Board of Directors

Michael O'keeffe

Michael O'Keeffe

Chairman and Non-Executive Director
B.App.Sc (Metallurgy)

Mr O’Keeffe was appointed Chairman of Riversdale on 15 August 2011, and was Executive Chairman until April 2013. Mr O’Keeffe commenced work with MIM Holdings in 1975, where he held a series of senior operating positions, rising to executive management level in commercial activities. In 1995, Mr O’Keeffe became Managing Director of Glencore Australia (Pty) Limited and held the position until July 2004. Mr O’Keeffe was previously the founding Executive Chairman of Riversdale Mining Limited. He has previously held directorships in Anaconda Nickel Limited, Mt Lyell Mining Co Limited and BMA Gold Limited. Mr O’Keeffe is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Champion Iron Limited, which is developing an iron ore project in Canada, and a director of EHR Resources Limited.


Steve Mallyon

Steve Mallyon

Managing Director and Executive Director
B Bus, MBA, CPA

Mr Mallyon was appointed Managing Director of Riversdale on 15 August 2011. Mr Mallyon has over 35 years’ experience in the natural resources, banking and construction material sectors, with extensive operational, project development and corporate finance experience. He was previously Managing Director of Riversdale Mining Limited and RBC Capital Markets in Sydney, and has held senior executive roles with Billiton plc, RGC Limited and MIM Holdings Limited. He has had exposure to mining operations in Australia, Africa, South America and a number of emerging markets in Asia. Mr Mallyon does not hold any other directorships.


Ronnie Beevor

Independent Non-Executive Director
BA(Oxon)

Mr Beevor was appointed a non-executive director on 1 October 2013. He was previously Head of Investment Banking at NM Rothschild and Sons (Australia) Limited and has had extensive involvement in the natural resources industry, both in Australia and internationally. Mr Beevor is currently Chairman of Bannerman Resources Limited and a non-executive director of MZI Resources Limited. Mr Beevor was previously a director of Ampella Mining Limited, Bullabulling Gold Limited, EMED Mining Public Limited, Oxiana Limited, Rey Resources Limited, Talison Lithium Limited, Unity Mining Limited and Wolf Minerals Limited.


Ryan Bennett

Ryan Bennett

Non-Executive Director and nominee Director of Resource Capital Funds
MSc (Mining), BSc (Geological Engineering and Mathematics)

Mr Bennett was appointed a non-executive director on 26 November 2014 and is a nominee of Resource Capital Funds. He is currently Partner, Head of Technical at Resource Capital Funds, where he has been since its inception. His prior experience includes technical and commercial analyses of mining projects with N.M. Rothschild and Sons and assignments with Caterpillar Inc. and the U.S. Bureau of Mines. He holds a master’s degree in mining engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an undergraduate degree in geological engineering and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Mr Bennett was previously director of Asian American Coal, Inc., Basin Perlite Company, Coastal Ventures A/S, EuroZinc Mining Corporation, First Drilling Group, Forbes & Manhattan Coal Corp., Lithic Resources Ltd., and Rolling Rock Minerals Inc.


Trudy Curran

Trudy Curran

Independent Non-Executive Director
BA (English), BA Laws

Ms Curran was appointed a non-executive director on 29 November 2017. Ms Curran has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions having completed some of the largest transactions in Canadian securities mergers and takeovers, human resources and compensation with specific experience in CEO transition and oil sands mining compensation program design and development and risk management.  She currently is also an independent director of Baytex Energy Corp. and sits on its Human Resources and Compensation and Governance committees. Ms Curran is a member of Alberta Securities Commission and sits on its Human Resources and Compensation Committee. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Calgary chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a member of the board and the Finance and Audit Committee of Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta. Ms Curran was an independent member of the board of Dominion Diamond Corporation and chaired its HSE and Special Committee until 1 November 2017 when the Washington Corporations acquired Dominion Diamond Corporation for a 42% increase to the trading price at the time of the bid. She also was on the board of Syncrude Canada Ltd. (one of the world's largest open put oil sands mining projects) and chaired its Human Resources and Compensation Committee and sat on its Pension Committee.  Ms Curran holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Bachelor of Laws degree (both with distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan, the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Director and was a recipient of the Governor General of Canada’s bronze medal award. She was also named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada in 2012.


