About Newcrest

Leadership

Board of directors

Peter Hay

Peter Hay

LLB, FAICD
Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Hay was appointed as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board in January 2014, after being appointed as a Non-Executive Director in August 2013. Mr Hay is also the Chairman of the Nominations Committee.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Mr Hay has a strong background and breadth of experience in business, corporate law, finance and investment banking advisory work, with particular expertise in relation to mergers and acquisitions. 

He has also had significant involvement in advising governments and government-owned enterprises. Mr Hay was a partner of the legal firm Freehills until 2005, where he served as Chief Executive Officer from 2000 and is a former member of the Australian Takeovers Panel.

CURRENT DIRECTORSHIPS / APPOINTMENTS

- Chairman of Australia Pacific Airports Corporation (from July 2019)
- Member of the AICD Corporate Governance Committee
- Director of Cormack Foundation (from 2005)

Sandeep Biswas

Sandeep Biswas

Beng (Chem) (Hons), FAusIMM
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Mr Biswas was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 4 July 2014. He joined Newcrest in January 2014, as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Mr Biswas was previously Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Aluminium, a wholly owned subsidiary within the Rio Tinto group, which incorporated the bauxite, alumina, refining and smelting operations in Australia and New Zealand.

He began his career with Mount Isa Mines, working in both Australia and Europe. Mr Biswas has also worked for Western Mining in Australia and Rio Tinto in Canada and Australia.  He has experience in research, operations, business development and projects, across commodities including aluminium, copper, lead, zinc and nickel.

OTHER CURRENT DIRECTORSHIPS / APPOINTMENTS

- Vice Chairman of the Minerals Council of Australia
- Director of the World Gold Council (from 2017)
- Member of ICMM Council

Gerard Bond

Gerard Bond

Bcomm, Graduate Diploma Applied Finance and Investment, Chartered Accountant, F Fin
Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer

Mr Bond was appointed to the Board in February 2012, after joining Newcrest as Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer in January 2012.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Mr Bond has experience in the global financial and resources industry with Newcrest, BHP Billiton, Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse.

Prior to joining Newcrest, Mr Bond was with BHP Billiton for over 14 years where he held a number of senior executive roles in Europe and Australia including in Mergers and Acquisitions, Treasury, as Deputy CFO of the Aluminium business, CFO and then Acting President of the Nickel business, and most recently was BHP Billiton’s Head of Group Human Resources.

OTHER CURRENT DIRECTORSHIPS / APPOINTMENTS

- Alternate Director of the World Gold Council

Philip Aiken

Philip Aiken AM

Beng (Chemical), Advanced Management Program (HBS)
Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Aiken was appointed to the Board in April 2013. He is Chairman of the Human Resources and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Safety and Sustainability Committee and the Nominations Committee.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Mr Aiken has extensive Australian and international business experience, principally in the engineering and resources sectors.  He was Group President Energy BHP Billiton, President BHP Petroleum, Managing Director BOC/CIG, Chief Executive of BTR Nylex and Senior Advisor Macquarie Bank (Europe).

CURRENT LISTED DIRECTORSHIPS

- Chairman of Aveva Group plc (from 2012)
- Chairman of Balfour Beatty plc (from 2015)

OTHER CURRENT DIRECTORSHIPS / APPOINTMENTS

- Chairman of Australian Day Foundation (from 2007)
- Business Ambassador, Business Events Sydney Pty Ltd (from 2016)
- Director of Gammon China Limited (from 2018)

Xiaoling Liu

Xiaoling Liu

PhD (Extractive Metallurgy), BEng (Extractive Metallurgy), GAICD, FAusIMM
Independent Non-Executive Director

Dr Liu was appointed to the Board in September 2015. She is a member of the Human Resources and Remuneration Committee, the Audit and Risk Committee, and the Nominations Committee.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Dr Liu has extensive executive experience in leading global mining and processing businesses. Her last executive role was as President and Chief Executive Officer of Rio Tinto Minerals based in Denver, where she ran integrated mining, processing and supply chain operations in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Prior to her last executive role, Dr Liu held senior management and operational roles at Rio Tinto throughout her career including President – Primary Metal Pacific, Managing Director – Global Technical Services and General Manager Bell Bay Smelter.

CURRENT LISTED DIRECTORSHIPS

- Director of South32 Limited (from November 2017)
- Director of Incitec Pivot Limited (from November 2019)

FORMER LISTED DIRECTORSHIPS (LAST 3 YEARS)

- Iluka Resources Limited (2016-2019)

Roger Higgins

Roger Higgins

BE (Civil Engineering) (Hons), MSc (Hydraulics), PhD (Water Resources)
Independent Non-Executive Director

Dr Higgins was appointed to the Board in October 2015.  He is Chairman of the Safety and Sustainability Committee and a member of the Human Resources and Remuneration Committee.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Dr Higgins brings extensive experience leading mining companies and operations and has deep working knowledge of Papua New Guinea as a current Non-Executive Director and a former Managing Director of Ok Tedi Mining Limited in Papua New Guinea.  In his most recent executive position, Dr Higgins served as Senior Vice President, Copper at Canadian metals and mining company, Teck Resources Limited.

