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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.

Russell Middleton

Chief Financial Officer

Russell joined Hillgrove in February 2008 as Chief Financial Officer bringing over 20 years' experience in the industry, with senior management positions in accounting, commercial and planning roles and significant experience with mine project evaluations and construction of new mines. Russell started his career as a public accountant before joining BHP where he took on various roles, then to Shell as Commercial Manager for the construction, development and production of a major underground mine. More recently Russell has been Chief Financial Officer for contracting and services companies in the mining sector. Russell was well equipped to step into the role of Acting CEO in mid-2012 for six months prior to the appointment of Greg Hall.  Russell is a Director and Company Secretary of the Hillgrove Group's subsidiary companies.

Shanthi Smith

Company Secretary and Group Finance Manager

Shanthi has been with Hillgrove since 2010 in the role of Group Finance Manager and has been extensively involved in the construction, financing, and operations of the Company during this time.  Shanthi started her career in Big 4 chartered accountancy before moving into the commercial arena where she has over 15 years’ experience across a diverse range of roles and industries.  She has held various senior management positions in finance, commercial and planning roles, most recently at Caltex Australia and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games. Shanthi was appointed Company Secretary of Hillgrove Resources Limited in August 2012.