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The Hon. Dr Dean Brown, AO


Former Premier and Minister of the South Australian Government and Member of the South Australian Parliament from 1973-1985 and 1992-2006. Dean was also Deputy Premier and Leader of the Opposition. He is a Director of Scantech Limited, Foodbank SA, Mission Australia and the Playford Memorial Trust; the Premier's Special Advisor on the Drought and a member of several advisory boards. Previously he was a Director of AACM International Pty Ltd (1986-92) and a Senior Agricultural Scientist, SA Government. Dean is also chairman of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Audit & Risk and Remuneration Committees for Hillgrove.

Steven McClare

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director

Steve joined Hillgrove in September 2012 to oversee operations at the Kanmantoo Copper Mine.  Previously the Deputy General Manager, then Head of Mining Operations for Newcrest Mining’s Cadia Valley Operations, Steve has spent a significant portion of his career constructing, ramping up and optimising mining operations, including Telfer, Cadia Hill, Ridgeway Deeps and Cadia East for Newcrest, and Callie for Newmont.  With a background that includes management of Normandy’s White Devil Mine, various roles within Mount Isa Mines and a work/study Mining Engineering Cadetship with Western Collieries when he joined the industry in 1989, Steve boasts significant experience within the industry ranging from underground operations of 150ktpa to 26mtpa, to open pit operations of 2mtpa to 17mtpa, and copper concentrators of 2.4mtpa to 24mtpa.  In May 2015 Steve was appointed CEO and Managing Director of Hillgrove.

John Gooding

non-executive director

John joined the Board in May 2007 and is a Mining Engineer with over 35 years' experience in the resources industry.  He has held executive management positions with Normandy Mining, MIM, Xstrata (CEO Xstrata Copper Australia), Ok Tedi Mining and Roche Mining. John has extensive experience in gold and base metal mining (both open-cut and underground) through the management and operation of mines in Australia and internationally. He has been  a Board member of the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum since 2009  and has held directorships in a number of companies within the resources industry.  John is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Highlands Pacific Limited (2007-).  John is a Chairman of the Hillgrove Remuneration Committee and a member of the Nomination Committee.

Maurice Loomes

non-executive director

Maurice joined the Board in November 2013. Maurice has a Bachelor of Commerce (Econ Hons) and has over 40 years of experience in investment analysis and strategy gained across many industries including roles at Bain and Company, Industrial Equity Limited, Westmex Limited, Guinness Peat Group PLC and many others. He has also held numerous directorships of public companies including Tower Limited, CIC Australia Limited, The Colonial Motor Group Company, Tyndall Australia Limited and Guinness Peat Group PLC to name a few. Maurice is currently a Non-Executive Director of Ariadne Australia Limited (a significant shareholder of Hillgrove Resources) and Calliden Group Ltd.  Maurice a member of the Hillgrove Audit & Risk, Nomination and Remuneration Committees.

Philip Baker

non-executive director

Phil is a CPA with over 30 years in the mining industry. He started with MIM Holdings Ltd in 1980 undertaking various roles before leading the development and construction of the Ernest Henry copper/gold mine from 1995-97, and then responsible for the copper refinery and other operations in north Queensland. He became Group Treasurer and later EGM - Strategy, Planning and Development, leaving when MIM was acquired by Xstrata in 2003.  Phil was then CFO and Company Secretary at Peplin Limited and later QMAG Limited before joining Lihir Gold Limited in 2007 as CFO, serving as CEO for three months in 2010 before the takeover by Newcrest.  After a period consulting, Phil joined Rio Tinto in 2012 as CFO of Pacific Aluminium to help prepare it for divestment, but left in late 2013 when it was reintegrated into Rio Tinto Alcan.  Phil has been a director of numerous subsidiary and trustee companies and is Chairman of the Hillgrove Audit & Risk and Treasury committees and a member of the  Nomination Committee.