Michael (Mick) Wilkes, President and Chief Executive Officer (appointed January 2011)
Mick is a mining engineer with 35 years of broad international experience, predominantly in precious and base metals across Asia and Australia. He has been the President and CEO of OceanaGold Corporation since 2011.
In previous roles he was the Executive General Manager of Operations at OZ Minerals responsible for the development of the Prominent Hill copper/gold project in South Australia and General Manager of the Sepon gold/copper project for Oxiana based in Laos. His earlier experience included 10 years in various project development roles in Papua New Guinea and, at the outset of his career, at Mount Isa Mines in operations and design.
Mick holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Queensland, a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University, and is a member of both the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In addition, he is Chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Administration Committee of the World Gold Council, and appointed a non-executive director of Kingston Resources Limited in July 2018.
Scott McQueen, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (appointed July 2017)
Scott McQueen has over 25 years multi disciplinary finance experience covering public practice, before moving into energy, gas and mining. In addition to roles in Australia, he has also worked in Asia and Europe. Prior to joining OceanaGold he was at Iluka Resources Limited for over 7 years where he was General Manager Commercial. He has a Bachelor of Commerce, a Masters Degree in Taxation Law and is a CPA.
Mark Cadzow, Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer (appointed April 1991)
Mark Cadzow is a metallurgist with over 30 years’ experience in mineral processing, precious metals, sulphide minerals and coal. He spent 8 years with BP Australia in coal and mineral research and development, which resulted in a number of patented processes for the recovery of gold and other minerals. Mr. Cadzow joined OGL in 1991 and held the position of Senior Metallurgist and Processing Manager for 10 years, during which time he developed the Macraes processing plant from a 1.5 mMtpa sulphide leach plant into one of Australasia’s most complex gold processing plants treating 4.5 mMtpa. In 2002, his appointment to Project Manager saw him bring on the 0.5 mMtpa oxide plant. In October 2005, he was appointed New Zealand Development Manager, and was appointed the Chief Operating Officer of OceanaGold in October 2010. In Mark’s current role, he is responsible for overseeing technical studies, expansions, new developments including the commissioning of the Didipio Project. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Metallurgy).
Michael Holmes – Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (appointed November 2012)
Michael Holmes is a mining engineer with over 25 years experience working in Australia and Argentina. Michael has broad operational experience in underground and open pit gold, copper, lead, zinc and nickel mines. Most recently, as General Manager of Minera Alumbrera Operations in Argentina (Xstrata Copper), Michael was responsible for the large open pit, processing, transport and port facilities and for the management of the feasibility study for the Agua Rica Project. Previous to this, Michael was the General Manager of the Mount Isa Copper Operations (Xstrata Copper), based in Mount Isa, managing the large scale underground mine and concentrator. Prior, Michael has had various other Mine Management positions in Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) degree from the University of Queensland and is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Craig Feebrey – Executive Vice President and Head of Exploration (appointed November 2015)
Craig Feebrey is a geologist with over 20 years of global exploration and commercial experience. He has held senior technical and management positions across major international mining organisations and junior exploration companies. His focus has been in gold and copper exploration and mining across Australia, Asia-Pacific, and South America.
Craig’s most recent position was as Vice President of Exploration – Australasia with Gold Fields Ltd where he was responsible for leading all exploration activities, he was also a member of the Gold Fields Regional Leadership Team, and Director of several Gold Fields subsidiary companies.
Craig is a Chartered Professional Geologist and holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Geology) and Master of Science degree from Hokkaido University, Japan, and a Bachelor of Science and Graduate Diploma of Science from the University of New England, Australia.
Craig is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists, a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Sharon Flynn – Executive Vice President, Head of External Affairs and Social Performance (appointed September 2017)
Sharon Flynn has over 20 years of experience designing and implementing sustainability strategies with global multi-nationals in the mining, oil & gas, construction and forestry sectors. Sharon has also worked in the non-profit sector in community development, biodiversity conservation and peace building. Prior to joining OceanaGold, Sharon worked with the One Earth Future Foundation, Rio Tinto, Bechtel, GrupoNueva and Conservation International, among others. She holds a Masters in International Relations and Management from the University of California, San Diego.
Cody Whipperman – Executive Vice President & Head of Corporate Development (appointed May 2018)
Prior to joining OceanaGold, Cody spent the last three years as regional Chief Financial Officer for Barrick Gold Corporation in Santiago, Chile responsible for planning, business development, valuation modelling, finance and accounting functions in Chile, including the Pascua-Lama project.
Prior to this, Cody served as General Manager of Business Development for Rio Tinto Iron Ore in Perth, where he was accountable for all iron ore related business development and inorganic growth activities within Australia.
Cody spent the first decade of his career working for CONSOL Energy, a multi-commodity energy company based in the eastern United States. In his role as Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Business Development, and M&A he led 6 major coal and natural gas transactions totalling nearly US$8 billion.
Cody has Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from the University of Utah and a Juris Doctor of Laws from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Liang Tang – Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Company Secretary (appointed January 2013)
Liang is a practising lawyer with a broad range of legal and corporate experiences in the gold mining sector, including capital markets, debt financing, and corporate and commercial law. She joined OceanaGold’s legal and company secretariat team in April 2009, and is currently responsible for legal affairs, compliance and corporate governance. Prior to joining OceanaGold, Liang was a commercial lawyer in private practice. She also worked as an accountant and tax consultant at a global accounting firm. Liang holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne. She is fluent in Chinese Mandarin.
Graham Almond – Executive Vice President, Chief Officer – People & Culture (appointed October 2019)
Graham has extensive experience in project development, exploration and mine operations with tier one mine owners and contractors, and has led a diverse range of departments with accountability at regional and global levels in the mining, construction, retail, airline and supply chain industries.
Prior to joining OceanaGold, Graham was employed as a Managing Director role with Fedex. Graham’s global experience is spread across Africa, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, APAC, Eastern Europe and Latin America. His experience covers areas such as; People and Culture, HSEQC, Risk and Compliance, Project Management, with experience leading teams at an executive level in Supply Chain, Maintenance, IT, and Engineering Services and serving as a Board Risk Committee management representative.
Graham is a fellow with the Australian Human Resources Institute and a chartered OHS professional with the Australian Institute of Health and Safety. He holds an International Company Director Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Education from the University of Melbourne, a Masters degree in Labour Law and Relations from the University of Sydney, a Graduate Diploma in OHS from Curtin University and is an alumni of the Michigan University Ross School of Business Advanced Human Resources Program.