Non-Executive Director & Chairman
Peter Mansell was born in South Africa and relocated to Australia in 1987 where he became senior partner of Freehills law firm (1988 – 2004), National Chairman (1995 to 2000) and Director of Aurecon Group Pty Ltd (2013 to 2016), all of which contribute to his very successful career and 20 years of experience as a company director. Mr Mansell was instrumental in the conception, negotiation and management of two large law firm mergers and subsequent integration and has served on the boards of several prominent ASX 100 companies as well as mid-market companies. Mr. Mansell’s international experience includes Europe, Africa and Canada and covers a broad range of industries and sectors including mining, media, agribusiness and energy. Mr. Mansell is currently Chairman of Energy Resources of Australia, Cancer Research Fund and Foodbank of Australia.
Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Andrew Naude is the DRA Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, based in Perth, Australia. Andrew joined DRA Global in 2013, bringing more than 20 years of strategic leadership, financial and commercial expertise and executive management experience to his role within the organisation.
From 2016 to 2019 Andrew served as DRA’s Chief Financial Officer and Strategy Director responsible for Group-wide financial and commercial activities, including mergers and acquisitions and strategic investments, as well as leading the group corporate services functions. During this time Andrew oversaw six business acquisitions including Montreal based Met-Chem, in 2016, and more recently SENET in Africa. Andrew has an affinity for strategic business development and has extensive expertise in securing and negotiating international contracts. In his role as Chief Executive Officer, Andrew is accountable for the operational management of the Group’s business activities. Andrew has an in-depth understanding of all facets of operational management which drives operational excellence throughout the organisation and enhances in-house capabilities to increase value to clients.
Andrew is a Chartered Accountant who holds a B.Comm. Honors degree and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, where he completed the Advanced Management Program. He is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Greg McRostie has accumulated over 25 years’ experience in the design and construction of mineral processing facilities and associated infrastructure across a broad range of commodities. Previously held positions include design engineering roles with Lycopodium, Minproc and GHD and senior project management for Roche Mining (JR) Pty Ltd (previously JR Engineering Services Pty Ltd).
Greg was Managing Director of Abesque Engineering and Construction Ltd from 2005 to 2012, during which time the organisation was transformed from a SMPT constructor into a full multi-disciplined design and construct organisation that successfully delivered substantial resource projects under both EPC and EPCM style contracting models.
Leon Uys is a non-executive member of the DRA Global board of directors. Leon actively worked for DRA Global for 23 years where he was instrumental in the organisation’s growth. Before joining DRA Global, Leon boasted 10 years of industry experience. He joined DRA Global in 1987 and retired from his position as CEO in 2013, currently Leon guides the organisation at board level by setting the strategic direction for the global business.
Leon qualified from the University of Witwatersrand as a Mechanical Engineer in 1988 and also holds an MDP qualification in Project Management from the University of South Africa.
Paul Salomon joined Stockdale Street in 2011 and is responsible for leading the team that governs the Oppenheimer Family’s South African Private Equity interests.
The Oppenheimer Family were the founders of Anglo American and led DeBeers for 85 years (from 1927 until 2012). As a result, the Oppenheimer Family has four generations of investing experience on the African continent.
Prior to joining Stockdale Street, Paul was the co-founder of Altirah Capital, a South African private equity & venture capital house. Before this, Paul was the Chief Financial Officer of Everest Capital (Pty) Ltd, an Australian hedge fund business. Prior to his involvement in the hedge fund industry, Paul worked at ABN AMRO in Australia and Investec Bank Ltd in South Africa in their corporate finance divisions.
Paul qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Australia, is a CFA charter holder and earned a B.BusSci. (Honours) from the University of Cape Town.
Jean Nel is a non-executive member of the DRA Global Board of directors. Jean has built an impressive career of more than 20 years during which time he held numerous executive level positions for major players in the South African mining industry. Jean currently co-owns and manages a number of investments in South Africa, Namibia and the United Kingdom and also serves as non-executive director of three renowned public mining companies.
Jean is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) from the University of Stellenbosch. Jean obtained the CFA* qualification administered by the AIMR (Association for Investment Management and Research) in the United States and became a CFA charter holder. Jean also completed the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) at Insead in Fontainebleau, France.
Kathleen Bozanic was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of DRA in January 2020. Kathleen has over 25 years of experience as a finance professional as Chief Financial Officer/ General Manager of listed and private mining and contracting companies, including BGC Contracting, Atlas Iron and Mt Gibson. Kathleen was previously a Partner of professional services firm, Deloitte and is currently non-executive director of IGO Limited, Great Southern Mining Limited, Rugby WA, Future Force Foundation and Child and Adolescent Health Service as part of the Western Australian Department of Health. Kathleen is also a non-executive member of the KUFPEC Australia Pty Ltd Audit and Risk Committee.
Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a graduate and member of the Institute of Company Directors.
Lee (Les) Guthrie
Les Guthrie has over 40 years of experience in the project delivery space having held corporate executive and project management roles, across the UK, Australia, North America and Asia. Les is currently a non-executive board member at Neometals Pty Ltd and Australian Mines Pty Ltd as well as Principal and Managing Director of Bedford Road Associates, where he has provided advice and delivery support to clients such as Rio Tinto, in Mongolia, Hyundai Engineering and Samsung Engineering in S.Korea, Otakaro and CERA in New Zealand as well as Melbourne Water, the State Government of Victoria and NBN Co in Australia. Les was also one of the founding contributors to the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership at The University of Sydney.
Les holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Marketing from the University of West of Scotland, Paisley.
Dr. Thomas has over 45 years in the mining industry with experience in project development, construction and operations. Until July 2012 he was Senior Vice President, Projects, Kinross Gold Corporation and previously, for 6 years, a Global Managing Director and Board Director at Hatch, a leading international engineering and construction firm. From 1987 to 2001 he served in progressively senior roles at Barrick Gold Corporation, to Senior Vice President, Technical Services. In addition, he served as Chief Operating Officer for Crystallex International Corporation, for 2 years, with operations and projects in Venezuela and Uruguay. Accordingly, Ken’s knowledge of the Americas is extensive, related to operations and mine building for Barrick, Crystallex and Hatch.
In addition to a doctorate in Technical Sciences (project implementation) from Delft University of Technology (Netherlands,1994), Ken holds several industry awards including, Mill Man of the Year in 1991, Airey Award in 1999 and the Selwyn G. Blaylock Medal in 2001, awarded by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (C.I.M.) for advances internationally in the mining and metallurgical industry. Ken also holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Metallurgy from the University College Cardiff and a Master of Science (Business) from Imperial College, both in the United Kingdom. In addition, he is the Past President, CIM.
Carol Marinkovich has over 25 years experience in the mining industry. She has extensive experience in Company Secretary and Corporate Governance Practices both within Australia and internationally, including Gold Road Resources Limited and Sundance Resources Limited in Western Australia and has worked for other junior mining companies, both listed and unlisted. Carol is a Member of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.