The Perth Mint's staff in a meeting room.

Board and Executive

Gold Corporation was created by the Gold Corporation Act 1987 to oversee the operations of The Perth Mint.


Sam Walsh is Chairman of Gold Corporation


Sam Walsh AO


Appointed January 2019. Sam has held leadership roles in the mining and automotive industries including Rio Tinto (25 years), General Motors and Nissan Australia (20 years combined).

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

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), Ma’aden Mining (Saudi Arabia), and Banjima Native Title, Aboriginal Corporation (Aust).

Jane King Deputy CEO of The Perth Mint.

Jane King

Acting CEO, Director, Chief People and Reputation Officer 

Jane was appointed General Manager People and Culture in September 2014.  Prior to joining Gold Corporation, Jane was Amec Foster Wheeler’s human resources director Asia Pacific where she oversaw the human resources functions in China, Malaysia, South Africa, Philippines, Australia while working closely with the UK head office team.
She has also spent time within Ergon Energy in North Queensland, in the oil and gas sector as well as in site-based roles in iron ore mining. Jane migrated from the UK in 2003, where she held a number of senior leadership roles within British Telecom. She is a Certified Professional Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute and holds a Masters of Employment Relations.

Mark Puzey is on the board at The Perth Mint.

Mark Puzey


Appointed February 2018.  Mark spent 33 years with KPMG where his roles extended across internal and external audit, IT advisory, 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 and Western Power accounts.

He is currently non-executive Chair of M8 Sustainable Limited; and non-executive director and Audit and Risk Committee Chair of DUG Technology Limited.  Since retiring from the KPMG partnership, his roles have also included board and strategic advisory for companies ranging from energy to technology enabled companies and due diligence committee member for three potential ASX floats.

Mark is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chartered Accountants ANZ.  He is also certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT. He is One-Future Committee Chair and Audit and Risk Management Committee member with Gold Corporation.

John O'Connor is on the board at The Perth Mint.

John O’Connor


Appointed January 2016. John is a former partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he spent 34 years, including 24 years as an audit partner, before retiring in 2013.

John’s leadership roles at PwC in Perth included being managing partner and also head of the assurance practice. He has extensive audit experience in the resources sector in Australia and globally.

John holds a number of non-executive director roles. He is a Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand; Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales; and Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Melanie Cave is on the board at The Perth Mint.

Melanie Cave


Appointed June 2019.  Melanie was a lawyer with Herbert Smith Freehills for more than 20 years including 11 as a partner.

She has advised on the delivery of large-scale infrastructure projects in the mining, water and natural resources and health industries in Australia and globally, including Optus Stadium and Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Melanie has been a non-executive director for more than 10 years and is currently the Chair of Workpower Inc.


Sally Langer is on the board of Gold Corporation.

Sally Langer


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, Sandfire Resources and MMA Offshore. Sally is a member of three Northern Star committees: Audit and Risk; Remuneration and Nomination; Environmental, Social and Safety. She is Chair of the People and Performance committee and a member of the Audit committee for Sandfire Resources.

Richard Watson is on the board at The Perth Mint.

Richard Watson

BEc (Hons), MPhil

Appointed February 2019. Richard is the Executive Director of Infrastructure and Finance and responsible for the overseeing the budgeting and governance of trading enterprises within the Government of Western Australia. He supports the State’s financial management framework, legislative and accounting standards.

Prior to starting this role in 2018, he was executive director of the Economic Business Unit in the Department of Treasury from 2014.


Neil Roberts


Appointed in August 2021. Neil has worked as a key member of leadership teams in a diverse range of government, commercial, representative and charitable organisations. 

He has served as chief of staff to state and federal government ministers with responsibility for the resources and electricity sectors.

Neil has extensive experience in the resources sector, including as a director of gold producer Endeavour Resources Limited (now St Barbara Limited) and as a corporate counsel and company secretary of several listed companies.


Caroline Preuss CFO at The Perth Mint.

Caroline Preuss

Chief Financial Officer
BSc, BCom, FCA

Caroline was appointed Chief Financial Officer for Gold Corporation in August 2015. In 2017, Caroline was promoted to Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is a graduate of Harvard University’s cyber security course.

She is responsible for the Finance and Administration, Bullion Services, Procurement and Supply Management and the Business Technology Group, as well as a program sponsor for the One-Future website program.

Caroline previously held senior roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers, gaining experience in external audit, business process reviews and business advisory. In 2017, she was awarded the title of Chief Financial Officer of the Year by the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) at the 32nd WS Lonnie Awards.


Justin Keys is The Perth Mint's Chief Operating Officer.


Justin Kees

Chief Operating Officer

Justin was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Gold Corporation in February 2021. He is responsible for the Perth Mint Refinery, sales and manufacturing of minted products.

Prior to taking up the position, Justin held various executive vice president roles at the world’s largest silver blank manufacturing facility, Sunshine Minting, in North America. Before moving to the USA, Justin worked at Gold Corporation for 19 years, including as the coining division’s general manager operations.

Justin has been involved in the precious metals industry for more than 35 years starting his career at Implats, South Africa.

Stephanie Ward is The Perth Mint's chief sustainability officer.


Stephanie Ward

Chief Sustainability Officer
BSc, BCom

Stephanie was appointed Chief Sustainability Officer in 2021.  With a background in strategy, mergers and acquisitions and major projects, Stephanie has more than 20 years of industry and consulting experience across multiple sectors including resources, financial services and government.

Prior to joining Gold Corporation, Stephanie held a leadership role with Churchill Consulting in its Strategy and Planning practice, working alongside some of Western Australia’s leading organisations on Strategy and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). Having also worked with global corporations including EY, ANZ Bank and Rio Tinto, Stephanie understands the issues impacting businesses and societies around the world.

As a mum to two, Stephanie strives for impactful change, ensuring organisations work towards sustainable outcomes while paving the way for the next generations.

The Perth Mint Treasurer Sawan Tanna


Sawan Tanna


Sawan Tanna joined the commercial division in March 2016. He has 16 years’ experience in investment and commercial banking and precious metals industry.

Sawan’s previous role was manager of bullion front office support at ANZ Banking Group Limited. He has also held middle management positions at the Royal Bank of Canada in London and UBS Investment Bank in London.

He has also worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in London. Sawan was awarded the title of a Chartered Accountant (CA) from The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland, after attaining a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance with First Class Honours from Lancaster University.

Nick Foster

General Counsel, Company Secretary
BA(Hons), PgDL

Nick joined Gold Corporation in 2021. He has more than 15 years’ experience at top law firms in the UK and Australia, specialising in corporate law. Nick completed a BA in History with German from the University of Durham, which included a year at Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg. He qualified as a lawyer in the UK and is admitted to practice in Australia.

He has global experience in a range of industries including resources, infrastructure, pharmaceutical and agri-business.

Nick leads the legal, procurement and records teams at The Perth Mint and oversees governance matters as the Company Secretary. He also holds board positions for multiple Perth-based charities.

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