Directors & KMP

Directors & KMP

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Michael Chaney AO

Non-Executive Chair – commenced 2021

Mr Chaney AO was appointed Non-Executive Chair on 1 July 2021. He is currently Chairman of Wesfarmers Limited and was previously Chairman of Woodside Petroleum Limited (retired April 2018) and National Australia Bank (retired December 2015); a former Director of BHP Limited (retired October 2005) and Managing Director of Wesfarmers from 1992 to 2005.

Mr Chaney holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from The University of Western Australia and worked for eight years as a petroleum geologist in Australia and the USA. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1992 and has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from The University of Western Australia.

He is former Chancellor of The University of Western Australia (retired December 2017) and former Governor of the Forrest Research Foundation (resigned December 2020). Michael is currently Chair of the National School Resourcing Board, a Director of the Centre for Independent Studies and a member of the Gresham Resources Royalties Fund Investment Committee.

Mr Chaney is Chair of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Exploration & Growth Committee.

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John Fitzgerald

Non-Executive 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 Committee and a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committees.

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Mary Hackett

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.

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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 Exploration & Growth and Nomination Committees.

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Anthony (Tony) Kiernan

Non-Executive Director – commenced 2021

Mr Kiernan is a former solicitor with extensive experience, particularly in the management and operation of listed public companies in the resource sector through exploration, development and production.  Mr Kiernan has a strong understanding of the capital markets and the business of value creation.

Mr Kiernan is Chair of Pilbara Minerals Limited and Chair of Redbank Copper Limited.  He was previously Chair of Venturex Resources Limited and Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited, prior to the merger with Northern Star. He is currently Chair of the Fiona Wood Foundation and is a Member of the Order of Australia.

Mr Kiernan is a member of the Environmental, Social & Safety, Nomination and Remuneration Committees.

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Sally Langer

Non-Executive Director – commenced 2021

Ms Langer has more than 25 years’ experience in professional services across a variety of sectors with substantial experience in the resources sector, particularly in Western Australia. She has been responsible for management functions including strategy, business development, budgeting and human resources. Originally qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen, Ms Langer moved into Executive Search, working closely with Boards and CEOs to advise on talent, culture and organisation structure.

Ms Langer is a Non-Executive Director of Sandfire Resources, the Gold Corporation and MMA Offshore.

Ms Langer is a member of the Audit & Risk, Environmental, Social & Safety, Nomination and Remuneration Committees.

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John Richards

Non-Executive Director – commenced 2021

Mr 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 mining M&A transactions on a global scale.

Previous experience has included 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).

Mr Richards is a Non-Executive Director of copper producer Sandfire Resources Limited and Lead Independent Director of mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources Limited.

Mr Richards is the Chair of the Exploration & Growth Committee and a member of the Audit & Risk and Nomination Committees.

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Raleigh Finlayson

Executive Director – commenced 2021

Mr Finlayson is a mining engineer with over 20 years’ of technical and operational experience in the mining industry in multiple disciplines including both underground and open pit operations. Mr Finlayson commenced with Northern Star Resources in February 2021 as Managing Director following the $16B merger of equals with Saracen Mineral Holdings.

During his 13-year tenure at Saracen, Mr Finlayson was responsible for the acquisition and subsequent development of Saracen’s second operating mine, the Thunderbox Gold Project for $23M and the purchase of 50% of the KCGM Superpit for $1.1B in 2019.  Saracen grew from a market cap of $53M in 2008 to $6.0B in 2021 before merging with Northern Star.

Mr Finlayson previously held positions of Underground Manager for Panoramic Resources and various mining engineering roles with OceanaGold and Gold Fields.

Mr Finlayson studied at the Western Australian School of Mines and is the holder of a First Class Mine Managers Certificate.  He served for 5 years on the WA School of Mines Alumni Council.

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Stuart Tonkin

Managing Director – 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.

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Morgan Ball

Chief Financial Officer – commenced 2021

Mr Ball is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of Australian and international experience in the resources, logistics and finance industries.   Prior to the merger with Northern Star, Mr Ball was CFO of Saracen Mineral Holdings for over 4 years.  Previously, Mr Ball was Managing Director of ASX-listed BC Iron Ltd and prior to this he was BC Iron’s Finance Director, CFO and Company Secretary.  Previous roles have included CFO & Company Secretary of ASX-listed Indago Resources and senior commercial roles at WMC Resources, Brambles and P&O.

Mr Ball is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia as well as post graduate qualifications from the Financial Services Institute of Australia.

Mr Ball is a Non-Executive Director of Chalice Mining Limited.

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Luke Creagh

Chief Operating Officer – Yandal & Pogo Operations – 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 of Competency.

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Simon Jessop

Chief Operating Officer – Kalgoorlie Operations – commenced 2021

Mr Jessop is a mining engineer with over 20 years’ of technical and operational experience in the mining industry covering underground and open pit operations throughout Australia.  Prior to joining Northern Star, Mr Jessop was COO at Saracen Mineral Holdings and has held numerous General Manager roles for Evolution Mining.

Previous roles have included Operations Manager at Panoramic Resources at Lanfranchi Nickel Project, Manager of Projects at Panoramic Resources, Project Manager – Agnew and Cosmos for Byrnecut Mining as well various other roles throughout his tenure.

Mr Jessop studied at the WA School of Mines in Kalgoorlie achieving a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) as well as a Bachelor of Science (Mine and Engineering Surveying).  Mr Jessop is the holder of a First Class Mine Managers Certificate of Competency.

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Hilary Macdonald

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.