gold has made two senior appointments as it named Andrew Francis as chief operating officer and Mark Roberts as project manager.

Francis previously oversaw the pre-feasibility study for the Bardoc project in Western Australia and his role has been expanded to include COO.

He is a mining engineer of more than 15 years with previous technical and management roles at Northern Star Resources, Barrick, Byrnecut, Entech, MMG and Gold Fields.

Roberts will be responsible for managing the definitive feasibility study and establishing the processing facility and other associated surface infrastructure at the Bardoc gold project.

He was previously senior process engineer at GR Engineering and has gained experience in the comminution, flotation, carbon in leach (CIL) and elution areas of processing plants at Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines, Kanowna Belle and the Boddington gold mine.

Bardoc chief executive Robert Ryan said the appointments of Francis and Roberts represented an important step as the company transitioned to gold producer.

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