Sam Walsh was appointed Chair of Gold Corporation on 1 January 2019. He is Chair of the Accenture Global Mining Council (UK), the Australian Council for the Arts, the Perth Diocesan Trust, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (WA Ops) and is a Non-Executive Director of Mitsui & Co (Japan).

Sam held the position of Chief Executive of Rio Tinto Plc and Ltd from January 2013 to July 2016, when he retired after 25 years with the international mining group. Prior to this, he had commenced his career in the automotive industry where he held senior leadership roles for General Motors and Nissan Australia for 20 years.

Sam has played a key role in charity, community and business associations in Australia and the United Kingdom.

In recognition of his distinguished service to the mining industry and the community of Western Australia, Sam was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2010 and announced Western Australia Citizen of the Year (Industry and Commerce) in 2007.

Sam is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the UK Institute of Directors. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and was previously Treasurer of the International Council on Mining and Metals.

He has a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University and has completed a Fellowship Program at Kettering University in Michigan. Sam has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Western Australia and from Edith Cowan University in Perth. He has been recognised with a Graduate of Distinction, Life Time Achievement Award from the University of Melbourne, and an Honorary Fellowship from Melbourne Business School. He is the recipient of the AusIMM Institute Medal and is a former Visiting Fellow at Oxford University.



Mr Unsworth was appointed to the Board of Gold Corporation, effective 7 September 2015.  Mr Unsworth is a chartered accountant and corporate finance specialist with extensive experience as a public and private Company Director, having served on the Board of Gold Corporation as a Director and then Chairman from 1996 to 2008.  He has previously been a Director of several listed companies including: venture capital company Westintech Innovation Corporation Limited; gold mining company Indian Ocean Resources Limited; gold, zinc, lead and silver mining company Perilya Mines Limited; office products distribution company National 1 Limited, and Kimberley Oil and Gas Limited.

Mr Unsworth’s career has included senior management positions with an international accounting firm in both Perth and Sydney, a number of years with The Stock Exchange of Perth Limited as Chief Executive, and Director of Corporate Finance with a large stockbroking company.  He was appointed one of four Commissioners heading the ‘Commission to Review Public Sector Finances’ in 1993 reviewing and reporting on the finances and activities of the Western Australian Public Sector.



Ms McMath is the Chief Operating Officer at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and is responsible for the University services of Financial Services, Human Resources, Campus Management and Venues Management. Ms McMath previously held the position of Executive Director of Finance and Resources at UWA and prior to that role was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Resource Management) and Chief Financial Officer at Murdoch University.

Prior to joining the higher education sector, Ms McMath had a 23 year career with BHP Billiton (BHP) where she held a range of senior executive roles in finance, strategy, planning, commercial and treasury operations within the minerals, steel and corporate divisions.  Ms McMath was a BHP nominated Director on a number of domestic and international mining infrastructure subsidiary and joint venture Boards.

Ms McMath has held directorships for the past 19 years in the Resources, Infrastructure, Energy, Financial Services, Property, Education, Healthcare and the Arts.

Ms McMath combines her current executive role with non-executive directorships and is on the Board of the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre Trust, Perth Convention Bureau and The Perth International Arts Festival.


Chris Wharton is the former Chief Executive Officer of Seven West Media WA, having retired from full time work in April 2017.

Chris was responsible for all Seven West Media assets in Western Australia, which include The West Australian, The Sunday Times, West Regional Publications (21 mastheads), its online properties, WA Publishers, Redwave Media (nine regional licence areas) and Channel Seven Perth.

Chris was previously Chief Executive Officer of West Australian Newspapers, a position he held from December 2008. His appointment prior to this was as Managing Director of Channel Seven Perth Pty Limited, a position he held for nine years. During this period, Channel Seven Perth dominated its opposition.

He began his career as a journalist and worked in all areas of newspaper management in Sydney before being appointed Chief Executive Officer of Perth’s Community Newspaper Group in 1995. In 2013, he became Chairman of Community Newspaper Group. His community and business involvement includes Board membership of the Telethon Trust, Gold Corporation and the West Coast Eagles Football Club.

Chris is also Chairman of Stealth Global Industries, a global supply and logistics company, and Buzd, a data analytics company.

