About Newcrest

Leadership

Board of directors

Peter Hay

Peter Hay

LLB, FAICD
Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Hay was appointed as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board in January 2014, after being appointed as a Non-Executive Director in August 2013. Mr Hay is also the Chairman of the Nominations Committee.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Mr Hay has a strong background and breadth of experience in business, corporate law, finance and investment banking advisory work, with particular expertise in relation to mergers and acquisitions. 

He has also had significant involvement in advising governments and government-owned enterprises. Mr Hay was a partner of the legal firm Freehills until 2005, where he served as Chief Executive Officer from 2000 and is a former member of the Australian Takeovers Panel.

CURRENT DIRECTORSHIPS / APPOINTMENTS
- Chairman Mutual Trust Pty Ltd (from 2020)
- Chairman of Australia Pacific Airports Corporation (from July 2019)
- Member of the AICD Corporate Governance Committee (from  2012)
- Director of Cormack Foundation (from 2005)

FORMER LISTED DIRECTORSHIPS (LAST 3 YEARS)
- Chairman of Vicinity Centres (2015 – 2019)

Sandeep Biswas

Sandeep Biswas

BEng (Chem) (Hons), FAusIMM
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Mr Biswas was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 4 July 2014. He joined Newcrest in January 2014, as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Mr Biswas was previously Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Aluminium, a wholly owned subsidiary within the Rio Tinto group, which incorporated the bauxite, alumina, refining and smelting operations in Australia and New Zealand.

He began his career with Mount Isa Mines, working in both Australia and Europe. Mr Biswas has also worked for Western Mining in Australia and Rio Tinto in Canada and Australia.  He has experience in research, operations, business development and projects, across commodities including aluminium, copper, lead, zinc and nickel.

OTHER CURRENT DIRECTORSHIPS / APPOINTMENTS

- Vice Chairman of the Minerals Council of Australia
- Vice Chairman of the World Gold Council 
- Member of the ICMM Council

Gerard Bond

Gerard Bond

BComm, Graduate Diploma Applied Finance and Investment, Chartered Accountant, F Fin
Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer

Mr Bond was appointed to the Board as an Executive Director  in February 2012, after joining Newcrest as Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer in January 2012.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Mr Bond has experience in the global financial and resources industry with Newcrest, BHP Billiton, Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse.

Prior to joining Newcrest, Mr Bond was with BHP Billiton for over 14 years where he held a number of senior executive roles in Europe and Australia including in Mergers and Acquisitions, Treasury, as Deputy CFO of the Aluminium business, CFO and then Acting President of the Nickel business, and most recently was BHP Billiton’s Head of Group Human Resources.

OTHER CURRENT DIRECTORSHIPS / APPOINTMENTS

- Alternate Director of the World Gold Council

Philip Aiken

Philip Aiken AM

BEng (Chemical), Advanced Management Program (HBS)
Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Aiken was appointed to the Board in April 2013. He is Chairman of the Human Resources and Remuneration Committee and a member of the Safety and Sustainability Committee and the Nominations Committee.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Mr Aiken has extensive Australian and international business experience, principally in the engineering and resources sectors.  He was Group President Energy BHP Billiton, President BHP Petroleum, Managing Director BOC/CIG, Chief Executive of BTR Nylex and Senior Advisor Macquarie Bank (Europe).

CURRENT LISTED DIRECTORSHIPS

- Chairman of Aveva Group plc (from 2012)
- Chairman of Balfour Beatty plc (from 2015)

OTHER CURRENT DIRECTORSHIPS / APPOINTMENTS

- Chairman of Australian Day Foundation (from 2007)
- Business Ambassador, Business Events Sydney Pty Ltd (from 2016)
- Director of Gammon China Limited (from 2018)

Roger Higgins

Roger Higgins

BE (Civil Engineering) (Hons), MSc (Hydraulics), PhD (Water Resources), Stanford Executive Programme, FIEAust, FAusIMM
Independent Non-Executive Director

Dr Higgins was appointed to the Board in October 2015.  He is Chairman of the Safety and Sustainability Committee and a member of the Human Resources and Remuneration Committee.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Dr Higgins brings extensive experience leading mining companies and operations and has deep working knowledge of Papua New Guinea as a current Non-Executive Director and a former Managing Director of Ok Tedi Mining Limited in Papua New Guinea.  In his most recent executive position, Dr Higgins served as Senior Vice President, Copper at Canadian metals and mining company, Teck Resources Limited.

Prior to this role he was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer with BHP Billiton Base Metals Customer Sector Group working in Australia and also held senior positions with BHP Billiton in Chile.  He holds the position of Adjunct Professor with the Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland.

