Board and Management
Dr David Carland – Independent Non-Executive Chairman
PhD (Econometrics); MEc; BEc (Hons); MAICD
Dr David Carland has been a Director since 12 December 2013 and was appointed Chairman of Rex Minerals on 1 January 2014. Dr Carland also serves as a member of the Company's Audit Committee and its Remuneration Committee.
Dr Carland has over 35 years of investment banking and commercial experience in both the private sector and government. He is the Executive Director of Australian Resources Development Limted, a company focused on the provision of specialised advice and assistance on the structuring, financing and developing of energy and resource projects.
Dr Carland was the co-founder and part-owner of BurnVoir Corporate Finance Limited (BurnVoir), an independent specialist investment banking firm focusing on the energy, resource and infrastructure sectors. Prior to establishing BurnVoir, Dr Carland was executive vice president and head of energy and power at Bankers Trust, and before that he was deputy managing director and head of corporate finance at UBS Australia. He was previously a non-exectuve director of Indophil Resources NL. Dr Carland has also held senior executive roles with the CRA Group (now Rio Tinto), including management of the commercial arrangements for the purchase of the Gladstone Power Station.
Mr Richard Laufmann – Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
B.Eng (Mining), MAusIMM, MAICD
Mr Richard Laufmann is a founding Director of Rex Minerals and was formerly a Non-Executive Director (since 2007). He was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Company on 23 April 2015.
Mr Laufmann is a mining engineer with broad experience in the resources sector, both corporate and operational.
Mr Laufmann’s most recent engagement was for seven years as CEO of Indophil Resources NL (until January 2015, an ASX listed company with a large copper-gold Joint Venture in the Philippines) and prior to that, five years as Chief Executive Officer of Ballarat Goldfields NL. Mr Laufmann also previously led WMC Resources Limited’s gold business as general manager – Operations.
Mr Alister Maitland – Independent Non-Executive Director
B.Com, FAICD, FAIM, SF Fin
Mr Alister Maitland was appointed a Director of Rex Minerals on 16 September 2011. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.
Mr Maitland is a former executive director of ANZ Banking Group with a background in international finance. His banking experience extended beyond Australasia to cover Asia, the Sub Continent, the Middle East, Europe and America. His professional experience has included global business expansion, internal and external consulting, treasury projects and international political agendas. As Chief Executive of ANZ Bank for New Zealand, he was responsible to the local board for the country's operations.
He has been a non-executive director of a number of publicly-listed ASX companies and Government bodies covering a wide range of activities including property services, mining, banking, asset management and health. He is a former chairman of Ballarat Goldfields NL, director of Lihir Gold Ltd and director of Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank).
Mr Mitchell Hooke AM – Independent Non-Executive Director
B.Rur.Sc., UNE, MAIA, MAICD
Mr Mitchell H Hooke was appointed a Director of Rex Minerals on 4 August 2015. He is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
Mr Hooke is globally-recognised for his in-depth knowledge and strategic leadership in Australian and global public policy advocacy, as well as delivering on practical operational issues in the development of economic, social and environmental policy and practice across the minerals, agriculture, and food and grocery industries in Australia and internationally.
Mr Hooke was the chief executive officer of the Minerals Council of Australia from mid-2002 until the end of 2013. He is the Chairman of Partners in Performance International, a Director of The Menzies Research Centre Ltd and with a long and strong rural background, he is an Independent Director of Grain Producers Australia Limited. He is a Non-Executive Director of GTL Energy Ltd, and was formerly a non-executive director of Elgin National Industries. Mr Hooke is also a member of the Advisory Boards of Micromine Ltd and The University of New England (UNE) Advisory Group.
Mr Ian Smith – Independent Non-Executive Director
B.E (Hons, Mining) BF in Admin, FIEAust, FAustIMM, MAICD
Mr Ian Smith was appointed a Director of Rex Minerals on 18 February 2019.
