Leading from the top, the Board and management team supports the sharing of ideas and is committed to developing a diverse and inclusive workplace, where everyone is valued. 

Together with strong corporate governance practices and a proven track record of generating earnings improvement, our leadership team has the right people and the right strategy to prosper. 

Board of directors


David Crawford AO

Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director

David Crawford South32-209

Member, Risk and Audit Committee; Member, Nomination and Governance Committee

Location: Australia

Director since 2 February 2015

Mr Crawford has extensive experience in risk management and business reorganisation. He has acted as a consultant, scheme manager, receiver, manager and liquidator to very large and complex companies. Mr Crawford was previously Australian National Chairman of KPMG, Chartered Accountants.


Graham Kerr

Chief Executive Ofcer and Managing Director 

Graham Kerr South32-269

Location: Australia

Director since 21 January 2015

Graham has been Chief Executive Officer of South32 since October 2014.

Responsible for running all facets of the business, he successfully led the establishment of the Company and its public listing in three countries in May 2015.

Graham has a strong track record in global resource development and is passionate about health, safety and sustainability. Before joining South32, Graham worked in a wide range of roles across BHP, including as Chief Financial Officer from 2011 to 2014 and President of Diamonds and Specialty Products.

As President of Diamonds and Specialty Products, he was accountable for the Ekati Diamond Mine in Canada, the Richards Bay Minerals Joint Venture in South Africa, diamond exploration in Angola, the Corridor Sands Project in Mozambique and the development of BHP’s potash portfolio in Canada. In 2004, Graham left BHP for a two-year period when he was General Manager Commercial for Iluka Resources.

Graham has a Business degree from Edith Cowan University and studied at Deakin University to become a Certified Practicing Accountant. 


Frank Cooper AO

Independent Non-Executive Director 

Frank Cooper South32-255
Chairman, Risk and Audit Committee; Member, Remuneration Committee; Member, Nomination and

Governance Committee

Location: Australia

Director since 7 May 2015

Mr Cooper has more than 35 years’ experience in the accounting profession, specialising in the mining, energy and utilities sectors before taking on a number of Non-Executive Director roles from 2012.


Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

Xolani Mkhwanazi South32-164

Member, Sustainability Committee

Location: South Africa

Director since 2 July 2015

Dr Mkhwanazi was Chairman of BHP Billiton in South Africa from 2009 to 2015. Dr Mkhwanazi was previously President and Chief Operations Officer (COO) South Africa Aluminium with BHP Billiton (from February 2005). He has served as Chief Executive Officer of Bateman Africa Ltd and the National Electricity Regulator.

Prior to that, he held senior positions at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. During this time he played a key role in the formulation of the South African National Science and Technology Policy. In his early career, Dr Mkhwanazi was a Senior Scientist at the Atomic Energy Corporation and Head of the Physics Department at the University of Swaziland.


Dr Ntombifuthi (Futhi) Mtoba

Independent Non-Executive Director 

Ntombifuthi Mtoba South32-225

Member, Risk and Audit Committee; Member, Nomination and Governance Committee

Location: South Africa

Director since 7 May 2015

Dr Mtoba was Chair of the Board at Deloitte Southern Africa, where her industry specialisation was in financial services. Dr Mtoba is a Past President of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and a past member of the Board of United Nations Global Compact. Dr Mtoba’s numerous awards include Business Woman of the Year (Nedbank and Business Women’s Association, 2004) and International Woman of the Year (Organisation of Women in International Trade, 2005).

Through her work on the Board of UN Global Compact she brings valuable sustainability and environmental experience to the Board.


Wayne Osborn

Independent Non-Executive Director 

Wayne Osborn South32-172

Chairman, Nomination and Governance Committee; Chairman, Remuneration Committee; Member, Sustainability Committee

Location: Australia

Director since 7 May 2015

Mr Osborn has more than 35 years of experience in the Australian mining, resources and manufacturing sectors. Mr Osborn joined Alcoa in 1979 and worked in a variety of roles and locations across the Australian business, prior to being appointed Managing Director, Alcoa of Australia in 2001 until 2008.