CURRENT LISTED DIRECTORSHIPS

- Director of Worley Limited (from 2019)
-Chairman of Minotaur Exploration Limited (from 2016)

OTHER CURRENT DIRECTORSHIPS / APPOINTMENTS

- Chair of the Advisory Board of PAX Republic (from 2019)
- Member of the Energy and Resources Advisory Board, University of Adelaide (from 2019)
- Member of the Sustainable Minerals Advisory Board, University of Queensland (from 2016)
- Director of Ok Tedi Mining Limited (from 2014) 

FORMER LISTED DIRECTORSHIPS (LAST 3 YEARS)

- Director of Metminco Limited (2013 – 2019)

Vickki McFadden

Vickki McFadden

BComm, LLB
Independent Non-Executive Director

Ms McFadden was appointed to the Board in October 2016. She is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Human Resources and Remuneration Committee.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Ms McFadden is an experienced company director and has broad experience in several roles as member or chairman of audit and risk committees. Ms McFadden has an extensive background in finance and law.

She is a former investment banker with considerable expertise in corporate finance transactions, having served as Managing Director of Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch in Australia and as a Director of Centaurus Corporate Finance and a former President of the Australian Takeovers Panel.

CURRENT LISTED DIRECTORSHIPS
- Chairman of The GPT Group (from 2018)

OTHER CURRENT DIRECTORSHIPS / APPOINTMENTS
- Director of Allianz Australia Ltd (from 2020)

FORMER LISTED DIRECTORSHIPS (Last 3 years)
- Director of Tabcorp Holdings Limited (2017 - 2020)

Peter Tomsett

Peter Tomsett

BEng (Mining) (Hons), MSc (Mineral Production Management), GAICD
Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Tomsett was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Board in September 2018. He is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Safety and Sustainability Committee and Nominations Committee.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Mr Tomsett has extensive and deep gold mining and international business experience as both an executive and non-executive director of a broad range of mining companies listed on the Australian, Toronto, New York and London stock exchanges. His last executive role was as the President and Chief Executive Officer of global gold and copper company, Placer Dome Inc, where he worked for 20 years in project, operational and executive roles.

He has been the Chairman and Managing Director of Kidston Gold Mines Ltd and the Non-Executive Chairman of Equinox Minerals Ltd and Silver Standard Resources Inc. He has also held numerous other Board positions in mining, energy and construction companies and associations including as a Director of OZ Minerals Ltd, Acacia Mining plc, Talisman Energy Inc, North American Energy Partners Inc, Africo Resources Ltd, World Gold Council, Minerals Council of Australia, and International Council for Mining and Metals.

FORMER LISTED DIRECTORSHIPS (LAST 3 YEARS)

- Director of OZ Minerals Ltd (2017-2018)
- Director of Acacia Mining plc (2013-2017)
- Chairman of Silver Standard Resources Inc (now known as SSR Mining Inc) (Director 2006-2017, Chairman 2008-2017)

Sally-Anne Layman

Sally-Anne Layman

BEng (Mining) (Hons), BComm, CPA Australia, MAICD
Independent Non-Executive Director

Ms Layman was appointed to the Board as an Non-Executive Director from with effect from October 2020.  She is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Ms Layman has over 26 years of international experience in resources and corporate finance. She spent 14 years with Macquarie Group in a range of senior positions, including as Division Director and Joint Head of the Perth office of the Metals, Mining & Agriculture Division. Prior to that, Ms Layman held various positions with resource companies including Mount Isa Mines, Great Central Mines and Normandy Yandal.

CURRENT LISTED DIRECTORSHIPS
- Director of Beach Energy Limited (from 2019)
- Director of Pilbara Minerals Limited (from 2018)
- Director of Imdex Limited (from 2017)

OTHER CURRENT DIRECTORSHIPS / APPOINTMENTS
- Director of RL Advisory Pty Limited (from 2017)

FORMER LISTED DIRECTORSHIPS (LAST 3 YEARS)
- Perseus Mining Limited (2017-2020)
- Gascoyne Resources Limited (2017-2019)

FORMER LISTED DIRECTORSHIPS (LAST 3 YEARS)
- Director of Perseus Mining Limited (2017 – 2020)
- Director of Gascoyne Resources Limited (Director 2017-2019, Chair 2018-2019)

Executive Management

Sandeep Biswas - Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Sandeep Biswas

BEng (Chem) (Hons), FAusIMM
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Sandeep was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer on 4 July 2014. He joined Newcrest in January 2014, as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Sandeep was previously Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Aluminium, a wholly owned subsidiary within the Rio Tinto group, which incorporated the bauxite, alumina, refining and smelting operations in Australia and New Zealand. He began his career with Mount Isa Mines, working in both Australia and Europe. Sandeep has also worked for Western Mining in Australia and Rio Tinto in Canada and Australia.  He has experience in research, operations, business development and projects, across commodities including aluminium, copper, lead, zinc and nickel.

