Board of directors

Our board of directors

Board of directors • P Ian Cochrane

Ian Cochrane

Non-Executive Chairman

Ian was appointed as a non-executive director and Deputy Chairman on November 23, 2015. Subsequently, on December 5, 2017, he was appointed as Chairman of the Board. He also has been a non-executive director of Dacian Gold Ltd since 2016. 

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Ian was appointed as a non-executive director and Deputy Chairman on November 23, 2015. Subsequently, on December 5, 2017, he was appointed as Chairman of the Board. He also has been a non-executive director of Dacian Gold Ltd since 2016. 

Ian holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelor of Laws (Cum Laude) degree from the University of Natal. He was educated in South Africa and emigrated to Australia in 1986. Ian practiced law, specializing in Mergers and Acquisitions, in national law firms Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Mallesons Stephen Jaques until 2006 when he established (with Mr Michael Lishman) the boutique law firm, Cochrane Lishman, which was eventually acquired by the global law firm Clifford Chance in early 2011. 

Ian has had a long association with the Group, having provided legal services when Ausdrill Limited was listed on the ASX in 1994. He was regularly voted by his peers as being one of the leading M&A lawyers in Australia until he retired from the practice of law in December 2013. He has not provided legal services to the Group or any other entities since then.

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 more than 20 years’ experience in the mining industry throughout Australia, New Zealand, Africa and the Americas.

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Mark was appointed as the Managing Director and CEO of Perenti in September 2018. Mark has more than 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 Terry Strapp

Terrence Strapp

Non-Executive Director

Terry was appointed as a non-executive director on July 21, 2005. Terry has extensive experience in banking, finance and corporate risk management and has been actively involved in the mining industry for over 40 years.

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Terry was appointed as a non-executive director on July 21, 2005. Terry has extensive experience in banking, finance and corporate risk management and has been actively involved in the mining industry for over 40 years. He also was a non-executive director of GR Engineering Ltd from 2011 until November 2018. 

Terry holds an accounting and finance degree from the West Australian Institute of Technology (later subsumed into Curtin University when it opened and the degree became a Bachelor of Commerce degree). He is also a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA), a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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. 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. 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 extensive mining experience with over 25 years in senior management roles in both surface and underground mining operations. He has held a number of senior positions in the mining industry including Chief Operating Officer at Griffin Mining Ltd, 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 Rob Cole

Robert Cole

Non-Executive Director

Rob was appointed as a non-executive director on July 14, 2018. He has over 30 years experience in the energy and resources industries. Rob 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. He has over 30 years experience in the energy and resources industries. Rob 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 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.

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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.

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