Leadership and Direction

The Management and Board of Wolf have extensive technical and corporate experience in the minerals sector.

Their collective skills and expertise have been a key driver in the success Wolf has enjoyed since listing in 2006.


John Hopkins

John Hopkins OAM

Independent Non Executive Chairman

(Joined the Board of Wolf Minerals in May 2010)

Mr Hopkins has been a board member or chairman of nearly 20 public listed companies across Australia and Canada since 1985. Many of these positions have seen him involved in the financing and development of gold, base metal, energy, mineral sands and other resource projects in Australia and overseas.

Mr Hopkins is currently the Chairman of Universal Coal Plc company.

Mr Hopkins is a professional company director and chairman and is a graduate in law of the University of Western Australia. He has been admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor for more than 40 years. Mr Hopkins was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in January 2015 for services to the minerals and resources sector.

Russell Clark

Russell Clark

Executive Managing Director

(Joined Wolf Minerals in October 2013)

Mr Clark is a mining professional with over 35 years’ experience in senior corporate, operational and project management roles in gold, industrial minerals, iron ore and base metal mines and has worked in Australia, the USA, Africa, South America and PNG.

Most recently, in 2013, as CEO of Azimuth Resources he concluded the acceptance of a takeover of Azimuth by Troy Resources. Previously as Managing Director of Grange Resources he managed the merger with ABM that made Grange become the largest magnetite producer in Australia through the Savage River mine, and was responsible for the production of prefeasibility and bankable studies for the $3b Southdown magnetite project in south west Australia.

Mr Clark previously worked for Renison Goldfields for 18 years at numerous mining operations and spent eight  years with Normandy/Newmont where his final role was Group Executive of Operations, responsible for eight mining operations in Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Clark has a mining degree from the Royal School of Mines in London, and a post grad diploma in Finance and Investment Analysis. He is a Chartered Engineer, a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of both the AusIMM and the Institute of Metals, Materials and Mining.

Ronald Beevor

Ronald (Ronnie) Beevor

Independent Non Executive Director

(Joined the Board of Wolf Minerals in September 2013)

Mr Beevor has more than 30 years’ experience in investment banking, including being the Head of Investment Banking at NM Rothschild & Sons (Australia) Limited between 1997 and 2002.

During his career, Mr Beevor has had an extensive involvement in the natural resources industry, both in Australia and internationally. He has significant experience working with companies transitioning from exploration and development to construction and production.

Mr Beevor qualified as a chartered accountant in London and is Chairman of the Company’s Audit Risk and Compliance Committee and its Remuneration Committee and a member of its Nomination Committee.

Mr Beevor is currently Non-executive Chairman of Bannerman Resources Limited, a Director of ASX listed mineral sands company, MZI Resources Ltd and a Director of Riversdale Resources Limited, an unlisted public company.

Nick Clarke

Nick Clarke

Independent Non Executive Director

(Joined the Board of Wolf Minerals in January 2014)

Mr Clarke has more than 40 years of mining experience in production, consulting and corporate activity.

Mr Clarke is currently the CEO of AIM listed Central Asia Metals Plc a copper producing company with assets in Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Chile. He was previously Managing Director of Oriel Resources Plc (AIM), until it was sold to Mechel OAO of Russia for US$1.5 billion in 2008.

From 1992-2004, Mr Clarke was the Managing Director of international mineral consultancy Wardell Armstrong International Ltd, where he managed numerous multidisciplinary mining projects in the CIS and Africa. Prior to this he spent 16 years in production management within South Africa, Ghana, and Saudi Arabia.

Mr Clarke graduated from Camborne School of Mines as a mining engineer and is a Chartered Engineer.

Chris Corbett

Chris Corbett

Non Executive Director

(Joined the Board of Wolf Minerals in October 2009)

Mr Corbett has more than 18 years’ experience in mining, corporate business development and investment management.

He is currently employed by Resource Capital Fund, having gained prior experience in mine development, production and construction with contractor Byrnecut Mining Pty Ltd and corporate and divisional business development roles with Wesfarmers Limited.

Mr Corbett is a member of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Director of ASX listed Ascot Resources Limited.

He is a graduate of the University of Western Australia with degrees in engineering and commerce, and postgraduate qualifications in mining and applied finance.

Don Newport

Don Newport

Independent Non Executive Director

(Joined the Board of Wolf Minerals in June 2009)

Mr Newport brings a wealth of mining project finance experience to the company.

He is based in the UK and has over 35 years of banking experience, of which 25 years have been spent in the mining and resource sector.

Mr Newport retired at the end of 2008 as the head of Standard Bank's Global Mining Finance Business. Prior to moving to Standard Bank, he led the Barclays Capital Mining Sector Team. He has led or been closely associated with a number of significant mining corporate and project financings and has undertaken a variety of financial advisory roles.

Mr Newport is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and holds a Certified Accountant's Diploma in Accounting and Finance.

Michael Wolley

Michael Wolley

Non Executive Director

(Joined the Board of Wolf Minerals in June 2013)

Mr Wolley has 15 years’ experience with Mobil Oil Australia in a range of roles including engineering, operations, strategic planning and business development in Australia and New Zealand. In 1995, he left Mobil to pursue opportunities in Asia Pacific and worked in a number of senior executive roles in the manufacturing and industrial sectors including a period as President, BlueScope Steel China.

In 2007, Mr Wolley returned to the resources sector as Chief Operating Officer for Lynas Corporation, and subsequently into the gold sector.

Mr Wolley currently holds the position of Vice President Minerals for the Todd Corporation. He is a a Deputy Chairman of BBI Group Ptd Ltd (formerly Rutila Resources) and sits on the Board of Strattera, the New Zealand minerals industry body.

He is a member of both the Australian and New Zealand Institutes of Company Directors.

Mr Wolley holds a first class honours degree in chemical and materials engineering from the University of Auckland, and a Masters of Management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

Executive Management

Richard Lucas

Richard Lucas

Chief Financial Officer

Mr Lucas commenced with Wolf Minerals Limited in April 2011 as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary.  He is a Chartered Accountant with over 18 years of financial experience in various sectors, including mining, construction, property development and professional services sectors. Mr Lucas is responsible for the establishment of the group's integrated finance function.

Prior to working at Wolf Minerals, Mr Lucas reached Director level at PwC and was seconded to Lihir Gold as Commercial Manager where he managed the accounting and finance function. He was more recently with the Geotech Group as Chief Financial Officer.

Alan Fearon

Alan Fearon

General Manager, UK based

Originally from Zimbabwe, Mr Fearon is a metallurgical graduate from the Camborne School of Mines in the UK with over 20 years’ experience in General Manager and Processing Manager roles in Brazil, Australia, the UK and Africa with a number of large mining companies.

Most recently Mr Fearon was the General Manager at Barrick Gold Corporation’s Lake Cowal mine in Australia where he was responsible for over 400 employees and contractors and an annual operating budget of over A$200 million.

Mr Fearon is a Member of the Institute of Metals, Mining, Metallurgy UK and a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.