Paul is a metallurgist with over 35 years’ experience across the mining and metals industry. Paul spent 23 years with Rio Tinto in various operational, technological and business development roles.
From an operational perspective, Paul held a number of metallurgical management roles at Rio Tinto Aluminium (formerly Comalco), Kaltim Prima Coal and Rio Tinto Iron Ore (formerly Hamersley Iron) where he was manager of metallurgy at both Dampier and Paraburdoo. Paul joined Zinifex in 2004 as General Manager-Technology and then played a leading role in the merging of the Umicore (formerly Union Miniere) and Zinifex zinc smelting businesses to form Nyrstar. As Chief Development Officer at Nyrstar based in London, Paul was part of the management team that worked with bankers to raise around €2 billion in London and New York to fund the merger as well as return funds to the founding shareholders of Nyrstar. On returning to Australia, Paul was appointed chief executive officer of OceanaGold Corporation in 2009 and was instrumental in its equity raising activities in Europe and North America to improve its balance sheet and advance gold projects. In recent years, Paul has performed a number of “work-out” roles for Australian listed entities which involved various asset sales and reorganisations.