Mining moves: WA Mines Minister, Hexagon, Doray

Australian Mining brings readers the latest corporate appointments and departures impacting the local and international resources industry. 

Peter Tinley has been named as the Western Australian Government’s new mines and petroleum minister following the Labor Party’s victory in last weekend’s state election. In addition to the mines and petroleum role, Tinley will also look after the veterans affairs and youth portfolios.

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) welcomed the ministerial appointments announcement. Chief executive Reg Howard-Smith said CME would work closely with government to ensure industry’s interests were well represented.

“We are particularly looking forward to working with the new minister for mines and petroleum, Peter Tinley,” Howard-Smith said.

“This portfolio is one of the most important to the sector and the WA economy. Mr Tinley has proved to be a strong voice within the WA Labor Party since his election to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly in 2009 and we look forward to working with him on a range of advocacy issues.”


Hexagon Resources has appointed Michael Rosenstreich as its new managing director and chief executive officer. Rosenstreich has extensive experience in bringing mining projects from exploration into operations, including organising financing and offtake agreements. He has over 30 years’ technical, corporate and financial experience.


Doray Minerals has promoted Rod Jacobs to the role of chief operating officer. He will replace Peter Bamford, who is retiring after five years with the company. Jacobs is a mining engineer with more than 25 years’ operations and senior management experience, including site operations, project management, feasibility and permitting.


Capricorn Metals has restructured its board and management team to prepare the company for its imminent transition from developer to gold producer. At the heart of the restructure is the elevation of respected Australian mining industry executive and former Doray Minerals co-founder and senior Independence Group executive Heath Hellewell to the role of executive chairman to spearhead the company’s transformation to gold producer.

At the same time, managing director Peter Thompson, technical director Peter Langworthy and non-executive director Jonathan Shellabear will step down from the board to take up full-time executive roles with the company, respectively as chief operating officer, executive general manager – geology and chief financial officer. Capricorn has also appointed experienced mining executive Stuart Pether to its board as a non-executive director.


Australian mining and exploration executive Terry Topping has been appointed executive chairman of Kairos Minerals. Topping has more than 25 years of experience in minerals exploration and development worldwide and has played a key role in the incubation, listing and development of several ASX-listed resources companies over the past two decades.


Tanzanian graphite developer Black Rock Mining has appointed John de Vries as chief operating officer. de Vries is a respected industry veteran with more than 30 years’ experience in the global mining industry having started his career with WMC Resources in 1984.


Austpac Resources has appointed Colin Iles as a director of the company. Iles is a metallurgist with more than 35 years’ experience in international trade, sales and business development and the commercial management of technical projects at plant level.

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