Senior Management

Mr Ben Hammond Managing Director & CEO

BSc(Geo), MBA, FAusIMM, GAICD

Mr Hammond holds degrees in geology and business, spending his career in a variety of roles across the mining supply chain and development cycle. He has held both operational and project development roles throughout his career mostly outside of geoscience across mining, processing, ports and logistics. His previous roles have covered mine geology, operational business improvement, marketing and business development, and study management. He played a key role in marketing and negotiation of previous major international joint ventures completed by Centrex, including setting up and running a Chinese/Australian iron ore joint venture company. Originally joining Centrex in 2007, he was appointed CEO in 2013 and Managing Director in 2017.

Mr Mark Terry Chief Financial Officer 

BCom, CPA

Mr Terry is a CPA with more than twenty years’ experience in the management of financial, commercial and legal  matters in the mineral exploration and mining industry. He commenced his career with KPMG before holding a range of senior finance positions with Normandy Mining, Newmont Australia and Xstrata Zinc where he was Finance and Commercial Manager for Australian Operations. Mark later held the role of CFO of Terramin Australia Limited (an operating junior miner) before providing consulting services in senior finance and project roles with Havilah Resources and Rex Minerals. Most recently he was the CFO of emerging energy development company Leigh Creek Energy Limited before joining Centrex in 2018.

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Mr Alastair Watts  General Manager, Exploration 

BSc(Geo), DipBs (Front Line Management),  MAusIMM

Mr Watts is a Geologist with over 25 years experience in exploration, mining and project development. He has extensive gold, iron ore and phosphate mining experience as well as a successful history of mineral discovery and development. The technical expertise gained at the Phosphate Hill mine provided significant exposure to the fertiliser market to complement Centrex’s development of the Ardmore Phosphate Rock Project. A broad technical knowledge of exploration has been gained from base metal and gold projects in the Lachlan Fold Belt of New South Wales, the eastern goldfields of Western Australia, the Drummond Basin in north Queensland and nickel laterite deposits in Indonesia. He has held previous positions in both major resources houses, and mid-tier and junior operators. His roles have spanned mining, quality control and project management.

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Mr Steve Klose | General Manager, Projects

BEng (Minerals Engineering), MSc (Project Management)

Mr Klose is a project manager with over 25 years of experience in project management and process engineering within the mining industry. He has extensive experience in iron ore, copper, gold and nickel within Australia, Indonesia, South Africa, Chile and Peru. His experience includes roles both in engineering and operations that have encompassed the entire project lifecycle from study to execution including detailed design, construction, commissioning and operations.

Mr Gérard Bosch | Manager Approvals & Stakeholder Relations

Bsc(Geol)(Hons), FAusIMM

Mr Bosch is a geologist with over 37 years working in Australian mineral exploration, discovery and development. He has held previous positions in BP Minerals, North Flinders Mines, Normandy Mining, Australian Zircon and Eyre Iron. Mr Bosch has particular experience in the pre-development phase of mining operations, including statutory approvals and land access, and has broad experience in the management of exploration.