Follow the leaders: This week’s executive movements

Rio Tinto non-executive director David Constable. Image: Rio Tinto.

Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, headlined by Rio Tinto non-executive director David Constable’s planned departure from the company.

Rio Tinto non-executive director David Constable will be stepping down from the company, effective December 31.

The Canadian citizen is bowing out from Rio Tinto to focus on his new role as chief executive of American engineering and construction firm Fluor Corporation.

He held various roles with Fluor from 1982 to 2011, including group president, operations, and group president of the power business encompassing global coal, gas, nuclear and renewable power generation.

He will be stepping up to the role of chief executive of the Texas-headquartered company after being a non-executive director from September last year.

Constable has served on the Rio Tinto board since 2017 after a five-year stint as chief executive of South African chemicals company Sasol.

“I would like to thank Constable for his considerable contribution to the board over the years and for his wise counsel,” Rio Tinto chairman Simon Thompson said.

“On behalf of the board, I wish Constable well for the future, particularly in his new role as chief executive officer of Fluor.”


Sandra Dodds has joined the board of OceanaGold as a non-executive director, effective immediately.

An experienced non-executive director, Dodds has built a career as an operational and financial executive spanning more than 25 years across Australia and New Zealand.

Most recently, Dodds was chief executive, urban infrastructure at Broadspectrum and prior to this, spent 10 years at Downer EDI in several executive roles, including chief executive of Downer Asia, chief financial officer for Downer Works Global and executive general manager of operations.

At present, Dodds is a non-executive director of Snowy Hydro and MACA, and runs her own infrastructure consultancy SDB Advisory Services.

Dodds will bring her knowledge and experience in the New Zealand’s mining sector as OceanaGold embarks on a growth journey at the Macraes mine on the South Island – New Zealand’s largest active gold mine.


Western Areas has appointed an independent non-executive director, Yasmin Broughton to replace Craig Readhead ahead of his retirement after the company’s 2020 annual general meeting.

Broughton, a barrister and solicitor by background, has experience working as a non-executive director and corporate lawyer in a range of industries, including mining and energy.

In her corporate law career, Broughton has specialised in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance at national law firm Clayton Utz and international law firm Ashurst.

She has 20-plus years’ experience working with ASX-listed companies and is currently a non-executive director of Resolute Mining, Synergy and the Insurance Commission of Western Australia.

Western Areas chairman Ian Macliver thanked Readhead for his six-year contribution to the company, including as the chair of the audit and risk committee.


Haver & Boecker Niagara has welcomed Duncan Hooper as its national sales manager in Australia.

Hooper will be instrumental in helping grow Haver & Boecker Niagara’s presence in Australia, working one-on-one with new and existing customers to provide equipment and services to maximise mine profitability.

Perth-based Hooper brings more than 35 years of industry experience to the role, with a career in engineering, sales and management in the mining industry and mobile and fixed plant applications across Australia.

“My goal is to help Haver & Boecker Niagara achieve a greater footprint in the Australian market,” Hooper said.

“That starts with the individual customer. Our success hinges on helping customers optimise their own operations and we plan to do that by offering the same level of quality and service Haver & Boecker Niagara is known for globally.”


Australian explorer Peak Minerals will enter a new leadership era under new managing director and non-executive chairman Wayne Loxton and Robert Boston, respectively.

This comes as current Peak chairman and non-executive director Tom Eadie’s decision not to seek re-election to the board at the company’s upcoming annual general meeting.

Eadie joined the Peak Minerals board in 2018 and has overseen exploration during the past 12 months.

Current Peak managing director David Leavy is also stepping back from his role but will remain on the company board.

Incoming non-executive chair Boston is a lawyer by training and has experience in commercial and marketing roles with BHP and Rio Tinto as well as a number of junior mining and exploration companies.

The new leadership team will oversee Peak as it realises the full value of its Hill End gold project in New South Wales’ East Lachlan region and the new projects the company has gained through the acquisition of Greenrock Minerals.

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