Our board

Mrs Georgina (Gina) Hope Rinehart

Executive Chairman and Director

Gina Rinehart is a leading figure in the mining and agricultural industries in Australia. She is also a leading figure in Australia’s Olympics efforts, (being patron of 4 teams and the largest single non-government contributor to the Olympic effort in Australia’s history) and has received the rare honour of an order of merit from the Australian Olympic Committee for her contribution. She spent her childhood between the Pilbara, in north-west Australia, where she lived with her parents on large sheep and cattle properties in the remote and rugged region, then from 8 years old attending boarding school at St. Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls in Perth.

Since becoming Executive Chairman of the Hancock Prospecting Group in 1992, Mrs Rinehart has transformed the Group from one that was in difficulties and financially troubled to a very successful industry-leading innovator. Under Mrs Rinehart’s leadership, the Hancock Group has diversified from prospecting to become a miner, and further investing in iron ore, gold, copper, potash, met coal, cattle, dairy and property. The group has grown under her leadership to become the most successful private mining company in Australia ever, and one of the most successful private mining companies in the world, and to become the most successful private company in Australia’s history.

Mrs Rinehart’s achievements include the development of the mega Roy Hill project, the exploration and then development of four major iron ore mines at Hope Downs, (the latter more recently with joint-venture partner Rio Tinto Iron Ore) and the considerable expansion of Hancock’s agricultural business, now the second-largest producer of cattle in Australia and one of Australia’s largest landowners.

At Hope Downs, Mrs Rinehart took the company’s tenements from a status of temporary titles – with the area having little more than a few drill holes – to State agreement and bankable feasibility study status, to then partner with Rio Tinto, on construction and operation of four major mines, with more in the pipeline. This involved an enormous approval process and extensive high-risk expenditure both for exploration and studies, then raising money to develop these major mines and related facilities. It being noted, that unlike most major mines, which use shareholders money, and hence its Directors don’t bear the risk personally, this was done by Mrs Rinehart via her private family company of which she owns directly more than 76 per cent and further, Mrs Rinehart did not seek taxpayer’s money, as many businesses do today.

Mrs Rinehart’s flagship achievement is the exploration, financing, construction and operation of the $US10 billion Roy Hill project – the debt raised was the largest ever for a mainly greenfield land-based mining and infrastructure project anywhere in the world. This debt-funding package was secured from 19 of the largest banks in the world and five Export Credit Agencies. Roy Hill uses some of the largest mining equipment in the world, another world first. Her instigation of pink trucks, pink trains, and more across Roy Hill sites, in support of those suffering breast cancer, and in support of women in the mines, is also a world first and encouraged several ore ship owners to paint their ships pink also, another first.

Mrs Rinehart’s vision to grow and value-add Australian food exports has been the basis for significant investments, including the acquisition of the iconic S. Kidman and Co pastoral company. Today, the Hancock Group pastoral properties stretch across most states in Australia, plus the Northern Territory.

She is also the founder of Australians for Northern Development and Economic Vision (ANDEV), has authored two books, and arranged and funded a third one (for agriculture), founded Australia’s Annual National Mining and Related Industries Day and National Agriculture and Related Industries Day, and is Patron of several organisations, and a governor of AmCham (Australia).

A philanthropic champion of worthwhile causes, Mrs Rinehart and the Hancock Group’s charitable objectives support a number of medical, sporting, educational, health and community organisations. She serves as Patron of Australia’s internationally renowned Olympic swimming, rowing, volleyball and synchronised swimming teams, whose Olympians provide important role models for Australians.

Mrs Rinehart’s business success, industry leadership and contribution to Australia, has been recognised in her own country and internationally. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Bond University, named Telstra Australian Businesswoman of the Year in 2009, CEO Magazine’s Chairman of the Year in 2014 and 2017, which are in addition to numerous lifetime achievement and other awards. As an industry leader and huge contributor to Australia, she provides a role model for other women, and as many note, inspiration.

In addition to these awards referred to below, she has received more awards for Roy Hill, where she is Executive Chairman, and Atlas, a subsidiary of Hancock Prospecting where she is Executive Chairman, and Bannister Downs, a joint venture company which has won hundreds of awards for its fine dairy produce.

Please visit here for a full list of all Gina Rinehart’s awards.

Tad Watroba

Executive Director

Tad Watroba has more than 50 years total experience in both open cut and underground mining, encompassing mining operations, mine planning, feasibility studies, project financial evaluation, negotiations with government and non-government organisations, business development, joint venture participation, project commissioning, exploration management, audits and other related activities.