Keith Rumble

Independent Non-Executive Director

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Chairman, Sustainability Committee; Member, Remuneration Committee; Member, Nomination and Governance Committee

Location: South Africa

Director since 27 February 2015

Mr Rumble was previously CEO of SUN Mining, a whollyowned entity of the SUN Group, and a principal investor and private equity fund manager in Russia, India and other emerging and transforming markets. Mr Rumble has more than 30 years of experience in the resources industry, specifically in titanium and platinum mining. He was formerly the CEO of Impala Platinum (Pty) Ltd and CEO of Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium Inc in Canada.

Mr Rumble began his career at Richards Bay Minerals in 1980 and held various management positions before becoming CEO in 1996.



Dr Xiaoling Liu 

Independent Non-Executive Director

Dr Xiaoling Liu

Member, Risk and Audit Committee; Member, Sustainability Committee; Member, Nomination and Governance Committee

Location: Australia

Director since 1 November 2017

Dr Liu has extensive executive experience in leading global mining and processing businesses. Dr Liu had a 26 year career with the Rio Tinto Group where she held many senior positions. Her last executive role was as President and Chief Executive Officer of Rio Tinto Minerals based in Denver where she ran integrated mining, processing and supply chain operations in the United States, Europe and Asia


Karen Wood 

Independent Non-Executive Director

Karen Wood

Member, Remuneration Committee; Member, Sustainability Committee; Member, Nomination and Governance Committee

Location: Australia

Director since 1 November 2017

Ms Wood has had extensive experience as a senior executive in the resources sector. During her career, she held various senior global roles with BHP, including President People and President Public Affairs. Ms Wood has a strong legal and governance background, having joined BHP in 2001 as Group Company Secretary, and before that as General Counsel and Company Secretary with Bonlac Foods Limited. She retired from BHP in 2014.

Ms Wood has also served as a member of the Takeovers Panel (Australia), Australian Federal Government’s Business Regulatory Advisory Group and the Australian Securities & Investments Commission Business Consultative Panel.

 

Our Lead Team


Graham Kerr

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director 

Graham Kerr

Graham has been Chief Executive Officer of South32 since October 2014.

Responsible for running all facets of the business, he successfully led the establishment of the Company and its public listing in three countries in May 2015.

Graham has a strong track record in global resource development and is passionate about health, safety and sustainability. Before joining South32, Graham worked in a wide range of roles across BHP, including as Chief Financial Officer from 2011 to 2014 and President of Diamonds and Specialty Products.

As President of Diamonds and Specialty Products, he was accountable for the Ekati Diamond Mine in Canada, the Richards Bay Minerals Joint Venture in South Africa, diamond exploration in Angola, the Corridor Sands Project in Mozambique and the development of BHP’s potash portfolio in Canada. In 2004, Graham left BHP for a two-year period when he was General Manager Commercial for Iluka Resources.

Graham has a Business degree from Edith Cowan University and studied at Deakin University to become a Certified Practicing Accountant.


Brendan Harris

Chief Financial Officer

Graham KerrBrendan Harris commenced as Chief Financial Officer in November 2014 and had an integral role in the establishment, Demerger and listing of South32. He is accountable for Financial Reporting, Management Reporting, Treasury, Business Evaluation, Tax, Corporate Affairs, Investor Relations, Risk and Assurance, and Brazil Alumina.

Prior to South32, Brendan was Head of Investor Relations at BHP between 2011 and 2014 based in the United Kingdom and then Australia, having been Vice President Investor Relations Australasia from July 2010. During his career, Brendan held various roles in investment banking, including Executive Director Metals and Mining Research at Macquarie Equities.

Brendan holds a Bachelor of Science in geology and geophysics from Flinders University.


Mike Fraser

Chief Operating Officer

Graham Kerr

On 30 April 2018, Mike Fraser, in his role of Chief Operating Officer, assumed responsibility for the Group’s alumina operations in Australia, and Cerro Matoso in Colombia. He retains the Group’s aluminium operations in South Africa in his portfolio and he is responsible for South Africa Energy Coal.

Prior to this, Mike held the role of President and Chief Operating Officer for the Africa region from January 2015.

Before joining South32, Mike was President, Human Resources with BHP. Prior to this he was Asset President of Mozal Aluminium Smelter in Mozambique from 2009 to 2012, having also worked in various roles in BHP’s coal, manganese and aluminium businesses. During his career, Mike held a variety of leadership roles in a large internationally diversified industrial business and has worked in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Mozambique and Australia.

