Management team

David Woodall

Managing Director

David joined ASM as Managing Director in February 2020. He has over 30 years’ experience in the mining and resources sector, including operational, senior executive and board roles across Australia, Fiji, Central Asia, Indonesia, China, PNG and North America. Most recently, David was CEO of an ASX-listed Canada-focused base metals development company, where he drove the development of a new mineral resource and secured investment. His wide and varied international career also includes leadership roles at Newcrest Mining, Fortescue Metals Group and Rio Tinto.

Relevant Qualifications and Memberships:

  • MSc (Mineral Economics) – Curtin University
  • Graduate Diploma (Business) – Curtin University
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
  • Member of the Australian Institute on Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM)

Rowena Smith

Chief Operating Officer

Rowena joined ASM as Chief Operating Officer in July 2021. Rowena’s 28 years of experience in the mining and minerals processing sector include a range of senior roles in strategy, operations and commercial. Most recently, Rowena was Chief Sustainability Officer at South32, accountable for sustainability strategy, risk management and HSE business processes. Other past roles include Vice President Supply at South32, General Manager BHP’s Kwinana Nickel Refinery, and operational leadership roles within Rio Tinto’s aluminium smelting business.

Relevant Qualifications and Memberships:

  • BCom – University of Western Australia
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

Jason Clifton

Chief Financial Officer

Jason joined ASM as Chief Financial Officer in July 2021, bringing over 20 years of financial, commercial, capital and strategic experience. In his previous role as Senior Vice President Financial Services at Woodside Energy Limited, he was responsible for treasury, tax, group finance and business finance. Jason has also worked in the banking industry, including roles as Chief Financial Officer of Bankwest and Chief Financial Officer of Westpac New Zealand.

Relevant Qualifications and Memberships:

  • BCom – University of Western Australia
  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

Julie Jones

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Julie joined ASM as General Counsel and Company Secretary in July 2021. She has more than 18 years of legal, commercial, strategic and corporate governance experience, underpinned by a strong background in mining and manufacturing. Most recently, Julie was General Counsel and Company Secretary for Matrix Composites and Engineering Ltd. Julie’s other past roles include General Counsel and Director of People at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, and Corporate Counsel at Iluka Resources and Solicitor, State Solicitor’s Office.

Relevant Qualifications and Memberships:

  • LLB (Law) – University of Western Australia
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice – College of Law

Dennis Wilkins

Joint Company Secretary

Since 1994 Mr Wilkins has been a director of, and involved in the executive management of, several publicly listed resource companies with operations in Australia, PNG, Scandinavia and Africa. From 1995 to 2001 he was the Finance Director of Lynas Corporation Ltd during the period when the Mt Weld Rare Earths project was acquired by the group. He was also founding director and advisor to Atlas Iron Limited at the time of Atlas’ initial public offering in 2006. Since July 2001 Mr Wilkins has been running DW Corporate Pty Ltd where he advises on the formation of, and capital raising for, emerging companies in the Australian resources sector.

Relevant Qualifications and Memberships:

  • B.Bus (Accounting) – Churchlands College
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

Frank Moon

President Asia

Frank began working with ASM in 2019 before being appointed President Asia in June 2021. His more than 25 years of global experience in metals and materials industries span international business development, marketing and operations. Most recently Frank was Vice President of Samwha Group. He has also been Vice President at YHS, President/CEO at Keytech Korea, and Director of Global Operation at Kyung Dong Group.

Relevant Qualifications and Memberships:

  • BEng (Chemical) – University of Sydney

Tess Lackovic

Chief Culture Officer

Tess joined ASM as Chief Culture Officer in June 2021, leading the people, ESG, and Health and Safety teams. She has over 15 years of experience in people and culture within mining, manufacturing, oil and gas, power and water sectors. Most recently, Tess was Senior Principal People and Capability with the Water Corporation and Managing Director of Morph Business Consulting. Her other past roles include executive leadership positions with Kentz and SNC Lavalin and senior roles with Western Power, BHP Billiton, and BlueScope Steel.

Relevant Qualifications and Memberships:

  • BSc (Psychology) – Curtin University
  • MCom (Marketing) – Curtin University

Peter Simko

Chief Information Officer

Peter began working with ASM in 2020, before being appointed Chief Information Officer in June 2021. He has over 30 years of experience in the resources, defence, and engineering sectors, spanning technology, business systems, and business transformation. Prior to joining ASM, he has worked with companies including Clean TeQ, St Barbara, Tenix, Wiluna Mines, Newcrest Mining and WMC Resources.

Relevant Qualifications and Memberships:

  • BAppSc – RMIT University
  • MBA – Deakin University
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

Mike Sutherland

General Manager, NSW

Mike has been General Manager NSW for ASM since 2005. A long-term Dubbo resident, his varied experience includes mine stakeholder engagement, environmental management, and natural resource and cultural heritage management. Mike has also been a base and precious metals geologist in South Africa, held several community leadership roles, and was a farmer for 17 years. In 2015 Mike received the NSW Mining Environment and Community Leadership Award.

Relevant Qualifications and Memberships:

  • BSc (Geology/Biology) – University of Sydney
  • Graduate Certificate in Community Relations (Resources Sector) – University of Qld
  • Graduate Certificate in Australian Rural Leadership – James Cook University

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