Prior to this role he was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer with BHP Billiton Base Metals Customer Sector Group working in Australia and also held senior positions with BHP Billiton in Chile.  He holds the position of Adjunct Professor with the Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland.

CURRENT LISTED DIRECTORSHIPS

- Chairman of Minotaur Exploration Limited (from 2016)
- Director of WorleyParsons Limited (from 2019)

OTHER CURRENT DIRECTORSHIPS / APPOINTMENTS

- Director of Ok Tedi Mining Limited 

FORMER LISTED DIRECTORSHIPS (LAST 3 YEARS)

- Director of Metminco Limited (2013 – 2019)

Vickki McFadden

Vickki McFadden

BComm, LLB
Independent Non-Executive Director

Ms McFadden was appointed to the Board in October 2016. She is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Human Resources and Remuneration Committee.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Ms McFadden is an experienced company director and has broad experience in several roles as member or chairman of audit and risk committees. Ms McFadden has an extensive background in finance and law.

She is a former investment banker with considerable expertise in corporate finance transactions, having served as Managing Director of Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch in Australia and as a Director of Centaurus Corporate Finance and a former President of the Australian Takeovers Panel.

CURRENT LISTED DIRECTORSHIPS

- Director of Tabcorp Holdings Limited (from 2017)
- Chairman of The GPT Group (from 2018)

OTHER CURRENT DIRECTORSHIPS / APPOINTMENTS

- Director of The Myer Family Investments Pty Ltd (from 2011)
- Member of the Advisory Board and Executive Committee of the UNSW Business School (from 2006)

Peter Tomsett

Peter Tomsett

BEng (Mining) (Hons), MSc (Mineral Production Management), GAICD
Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Tomsett was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Board in September 2018. He is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Safety and Sustainability Committee.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Mr Tomsett has extensive and deep gold mining and international business experience as both an executive and non-executive director of a broad range of mining companies listed on the Australian, Toronto, New York and London stock exchanges. His last executive role was as the President and Chief Executive Officer of global gold and copper company, Placer Dome Inc, where he worked for 20 years in project, operational and executive roles.

He has been the Chairman and Managing Director of Kidston Gold Mines Ltd and the Non-Executive Chairman of Equinox Minerals Ltd and Silver Standard Resources Inc. He has also held numerous other Board positions in mining, energy and construction companies and associations including as a Director of OZ Minerals Ltd, Acacia Mining plc, Talisman Energy Inc, North American Energy Partners Inc, Africo Resources Ltd, World Gold Council, Minerals Council of Australia, and International Council for Mining and Metals.

FORMER LISTED DIRECTORSHIPS (LAST 3 YEARS)

- Director of OZ Minerals Ltd (2017-2018)
- Director of Acacia Mining plc (2013-2017)
- Chairman of Silver Standard Resources Inc (Director 2006-2017, Chairman 2008-2017)

Executive Management

Sandeep Biswas

Sandeep Biswas

BEng (Chem) (Hons), FAusIMM
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Sandeep was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 4 July 2014. He joined Newcrest in January 2014, as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Sandeep was previously Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Aluminium, a wholly owned subsidiary within the Rio Tinto group, which incorporated the bauxite, alumina, refining and smelting operations in Australia and New Zealand. He began his career with Mount Isa Mines, working in both Australia and Europe. Sandeep has also worked for Western Mining in Australia and Rio Tinto in Canada and Australia.  He has experience in research, operations, business development and projects, across commodities including aluminium, copper, lead, zinc and nickel.

OTHER CURRENT DIRECTORSHIPS / APPOINTMENTS

- Vice Chairman of the Minerals Council of Australia
- Director of the World Gold Council (from 2017)
- Member of ICMM Council

Gerard Bond

Gerard Bond

BComm, Graduate Diploma Applied Finance and Investment, Chartered Accountant, F Fin
Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer

Gerard was appointed to the Board in February 2012, after joining Newcrest as Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer in January 2012.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Gerard has experience in the global financial and resources industry with Newcrest, BHP Billiton, Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse. Prior to joining Newcrest, Gerard was with BHP Billiton for over 14 years where he held a number of senior executive roles in Europe and Australia including in Mergers and Acquisitions, Treasury, as Deputy CFO of the Aluminium business, CFO and then Acting President of the Nickel business, and most recently was BHP Billiton’s Head of Group Human Resources.

