Mr Cobb Johnstone
Chairman (appointed November 2016)
Cobb Johnstone is a mining engineer with extensive experience building and operating mines in Africa, Australia, Asia and South America. He held the position of Chief Operating Officer for African copper miner Equinox Minerals until its acquisition by Barrick Gold in mid-2011, and Chief Operating Officer for China-focussed gold miner Sino Gold Mining until its acquisition by Eldorado in late 2009.
Mr Johnstone’s distinguished career spans more than 30 years and he has served as General Manager of some of Australia’s largest mines including the Kalgoorlie Super Pit in Western Australia, Olympic Dam in South Australia and Northparkes in New South Wales.
Mr Johnstone is currently a Non-Executive Director of Evolution Mining, Australia’s second largest gold mining company.
Mr Jim Simpson
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (appointed August 2016)
Jim is a Mining Engineer with a 30 year history in the industry, specialising in underground metalliferous mining. His previous roles include General Manager at Mt Isa Mines and at the Peak Gold Mine in Cobar and Chief Operating Officer for Peak Gold (TSX). Jim’s experience ranges from mine management through to equity market participation in the C$328m listing of Peak Gold on the TSX.
Mr Paul Espie
Non-Executive Director (appointed December 2013)
Paul Espie was the founding principal of Pacific Road Capital, a manager of private equity funds investing in the resources sector internationally, in 2006. He was Chairman of Oxiana Limited during the development of the Sepon copper/gold project in Laos (2000 to 2003) and prior to that Chairman of Cobar Mines Pty Ltd after a management buy-out in 1993. Mr Espie was previously responsible for Bank of America operations in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea and Chairman of the Australian Infrastructure Fund. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Trustee of the Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy, Educational Endowment Fund, and a Director of the Menzies Research Centre.
Mr Espie is a member of the Company's Finance and Nominations Committees.
Mr Michael Menzies
Non-Executive Director (appointed December 2015)
Michael Menzies has more than 35 years’ experience in the mining industry and in a variety of operational and management roles covering open cut and underground mining and processing operations in each of base metals, gold and coal. Mr Menzies has worked for Glencore in a number of capacities since 2010, including conducting operation reviews and mining project evaluation work, primarily in the base metals sector.
Mr Lawrie Conway
Non-Executive Director (appointed June 2017)
Mr Conway has more than 27 years’ experience in the resources sector across a diverse range of commercial, financial and operational activities. He has held a mix of corporate and operational commercial roles within Australia, Papua New Guinea and Chile with Evolution Mining, Newcrest and BHP Billiton. Mr Conway is currently Evolution Mining’s Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer.
Ms Susie Corlett
Non-Executive Director (appointed October 2018)
Susie Corlett is a professional non-executive director following a 25-year executive career spanning mine operations, investment banking and private equity. Susie has served on ASX and TSX listed mining company boards and is currently a Trustee of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) Education Endowment Fund, a director of The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife (Chair of Risk and Audit) and director of The David Burgess Foundation. Graduating as a geologist, Susie’s background is in mining and exploration. She was most recently an Investment Director for global mining private equity fund, Pacific Road Capital Ltd and worked in mining credit risk management and project finance for Standard Bank Limited, Deustche Bank and Macquarie Bank.
Susie’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (Hons. Geology) from the University of Melbourne. Susie is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and member of the AusIMM.
Mr Paul Harris
Non-Executive Director (appointed December 2018)
Mr. Harris has more than 26 years’ experience in financial markets and investment banking, including advising mining corporates on strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets, including as Managing Director – Head of Metals and Mining at Citi. Mr. Harris has a Master of Engineering (Mining) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr. Harris is the non-executive Chairman of ASX-listed Aeon Metals Limited (AX: AML).