The Board of Directors sets the strategic objectives of the Group and provides direction to the management committee and subcommittees.

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Stuart Tonkin
Phillip Cochineas - Director
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David Woodford - Director
Alex Munt - Treasurer
Bron Suchecki - Secretary
Rebecca Johnston

Richard Hayes – Chairperson


Richard is the Chief Executive Officer of Gold Corporation. He has also held the roles of Chief Financial Officer and Deputy CEO since joining the Corporation in March 2003. Prior to that Richard was the Chief Operating Officer and an Executive Director of AGR Matthey, Director of Finance and Deputy Managing Director of AGR Joint Venture and the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Golden West Refining Corporation Ltd.

Richard is currently a Director of Interchange Inc. and also sits on the Board of Governors of Wesley College. 

Kelly carter - Vice chairperson

Kelly is the Vice President: Legal and Compliance for Gold Fields. She began her legal career in the UK before moving to Perth where she practised as a commercial disputes lawyer for a number of years. Kelly's extensive career in the resources sector includes more than three years as legal counsel for Norilsk Nickel Australia and more than five years at Gold Fields, where she manages the legal and compliance portfolio for the Australian region.

Kelly’s experience extends across the resources cycle, having provided a broad scope of legal services in relation to both operating and non-operating assets. Kelly is a member of Gold Fields’ regional executive, with oversight and responsibility for both operational performance and regional strategy. 

Stuart Tonkin - Director

Stuart is the Chief Executive Officer of Northern Star Resources Limited. He is a mining engineer with more than 20 years’ experience working in the underground hard-rock mining industry. Prior to Northern Star he was Chief Operating Officer for mining contractor Barminco, and a non-executive director of African Underground Mining Services Ghana.

Stuart has extensive experience in the production of gold, copper, zinc and nickel and has held senior operational positions with Oxiana and Newmont in Western Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) with Honours from the Western Australian School of Mines and a WA First Class Mine Manager’s Certificate.

Phillip Cochineas - Director

Phillip is Managing Director of LBMA accredited ABC Refinery and a Director of independent precious metal services group Pallion. He has been responsible for leading the growth of ABC Refinery to become a leading independent assayer, refiner and mint accredited by the London Bullion Market Association and the Shanghai Gold Exchange. Phillip is a qualified lawyer and MBA.

Prior to joining the precious metals industry, Phillip held senior executive or director positions at FTSE listed companies Kingfisher plc and Wolseley plc in the United Kingdom. Phillip holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of New South Wales and a Masters of Business Administration from London Business School.

Andrea MAxey - Director

Andrea has been the Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Community and Human Resources with AngloGold Ashanti Australia Ltd for 11 years. Beginning with AngloGold Ashanti in 2000, Andrea initially worked in investor relations in Australia and then the United States, before returning to Australia in 2007 to become part of the company’s regional management team.

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, post-graduate diplomas in Journalism and Finance, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Anika is Group Manager, External and Indigenous Relations for Evolution Mining, responsible for creating a positive corporate legacy within the community, and has been with the company for over 5 years. Anika previously worked in a variety of leadership roles for different organisations, including for Lion Co (formerly Lion Nathan & National Foods), with a focus on strategic business planning, workplace culture, change management and sustainability.

Anika holds a Bachelor of Economics and is also a Director on the Board for non-profit organisation Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia, which provides high quality mentoring programs to help vulnerable youth realise their potential.


Ken is Group Executive, Sustainability and External Relations with Newmont Goldcorp Australia and has been with the company for over 19 years. Previously, he spent 9 years with Rio Tinto for their Research and Technology group and Hamersley Iron, in Tom Price. Ken’s Newmont career began with Normandy Mining in North Queensland, at Mt Leyshon and Pajingo mine sites in Environment, Community Relations, Safety and Closure roles. He spent 2 years at Newmont’s head office in Denver, Colorado working on Cyanide Code implementation, project development, mergers and acquisitions. Ken also spent 18 months at Newmont’s Ghana operation in Ahafo, in Environment and Social Responsibility.

Ken is Newmont’s representative on the MCA Environmental Stewardship and Communities Committee, and the University of Queensland, Sustainable Minerals Institute, Strategic Advisory Board.


Ben is the Manager for External Affairs and Social Performance Western Australia for Newcrest Mining Limited and is a member of the Telfer Operations Senior Leadership team. His portfolio includes Community and Government Relations, Communications, Industry Associations and Media. Ben has worked with Newcrest for 11 years.

Ben is a graduate from the University of Queensland where he studied Community Relations with particular reference to the resource sector. He has a Diploma in Management from Swinburne University and is a Member of the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs. Ben has over a decade of experience working in the WA mining industry, and has lived and worked in a number of regional and remote locations throughout the state including in the Pilbara, Goldfields and the Wheat Belt.

Stuart Jenner - Director

Stuart commenced as General Manager for Capability and Culture with Gold Road Resources in 2017. He has over 10 years’ experience in mining and mining services in both operational and executive roles. Stuart has worked in senior and executive ‘People Capability’ roles with Newcrest, Emeco, St Barbara, management consulting providers, as well as serving as an Officer with the Australian Defence Force. 

Stuart holds a Masters of Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma of Management in Human Resources, a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering, and is completing a Masters of Organisational Psychology with the University of London. He is also a Fellow with the Australia Institute of Management and a Senior Organisational and Executive Coach with the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership.

David Woodford - Director

David is the Chief Commercial Officer of Pallion, which is Australasia’s largest independent precious metal services group of companies and includes ABC Refinery, ABC Bullion, Palloys, AGS, A&E, Golden Age, Regent Co, Custodian Vaults and WJ Sanders. Prior to that David was the Chief Operating Officer of Gold Corporation (trading as The Perth Mint) and the General Manager of AGR Matthey, which was owned by Newmont Mining, Johnson Matthey and Gold Corporation.

David has 25 years’ experience in the precious metals industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Chemistry, an MBA from Curtin University and is Graduate of the AICD.

Committee of Management

Daniel borgas - Treasurer

Daniel is the Unit Manager: Taxation for Gold Fields Australia, which operates three gold mines in Western Australia. He has 15 years’ experience as an accountant, initially in the profession with Ernst & Young and for the last four years with Gold Fields. 
Daniel holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from Murdoch University and is a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.  

Bron Suchecki - Secretary

Bron is the Vice President, Operations for Monetary Metals LLC. He is responsible for managing Monetary Metal's operations and supports the development of new gold-related products. Bron has over 20 years’ experience in the bullion business with The Perth Mint across its retail, treasury, depository, and risk divisions.

Rebecca johnston - executive officer

Rebecca has been the Executive Officer of the Gold Industry Group since setting up the Group in 2015.

Rebecca is a communications and marketing specialist with more than 16 years' experience across multiple sectors including professional services, tourism, mining, resources, financial services, not-for-profit and hospitality.

She project managed the Gold Royalties Response Group and successful Heart of Gold campaign on behalf of Western Australia’s gold miners from 2014-2015, which was recognised nationally and internationally. She has been consulting for the past four years and prior to that held leadership roles at Chevron Australia and Patersons Securities Limited.