Directors & Management

Bill Beament

BEng-Mining (Hons), MAICD
Executive Chair – commenced 2007

Mr Beament is a mining engineer with more than 20 years’ experience in the resource sector. Previously he held several senior management positions, including General Manager of Operations for Barminco Limited with overall responsibility for 12 mine sites across Western Australia, and General Manager of the Eloise Copper Mine in Queensland.

Mr Beament is the current Chairman of the Western Australia School of Mines Alumni Patrons Group and a Trustee of the Channel 7 Telethon Trust.

Mr Beament is a member of the Nomination and Environmental, Social & Safety (ESS) Committees.

John Fitzgerald

Lead Independent Director – commenced 2012

Mr Fitzgerald has over 30 years’ resource financing experience and has provided project finance and corporate advisory services to a large number of companies in the resource sector.

He has previously held senior positions at NM Rothschild & Sons, Investec Bank Australia, Commonwealth Bank, HSBC Precious Metals and Optimum Capital. Mr Fitzgerald is a Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Fitzgerald is Chairman of Medallion Metals Limited, a Non-Executive Director of Danakali Limited and was previously Chairman of Exore Resources Limited, Carbine Resources Limited, Integra Mining Limited and Atherton Resources Limited.

Mr Fitzgerald is Chair of the Audit & Risk and Nomination Committees and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Peter O’Connor

MA, Economics and Political Science and Barrister-at Law
Non-Executive Director – commenced 2012

Mr O’Connor has extensive global experience in the funds management industry, both public and private companies in developed and emerging economies. He was co-founder, director and deputy chairman of IMS Selection Management Ltd which had $10 billion under management or advice from 1998-2008. Following the sale of IMS to BNP Paribas in 2008, he was deputy chairman of FundQuest UK Ltd with $10 billion under management, and FundQuest globally had $35 billion of assets under management from 2008-2010.

Mr O’Connor is currently Chairman of ASX listed Boss Resources Limited and a Non-Executive Director of Blue Ocean Monitoring Limited. He was previously Chairman of ASX listed Neurotech International Limited, LSE listed Advance Developing Markets Fund and TSX listed NEO Material Technologies Inc.

Mr O’Connor is a member of the Remuneration, Nomination and Environmental, Social & Safety (ESS) Committees.

Shirley In't Veld

BCom LLB (Hons)
Non-Executive Director – commenced 2016

Ms In’t Veld is currently a director of NBN Co and a Non-Executive Director of APA Group and Alumina Ltd. Previously Ms In’t Veld was deputy director of the CSIRO, a director of Duet Company Ltd, Perth Airport, Asciano Ltd and Chairman of Asciano’s Sustainability Committee. Ms In’t Veld is also a member of the Takeovers Panel.

Prior to this Ms In’t Veld held a number of senior commercial, legal and marketing positions with Verve Energy, Alcoa, WMC Resources Ltd, Bond Corporation and BankWest, including CEO of Verve Energy, a WA utility and Managing Director of Alcoa Australia Rolled Products based in Geelong.

Ms In’t Veld is a member of the Audit & Risk and Nomination Committees.

Mary Hackett

BEng (Mech), FIEAust
Non-Executive Director – commenced 2019

Ms Hackett has an extensive career in the resource sector, spanning more than 30 years, with senior executive roles at Brown & Root, Woodside, and General Electric. Her most recent role being Vice President of General Electric Oil & Gas for Australasia.

Ms Hackett is a founding Director of the LNG Marine Fuel Institute, the Chair Elect of the Future Energy Exports Cooperative Research Centre and a Non-Executive Director of Strike Energy Limited.

A fellow of Engineers Australia, Ms Hackett holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from University College Galway, Ireland.

Ms Hackett is Chair of the Environmental, Social & Safety (ESS) Committee and a member of the Audit & Risk and Nomination Committees.

Nicholas (Nick) Cernotta

Non-Executive Director – commenced 2019

Mr Cernotta is a mining engineer having held senior operational and executive roles in Australia and overseas over a 35 plus year period. He has considerable experience in the management and operation of large resource projects, with a track record for improving safety performance, managing costs and improving operational efficiencies, across multiple commodities and international jurisdictions.

Most recently Mr Cernotta served as Director of Operations at Fortescue Metals Group, Chief Operating Officer (Underground, International and Engineering) at MacMahon Holdings Limited and most relevant as Director of Operations for Barrick (Australia Pacific) Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Barrick Gold Corporation, with international assets in Africa, PNG and Saudi Arabia.

