Working under the supervision of our Chief Executive Officer, our Lead Team’s role is driving our strategic goals in a way that’s in line with our values, Code of Business Conduct and the risk appetite set by our Board. While each member of the team leads a specific part of the business, they also work as a collective to help us achieve our strategy and purpose.

Graham Kerr

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Graham KerrGraham 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.

Katie Tovich

Chief Financial Officer

Katie TovichKatie Tovich commenced as Chief Financial Officer on 1 May 2019. Prior to this Katie held senior leadership positions at South32 including Vice President Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations, and Head of Treasury. Katie has more than 25 years’ global experience in the resources sector covering commodities marketing, finance, risk management, corporate affairs and investor relations.  

Prior to South32, Katie held senior finance and marketing roles at BHP in Australia and Asia, including Vice President Corporate Finance, Head of Finance Worsley Alumina and Vice President Finance Marketing – Carbon Steel Materials. Earlier in her career, Katie held finance and marketing management positions at WMC Resources Limited in Australia and North America.

Katie holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Tasmania. She is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Brendan Harris

Chief Marketing Officer (January 2020)

Graham KerrBrendan Harris will commence as Chief Marketing Officer on 1 January 2020, assuming responsibility for South32’s commodity marketing and supply functions. Brendan moved to Marketing from 1 July 2019 to enable handover of our global customer relationships.

Brendan was South32’s inaugural Chief Financial Officer and played an integral role in the establishment and listing of the Company. As CFO he was responsible for overseeing South32’s disciplined capital management framework and was 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 has 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 KerrOn 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 KerrOn 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 FinnimorePeter 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

Venessa TorresVanessa 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

August 2018_1Simon 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.