We work hard to ensure that each member of our Board have the necessary qualifications and skills that will enable them to be a success both in their role and our team as a whole.
James (Jim) Askew, Chairman of the Board of Directors
(appointed March 2007)
Michael Wilkes, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
(appointed January 2011)
Mick Wilkes is a mining engineer with 26 years of broad international experience, predominantly in precious and base metals across Asia and Australia.
Most recently, as Executive General Manager of Operations at OZ Minerals he had responsibility for the evaluation studies, construction and operation of the Prominent Hill copper gold project in South Australia, which is one of the more significant recent resource developments in Australia.
Preceding this, he was General Manager of the Sepon gold copper project for Oxiana in Laos. Earlier experience was in Papua New Guinea in senior roles and, at the outset of his career, at Mount Isa Mines in operations and design.
In January 2011, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer, and was appointed to the Board of Directors as Managing Director in April 2011.
He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from the University of Queensland, a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
J. Denham Shale, Lead Director
(appointed March 2007)
Denham Shale is a lawyer in practice in Auckland, New Zealand. He was previously Chairman of Kensington Swan, a leading New Zealand law firm, and has been a director of listed companies for over 20 years. Denham was previously involved with gold mining in Australia and New Zealand as a Director of Otter Gold Limited from 1992, ending his involvement as Chairman when Otter was taken over by Normandy in 2002.
Denham is currently Chairman of The Farmers Trading Company Limited and Dunedin City Holdings Ltd. He is also a director of New Zealand listed Turners Auctions Limited and several private companies. Denham is President and an Accredited Fellow of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand Inc.
Jacob (Jake) Klein, Non Executive Director
(appointed December 2009)
Jake Klein assumed the role of Executive Chairman at Evolution Mining Limited in November 2011 following the merger with Conquest Mining Limited where he had been Executive Chairman.
Prior to joining Conquest Mining, Mr Klein had been President and CEO of Sino Gold Mining Limited where he managed the development of that company into the largest foreign participant in the Chinese gold industry. Sino Gold Mining Limited was listed on the ASX in 2002 with a market capitalisation of $100 million and was purchased by Eldorado Gold Corporation in late 2009 for over $2 billion. It became an ASX/S&P 100 Company, operating two award-winning gold mines and engaging over 2,000 employees and contractors in China.
Mr Klein is a non-executive director of Lynas Corporation Limited. Mr Klein is a past President of the NSW Branch of the Australia China Business Council.
Jose (Joey) Leviste Jr., Non Executive Director
(appointed December 2007)
William (Bill) Myckatyn, Non Executive Director
(appointed April 2010)
Bill Myckatyn is a mining engineer with over 30 years of technical and management experience in mine financing, development and operations. He was the Chairman and subsequently Vice Chairman of Quadra FNX Mining Ltd., an intermediate copper and gold producer focused in the Americas, until its takeover in 2012.
Prior to founding Quadra Mining in 2002, Bill held the position of Chief Executive Officer and senior positions at other mining and metals companies over the period of a decade including Dayton Mining, Princeton Mining and Gibraltar Mines.
For over ten years prior to that, he worked for various operations controlled by Placer Dome Inc. and its associated and predecessor companies, including four separate mines in Australia and the Philippines.
Bill Myckatyn also sits on the Board of Directors for Canadian based exploration companies: Pacific Rim Mining, Delta Gold Inc, First Point Minerals and San Marco Resources.
Dr Geoff Raby, Non Executive Director
(appointed August 2011)
Geoff W. Raby is a director of OceanaGold (appointed August 2011). Dr Geoff Raby was Australia’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that, he was a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
Dr Raby has extensive experience in international affairs and trade, having been Australia’s Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (1998-2001), Australia’s APEC Ambassador (2003-2005), Head of DFAT’s Office of Trade Negotiations and Head of the Trade Policy Issues Division at the OECD, Paris. Between 1986 and 1991 he was Head of the Economic Section at the Australian Embassy, Beijing. He has been the Chair of DFAT’s Audit Committee and served as an ex officio member of the Boards of Austrade and EFIC (Export Finance and Insurance Corporation).
Dr Raby is also a non executive director of Fortescue Metals Group Ltd and Chairman of SmartTrans Ltd, both ASX listed companies. Dr Raby holds a PhD in Economics and a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from La Trobe University.