OTHER CURRENT DIRECTORSHIPS / APPOINTMENTS

- Alternate Director of the World Gold Council

Craig Jetson

Craig Jetson

BEng (Mechanical)
Executive General Manager

Craig’s is leading the Lihir Agreements Review and supporting our PNG operations. Craig joined Newcrest in 2014 as General Manager Lihir. Prior to joining Newcrest, Craig worked in various roles at Nyrstar, most recently as Vice President Smelting, based in Zurich, and General Manager and Director Nyrstar TN Mining Operations in the U.S.

Craig has extensive international experience in both the metals processing and mining industries.

Craig Jones

Craig Jones

BEng (Mechanical)
Chief Operating Officer (Papua New Guinea)

Craig is responsible for Newcrest’s Papua New Guinea assets including the Wafi-Golpu project and Lihir operations.

Craig joined Newcrest in 2008 and has held various senior management and executive roles, including General Manager Projects, General Manager Cadia, Executive General Manager – Projects and Asset Management, Executive General Manager – Australia and Indonesian Operations, Executive General Manager – Australian Operations and Projects and, most recently, Executive General Manager – Cadia and Morobe Mining Joint Venture. Prior to joining Newcrest, Craig worked in projects at Rio Tinto.

Ian Kemish

Ian Kemish AM

BA (Hons) Grad Dip Ed
Chief People and Sustainability Officer

Ian joined Newcrest in May 2016 with responsibility for government relations, social performance and media. Prior to joining Newcrest Ian led ExxonMobil’s external relations in the Asia Pacific.

This followed an extensive foreign service career, including as Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Ambassador to Germany, head of the Prime Minister’s international division, and leader of the consular service. 

Ian is a Board Member of the Australia-Indonesia Centre; an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland; and a Fellow of the Lowy Institute for International Affairs. He was awarded membership of the Order of Australia for his leadership of Australia’s response to the 2002 Bali bombings.

Francesca Lee

Francesca Lee

BComm, LLB (Hons), LLM, Grad. Dip. CSP, AGIA
Chief Legal, Risk and Compliance Officer (CLRCO)

Francesca joined Newcrest as General Counsel and Company Secretary in March 2014.

She was General Counsel and Company Secretary of OZ Minerals Limited from 2008 until 2014, and its antecedent companies from 2003. Francesca has more than 26 years’ experience working across various senior legal and commercial roles within the mining industry including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto Limited and Comalco Limited, including as General Manager Internal Audit and Risk at Rio Tinto Limited. She also spent several years as Vice President Structured Finance with Citibank Limited.

Francesca currently sits on the board of the Australian Resources and Energy Group – AMMA. Francesca was a member of the Australian Government Takeovers Panel from 2009 until March 2015.

Michael Nossal

Michael Nossal

MBA (Finance), Bsc
Chief Development Officer

Mike is responsible for the company’s growth and development activities, including Newcrest’s global exploration program and a growing portfolio of strategic partnerships, farm-in arrangements and investments across Asia Pacific, West Africa and the Americas.

Mike joined Newcrest in July 2015. Prior to joining Newcrest Mike was at MMG where he was Executive General Manager Business Development. He has over 25 years’ resource industry experience in Australia and internationally and has worked extensively in the gold sector and base metals with En+ Group, Macquarie Bank, WMC Resources, Normandy Mining and Kenmare Resources.

Phil Stephenson

Phil Stephenson

Bsc, Grad. Dip. Mineral Processing Technology
Chief Operating Officer (Australia, Indonesia & Americas)

Phil is responsible for the Cadia, Telfer, Gosowong and Red Chris operations Operations.

Phil joined Newcrest in 2014 as General Manager Health Safety, Environment and Security. He has extensive international mining operations experience with 29 years in the industry working for some of the world’s largest mining companies, including Newmont Mining Corporation, Barrick Gold Corporation and Placer Dome Inc.

Bob Thiele

Bob Thiele

Btech (Mechanical Engineering)
Acting Chief Technical & Projects Officer (CTPO)

Bob joined Newcrest in 2017 as General Manager – Group Technical Services. He is currently Acting Chief Technical and Projects Officer, accountable for all activity conducted by Newcrest’s central technical functions, including Group Technical Services, Caving & Mining, Technology & Innovation, Digital & IT, Project Delivery, Resource Management, Metallurgy & Processing, Automation, T2 Operational Support and Material Business Interruption Risk.

Prior to Newcrest Bob worked in various organisations including 27 years in a range of roles at Barrick Gold Corporation and Placer Dome in Australia and Canada, including the General Manager – Business Improvement and as the Executive General Manager, Business Process at Placer Dome Inc.