Our leadership team
BEng (Mech), MEng (Mech)
Chief Executive Officer
Gerhard Veldsman is Chief Executive Officer, Group Operations at Hancock Prospecting, with responsibility for the Group’s two iron ore producing businesses Roy Hill and Atlas Iron.
Gerhard has extensive mining industry experience spanning various commodities and operations in Australia and South Africa, including more than a decade in iron ore.
He has managed mine, port, and rail operations in the Pilbara, overseen major capital projects, and led organisation wide strategic planning and implementation.
Gerhard initially joined Roy Hill as Chief Operating Officer in August 2019 and was named Chief Operating Officer of the Year in 2020 by CEO Magazine.
He has previously held senior management positions at Fortescue Metals Group, BHP, and BIS Industries.
B Eng (Elec, Hons), MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Dale joined Roy Hill in November 2023 as Chief Operating Officer.
With over 30 years of experience in the resources sector, Dale has held senior executive, operations leadership, project and business development roles across multiple commodities and geographies including Australia, Indonesia, China, Brazil and most recently Tanzania.
He knows the Pilbara and the iron ore industry, having spent 15 years with Rio Tinto’s iron ore product group including four years living in the picturesque Pilbara town of Tom Price. Dale greatest satisfaction is working with teams to support them in delivering outstanding results, be that in safety, operational productivity, or project delivery.
In addition to his almost 20 years’ service with Rio Tinto, Dale has previously held senior positions with mid-west iron ore producer Karara Mining and global engineering and technology company Hatch where he led several major engagements supporting the global iron ore majors.
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.
BEng (Mining), Grad Dip (Business), Unrestricted Quarry Manager Ticket
Executive 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.
BCom (International Business)
Executive General Manager People & Technology
Kate joined Roy Hill in 2022, bringing more than a decade of experience in the resources industry working across Operations, Projects and Technology.
Kate has extensive technology leadership experience spanning various commodities and operations in Australia, South America, North America and Canada. She is a passionate leader who thrives on building high performing technical and operational teams through a deliberate focus on culture and people.
Prior to joining Roy Hill, Kate held several positions managing large-scale technology operations teams for BHP.
BSc (Psychology), Masters (Commerce)
Executive General Manager People and Culture
Tess joined Roy Hill in October 2023 as Executive General Manager People and Culture and is responsible for leading the development and execution of the businesses people and culture strategic plan.
In addition to her people and culture experience, Tess has also led ESG, Health and Safety and Agricultural executive portfolios. Tess is leader who understands how to integrate culture and broader business priorities into a connected ecosystem within the organisation.
Prior to joining Roy Hill, Tess held several senior management positions across the critical minerals, construction, oil and gas, water, power and manufacturing industries and worked for businesses including Australian Strategic Materials, Kentz SNC Lavalin, and BHP Iron Ore.
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.
General Manager Processing
General Manager Integrated Scheduling
General Manager Port & Rail
Sales & Marketing
General Manager Non-Process Infrastructure
General Manager Mining
General Manager Finance
Director Project AHS
Head of Planning
Head of Asset Management and Engineering
Head of Risk & Compliance
Head of HR
Head of Metallurgy
Head of AHS
Head of Performance, Reward and Governance
Head of Portfolio and Performance
Head of Corporate Affairs
Head of Commercial
Head of Technology Operations
Head of Health & Safety