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 Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
  • Member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
  • Member of the Sustainability 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

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

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

Ms Maree Arnason

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed 18 December 2015

Qualifications
B.Arts, GAICD

Experience
Ms Arnason is an experienced director and senior executive whose career has spanned 30 years in the resources, energy and manufacturing sectors with companies including BHP, Carter Holt Harvey, Nasdaq STO Svenska Cellulosa AB (SCA) and Wesfarmers.

Maree, who has worked in many complex corporate and project environments with a focus on risk and reputation, has expertise in strategy, sustainability, risk, stakeholder relations, indigenous affairs, corporate, government and regulatory affairs, permitting, divestments and integrations. In her executive career, Maree was a member of divisional leadership teams for a number of ASX listed Top 10 companies with businesses and services located globally and has worked across commodities including copper, iron ore, timber, coal (thermal and metallurgical), mineral sands and natural gas.

As a Co-Founder/Director of Energy Access Services, who operate an independent Western Australian-focused digital trading platform for wholesale gas buyers and sellers, Maree has experience in the start-up, commercialisation and innovation space.

Ms Arnason is a member of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) Director Advisory Panel, serves on CEDA’s (Committee for Economic Development of Australia) Western Australia State Advisory Council, is a life member and past National Director of the Australia China Business Council and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) WA Division Council.

Special responsibilities

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

  • Member of the Sustainability Committee.