Mr Derek La Ferla

Independent Non-executive Chairman

Member of the Audit and Risk Committee,  Remuneration and Nomination Committee and Sustainability Committee

Qualifications: B.Arts, B. Juris, B.Law, Fellow of AICD

Mr La Ferla is a corporate lawyer and company director with more than 30 years' experience.  He has held senior positions with some of Australia's leading law firms and a variety of board positions with listed public companies and not for profit organisations.  Mr La Ferla is currently a Partner (on a part time basis) with Western Australian firm, Lavan and is Chairman of Veris Limited and Threat Protect Australia Limited.  He is a non-executive Director of Goldfields Money Limited.  Mr La Ferla is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the AICD Council (WA Division).


Mr Karl M Simich

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Qualifications: B.Com, FCA, F.Fin

Mr Simich is an experienced international mining executive who has been involved in the financing, construction, development and operation of five mining projects in New Zealand, Australia and Africa. Specialising in resource finance and corporate management, Mr Simich has been a Director of and held senior executive positions with a number of ASX-listed mining companies. Mr Simich is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and has completed post-graduate studies in business and finance.


Mr Paul Hallam

Independent Non-Executive Director

Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Qualifications: BE (Hons) Mining, FAICD, FAusIMM

Mr Hallam is a highly experienced resource industry executive with more than 40 years experience working for a number of blue chip Australian and International mining companies. His experience spans a range of corporate and operating environments, both in Australia and overseas, covers a range of commodities (iron ore, bauxite, alumina, aluminium, gold, silver, copper, zinc and lead) and includes both surface and underground mining. His former roles include Director – Operations with Fortescue Metals Group, Executive General Manager – Development & Projects with Newcrest Mining Limited, Director Victorian Operations with Alcoa and Executive General Manager Base and Metals with North Ltd.  Mr Hallam retired from executive roles in 2011 to pursue a career as a professional non-executive Director. He also serves on the boards of Altona Mining Ltd and Gindalbie Metals Ltd.  Mr Hallam is a qualified mining engineer and holds a BE (Hons) from Melbourne University and a Certificate of Mineral Economics from Curtin University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy.


Dr Roric Smith

Independent Non-Executive Director

Member of the Sustainability Committee

Qualifications: B.Sc (Hons) Geology, Ph.D Geology

Dr Smith is a highly experienced geologist with extensive Australian and international experience and is currently a consulting geologist for mid-tier ASX-listed gold producer Evolution Mining Limited.  Until June 2016, Dr Smith was Vice President, Discovery and Chief Geologist for Evolution, where he played a key role in leading that company's exploration efforts.

Prior to joining Evolution, Dr Smith held numerous senior executive positions with the gold producer AngloGold Ashanti, including as Senior Vice President, Global Greenfield Exploration; Country Manager and Chief Representative China; Exploration Manager - North Asia Region; and Chief Geologist Australia.  Dr Smith holds a B.Sc (Hons) Geology and Ph.D from the University of Natal in South Africa.


Mr Robert Scott

Independent Non-Executive Director

Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and  Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee

Qualifications: FCA

Mr Scott is a Chartered Accountant with 35 years experience as an adviser on corporate services and taxation as a partner in major accounting firms. Mr Scott holds a Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Taxation Institute of Australia. He is also a member of the Institute of Company Directors. Mr Scott serves as the Chairman of Homeloans Limited and as a non-executive Director of RTG Mining Inc.


Ms Maree Arnason

Independent Non-Executive Director

Chairman of the Sustainability Committee and Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Qualifications: B.Arts, GAICD

Ms Arnason is an experienced director and senior executive whose career has spanned 30 years in the resources, energy and manufacturing sectors in remote, regional and corporate environments. Ms Arnason has significant leadership expertise working in complex corporate and project environments with a focus on risk and reputation, and following development of her senior executive career with ASX-listed companies including BHP Billiton and Wesfarmers, has broadened her work over the past 10 years to include directorships in listed and private companies.  

She is a non-executive Director of ASX-listed mineral sands producer MZI Resources and Juniper, one of Western Australia's largest aged care services organisations and a Co-Founder/Director of Energy Access Services, who operate an automated and independent energy trading platform focused on WA's domestic gas market.  Ms Arnason is a member of CEDA's (Committee for Economic Development of Australia) WA State Advisory Council, a past National Director of the Australia China Business Council and a serving member of their WA Executive Committee.