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 National Board and the WA Council Division.

Special responsibilities

  • Member of the People and Performance Committee

Mr Karl M Simich

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Appointed 1 July 2009

Qualifications
B.Com, FCA, F.Fin

Experience
Mr Simich is an experienced international mining executive who has been involved in the financing, construction, development and operation of various 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 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
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.

Ms Sally Langer

Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed 1 July 2020

Qualifications
B.Com, CA, AICD

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 Northern Star Resources Ltd. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UWA. 

Special responsibilities

  • Chair of the Audit Committee
  • 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. Dr Smith was previously 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 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, B.Sc (Hons) Geology and Ph.D from the University of Natal in South Africa.

Special responsibilities

  • Member of the Risk Committee
  • Member of the Audit Committee

Ms Jenn Morris

Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed 1 January 2021

Qualifications
B.Arts, AICD, INSEAD

Experience

Ms Morris is a former partner of global professional services firm Deloitte where her career spanned more than 10 years working across the mining, government and transport sectors. She was also previously a Senior Marketing Analyst for Rio Tinto Iron Ore and the CEO of Walk Free, the Minderoo Foundation's global initiative against slavery. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Fortescue Metals Group Ltd and a Commissioner on the Board of the Australian Sports Commission.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Journalism) from Curtin University, received with Distinction and has completed Finance for Executives at INSEAD. Her experience includes advising government entities and corporations on strategy development, governance controls, business transformation, the embedding of environment, social and governance related policies, the development of leadership and understanding of high-performance environments.

Ms Morris is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of Leadership WA and a member of the Vice Chancellor’s List, Curtin University. Prior to her business career, she was a member of the highly successful Australian Women’s Hockey Team which won Olympic gold medals at both Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000. In 1997, she was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

Special responsibilities

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

Mr John Richards

Independent Non-Executive Director
Appointed 1 January 2021

Qualifications
B.Econ (Hons)

Experience
John Richards is an economist with more than 35 years’ experience in the resources industry. He has held strategy and business development positions across several mining companies and has worked extensively in the investment banking and private equity industries. He has been involved in a wide range of significant mining M&A transactions on a global scale.

Mr Richards is also a Non-Executive Director of leading gold producer Northern Star Resources Ltd and Lead Independent Director of mineral sands company Sheffield Resources Ltd. His previous positions include Group Executive – Strategy & Business Development at Normandy Mining Ltd; Head of Mining & Metals Advisory (Australia) at Standard Bank; Managing Director at Buka Minerals Ltd and Operating Partner at Global Natural Resources Investments (GNRI).

He holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from the University of Queensland.

Special responsibilities

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