Gary Lawler

Gary Lawler

Independent Non-Executive Director
BA, LLB, LLM (Hons), Master of Laws (Applied Laws) (Wills and Estates)

Mr Lawler was appointed as a non-executive director of Riversdale on 27 March 2012. Mr Lawler has almost 40 years experience as a practising corporate lawyer, specialising in mergers and acquisitions. Over his years of practice, he has been a partner in several well-known Australian law firms. He is currently a senior consultant of the law firm, Ashurst Australia. Mr Lawler was also previously a director of Riversdale Mining Limited and Dominion Mining Limited. Mr Lawler is currently a director of Champion Iron Limited and Cartier Iron Corporation.


James MCClementsr

James McClements

Non-Executive Director and nominee Director of Resource Capital Funds
BEc

Mr McClements has more than 30 years of experience in the resources sector specialising in the financing and development of mining projects. Mr McClements co-founded RCF in 1998 and is currently RCF’s Managing Partner and member of the Private Equity Funds and Opportunities Funds Investment Committees. Prior to launching RCF, Mr McClements was a natural resources sector banker with N.M. Rothschild & Sons in Australia and the USA, and with Standard Chartered Bank in Perth. Mr McClements also spent 11 years in the USA where RCF was founded.

Mr McClements was raised and educated in the Pilbara, Western Australia, beginning his professional career with BHP. Mr McClements has an honours degree in Economics from the University of Western Australia and has extensive board experience in multiple jurisdictions, having severed on the board of twelve RCF portfolio companies. Mr McClements is currently a non-executive director of Global Advanced Metals Pty Ltd and Mineral Resources Limited.


Tad Watroba

Tony Redman

Independent Non-Executive Director
BSc (Mining), MSc (Mineral Production Management), London

Mr Redman was appointed a non-executive director of Riversdale on 24 January 2013. He joined the Anglo American Group in 1970 and worked in the Base Metals Division and the Gold Division before joining the Coal Division in 1979. He held the position of CEO and Chairman of Anglo Coal in 2005 when he was appointed Group Technical Director of Anglo American plc. Mr Redman retired from Anglo American plc at the end of 2008. Mr Redman has previously held non-executive positions with Anglo Platinum, Aricom plc, Riversdale Mining Limited and has been a Technical Advisor to Bumi plc. Mr Redman is currently a Senior Operating Partner with Appian Capital Advisory LLP.


Stephanie Sterling

Stephanie Sterling

Independent Non-Executive Director
BSc (Mechanical Engineering), MBA (University of Alberta)

Ms Sterling was appointed a non-executive director on 29 November 2017. Ms Sterling served as Vice President at Shell Canada Ltd and has over 25 years of experience in engineering, large project start-up and operations, governance, joint venture negotiations and relationships, risk management, business development and strategic planning. Ms Sterling served as General Manager for non-technical risk integration, community and indigenous relations for Shell in Canada, USA and Latin America where she was responsible for integrating risk management into new projects. She also served as the Vice President of Business and Joint Ventures for Shell's Heavy Oil business, where she was responsible for the joint venture governance, commercial negotiations and relationships for two significant joint ventures: the Athabasca Oil Sands Project among Shell, Chevron and Marathon; and the AERA joint venture in California between Shell and Exxon. Ms Sterling is currently a director at Cardinal Energy, a member of the Audit Committee, Reserves Committee and CSR Committee and a director and member of the Audit Committee for the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission. Ms Sterling is also a director of Calgary’s Kerby Centre. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering) degree and MBA from the University of Alberta and ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.


Tad Watroba

Tad Watroba

Non-Executive Director and nominee Director of Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd

Mr Watroba was appointed a non-executive director on 28 August 2018 and is a nominee of Hancock Prospecting Pty Limited. Mr Watroba has more than forty years’ total experience in the mining industry, including more than 20 years’ managing the mining interests of the Hancock group.  In that capacity he has been personally involved in the Roy Hill project’s evaluation studies, permitting, construction and operations. Mr Watroba has also worked across a range of other commodities, including manganese, gold, brown and black coal, oil shale, copper, zinc and lead, and in both underground and open cut operations.  Mr Watroba is a Director of Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd and Hancock Corporation Pty Ltd.

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