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.

Board

Sam Walsh

 

Sam Walsh AO

Chair

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).

Jason Waters

 

Jason Waters

Chief Executive Officer
BEng (Hons)

Jason was appointed Chief Executive Officer in April 2022 and is the fourth CEO of Gold Corporation and 15th leader since The Perth Mint opened in 1899. Prior to joining The Perth Mint, he led Government Trading Enterprises including Synergy as CEO from 2014-22) and Verve Energy as CEO from 2012-13.

With more than 30 years’ experience in the Western Australian energy sector, he has strong commercial, strategic and leadership skills.

He is a Graduate of Curtin University of Technology (Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering; Graduate Diploma of Business) and Harvard Business School (Executive Education – Program for Leadership Development).

Jane King

 

Jane King

Deputy CEO, Director, Chief People and Reputation Officer 
CAHRI, M.E.R

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.

 

John O'Connor

 

John O’Connor

BSc (Hons) FICA, FICAEW, FAICD

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

 

Melanie Cave

LLB BA, GAICD, FLWA

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

 

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

Richard Watson

 

Richard Watson

BEc (Hons), MPhil

Appointed in February 2019, Richard is the Assistant Under Treasurer, Agency Budgeting and Governance in the Department of Treasury and is responsible for overseeing the budgeting and governance of general government agencies and government 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

 

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.

Jane Muirsmith

 

Jane Muirsmith

BCom (Hons), FCA, GAICD

Appointed March 2022. Jane is a digital and marketing strategist and has held executive positions in Sydney, New York, Melbourne, Singapore and Perth. She is Chair of Healthdirect Australia and is a non-executive director of Cedar Woods Properties (CWP), Australian Finance Group (AFG) and the Telethon Kids Institute. She is Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee at CWP and Chair of the Technology and Data Committee at AFG. She is also Managing Director of Lenox Hill, a digital strategy and advisory firm.

Jane is the WA representative on the Business Advisory Committee at Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand, a member of the UWA Business School’s Ambassadorial Council and a former president of the Western Australian Women’s Advisory Council to the Minister for Women’s Interests.

She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand, with an audit and accounting background together with deep expertise in digital transformation.

Executive

James Sawyer

 

James Sawyer

Acting Chief Financial Officer
BCom, CA

James Sawyer joined the finance team at Gold Corporation in June 2014 and was appointed Acting Chief Financial Officer in November 2020.

Prior to joining The Perth Mint, James held various roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he worked within the Financial Assurance and Private Client teams with a focus on external audit. James is also an independent member of the audit and risk committee at Scitech.

Justin Kees

 

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.

Nick Foster

 

Nick Foster

General Counsel, Company Secretary/Acting Chief Risk Officer
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.

Sawan Tanna

 

Sawan Tanna

Treasurer
CA

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.

Why choose The Perth Mint

We’ve been refining gold for more than 120 years

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Renowned for creating and serving global markets
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Transparent across our diverse business operations

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At the forefront of refinery process technology

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Dedicated to ethically sourced precious metals