Senior Management

Senior Management

Jason Grace

Mr Jason Grace

Chief Operating Officer
Appointed 23 Sep 2019

Qualifications: B.AppSc (Geo), B.Sc (Hons), MMinEng, MEnt (Exec)

Mr Grace is an experienced mining professional with more than 26 years of industry experience spanning Australia and the AsiaPacific region and ranging across multiple disciplines including general management, operational management, technical leadership, project/studies management, business improvement, mineral resource evaluation, mine planning and mine geology. He was most recently Executive General Manager – Iron Ore for the leading diversified mining services group Mineral Resources Ltd (ASX: MIN), where he managed the group’s entire Australian iron ore business including the Yilgarn operations acquired from Cliffs Asia Pacific, the Iron Valley mine and the Kumina and Marillana projects. Prior to that, he was Senior Director, Asia Pacific Iron Ore and Senior Director, Technical Services for Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore, where he led and managed all elements of the Asia Pacific Iron ore business segment for USA-based Cleveland Cliffs Inc. Prior to joining Cleveland Cliffs, Mr Grace enjoyed a 13-year career with Newcrest Mining Ltd holding a range of senior managerial and operational positions including the group-wide role General Manager – Technical and Planning. He has also worked previously for BHP Steel and BHP Engineering – Mining Services, Arimco Mining Pty Ltd and RGC Thalanga. Mr Grace’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Science (Geology) from Queensland University of Technology, a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from James Cook University and a Master of Mining Engineering from the University of New South Wales.

Mr Matthew Fitzgerald

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary
Appointed 1 Jan 2011

Qualifications: B.Com, CA

Mr Fitzgerald is a chartered accountant with extensive experience in the resources industry. He began his career in the Assurance & Advisory division of KPMG, before joining ASX-listed Kimberley Diamond Company NL in 2003, where he held the position of Chief Financial Officer and Director until July 2008. Mr Fitzgerald is also the Chairman of Sandfire Resources America Inc. (TSX.V: SFR), which is permitting the 100% owned and leased Black Butte Copper Project. Sandfire owns 78.1% of Sandfire Resources America Inc.

Mr Bruce Hooper

Chief Exploration and Business Development Officer
Appointed 20 Jan 2011

Qualifications: B.Sc, RPGeo

Mr Hooper is a registered professional geoscientist with extensive experience in the resources industry including the energy, base metal and precious metal fields in Australia, Asia, the Americas and Africa. Prior to joining Sandfire in 2012, Mr Hooper worked in a number of senior exploration, operational and business development roles for a variety of companies including BP, Rio Tinto, North Ltd, Straits Resources, Perilya Ltd and Ivernia. From October 2015 to July 2016 Mr Hooper was on secondment to the Sandfire Resources America Inc. office in Montana where he served as the Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Shannan Bamforth

General Manager Geology
Appointed 20 Apr 2010

Qualifications: B.Sc (Geo)

Mr Bamforth is a geologist with over 20 years’ experience in the resources industry with a focus on base metals, gold and coal. He has worked in exploration and operational roles in Australia, Africa, China and Indonesia. Prior to joining Sandfire in 2010, Mr Bamforth held various senior positions with a variety of companies including Regent Pacific Group, St Barbara Mines, AngloGold Ashanti, and Acacia Resources. He is a member of The Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.