Board of Directors
B. Juris (Hons), LLB, MBA, FAICD
Mr Crabb practiced as a solicitor form 1980 to 2004 and was a founder of boutique law firm Blakiston & Crabb in 1992. He left the partnership before it was merged into national player Gilbert + Tobin. As a lawyer Mr Crabb specialised in mining, corporate and commercial law. He has provided legal counsel in relation to finance, marketing, government agreements and construction contracts for numerous resource development projects throughout Australia and Africa. Mr Crabb now focuses on his public company directorships and investments. Mr Crabb holds Bachelor of Jurisprudence (Honours), Bachelor of Laws and Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia.
Mr. Crabb was appointed to the Paladin Board on 8 February 1994 and as Chairman on 27 March 2003.
B. Econ. Dip Acc. CA, MAICD
Mr Riekie is an experienced ASX Director at both the Executive and Non-executive level. He has operated in a variety of countries globally and throughout Africa; notably Namibia and Tanzania. He has throughout his career provided corporate, strategic and compliance services to a variety of organisations operating in the Resource and Industrial sector, usually enterprises seeking expansion capital and listing on ASX. He has been directly responsible for successful capital raising, stakeholder engagement, acquisition and divestment programmes. Additional experiences have been gained during his time as a corporate reconstruction specialist with Price Waterhouse. He has overseen, exploration and resource development, scoping and feasibility studies, production, optimisation and rehabilitation initiatives. He has special interest in the energy and energy storage sector, primarily through energy storage minerals and commodities with special knowledge of uranium oil and gas, graphite, lithium, nickel, copper and cobalt. Mr Riekie is a Non-Executive Director of remote power generation and energy solutions specialist, ASX listed Zenith Energy Limited.
Mr Riekie was appointed to the Paladin Board on 1 February 2018.
Mr Harris is a seasoned and highly experienced mining executive and director. Most recently, Mr Harris was interim CEO and Managing Director of ASX-listed Atlas Iron until January 2017 when he resumed his role as a Non-executive Director and is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee. Mr Harris has been involved in all aspects of the industry for more than 40 years and held both COO and CEO positions in Atlantic Ltd and Strategic Minerals Corporation and was also the former Vice President of EVRAZ Plc in Moscow. Mr Harris is a consultant and member of the Advisory Board of Black Rock Metals in Montreal and is a consultant and advisor to GSA Environmental in the UK. Mr Harris currently a Non-executive Director of Perth-based Australian Vanadium Ltd. and is a Non-executive Director of Queensland Energy and Minerals, based in Brisbane.
Mr Harris was appointed to the Paladin Board on 1 February 2018.
Mr Hodder has extensive experience in generating and arranging private equity and debt deals with a focus on mining within developing countries especially Africa. He has also sat on a number of listed and private boards. Mr Hodder is a geologist with a Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Commerce from the University of Queensland. He spent ten years in the mining and oil and gas industries before completing an MBA at London Business School. Mr Hodder established the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) mining, oil and gas investment department in 1995 and was responsible for its investment activities for eight years. He was director of a number of junior mining companies and has significant experience of operating and investing in Africa. Mr Hodder also worked at Suncorp and Solaris as a Fund Manager focusing on the resources sector, managing an index-linked natural resource portfolio of $1.25bn. In 2014, Mr Hodder was one of three principals who established Tembo Capital, a mining-focused private equity fund group.
Mr Hodder was appointed to the Paladin Board on 14 February 2018.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
B.Eng, MBA, FAusIMM, GAICD
Mr Sullivan brings 30 years of diversified mining experience to Paladin, across multiple commodities and projects domestically and internationally. His experience spans strategic planning in mines and smelters; feasibilities; commissioning; mine expansion and restructuring; mine, port and rail infrastructure; project management; sustainability and government and has a strong emphasis on operational optimisation.
He was most recently General Manager of Newcrest’s large and complex Telfer gold-copper mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Prior roles include CEO and Managing Director roles with ASX-listed companies centred in West Africa and the US. He was Asset President of NSW Energy Coal at BHP, being directly responsible for the operation and rapid expansion of one of Australia’s iconic and highest producing coal mines, Mt Arthur, along with the Caroona Coal project and BHP’s share in the NCIG port infrastructure in Newcastle.
Mr Sullivan was also GM of Peabody Energy’s Wambo Coal operations in the Hunter Valley. Mr Sullivan is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (FAusIMM) and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mining and an MBA.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr Barnes is a chartered accountant with more than 20 years of experience in senior finance and financial management within the mining industry and previously the financial services industry. Previously he held the position of Chief Financial Officer of DRDGOLD Limited and its affiliated subsidiaries for 7 years after initially joining the company as the Group Financial Accountant. Prior to that, he was the Head of Financial Reporting at Liberty Life Limited. Mr Barnes has considerable experience in project financing, mergers and acquisitions and implementation of accounting controls and systems.
Mr Barnes joined the Paladin Group in May 2014.
CA, AGIA, B.Com, MBA
Ms Betti is an accounting and corporate governance professional with more than 20 years’ experience in accounting, corporate governance, corporate advisory, finance and corporate banking.
Ms Betti has acted as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for companies in the private and publicly listed sectors, as well as senior executive roles in the banking and finance industry.
Ms Betti joined the Paladin Group in August 2015 and was appointed Joint Company Secretary in April 2018.