Our leadership team

Barry W Fitzgerald

BE (Mech), MEng Science, Grad Dip Business Admin

Chief Executive Officer

Barry has worked for Hancock Prospecting on the Roy Hill Project since June 2010 and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Roy Hill Holdings Pty Ltd in May 2012. 

Prior to joining Hancock Prospecting, Barry was CEO of CITIC Pacific Mining and held senior management positions with BHP Iron Ore, BHP Engineering, Henry Walker Eltin, Simon Engineering and Roche Process Engineering.

Barry has a broad range of operational and construction project experience in the construction, engineering and maintenance sectors.

Gerhard Veldsman

BEng (Mech), MEng (Mech)

Chief Operating Officer

Gerhard joined Roy Hill Pty Ltd as Chief Operating Officer in August 2019. Gerhard has extensive mining industry experience spanning various commodities and operations in Australia and South Africa, including several years in iron ore.

Gerhard has previously held senior management positions at Fortescue Metals Group, BHP and BIS Industries.

Greg Hawkins


Chief Financial Officer

Greg joined Roy Hill in August 2016 and has over 30 years of financial and operational experience in the resources sector in Australia, United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea and Eastern Africa. 

Previously, Greg was the Executive Director, Finance for Emeco Group and prior to that was President and CEO of African Barrick Gold plc., listed on the main board of the London Stock Exchange. Greg has also held senior management positions with Barrick Gold Corporation.

Giles Lenz

BBus (HR) Grad Dip (HRM)

General Manager People, Health & Safety

Giles joined Roy Hill Holdings Pty Ltd in October 2014 with over 25 years’ experience in Human Resources across different industries including mining, financial services and pharmaceuticals in both the UK and Australia. 

Giles has experience in operational readiness, major organisational transformation, organisational effectiveness and organisational development across these industries.

Giles has previously held senior management positions at Rio Tinto and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.

Dean White

BEng (Mining), Grad Dip (Business), Unrestricted Quarry Manager Ticket

General Manager | Technical Services

Dean joined Roy Hill in March 2017 and has 33 years’ experience in the resource sector working across coal, gold, nickel and iron ore within several blue-chip companies. 

In addition to extensive operational experience, Dean has managed large-scale integrated operating centres and earth science teams. 

Prior to Roy Hill, Dean has held senior management positions with BHP and Newcrest. 

Chris Eriksen

BA Arts, Grad Dip (Information Science)

General Manager Innovation and Technology

Chris Eriksen has over 25 years’ experience in technology and improvement across many industries including mining, finance and electricity. With a focus on strategic development, project implementation and leading teams and supplier operations of all sizes, Chris has a proven record of delivering measurable results that prioritise people development, long-term safety and productivity improvements. 

Currently General Manager Innovation and Technology, Chris is leading Roy Hill’s Automated Haulage project which will deliver significant safety improvements while ensuring the automation journey is inclusive and transparent for all employees.

Paul Laybourne

CEng Dip, MSc (Project Management)

Project Director and General Manager Engineering Services

Paul joined the Roy Hill Project in November 2013 and was appointed Project Director for Roy Hill Holdings Pty Ltd in 2016 with the role extended to include General Manager Engineering Services in 2019.

Prior to joining Roy Hill, Paul held several national and international Director roles in various construction and project management companies including WSP and Turner and Townsend.

Paul has over 30 years’ major project and program delivery experience across the UK, Europe and Australia, spanning a number of sectors including natural resources, infrastructure and power.

Extended Leadership Team

Roy Hill’s Extended Leadership Team leads the business in our vision to be a high performing iron ore business where people contribute and realise their full potential.

Aaron Cahill

General Manager
Asset Management

Andrew Hall

Head of Technology Operations

Anthony Kirke

AHS Project

Brett Suann

General Manager
Sales & Marketing

Damien McAlinden

General Manager
Environment, Govt Relations & External Affairs

Danny Spadaccini

General Manager
Health, Safety & Training

Dermot Ryan

Head of Business Planning and Change

Ian Wallace

General Manager Mining

James McKail

General Manager

Mike Lomman

General Manager
Demand Chain

Peter Harrington

General Manager - Processing

Sameka West

Sameka West

Head of People

Simon Pascoe

Head of Engineering

Simone Willshire

General Manager
Port & Rail

Stacy Gardner

General Counsel

Yvonne Yong

General Manager Finance