OTHER CURRENT DIRECTORSHIPS / APPOINTMENTS

- Vice Chairman of the Minerals Council of Australia
- Vice Chairman of the World Gold Council 
- Member of the ICMM Council

Gerard Bond - Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer

Gerard Bond

BComm, Graduate Diploma Applied Finance and Investment, Chartered Accountant, F Fin
Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer

Gerard was appointed to the Board in February 2012, after joining Newcrest as Finance Director and Chief Financial Officer in January 2012.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Gerard has experience in the global financial and resources industry with Newcrest, BHP Billiton, Coopers & Lybrand and Price Waterhouse. Prior to joining Newcrest, Gerard was with BHP Billiton for over 14 years where he held a number of senior executive roles in Europe and Australia including in Mergers and Acquisitions, Treasury, as Deputy CFO of the Aluminium business, CFO and then Acting President of the Nickel business, and most recently was BHP Billiton’s Head of Group Human Resources.

OTHER CURRENT DIRECTORSHIPS / APPOINTMENTS

- Alternate Director of the World Gold Council

Craig Jones - Chief Operating Officer (Papua New Guinea)

Craig Jones

BEng (Mechanical)
Chief Operating Officer (Papua New Guinea)

Craig is responsible for Newcrest’s Papua New Guinea assets including the Wafi-Golpu project and Lihir operations.

Craig joined Newcrest in 2008 and has held various senior management and executive roles, including General Manager Projects, General Manager Cadia, Executive General Manager – Projects and Asset Management, Executive General Manager – Australia and Indonesian Operations, Executive General Manager – Australian Operations and Projects and, most recently, Executive General Manager – Cadia and Morobe Mining Joint Venture. Prior to joining Newcrest, Craig worked in projects at Rio Tinto.

Phil Stephenson - Chief Operating Officer (Australia & Americas)

Phil Stephenson

BSc, Grad. Dip. Mineral Processing Technology
Chief Operating Officer (Australia & Americas)

Phil is responsible for the Cadia, Telfer and Red Chris operations.

Phil joined Newcrest in 2014 as General Manager Health Safety, Environment and Security. He has extensive international mining operations experience with 29 years in the industry working for some of the world’s largest mining companies, including Newmont Mining Corporation, Barrick Gold Corporation and Placer Dome Inc.

Seil Song - Chief Development Officer

Seil Song

BEng (Mining) (Hons), MComm (Finance)
Chief Development Officer

As the Chief Development Officer, Seil is responsible for the company’s growth and development activities, including Newcrest’s global exploration programme, business development and a growing portfolio of strategic partnerships, farm-in arrangements and investments across Australia, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

Seil joined Newcrest in 2017 as General Manager – Business Development and contributed to the company’s growth strategy, notably through his leadership of the Red Chris transaction and investment in Lundin Gold. Prior to Newcrest, Seil was in London working in mining private equity and investment banking, leading several notable transactions within the mining industry. Seil started his career as a mining engineer before moving into corporate strategy and business development with Rio Tinto.

Lisa Ali - Chief People and Sustainability Officer (CPSO)

Lisa Ali

BSc (Hons), MBA
Chief People and Sustainability Officer (CPSO)

Lisa joined Newcrest in March 2020 as the Chief People and Sustainability Officer (CPSO) responsible for Human Resources, Health, Safety, Environment  and Sustainability, Government Relations, Social Performance and Internal Communications.

Prior to joining Newcrest, Lisa has held senior leadership roles in the oil and gas, petrochemical and manufacturing sectors including Head of Transformation for Trinidad Petroleum Holdings Limited and its subsidiary companies, interim CEO of Paria Fuel and Trading and Vice President of Human Resources at BP. She has extensive international experience in HR having lived and worked in the Caribbean, Brazil, United Kingdom and Abu Dhabi.

Suresh Vadnagra - Chief Technical & Projects Officer

Suresh Vadnagra

BEng (Mechanical) (Hons), MBA
Chief Technical & Projects Officer

Suresh joined Newcrest in May 2020 as the Chief Technical & Projects Officer accountable for core value generating disciplines including Resource Management, Mining, Metallurgy, Asset Management, Automation, Directional Studies & Technology, Information Technology, Project Delivery, Business Improvement and Technical Risk.

Prior to joining Newcrest, Suresh served on the Executive Committee at MMG Limited in his capacity as the Executive General Manager Operations (Australia & Africa and Americas) where he was accountable for the operation and growth of a variety of assets in these regions, including for the Las Bambas operation. Suresh has extensive international operational and projects experience having worked and lived in Australia, Africa, Asia and South America.  

Maria (Ria) Sanz Perez - Chief Legal, Risk and Compliance Officer & Company Secretary

Maria (Ria) Sanz Perez

BComm, LLB, HDipTax, AMP (Harvard)
Chief Legal, Risk and Compliance Officer & Company Secretary

Ria has had an extensive career in mining, manufacturing, construction, private healthcare and banking.

She is a seasoned executive who has advised public boards, CEOs and executive committees on governance, risk, sustainability, compliance, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, regulatory and commercial legal matters.

She has had experience leading multi-jurisdictional teams and has regulatory expertise across Africa, the United States, Australia and the UK. Prior to joining Newcrest Ria was the Executive Vice President – General Counsel, Compliance and Company Secretary at AngloGold Ashanti.