Our Board of Directors is committed to representing shareholders and promoting and protecting the interests of South32. It does so by governing the company, having regard to our purpose, strategy, values and culture, our shareholders as a whole, and the interests of other relevant stakeholders.

Ms Karen Wood

BEd, LLB (Hons)
Chair and Independent Non-Executive Director, appointed 1 November 2017 and Chair since 12 April 2019.
Chair of the Nomination and Governance Committee

Karen WoodLocation: Australia

Career summary
Ms Wood has worked in legal practice and business.

In 2001, Ms Wood joined the BHP Group and held several global executive leadership roles, including Group Company Secretary, Chief Governance Officer, Chief People Officer and President People and Public Affairs (Corporate Affairs). Before joining BHP she worked at Bonlac Foods Limited, where she spent five years as General Counsel and Company Secretary. Following her retirement in 2014, she continued as an adviser to BHP’s Board and CEO until 2015. She also chaired the BHP Foundation until 2019, overseeing grant provisions for not-for-profit organisations to deliver global programs in the areas of natural resource governance, human capability and social inclusion, and conserving and sustainably managing natural environments. 

Other key positions Ms Wood has held include being a member of the Takeovers Panel (Australia) from 2000 to 2012 and roles with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (Business Consultative Panel) and the Australian Government’s Business Regulatory Advisory Group.

External appointments
ASX listed: Ms Wood is currently a Non-Executive Director of Djerriwarrh Investments Limited (since July 2016).

Ms Wood is also a Director of the Melbourne Cricket Club Foundation, the Robert Salzer Foundation and the Board of the State Library Victoria. She serves on the State Library Victoria Foundation Council, is an ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Sir John Monash Leadership Academy.

Skills and experience
Ms Wood brings extensive corporate governance expertise to her roles as Chair of our Board and the Nomination and Governance Committee, and her experienced leadership promotes a cohesive environment of constructive challenge and oversight. Ms Wood’s substantial tenure as a global executive within the resources industry, means that she brings a strong understanding of the regulatory landscape and the key strategic risks and opportunities for a global mining and metals company. Her expertise in shaping culture (including through organisational and remuneration design), public policy, social performance and stakeholder engagement make her a trusted adviser in these areas.

Mr Graham Kerr

Chief Executive Officer since October 2014 Managing Director, appointed 21 January 2015

Graham KerrLocation: Australia

Career summary
Mr Kerr joined BHP in 1994 and held a wide range of operational and commercial roles across the business, including Chief Financial Officer Stainless Steel Materials, Vice President Finance Diamonds and Finance Director for the BHP Canadian Diamonds Company.

In 2004, Mr Kerr joined Iluka Resources Limited as General Manager Commercial. He returned to BHP in 2006, leading to his appointment as President of Diamonds and Specialty Products where he was accountable for the Ekati Diamond Mine in Canada, Richards Bay Minerals joint venture in South Africa, diamonds exploration in Angola, the Corridor Sands Project in Mozambique and the development of BHP’s potash portfolio in Canada.

Mr Kerr was appointed BHP’s Chief Financial Officer in 2011, a role which he held until 2015 when he left to lead South32 through its demerger from BHP and listing in three countries.

External appointments
Director, CEOs for Gender Equity.

Skills and experience
Mr Kerr’s strong track record in resource development, and global experience as a commercial and operational leader within the resource industry, means that he brings deep mining and metals expertise and exceptional financial acumen. His health and safety expertise, and passion for promoting diversity and inclusion, are valued contributions to our Board as it oversees our commitment to elevate our safety performance and instil a culture where everyone feels safe and respected at work. Mr Kerr’s strong focus on a purpose-driven and values-led future for South32 make him a trusted leader as we progress the next phase of our strategy.

Mr Frank Cooper AO

Independent Non-Executive Director, appointed 7 May 2015.

Frank-CooperLocation: Australia

Career summary
Mr Cooper qualified as a chartered accountant in Australia, leading to a 40-year career in the finance and accounting profession. He has held a number of senior tax and finance roles, including Partner at Ernst & Young, Partner /Business Unit Leader, Tax Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Managing Partner for Arthur Andersen in Perth (for just over 10 years), during which time he specialised in the mining, energy and utility sectors.

Throughout his career, Mr Cooper has had extensive involvement in community activities, including serving as Commissioner and Chair of the West Australian Football Commission and member of the State Health Research Advisory Council (Western Australia).

In 2014 Mr Cooper was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia. He was also named West Australian of the Year in the Professions category in 2015.

External appointments
ASX listed: Mr Cooper is currently a Non-Executive Director of Woodside Petroleum Limited (since February 2013) and Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee.

