May 17, 2020

The Who’s Who of South32

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Graham Kerr
4 min
The Who’s Who: South32
South32 is a globally diversified metals and mining company operating in Australia and Southern Africa. Named after the parallel of latitude that connec...

South32 is a globally diversified metals and mining company operating in Australia and Southern Africa. Named after the parallel of latitude that connects Perth and South Africa, South 32 is a spinoff of BHP Billiton’s noncore assets – aluminium, coal, manganese, nickel, silver, lead and zinc -- and aims to create a business that lives by its values, is socially and environmentally responsible and provides a better future for host communities.

As the new kid in town, we break down everyone you need to know from South32.

Graham Kerr - Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Since joining the company in 1994, Graham Kerr has spent the majority of his mining career working for BHP Billiton. Kerr was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2011 and has held various positions for BHP in Australia, Canada, South Africa, Angola and Mozambique.

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Prior to being appointed CFO, Kerr was President of Diamonds and Specialty Products, responsible for the EKATI Diamond Mine in Canada, the Richards Bay Minerals Joint Venture in South Africa, diamonds exploration in Angola, the Corridor Sands Project in Mozambique and the Development of BHP Billiton’s potash portfolio in Canada.

Brendan Harris – Chief Financial Officer

Brendan Harris commenced his mining career as an exploration geologist, involved in iron ore exploration in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Harris joined BHP in 2010 as Vice President Investor Relations Australasia and was appointed Head of Investor Relations in 2011. Prior to BHP Billiton, Harris spent a decade in investment banking, holding various roles including Executive Director Metals and Mining Research, Macquarie Equities.

Ricus Grimbeek – President and Chief Operating Officer, Australia

Although Ricus Grimbeek joined BHP Billiton in 1992 as a Mining Engineer in training, he has enjoyed success in numerous positions within and outside the company. His roles include Executive Vice President Mining for Lonmin Platinum, Head of Group HSEC and President and Chief Operating Officer of the EKATI Diamond Mine in Canada.

Grimbeek holds a Mining Engineering degree from the University of Pretoria and Advanced Certificate in Mine Ventilation from the Chamber of Mines.

Mike Fraser – President and Chief Operating Officer, Africa

Similar to his colleagues, Mike Fraser has spent the majority of his career with BHP Billiton, joining the Billiton Group in 2000 as Head of Compensation and Benefits before being appointed President, Human Resources and a member of the Group Management Committee in 2013. Fraser has held various roles in BHP Billiton’s Coal, Manganese and Aluminium businesses in a number of regions around the world.

Fraser holds a Master of Business Leadership and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of South Africa.

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Nicole Duncan – Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary

Nicole Duncan joined BHP in 2000 and was appointed Vice President, Company Secretariat in 2013. Her previous roles include various legal and commercial roles within BHP Billiton such as Vice President, Supply, Group Information Management and Senior Manager, Group Legal. Prior to joining BHP Billiton, Duncan was a lawyer at Ashurst in Melbourne.

Duncan holds a degree in Law and an Honors degree in History from the Australian National University.

Dale Calhoun – Chief People Officer

Dale Calhoun was appointed Chief People Officer of South32 in March 2015 and is responsible for Human Resources, Corporate Affairs and Community Relations and Sustainability. Prior to South 32, Calhoun spent the majority of her career in human resources, working in a number of industries and organization, including Fortescue Metals Group, lluka Resources, Southcorp, Boral and George Weston Foods.

Calhoun has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and holds a Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Paul Harvey – Chief Transformation Officer

Since joining BHP Billiton in 1992, Paul Harvey has spent the majority of his career in broad operational activities across the Group. As Chief Transformation Officer, Paul Harvey is responsible for supporting the Executive Committee for South32.

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Jun 29, 2021

Vale invests $150mn to extend life of Manitoba operations

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Vale’s $150mn investment in operations at Thompson, Manitoba will extend mine life by 10 years

Vale has announced a $150mn CAD investment to extend current mining activities in Thompson, Manitoba by 10 years while aggressive exploration drilling of known orebodies holds the promise of mining well past 2040.

Global energy transition is boosting the market for nickel

The Thompson Mine Expansion is a two-phase project. The announcement represents Phase 1 and includes critical infrastructure such as new ventilation raises and fans, increased backfill capacity and additional power distribution. The changes are forecast to improve current production by 30%.

“This is the largest single investment we have made in our Thompson operations in the past two decades,” said Mark Travers, Executive Vice-President for Base Metals with Vale. “It is significant news for our employees, for the Thompson community and for the Province of Manitoba.

“The global movement to electric vehicles, renewable energies and carbon reduction has shone a welcome spotlight on nickel – positioning the metal we mine as a key contributor to a greener future and boosting world demand. We are proud that Thompson can be part of that future and part of the low carbon solution.”

Vale continues drilling program at Manitoba

Coupled with today’s announcement, Vale is continuing an extensive drilling program to further define known orebodies and search for new mineralization.

“This $150mn investment is just one part of our ambitious Thompson turnaround story. It is an indicator of our confidence in a long future for the Thompson operations,” added Dino Otranto, Chief Operating Officer for Vale’s North Atlantic Base Metals operations.

“Active collaboration between our design team, technical services, USW Local 6166, and our entire Thompson workforce has delivered a safe, efficient and fit-for-purpose plan that will enable us to extract the Thompson nickel resources for many years to come.”

The Thompson orebody was first discovered in 1956 by Vale (then known as Inco) following the adoption of new exploration technology and the largest exploration program to-date in the company’s history.  Mining of the Thompson orebody began in 1961.

“We see the lighting of a path forward to a sustainable and prosperous future for Vale Base Metals in Manitoba,” said Gary Annett, General Manager of Vale’s Manitoba Operations.

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