Follow the leaders: This week’s executive movements

Keep up with the latest executive movements across the mining sector, including at Aus Tin Mining, New Hope Group and Red 5.  

Aus Tin Mining chief executive Peter Williams has resigned from his position after an eight-year stint with the company.

The company board has commenced an executive search process, and once identified, will resume any placement of the shortfall arising under the recent entitlement offer.

Aus Tin plans to continue focussing on diversifying its commodity base, leveraging its existing assets, simplifying its portfolio and strengthening its balance sheet.

This includes the divestment of the Granville tin project in Tasmania and proposed acquisitions of the Ashford coking coal project in New South Wales and the Mackenzie coal project in Queensland.

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New Hope Group has appointed company chief financial officer Rob Bishop as company secretary following Janelle Moody’s resignation from her role.

Bishop is a senior finance executive with over 20 years’ experience in finance leadership roles across the resources and manufacturing sectors.

New Hope chairman Robert Millner said: “On behalf of the board and management team, I would like to thank (Moody) for her contribution as company secretary over the last four and half years and her efforts over that time in various senior executive roles with the company.”

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Red 5 has added a member to the company board with the selection of Andrea Sutton as an independent non-executive director.

Sutton has built over 25 years’ experience with Rio Tinto and Energy Resources Australia (ERA), where she was ERA chief executive and managing director between 2013 and 2017, and non-executive director from 2018 to 2020.

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

The chemical engineer is currently a board member of Infrastructure WA, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation as well as National Association of Women in Operations.

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Estrella Resources has welcomed former chief executive Chris Daws as the company’s new managing director.

Daws was a company chief executive since January 2017 and was instrumental in Estrella’s acquisition of the Carr Boyd nickel project in Western Australia later that year.

He also led the discovery of a high-grade nickel deposit at the T5 prospect within the Carr Boyd operation.

Aside from Daws’ appointment, Estrella also welcomed its consultant geologist Neil Hutchison as a technical non-executive director and Steve Warriner as exploration manager.

Hutchison, who is currently director of Kairos Minerals, was previously the general manager for geology at Poseidon Nickel and exploration superintendent at Jubilee Gold Mines’ Cosmos nickel project in Western Australia.

Warriner, on the other hand, is chief geologist at Poseidon Nickel.

He has built over 20 years’ experience in exploring for and mining nickel deposits around Western Australia.

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West Wits Mining director Andrew Tunks has resigned from his role, with Tim Chapman to replace him following his engagement with the company as a key advisor.

Chapman is currently director, corporate broking at PAC Partners.

West Wits stated that Chapman’s Australian investment banking experience and knowledge of the company’s projects would assist the board as the company embarked on advancing the Witwatersrand Basin gold project in South Africa and at Mt Cecelia gold and base metals project in Western Australia.

Tunks elected to resign as a non-executive director due to his increasing workload at Meteoric Resources, where he holds the role of managing director.

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