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

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David has extensive experience in risk management and business reorganisation. He has worked as a consultant, scheme manager, receiver, manager and liquidator to very large and complex companies.

David was previously Australian National Chairman of KPMG, Chartered Accountants. He sits on South32’s risk and audit committee and nomination and governance committee.


Graham Kerr

Chief Executive Ofcer and Managing Director 

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Graham has been at the helm of South32 as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) since the beginning. He successfully led the establishment of the company and its public listing in three countries.  

Graham is responsible for running all aspects of the business and has a strong track record in global resource development. He is passionate about health, safety and sustainability.

Before joining South32, Graham worked in a wide range of roles across the BHP Billiton Group, including as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) from 2011 to 2014. He also spent two years at Iluka Resources as General Manager Commercial.

He is a Certified Practicing Accountant.


Frank Cooper AO

Independent Non-Executive Director 
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Frank 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 in 2012.  

He chairs South32’s risk and audit committee and is a member of the remuneration and the nomination and governance committees.

 


Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi

Non-Independent Non-Executive Director

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Xolani was previously President and COO of South Africa Aluminium with BHP Billiton and was chair of BHP Billiton in South Africa from 2009 to 2015. He has served as CEO of Bateman Africa Ltd and the National Electricity Regulator and held senior positions at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. 

He is a member of South32’s sustainability committee. 

 


Dr Ntombifuthi (Futhi) Mtoba

Independent Non-Executive Director 

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Futhi previously chaired Deloitte Southern Africa, where she specialised in financial services. She is a Past President of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and a past member of the Board of United Nations Global Compact. 

Her 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).
Futhi is a member of South32’s risk and audit committee and the nomination and governance committee.


Wayne Osborn

Independent Non-Executive Director 

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Wayne has more than 35 years experience in the Australian mining, resources and manufacturing sectors. He joined Alcoa in 1979 where he worked in a variety of roles and locations across the Australian business, before being appointed Managing Director, Alcoa of Australia in 2001.  He retired from Alcoa of Australia in 2008. 

Wayne chairs South32’s remuneration committee and nomination and governance committee. He is also a member of the sustainability committee.


Keith Rumble

Independent Non-Executive Director

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Keith was previously CEO of SUN Mining, a wholly-owned entity of the SUN Group. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the resources industry, specifically in titanium and platinum mining. Keith is a former CEO of Impala Platinum (Pty) Ltd and former CEO of Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium Inc in Canada.

Keith has also worked as a principal investor and private equity fund manager in Russia, India and other emerging and transforming markets. 
He chairs South32’s sustainability committee, is a member of the remuneration committee and the nomination and governance committee.

Dr Xiaoling Liu 

Independent Non-Executive Director

Dr Xiaoling Liu

Xiaoling is a metallurgical engineer and has over 26 years’ experience in management and executive positions. She joined Rio Tinto in 1988, and held various General Manager and Managing Director positions in smelting operational management.

Xiaoling was appointed President of Primary Metal Pacific, Rio Tinto Alcan in 2007, and served as President and CEO of Rio Tinto Minerals from 2011 to her retirement in 2014. Xiaoling is currently a non-executive Director of Newcrest Mining Limited and Iluka Resources Limited.

Xiaoling is a member of South32's risk and audit committee and sustainability committee.


Karen Wood 

Independent Non-Executive Director

Karen Wood

Karen has had extensive experience as a senior executive in the resources sector.

During her executive career, she held various senior global roles with BHP, including President People and President Public Affairs. She 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.

From 2000 to 2012 she served as a member of the Takeovers Panel. Karen retired from BHP in 2014 and is currently a non-executive Director of ASX listed investment company, Djerriwarrh Investments Limited.

Karen is a member of South32’s remuneration committee and sustainability committee.

 

Our Lead Team


Graham Kerr

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director 

Graham Kerr

Graham has been at the helm of South32 as Chief Executive Officer since the beginning. He successfully led the establishment of the company and its public listing in three countries.  

Graham is responsible for running all aspects of the business and has a strong track record in global resource development. He is passionate about health, safety and sustainability. 
Before joining South32, Graham worked in a wide range of roles across the BHP Billiton Group, including as Chief Financial Officer from 2011 to 2014. He also spent two years at Iluka Resources as General Manager Commercial.

He is a Certified Practicing Accountant.


Brendan Harris

Chief Financial Officer

Graham KerrBrendan started as South32’s chief financial officer right from the beginning and played an integral role in the set-up, demerger and listing of the company.

He is responsible for corporate reporting, corporate affairs, investor relations, risk and assurance, tax, treasury and planning.

Before joining South32 Brendan was Head of Investor Relations at BHP Billiton (2011 to 2014) and Vice President Investor Relations Australasia from July 2010. He has held various roles in investment banking including Executive Director Metals and Mining Research at Macquarie Equities. 


Mike Fraser

Chief Operating Officer

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

Prior to this, Mike held the role of President and Chief Operating Officer for the Africa region from November 2014.

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

Nicole Duncan South32-019Nicole commenced in the role of Chief People and Legal Officer in July 2017. Prior to that she held the positions of Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary. Nicole 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 Billiton. Nicole 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 Australia and South Africa. He retains the Cannington mine and Illawarra Metallurgical Coal operations in his portfolio.

Prior to this, Paul held the role of President and Chief Operating Officer for the Australia region and previously was 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 was appointed Chief Sustainability Officer in August 2017 and has overall responsibility for Health, Safety, Environment, Sustainability and Security. Rowena has been Vice President Supply, Australia Region for South32 since March 2015 heading up a large team of people in Australia and South America providing commercial, sourcing and logistical services to our operations. 

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

Peter Finnimore

Chief Marketing Officer

Peter Finnimore

Peter was appointed Chief Marketing Officer in August 2017 after having been Head of Marketing for South32 since May 2015. He has over 25 years of global experience in logistics and marketing.

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


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.