Chris has been a member of the WA Olympic Team Appeal Committee since 2000, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Institute of Management and is a former Councillor, Board member and Vice President of the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is also a former member of the Committee for Perth.

He was awarded an AM in the 2016 Queen's Birthday honours for services to the print and broadcast industries and for services to the community.


Mr Twigger was appointed to the Board of Gold Corporation in January 2016.  Mr Twigger has more than 30 years’ experience in the fields of investment banking and corporate finance and is currently the Managing Director of the corporate advisory and investment banking firm, PCF Capital Group, providing strategic advice to the Australian mining sector with regards to project divestments, finance and partnering.  In addition to overseeing all PCF Capital businesses, he is also actively involved in the Corporate Advisory and Corporate Finance Divisions.

Mr Twigger became a founding principal of the PCF Capital Group in 1999 following the sale of Bankers Trust Australian Limited, where he held the position of Senior Vice President and lead its investment banking activities in Western Australia since his appointment in 1997.

From 1994 to 1997, Mr Twigger held the position of Head of Macquarie Bank Limited in Western Australia after establishing the financial institution’s Bullion and Commodities Division in Perth where he provided project finance and hedging facilities to mining companies across Australia.

Prior to this, he established the gold risk management business at Fincorp Limited, following terms in senior treasury positions held with The Bell Group Limited and Bond International Gold Limited.

For the past seven years, Mr Twigger has also held the position of Managing Director of the web based mine broking business and currently resides on the board as Chairman.  Mr Twigger is also Chairman of Football West Limited, the governing body for soccer in Western Australia.



Mr O’Connor was appointed to the Board of Gold Corporation in January 2016. He is a former partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he spent 34 years of his career, including 24 years as an audit partner.

During his time with PwC, Mr O’Connor held the role of Managing Partner of PwC Perth, where he also led the assurance practice. He has extensive audit experience in the resources sector, both within Australia and globally.

In March 2013, Mr O’Connor retired from PwC and now holds a number of non-executive director roles. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors.



Mr Puzey spent 33 years with KPMG where his roles extended across internal and external audit, IT advisory (including cyber security, IT projects, e-commerce), risk management, governance, strategy and business transformation. He held Asia Pacific leadership roles in IT governance and natural resources, and was lead partner for the Woodside Energy Ltd and Western Power accounts.

He was appointed to the Gold Corporation Board in February 2018. Since retiring from the KPMG partnership, his roles also include Non Executive Director of Patersons Securities Limited, Lattice Energy Limited Audit & Risk Committee Chairman and Non Executive Director (proposed for IPO), and Due Diligence Committee member for two potential ASX floats.

Mr Puzey is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (FCA). He is Certified in Governance of Enterprise IT - CGEIT. He is also a major supporter of the Arts community.



Kaylene Gulich was appointed to the Board of Gold Corporation in September 2017. Kaylene is the Executive Director of Infrastructure and Finance in the Department of Treasury, a position she has held since April 2013. She is responsible for the management and governance of Government Trading Enterprises, supporting the State’s financial management and infrastructure development, legislative and accounting standards advice, and supporting efficient and effective delivery of services.

Kaylene joined Treasury in 2002 and has previously held a position on the Western Australian Treasury Corporation Board. She participates in several cross-agency steering committees and is a member of the Infrastructure Coordinating Committee and a member of CPA Australia.



Mr Hayes was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Gold Corporation on 1 July 2015. He had been Chief Financial Officer and Deputy CEO since joining the Corporation in March 2003. Mr Hayes was previously the Chief Operating Officer and an Executive Director of AGR Matthey from October 2002 to March 2003 and prior to that he was Director, Finance and Deputy Managing Director of AGR Joint Venture from December 1998 to October 2002. Prior to that, Mr Hayes was Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Golden West Refining Corporation Ltd, an ASX-listed company controlled by N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd, which, in December 1998, merged with Gold Corporation’s refining and jewellery manufacturing business to become the AGR Joint Venture.

Mr Hayes emigrated to Australia from Zimbabwe in 1987 and held a number of management roles with Boral Ltd prior to joining Golden West.

Mr Hayes is currently the Chairman of the Gold Industry Group, a Director of Interchange Incorporated, and also sits on the Board of Governors of Wesley College.