Leadership

James Smith

James Smith
Chief Executive Officer

James is a highly experienced and qualified executive with more than 25 years’ experience in the mining, industrial and financial sectors. Originally a process engineer in the mining industry, James has held various consulting, investment advisory and operational leadership positions. He has extensive experience in strategy development and execution, operational excellence, mergers and acquisitions and organisational leadership within the mining and industrial sectors.

Michael Sucher
Michael Sucher
Chief Financial Officer

Michael has more than 20 years’ experience in the accounting and resources sectors, and possesses extensive skills and experience in financial accounting, reporting, governance and business process improvement. Michael is a Chartered Accountant (CAANZ) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

Alistair Hodgkinson
Alistair Hodgkinson
Chief Operating Officer - Projects

Alistair has been involved in large scale mining and minerals processing projects across EMEA, implementing various greenfields and brownfields resources projects for more than two decades. Alistair holds a Bachelor of Science (Eng) (Mechanical) from the University of the Witwatersrand, an MBA from the University of Cape Town and is a registered professional engineer.

Bronwyn Baker
Bronwyn Baker
Chief Corporate Services Officer

Bronwyn is a future-focused executive with more than 20 years’ experience in senior roles and leading diverse business services teams, with expertise in human resources, organisation development, business strategy, and culture transformation. She is passionate about using science-based approaches to create a work environment where employees and teams can grow and thrive.

Bronwyn has a Bachelor of Economics, Master of Industrial Relations, and an MBA. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Leadership WA.

Darren Naylor
Darren Naylor
Executive Vice President: Asia Pacific (APAC)

Darren Naylor has over 20 years’ experience across varying industrial sectors, more than 10 of which specialised in the engineering, mining and metals industry within Africa. Darren holds a B-Tech Marketing Degree from the University of Johannesburg as well as an MBA from Henley Business School. 

Pierre Julien
Pierre Julien
Executive Vice President: DRA Group Holdings, President – DRA Americas

Pierre Julien has over three decades of global mining industry experience where he has held a number of technical and executive roles. Pierre is a graduate of Haileybury School of Mines and holds an MBA from Queen’s University. Pierre also represents DRA Global, and the industry, at executive and board level within the Canadian Mineral Processors Society and the Canadian Institute of Mines, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).