Executive Leadership Team


Barry W Fitzgerald

BE (Mech), MEng Science, Grad Dip Business Admin
Chief Executive Officer

Barry has been working 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.

He 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 30 years of financial and operational experience in the resources sector in Australia, United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea and Eastern Africa. Greg was previously Executive Director, Finance for the 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.


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.

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Chris Eriksen
General Manager
Innovation &
Dean White
General Manager
Technical Services
Paul Laybourne
Director Projects
Anthony Kirke
AHS Project
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Aaron Cahill
General Manager
Asset Management
Brett Suann
General Manager
Sales & Marketing
Damien McAlinden
General Manager
Govt Relations
& External Affairs
Danny Spadaccini
General Manager
Health, Safety &
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Geoff Fenton
Deputy Chief
Operating Officer
Ian Wallace
General Manager
James McKail
General Manager
Mike Lomman
General Manager
Demand Chain
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Peter Harrington
General Manager
Simone Willshire
General Manager
Port & Rail
Stacy Gardner
General Counsel
Yvonne Yong
General Manager