Board of directors

Our board of directors

Board of directors • P Rob Cole

Robert Cole

Non-Executive Chair

Rob was appointed as a non-executive director on July 14, 2018. Subsequently, on May 8, 2021, he was appointed as Chair of the Board. Rob has over 30 years’ experience in the energy and resources industries, and is a former executive director of Woodside Petroleum Limited and former managing director of Beach Energy Limited.

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Rob was appointed as a non-executive director on July 14, 2018. Subsequently, on May 8, 2021, he was appointed as Chairman of the Board. Rob has over 30 years’ experience in the energy and resources industries, and is a former executive director of Woodside Petroleum Limited and former managing director of Beach Energy Limited. He is also a former Chairman of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association. Prior to joining the oil and gas industry, Rob was a partner in the law firm now known as King & Wood Mallesons.   

He is currently Chairman of Synergy, Chairman of Southern Ports Authority, Chairman of GLX Holdings Ltd and a non-executive director of Iluka Resources Limited. Rob holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the Australian National University in Canberra and is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

Board of directors • P Mark Norwell

Mark Norwell

Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Mark was appointed as the Managing Director and CEO of Perenti in September 2018. Mark has over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry throughout Australia, New Zealand, Africa and the Americas. Mark holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree (honours) from the University of Western Australia and an Executive MBA from the University of New South Wales (AGSM). 

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Mark was appointed as the Managing Director and CEO of Perenti in September 2018. Mark has over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry throughout Australia, New Zealand, Africa and the Americas. Prior to joining Perenti Mark held several executive roles with Thiess and Leighton Contractors, as well as various operational leadership positions with Henry Walker Eltin and Macmahon.

His expertise spans underground, open cut and process engineering operations across a variety of commodities including iron ore, gold, copper, diamonds, nickel and oil sands.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree (honours) from the University of Western Australia and an Executive MBA from the University of New South Wales (AGSM). 

Mark’s strategy and growth expertise coupled with his operational experience have fostered a strong understanding of the success factors that drive business performance in the mining industry.

Board of directors • P Mark Hine

Mark Hine

Non-Executive Director

Mark was appointed as a non-executive director on February 24, 2015. Mark is a Mining Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in senior management roles in both surface and underground mining operations. He graduated from the Western Australia School of Mines and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

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Mark was appointed as a non-executive director on February 24, 2015. Mark is a Mining Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in senior management roles in both surface and underground mining operations. He graduated from the Western Australia School of Mines and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Mark has previously held senior positions in the mining industry as Chief Operating Officer Griffin Mining, Chief Operating Officer at Focus Minerals Ltd, Chief Operating Officer at Golden West Resources Ltd, Executive General Manager Mining at Macmahon Contractors Pty Ltd, Chief Executive Officer at Queensland Industrial Minerals Ltd, General Manager at Consolidated Rutile Ltd and General Manager Pasminco, Broken Hill / Elura Mines.

Board of directors • P Alex Atkins

Alexandra (Alex) Atkins

Non-Executive Director

Alex was appointed as a non-executive director on July 14, 2018. Alex has over 25 years’ experience in the mining industry. Alex holds two Bachelor of Engineering Degrees, from the University of Queensland and WA School of Mines, qualifying her as a Mining Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer and Geologist.

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Alex was appointed as a non-executive director on July 14, 2018. Alex has over 25 years’ experience in the mining industry, including as a Geologist for Australian Consolidated Minerals, Mining Engineer for Mt Isa Mines Ltd, Underground/Airleg Miner for Plutonic Resources, Geotechnical Engineer for Placer Dome, Mining Engineer for Murchison United, Construction Project Engineer at Cairns Regional Council, Senior Mining Engineer for AMC Consultants, a District Inspector of Mines for the WA Department of Mines & Petroleum, Principal Mining Consultant for Optiro, Chief Advisor at Sustainability and Chief Operating Officer at PETRA Data Science. Alex is the founder of her own consultancy firm, Alex Atkins & Associates, which is focused on conformance (board assurance of technical and operational risk, mine approvals and compliance) and performance (digital transformation of mining).