Mr Cooper is also Commissioner and Chairman of the Insurance Commission of Western Australia, Pro Chancellor of the University of Western Australia and a Director of St John of God Australia Limited and Wright Prospecting Pty Ltd.

Skills and experience
Mr Cooper brings exceptional financial acumen and accounting expertise, a strong understanding of legal and regulatory compliance and substantial experience in risk management oversight to our Board, all of which also make him a highly capable Risk and Audit Committee Chair. His listed company experience and expertise in capital management and corporate development are highly valued by our Board as it oversees the implementation of our strategy, as is his strong focus on organisational philosophy, values and standards.

Mr Guy Lansdown

BSc (Engineering (Civil)), MSc (Engineering (Project Management))
Independent Non-Executive Director, appointed 2 December 2019.

Location: Mexico4a. Photograph 2019 GLPL


Career summary
Mr Lansdown completed postgraduate study specialising in civil engineering and project management and in his early career worked as a project director for South African engineering and construction company Group Five, and then as an associate with global consulting firm Knight Piesold in the United States.

In 1993, Mr Lansdown joined Newmont Mining Corporation, where he held many senior positions over his 20 year tenure, including Senior Vice President of Safety, Project Development and Technical Services, Executive Manager Boddington Australia, Operations Manager Minera Yanacocha Peru and Engineering and Development Director Australia. His role through 2012 was Executive Vice President Discovery and Development, where he led Newmont’s exploration, technical services and major project development.

External appointment
Mr Lansdown currently provides consulting services through his American company Project Excellence, Inc. He is also President and Director of two charities, Un Futuro Mejor Inc and Fundación Lansdown A.C., which provide opportunities for disadvantaged youth in Mexico to reach their full potential.

Skills and experience
Mr Lansdown’s substantial tenure as an executive leader in the gold mining sector and his skills and experience in social performance, enhance our Board’s capability to monitor our safety and operational performance and evaluate our response to the key sustainability-related issues facing our business. His extensive experience in early and late stage greenfield and brownfield project development and
delivery contribute to our Board’s assessment of exploration and development opportunities, and his experience working in the Americas gives him insight into strategic and regulatory issues, which is an asset to our Board as we expand our presence in those locations.

Dr Xiaoling Liu 

BEng (Extractive Metallurgy), PhD (Extractive Metallurgy), FAusIMM, FTSE, GAICD
Independent Non-Executive Director, appointed 1 November 2017.

Dr-Xiaoling-LiuLocation: Australia


Career summary
Dr Liu completed her undergraduate study in Chongqing University in China and her PhD in Extractive Metallurgy at Imperial College in UK, before joining the Rio Tinto Group as a senior research scientist in 1988.

Over her 26-year career with Rio Tinto, Dr Liu held various roles in smelting operations, including General Manager Operations at Bell Bay (Tasmania), leading to other senior operational and management roles, including Managing Director Technical Services, where she led Rio Tinto’s global technical services unit. Prior to her retirement, Dr Liu was President and Chief Executive Officer of Rio Tinto Minerals, with responsibility for integrated operations of mining, processing, supply chain, marketing and sales for its Borates business in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Dr Liu has served as Vice President of the Board of the Australian Aluminium Council, a Board Member of the California Chamber of Commerce, a Director of Melbourne Business School and Chancellor of Queensland University of Technology. She has also served as a Non-Executive Director at Newcrest Mining Limited (September 2015 until November 2020) and Iluka Resources Limited.

External appointments
ASX listed: Dr Liu is currently a Non-Executive Director of Incitec Pivot Limited (since November 2019) and Chair of its Health, Safety, Environment and Community Committee.

Skills & experience
With her accomplished career as a global executive in the resources industry, Dr Liu brings to our Board expertise in mining and processing operations, the execution of major capital projects and commodity value chain management. Her high financial acumen, expertise in health and safety and strong understanding of the key environmental impacts, risks and opportunities relevant to our operations, make her a valued contributor to the Committees on which she serves. Dr Liu’s knowledge and experience in technology and innovation, together with her technical background, is an asset to our Board as it oversees our advancement towards a low-carbon future.

Dr Ntombifuthi (Futhi) Mtoba

CA(SA), DCom (Honoris Causa), BCompt (Hons), HDip Banking Law, BA (Econ)(Hons), BA (Arts)
Independent Non-Executive Director, appointed 7 May 2015.

LCW_Sth32_BoardLeadTeam_2019_0111Location: South Africa


Career summary
Dr Mtoba qualified as a chartered accountant in South Africa and joined Deloitte and Touche in 1988, specialising in financial services. She was one of the first African Black women to be appointed Partner by one of the Big Four accounting firms, and later was appointed Chairperson of Deloitte Southern Africa.