Mr Cernotta is currently Non-Executive Chairman of ASX listed Panoramic Resources Limited and a Non-Executive Director of ASX listed Pilbara Minerals Limited and New Century Resources Ltd. He was previously Non-Executive Chairman of ASX listed ServTech Global Holdings Ltd.

Mr Cernotta is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit & Risk and Nomination Committees.

Stuart Tonkin

BEng (Hons)
Chief Executive Officer – commenced 2013

Mr Tonkin is a mining engineer with more than 20 years’ experience working in the underground hard-rock mining industry. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Northern Star in November 2016 and had been the Company’s Chief Operating Officer since 2013. Prior to joining Northern Star, he was Chief Operating Officer for mining contractor Barminco, and a non-executive director of African Underground Mining Services Ghana. He has extensive experience in the production of gold, copper, zinc and nickel and has held senior operational positions with Oxiana and Newmont in Western Australia.

Mr Tonkin is currently a Director of the Gold Industry Group, a not-for-profit, member-based industry association. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) with Honours from the Western Australian School of Mines and a WA First Class Mine Manager’s Certificate.

Ryan Gurner

BSc (Hons), BCom
Chief Financial Officer – commenced 2015

Mr Gurner is a Chartered Accountant with extensive financial and commercial experience spanning over 15 years across Australia, Asia and Europe. Prior to joining Northern Star, Mr Gurner was the CFO and Company Secretary of ASX & TSX listed RTG Mining Limited. Previously he has performed senior financial roles at Sakari Resources Limited, a SGX listed top 50 company, ASX listed Mincor Resources Limited and was Manager at PwC Perth and London Offices.

Mr Gurner holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and sits on the Chamber of Minerals & Energy in WA’s Economics & Tax Committee.

Mr Gurner was appointed Chief Financial Officer in September 2018 and had been the Company’s General Manager Finance since January 2015.

Michael Mulroney

BAppSc (Geol), MBA
Chief Geological Officer – commenced 2015

Mr Mulroney is a geologist and resource industry professional with over 30 years’ experience in the exploration, mining and finance sectors. His finance experience includes investment banking – evaluation, acquisition and financing of natural resource projects around the world.

Mr Mulroney has held several executive and non-executive director positions in the areas of exploration, project feasibility and development in both gold and base metals sectors.

Most recently Mr Mulroney was Managing Director of Venturex Resources Limited and Non-Executive Director of Acacia Coal Limited.

Hilary Macdonald

LLB (Hons), FGIA
General Counsel – commenced 2016
Company Secretary – commenced 2018

Ms Macdonald is a lawyer with over 25 years’ experience in private practice and industry with particular focus on corporate and mining law. A Graduate of Bristol University, England, Ms Macdonald qualified as a solicitor in London and was admitted to the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1990, and to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1995.

Prior to her appointment as Northern Star’s General Counsel with executive responsibility for legal, Ms Macdonald has provided legal services to Northern Star continuously since 2009, commencing with the acquisition of the Paulsens gold operations.

Luke Creagh

Chief Operating Officer – commenced 2014

Mr Creagh is a mining engineer with over 16 years’ experience working for both contractors and mining companies in underground hard-rock mining. Prior to his appointment as Chief Operating Officer in November 2018, he held senior positions such as GM Business Development, GM Strategy & Growth and Operations Manager for Northern Star,  and prior to Northern Star was Operations Manager for Barminco Ltd.

Mr Creagh has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from the University of Queensland and holds a WA First Class Mine Manager’s Certificate.

Darren Stralow

Chief Development Officer – commenced 2010

Mr Stralow is a mining engineer with over 18 years experience in the resources industry. He has held various roles in both operations, mine management and business development. Prior to his appointment as Chief Development Officer in November 2018, he has held senior positions such as GM Operations, GM Business Development and Integration Manager for Northern Star, and Mining Manager for Intrepid Mines Limited.

Mr Stralow has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from the Western Australian School of Mines and a WA First Class Mine Manager’s Certificate. He is also a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (MAusIMM) and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Peta Slocombe

BSc (Psychology), Post Grad Dip Psychology, MPsych
Executive Manager – Capability & Culture – commenced 2018

Ms Slocombe is a Psychologist with over 23 years as a practicing Psychologist.  She holds responsibility for high performance, talent ID, leadership development and Northern Star culture. Ms Slocombe is committed to maximising organisational capability, including the development of mental health strategies for individuals, teams and Northern Star as a whole.

Ms Slocombe has diverse clinical and organisational experience, has published internationally and lectured in both Executive Coaching and Psychology at Post Graduate and Masters levels. Ms Slocombe also has executive responsibility for Human Resources.

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