Mr Smith is a mining engineer with more than 40 years' experience in the mining and services sector. He has held some of the most senior positions in the Australian resources industry, most recently MD and CEO of Orica. Prior to that, he was MD and CEO of Newcrest, growing the business to what has become Australia's biggest, and globally one of the largest, gold mining companies. Mr Smith is a Fellow of both the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Institute of Engineers.
In prior roles Mr Smith was Global Head of Operational and Technical Excellence with Rio Tinto, London and Managing Director - Comalco Aluminium Smelting with Rio Tinto in Brisbane. He has technical, operational, financial and strategic expertise, having also held senior and executive positions with WMC Resources, Pasminco and CRA. Mr Smith is a past president of the Australian Mines & Metals Association and is a past chairman of the Minerals Council of Australia.
Mr Ronald Douglas – Independent Non-Executive Director
B.Eng, FAIM, MAustIMM, MAICD
Mr Ronald Douglas was appointed a Director of Rex Minerals on 18 February 2019.
Mr Douglas is an engineer by qualification and has extensive experience leading owners' teams for major projects located around the world. Mr Douglas is the Executive Vice President, Project Delivery for Ausenco and he has over 35 years' global experience in project delivery and resources sector management. His previous roles have included Global Head for Projects and Technology for Orica; Executive General Manager Projects and Studies for Newcrest; CEO of Australian Solomons Gold; Managing Director for Anglesey Aluminium Metal (part of Rio Tinto); and General Manager for Rio Tinto's aluminium and coal projects.
Mr Douglas is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has extensive and well-recognised expertise in industrials, minerals and metals, as well as oil and gas.
Ms Kay Donehue – Company Secretary
GradDipACG; GIA(Cert); AGIA; ICSA; AAICD; Chartered Secretary
Ms Donehue has over 25 years’ experience in the mining and banking industries, and most recently has focused extensively on company secretarial and governance roles in the mining sector. Ms Donehue was previously Company Secretary of Indophil Resources NL which was delisted from the ASX in 2015 following completion of a Scheme of Arrangement with its major shareholder.
Ms Donehue is an Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia and holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance.
Mr Greg Hall – Project Director
BEng, M AusIMM, MAICD
Mr Greg Hall is a Mining Engineer with over 30 years' experience in the resources and marketing sector. Until recently, Mr Hall was CEO of copper-gold producer Hillgrove Resources, where he oversaw significant productivity improvements and cost reductions at the Kanmantoo Mine and the restart of brownfields exploration targeted to expand the mine’s resource base. His previous experience in South Australia includes 11 years on the Olympic Dam project from conceptual studies in the early 1980’s through to operations as Manager Mining.
Mr Hall has a wealth of experience from a career that includes operations, technical and marketing roles in copper, uranium, nickel, bauxite and alumina, gold and iron ore for WMC and Rio Tinto. In 2006, he set up the uranium company Toro Energy as its inaugural Managing Director. Toro Energy’s activity and growth saw it achieve approval for WA’s first uranium mine at Wiluna.
Mr Hall holds a part-time role as Acting CEO (previously non-executive director) of explorer Alligator Energy, and is also a Director of the unlisted public uranium company, Torch Energy.
Ms Amber Rivamonte – Chief Financial Officer
CPA, B.Bus (Acc)
Ms Amber Rivamonte has over 20 years’ experience in the resources industry covering the fields of commercial, strategic and risk management, corporate governance and financial management experience. Ms Rivamonte has a background in accounting and is a certified practicing accountant (CPA) in Australia. She has previously held the roles of CFO and company secretary at Rex Minerals and Ballarat Goldfields.
Ms Rivamonte also previously held the role of company secretary at Indophil Resources and White Rock Minerals.
Ms Rivamonte’s experience includes the structure, set up and listing of Rex Minerals and White Rock Minerals, including raising capital from seed through to public raisings of up to $A82 million.
Ms Rivamonte’s experience covers all aspects of managing resources companies, from project acquisition, mergers, demergers, takeovers, schemes and various forms of fund raisings.