Dr Mtoba is President and founder of TEACH South Africa, which recruits skilled teachers for underprivileged schools. She has held several board positions at organisations focused on economic development and community engagement, including the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Business Foundation and the African Union Foundation. Dr Mtoba has also been President of the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants and Business Unity South Africa and chaired the University of Pretoria Council for over ten years.

Other positions Dr Mtoba has held include being a member of the International Monetary Fund Advisory Group of Sub-Saharan Africa, the World Economic Forum Global Advisory Council, and the United Nations Global Compact Board. She has received several awards for contributions to business and society, including Most Outstanding Leadership Women of the Year (Africa Economy Builders, 2018).

External appointments
Dr Mtoba is currently a Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chair of the Public Investment Corporation Limited and Chair of its Audit Committee; a Director of Discovery Bank Holdings Limited and Lead Independent Director and Audit Committee Chair of Discovery Bank Limited and a Director of Vumelana Advisory Fund and the International Women’s Forum (South Africa).

Skills and experience
Dr Mtoba’s tenure as partner and a leader at one of Africa’s predominant financial professional services firms, and the numerous roles she has held in local, regional and international organisations and forums, means that she provides our Board with considerable financial, economic and public policy expertise and leadership. Dr Mtoba brings a strong focus on culture and her expertise in social performance and community and stakeholder engagement are an asset to our Board as it supports our aspiration to contribute social and economic value where we operate.


Mr Wayne Osborn

Dip Elect Eng, MBA, FAICD, FTSE
Independent Non-Executive Director, appointed 7 May 2015
Chair of the Remuneration Committee

Wayne Osborn South32-172Location: Australia 


Career summary
Mr Osborn worked as an engineer in the telecommunications and iron ore industries, before joining Alcoa (Australia) in 1979. Mr Osborn held several senior management positions with Alcoa over the course of his career, including having accountability for its Asia-Pacific manufacturing operations in China, Japan, Korea and Australia. In 2001 he was appointed Managing Director, leading an integrated business comprised of bauxite mining, alumina refining, coal mining, power generation and aluminium
smelting until his retirement in 2008.

Since 2008, Mr Osborn has served as a Non-Executive Director in the mining, energy and construction industries. Most recently, he was a Non-Executive Director of Wesfarmers Limited from March 2010 to October 2021.

Other key roles Mr Osborn has held include Chairman of the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Chairman of the Western Australia Branch of the Australia Business Arts Foundation and Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Western Australia. He is also a recipient of the WA Business Leader Award (2007) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors Award for Excellence (2018).

External appointments

Skills and experience
Mr Osborn brings expertise in mining and smelting operations, large-scale capital projects and commodity value chain management to our Board. His broad skills and experience in health and safety management and strong understanding of the key environmental issues, risks and opportunities relevant to our operations, are an asset to our Board as it oversees our commitments to improve our safety performance, address climate change and manage our environmental impact. Mr Osborn’s experience leading large workforces, expertise in overseeing remuneration design and implementation and strong focus on sustainability, make him a highly capable Remuneration Committee Chair.


Mr Keith Rumble

BSc, MSc (Geology)
Independent Non-Executive Director, appointed 27 February 2015

Keith Rumble South32-238Location: South Africa 


Career summary
Mr Rumble is a qualified geologist. He joined Richards Bay Minerals (at that time, a joint venture between BHP and the Rio Tinto Group) in 1980, working in smelting and metallurgy, and held various management positions before becoming CEO in 1996. Prior to that appointment, Mr Rumble spent just under three years with Rio Tinto’s iron and titanium business as Director of International Sales and Marketing and rejoined the business in 2000 as President and CEO of Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium Inc. in Canada.

In 2001, Mr Rumble joined Impala Platinum, where he held the role of CEO until 2006, and following which he moved to junior miner SUN Mining (part of the SUN Group), also as CEO.

Since his retirement as an executive in 2008, Mr Rumble has held Non-Executive Director positions at the BHP Group and South African infrastructure and resources company, Aveng Limited.

External appointments
Mr Rumble is currently a Director of Enzyme Technologies (Pty) Limited and Elite Wealth (Pty) Limited.

Skills and experience
With his substantial tenure as an executive leader in the resources industry, Mr Rumble brings deep knowledge and experience in mining and smelting operations. His expertise in geological and geoscience matters and strong understanding of the key environmental impacts, risks and opportunities relevant to our business, enhance our Board’s capability to oversee our sustainability commitments, risks and impacts. These skills, together with this health and safety management expertise and proficiency in risk management, make him a highly capable Sustainability Committee Chair.