Directors

Directors

Mr Derek La Ferla

Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Appointed 17 May 2010

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

Experience
Mr La Ferla is a corporate lawyer and company director with more than 30 years’ experience. He has held senior leadership 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 in the Corporate Advisory Group (on a part time basis) with Western Australian firm, Lavan and was formerly the national leader of the corporate advisory and infrastructure, mining and commodities industry group at Norton Rose Fulbright. Derek has worked on some of the WA’s more notable capital market and private equity transactions including the Initial Public Offering (IPO) and ASX listing of Automotive Holdings Group, Navitas Ltd and Southern Cross Electrical Ltd among others. He brings a strong corporate governance perspective, balancing commercial and legal risk management needs.

Mr La Ferla is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the AICD Council (WA Division).

Special responsibilities

  • Member of the People and Performance Committee.
  • Member of the Audit Committee.

Mr Karl M Simich

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Appointed 1 July 2009

Qualifications
B.Com, FCA, F.Fin

Experience
Mr Simich has more than 30 years’ experience as an international resource company executive, specialising in corporate finance and company management. He has held director and senior executive positions with numerous ASX listed mining companies and has played a key role in the financing, construction, development and operation of mining projects in Australia, New Zealand and Africa.

Karl joined the Sandfire Board in 2007 and has overseen discovery and development of the Company’s DeGrussa and Monty Copper-Gold Mines in Western Australia, which are now well established as two of the AsiaPacific region’s premier, high-grade copper mines. Under his stewardship as Managing Director, Sandfire has developed a strong reputation as a leading mid-tier Australian mining company focused on strong, safe and consistent production, positive shareholder returns and a commitment to diversity and sustainability.

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 Robert Scott

Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed 30 July 2010

Qualifications
FCA

Experience
Mr Scott is a Chartered Accountant and former international partner with major global accounting firms with over 35 years’ experience. He was a former senior partner of KPMG and Arthur Anderson focusing on corporate structuring and taxation planning. He has served as a Chairman and as non-executive director with various publicly listed resource companies with operational experience in Australia, USA and Asia and has a strong focus on project governance, audit and risk management.

Mr Scott holds a Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Taxation Institute of Australia and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Special responsibilities

  • Chair of the Audit Committee.
  • Member of the Risk Committee.

Mr Paul Hallam

Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed 21 May 2013

Qualifications
BE (Hons) Mining, FAICD, FAusIMM

Experience
Mr Hallam has more than 40 years Australian and international resource industry experience. His operating and corporate experience is across a range of commodities (iron ore, bauxite, alumina, aluminium, gold, silver, copper, zinc and lead) and includes both surface and underground mining.

He has global experience stemming from his executive roles across multiple cultural, regulatory and business environments. His former executive roles include Director – Operations with Fortescue Metals Group, Executive General Manager – Development & Projects with Newcrest Mining Ltd, Director – Victorian Operations with Alcoa and Executive General Manager - Base and Precious Metals with North Ltd; and also, mine management/development roles for Battle Mountain Gold Company in Chile, Bolivia and Australia. In these and previous roles Mr Hallam has held site and corporate accountability for all site functions plus sales and marketing, stakeholder management, capital projects and regulatory oversite and management for multiple mining operations.

Mr Hallam retired in 2011 to pursue a career as a professional non-executive director. He has held Australian and international non-executive director roles since 1997.

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.

Special responsibilities

  • Chair of the People and Performance Committee.
  • Member of the Risk Committee.

Ms Sally Langer

Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed 1 July 2020

Qualifications
B.Com, CA

Experience
Ms Langer has 25 years’ experience in Professional Services including as founder and Managing Partner of the management consulting and executive recruitment firm Derwent Executive, where she set up and led the growth of the Perth office servicing a wide range of clients both local and national and led the Mining and Industrial Practice. Prior to that, she was a Director at international recruitment firm Michael Page and a Chartered Accountant at accounting and consulting firm Arthur Andersen.

During her career, Ms Langer has been responsible for strategy development and execution with a strong focus on profitable business growth, supervising and coordinating large teams and other management functions including strategy, business development, budgeting and human resources. She has been a trusted advisor to numerous Boards on recruitment, talent management, culture and organisational structure.

Ms Langer is also non-executive director of Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited.  She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UWA and is currently undertaking an AICD course.

Special responsibilities

  • Member of the People and Performance Committee.

Dr Roric Smith

Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed 31 December 2016

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

Experience
Dr Smith is a highly experienced geologist with extensive Australian and international experience. Until June 2016, Dr Smith was Vice President, Discovery and Chief Geologist for Evolution Mining Ltd, where he played a key role in leading that company’s exploration and mining efforts from implementation through to execution. Prior to joining Evolution, Dr Smith held numerous global senior executive positions with 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.

Special responsibilities

  • Chair of the Risk Committee.
  • Member of the Audit Committee.