SAM WALSH AO (Chair)
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.
LIAM TWIGGER BEc, Grad Dip Fin, CPA
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 MinesOnline.com 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.
MARK PUZEY FCA, FAICD, CGEIT
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. He is currently Non Executive Director and Audit and Risk Committee Chair of both ASX listed M8 Sustainable Limited and ASX listed DUG Technology Limited. Since retiring from the KPMG partnership, his roles have included Board and strategic advisory roles for companies ranging from energy to technology enabled companies.
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.
JOHN M COLLINS V
Mr Collins was appointed to the Board of Gold Corporation in February 2019. Most recently he was the Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the Western Australian Treasury Corporation (WATC) from October 2009 until January 2019. Mr Collins has more than 30 years of international experience in finance with an emphasis on financial markets activities and banking, having held progressively more senior leadership roles at US-based Cargill Incorporated and the ANZ Bank. His last role with ANZ was as President Director of ANZ Panin Bank in Jakarta, Indonesia. In past years he has held executive directorships with Cargill Australia Limited, ANZ Panin Bank and the WATC.
Mr Collins has an MBA from the University of St Thomas in St Paul, Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in the United States. Both qualifications had specialisations in finance. He became a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2010 and first acquired his Australian Financial Markets Association accreditation in 1998.
MELANIE CAVE LLB BA, GAICD, FLWA
Melanie Cave was appointed to the Board of Gold Corporation in June 2019. In her executive career, she was a lawyer with Herbert Smith Freehills for over 20 years, 11 of those as a partner. She advised on the delivery of large scale infrastructure projects in the mining, water and natural resources and health industries, nationally and internationally, and was a key advisor in the delivery of Western Australia's key infrastructure projects, including the Optus Stadium and Fiona Stanley Hospital. She led the Finance, Real Estate and Projects team in WA and the global water and waste management team.
Melanie has been a non-executive director for over a decade. She is currently the Deputy Chair of Workpower Inc and a director of Leadership WA.
RICHARD WATSON BEc (Hons), MPhil
Richard Watson was appointed to the Board of Gold Corporation in February 2019. He is the Executive Director of Infrastructure and Finance, having commenced this role in July 2018, and prior to this, he was Executive Director of the Economic Business Unit in the Department of Treasury from May 2014.
Richard is responsible for the overseeing and governance of the trading enterprises within the Government of Western Australia, supporting the State's financial management framework, legislative and accounting standards, and upholding the efficient and effective delivery of treasury services for the State of Western Australia.
SALLY LANGER Bcom, CA, GAICD
Appointed February 2021. Sally has more than 25 years’ experience in professional services across multiple sectors with substantial experience in the resources sector, particularly in WA.
She has been responsible for management functions including strategy, business development, budgeting and human resources. Originally a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen, Sally transitioned to executive search, working closely with boards and CEOs to advise on talent, culture and organisational structure.
She is a non-executive director of Northern Star and Sandfire Resources. Sally is a member of two Northern Star committees: Audit and Risk; Remuneration and Nomination. She is Chair of the People and Performance committee and a member of the Audit committee for Sandfire Resources.
RICHARD HAYES BComm, MBA, CPA, ACIS, MAICD
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.