Tad has worked in iron ore, manganese, gold, brown and black coal, oil shale, copper, zinc and lead and was employed by Bechtel and several small-to-medium sized gold companies prior to joining HPPL in 1991. Tad has broad and significant experience with mining projects in Australia, Poland, Papua New Guinea (Ok Tedi), China and New Zealand.


Professor Ian Plimer

Director

Professor Ian Plimer is Emeritus Professor at The University of Melbourne where he was Professor and Head (1991-2005). He was Professor of Geology (University of Newcastle 1985-1991), Professor of Ore Deposit Geology (Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich 1991) and Professor of Mining Geology (University of Adelaide 2005-2012). He previously worked as an exploration geologist for North Broken Hill Ltd and Niugini Mining Ltd and was on the staff at Macquarie, UNSW and New England Universities.

He has been awarded inter alia the prestigious Leopold von Buch Medal for Science, the Centenary Medal, the Eureka Prize (twice) and is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He has published more than 130 scientific works and is author of eleven books for the general public, five of which were best sellers.

Professor Plimer’s main geological interests are in ore deposits in base metal deposits (particularly in Broken Hill; epithermal precious metals, Sn-W systems). A Bropken Hill zinc mineral is named in his honour. He served on the Boards of listed public companies (Ivanhoe Australia Ltd, Niuminco Group Ltd, Kefi Minerals plc), unlisted companies (such as Roy Hill Holdings Pty Ltd, Atlas Iron Pty Ltd, Queensland Coal Investments Pty Ltd, TNT Mines Ltd, HPXploration Inc) and is President of Hancock Prospecting’s Ecuador company Hanrine Ecuadorian Exploration and Mining SA. He also served on the Board of the ASX-listed CBH Resources (1998-2010) until it was acquired by Toho Zinc and continues to advise Toho Zinc.


Mr. Suh, Ji Won

Director

Since joining POSCO in 1996, Mr. Suh, Ji Won has built a career for the past 25 years in Human Resources, Corporate Strategy, and Raw Materials Procument departments.

He has earned broad and sufficient expertise in Steel Raw Materials industry based on his experience in Coal Procurement Group, Iron Ore Procurement Group, and Raw Material Strategy field.
In recognition of his contribution to developing Raw Material competitiveness in POSCO, Mr. Suh became the Head of Raw Material Office I in 2021.


Career

  • 2021- Head of Raw Material Office I (Senior Vice President), POSCO
  • 2019 -2020 Leader of Coal Procurement Group (VP), POSCO
  • 2016-2018 Leader of Raw Material Group (VP), POSCO-International
  • 2014-2015 Leader of Iron Ore Procurement Group, POSCO
  • 2012-2013 Team Leader of Secretarial Office to the POSCO CEO
  • 1996 Joined POSCO

Seiichi Kuwata

Director

Seiichi Kuwata has more than 30 years’ experience in natural resources industry with expertise in trading, investment, development of new mines and joint venture management especially in steel making material fields. After joining Marubeni, he started his career in the iron ore industry looking after South America and  the Hamersley, WA region together for about 7 years.

As the general manager of Light Metals Dept. of Marubeni in 2011, he contributed much in developing and expanding aluminium-smelting business, including in Australia and Canada, and trades in aluminium ingots / billets. Before becoming the COO of Metals & Mineral Resources Div. in 2020, he was the Regional CEO for Oceania, Marubeni Corporation and the Chairman & Managing Director, Marubeni Australia Ltd. His current responsibility as COO of Metals & Mineral Resources Div. of Marubeni reaches not only iron ore and coal but also other metals such as copper and aluminum businesses. He graduated from Seijo University where he majored in economics and joined Marubeni in 1987.


Barry W Fitzgerald

Director

Barry Fitzgerald was appointed a Director of Roy Hill Holdings Pty Ltd in July 2021 following more than a decade as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Roy Hill, a period in which he and the executives oversaw the successful development of the US$10 billion iron ore mega project, including the fastest ever ramp-up to 55Mtpa in the Pilbara. All within budget.

Prior to ending his tenure as CEO in June 2021, Roy Hill had achieved a run-rate of 60Mtpa while having in place the necessary approvals and permissions to continue its expansion and further deliver for its customers and owners.

Barry now represents Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd (HPPL) on the Boards of Roy Hill and Hope Downs, utilising his extensive industry knowledge and insights across green and brownfield construction and operation of mining assets. In addition, Barry is responsible for a range of major development projects to drive growth and future value for HPPL.

Barry was previously CEO of CITIC Pacific Mining and has held senior management positions with BHP Iron Ore, BHP Engineering, Henry Walker Eltin, Simon Engineering and Roche Process Engineering.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and a Master of Engineering Science from the University of Western Australia, and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Curtin University.