Alex holds two Bachelor of Engineering Degrees, from the University of Queensland and WA School of Mines, qualifying her as a Mining Engineer, Geotechnical Engineer and Geologist. She holds First Class Mine Manager’s Certificates for Western Australia and Queensland, has an MBA (Finance) from the Australian Institute of Business, is a graduate of the AICD and Chartered Professional Fellow of The AusIMM. Alex was one of 2018’s 100 Global Influential Women In Mining (WIMUK) and was inducted into the Western Australia Women’s Hall of Fame in 2019.

Board of directors • Andrea Hall edited

Andrea Hall

Non-Executive Director

Andrea was appointed as a non-executive director on December 15, 2019. Andrea is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and a Masters in Applied Finance (Corporate Finance).

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Andrea was appointed as a non-executive director on December 15, 2019. Andrea is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having commenced her career at KPMG in 1987, before retiring from the firm in 2012 as a Partner in Charge of the Perth Internal Audit, Risk and Control Services division within KPMG’s Risk Consulting area.

She currently serves as a non-executive director on the boards of several listed and non-listed entities, including Evolution Mining, the Fremantle Dockers, Pioneer Credit, and the Insurance Commission of Western Australia.  She has also previously held non-executive directorship roles at several other prominent entities, including Automotive Holdings Group, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia, and Lotterywest.

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, and she is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand. She served on the WA Council for Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand for seven years until 2011, the last year as the Chair. Andrea has also completed a Masters in Applied Finance (Corporate Finance).

Board of directors • Timothy Longstaff web

Tim Longstaff

Non-Executive Director

Tim was appointed as a non-executive director on August 16, 2021, is Chair of Perenti’s Sustainability Committee and sits on the Audit & Risk Committee. Tim started his career in the audit division of PricewaterhouseCoopers then had a 25-year career in investment banking, with many years in Managing Director and senior executive roles at top-tier global firms. Tim holds a Bachelor of Economics degree.

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Tim was appointed as a non-executive director on August 16, 2021, is Chair of Perenti’s Sustainability Committee and sits on the Audit & Risk Committee. Through his career in Australia and overseas, Tim brings a depth of experience in strategy formulation, acquisitions and divestments, debt and equity capital markets, and investor engagement amongst asset-intensive industrial companies.  

Tim holds a Bachelor of Economics degree, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia. 

Tim started his career in the audit division of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He then had a 25-year career in investment banking, with many years in Managing Director and senior executive roles at top-tier global firms. He has been a strategic partner and advised the Boards and CEOs of leading Australian and international companies on numerous transformational M&A and capital markets transactions.

More recently, Tim served as Senior Advisor to the Federal Minister for Finance and Leader of the Government in the Senate, and the Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment. Through this experience Tim brings valuable global geo-political perspectives and insights into the workings of Government.

Tim is also a director of ASX-Listed Ingham’s Group Limited where he sits on the Risk and Sustainability Committee. He also sits on the Board of the George Institute for Global Health where he is Chair of the Risk Committee and sits on the Audit Committee.

Board of directors • Craig Laslett web

Craig Laslett

Non-Executive Director

Craig was appointed as a non-executive director of Perenti on 28 February 2022. Craig is a Civil Engineer with nearly 40 years of engineering, project management and executive experience across some of Australia’s largest publicly listed mining services and infrastructure companies, including a role as the Managing Director of Leighton Contractors, a subsidiary of the Leighton Holdings Group, now CIMIC Group.

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Craig was appointed as a non-executive director of Perenti on 28 February 2022. Craig is a Civil Engineer with nearly 40 years of engineering, project management and executive experience across some of Australia’s largest publicly listed mining services and infrastructure companies, including a role as the Managing Director of Leighton Contractors, a subsidiary of the Leighton Holdings Group, now CIMIC Group. This experience includes accountability for HWE Mining and Leighton Mining for open cut mining, underground mining and materials processing services across operations in Australia and overseas.

Craig is currently the Managing Director of Leed Engineering, a privately owned Adelaide based civil infrastructure contractor. In addition to his professional career, he is passionate about enhancing the contribution and value provided by the contracting and services industries, including representing the industry at board and governmental levels. This includes enhancing digital capability and supporting industry diversity and providing opportunities for indigenous and disadvantaged youth, which he has pursued in his capacity as the past Chair of CareerTrackers.

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