Mike holds a Master of Business Leadership and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of South Africa


Nicole Duncan

Chief People and Legal Officer, Company Secretary

Nicole Duncan South32-019Nicole Duncan commenced in the role of Chief People Officer in July 2017 having been Chief Legal Officer since December 2014 and Company Secretary since January 2015. She is accountable for the Human Resources functions across South32, as well as the Company Secretariat, Legal and Compliance teams.

Prior to South32, Nicole was Vice President, Company Secretariat for BHP. She also held the position of Vice President Supply, Group Information Management from 2011 to 2013. During her career, she held various legal roles in Australia, the United States and the Netherlands.

Nicole graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of History (Hons).


Paul Harvey

Chief Operating Officer

Graham Kerr

On 30 April 2018, Paul Harvey, in his role of Chief Operating Officer, assumed responsibility for the Group’s manganese operations in South Africa. He retains the Australia Manganese, Cannington and Illawarra Metallurgical Coal operations in his portfolio.

Prior to this, Paul held the roles of President and Chief Operating Officer for the Australia region and Chief Transformation Officer.

Before joining South32, Paul was the Asset President of Nickel West in Australia. Prior to this he was Asset President at BHP’s Ekati diamond mine in Canada. During his career, Paul has held roles in operations management, major capital project directorships, business planning, strategy and growth leadership across uranium, base metals, diamonds and specialty products, and has worked across Africa, Australia and Canada.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from the Western Australian School of Mines.


Rowena Smith

Chief Sustainability Officer

Rowena SmithRowena Smith was appointed Chief Sustainability Officer in August 2017 and has overall responsibility for Health, Safety, Environment, Sustainability, Risk and Compliance. She was previously Vice President Supply, Australia region, for South32, a position she held from March 2015.

Prior to joining South32, Rowena worked with BHP Nickel West as Head of Resource Planning and Development. In her 14 years with BHP, she also held senior roles in marketing and operations, including General Manager, Kwinana Nickel Refinery. Prior to that she worked in operational leadership roles within Rio Tinto’s aluminium smelting business.

Rowena holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia.


Peter Finnimore

Chief Marketing Officer

Peter Finnimore

Peter Finnimore was appointed Chief Marketing Officer in August 2017, having been Head of Marketing for South32 since May 2015.

Prior to joining South32, Peter held various roles in BHP, starting in The Hague in 2008 as Vice President Marketing Aluminium. He then led the consolidation of the Aluminium and Stainless Steel Materials Marketing teams in August 2012. In 2013, he was appointed South32 Vice President Marketing Aluminium, Manganese & Nickel based out of Singapore. During his career, Peter has worked in various marketing roles in Japan, Australia, Russia, Cyprus and Switzerland, including for Rio Tinto and Rusal.

Peter completed degrees in Commerce and Law at the University of Queensland.


Vanessa Torres

Chief Technology Officer

Vanessa Torres

Vanessa Torres commenced as Chief Technology Officer in August 2018. Prior to this she was Vice President Operational Infrastructure for BHP’s Western Australian Iron Ore operation. She has over 26 years of global mining experience across both operational and commercial roles, and has held various senior roles at BHP and Vale in strategy, projects, business development, and operations.

Vanessa holds a Doctorate and Master degrees in Minerals Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo, and a Bachelor of Science from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. She was also a Visiting Scholar at the University of British Columbia, Canada, with her research focused on the application of Artificial Intelligence to the mining industry.



Simon Collins

Chief Development Officer

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Simon Collins commenced the role of Chief Development Officer in October 2018.

Prior to this, Simon held the role of Head of Corporate Development at South32 and successfully led the acquisition of Arizona Mining, owner of the Hermosa Project in the USA, and entry into a conditional agreement to acquire a 50 per cent interest in the Eagle Downs metallurgical coal project in Australia.

Simon has 25 years’ experience in the resources industry in senior leadership and business development roles. Prior to joining South32, Simon worked for BHP for more than a decade, where he led business development teams across Belgium, United Kingdom, Singapore and Australia.

Simon started his career in mine operations in Australia and South Africa.

Simon holds a Master of Business Administration from London Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from the University of New South Wales.