Executive team

Tom O'Leary

LLB, B Juris
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Location - Perth, Western Australia

Tom  was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Iluka Resources Limited in September 2016.
He was previously Managing Director of Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy and Fertilisers, a division of Wesfarmers Limited, having been appointed to that role in 2010. Tom had joined Wesfarmers in 2000 and, prior to that, had worked in London in finance law, investment banking and private equity.
Tom holds a law degree from The University of Western Australia and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Since 2006 he has been a director of the Clontarf Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that helps young Aboriginal men improve their education, discipline and employment prospects.

Adele Stratton

BA (Hons), FCA, GAICD
Chief Financial Officer
Location - Perth, Western Australia
Ms Stratton joined Iluka in 2011 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in September 2018. In the intervening period she held numerous senior roles across the company, most recently  General Manager Finance, Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs.  She is a qualified chartered accountant with 17 years’ experience working in both practice and public listed companies. Ms Stratton commenced her career with KPMG, spending seven years in the assurance practice both in the UK, where she qualified as a chartered accountant, and Australia.  Prior to joining Iluka, she worked in a number of finance roles at Rio Tinto Iron Ore in Perth.

Steve Wickham

Assoc Dip in Mechanical Engineering
Chief Operating Officer, Mineral Sands
Location - ​Perth, Western Australia

Mr Wickham is a mechanical engineer with extensive experience in senior and executive roles in Australia and South Africa in the manufacturing and mining sectors. Prior to joining Iluka in 2007, he was Chief Executive Officer of Ticor South Africa and Managing Director of Australian Zircon.

Matthew Blackwell

B Eng (Mech), Grad Dip (Tech Mgt), MBA, MAICD, MIEAust
Head of Marketing and Procurement
Location - Perth, Western Australia

Mr Blackwell joined Iluka in 2004 as President of US Operations. He has had responsibilities for Land Management and as General Manager, USA, before being appointed Head of Marketing, Mineral Sands in February 2014. Responsibility for Iluka’s procurement activities was added to Mr Blackwell’s accountabilities in 2017. Prior to joining Iluka he was Executive Vice President of TSX listed Asia Pacific Resources and based in Thailand. Mr Blackwell has a background in mining and processing with positions in project management, maintenance, production and business development.

Simon Hay

BSc (Hons), MAppSc, Grad Dip (Mgmt), MAICD
Head of Resource Development
Location - Perth, Western Australia

Mr Hay joined Iluka in 2009 as Manager, South West Operations based in Capel. Mr Hay then moved to the Marketing function and served as Iluka's Country Manager for China and then General Manager Zircon Sales based in Singapore. He was appointed to his current role as Head of Resource Development in March 2016. Prior to joining Iluka, Mr Hay worked at Mt Isa Mines, WMC Resources and BHP Billiton in the fields of metallurgy, projects and operations management in base metals.

Rob Hattingh

MSc (Geochem)
Chief Executive Officer, Sierra Rutile
Location - Sierra Leone

Mr Hattingh joined Sierra Rutile in November 2016 from Iluka Resources where he held the position of General Manager Innovation, Sustainability and Technology. Mr Hattingh has more than 25 years’ experience in the mineral sand industry in a number of roles. He was Principal Environmental Scientist at Richards Bay Minerals in South Africa and worked in senior roles at Exxaro Resources' mineral sands business (now part of Tronox) where he was responsible for technical disciplines for a number of years. In 2008, Mr Hattingh joined Iluka Resources in Perth where he held management roles in the fields of hydrogeology, metallurgy, sustainability and business development.

Sue Wilson

B Juris, LLB, FGIA, FICSA, FAICD
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Location - Perth, Western Australia

Ms Wilson joined Iluka in December 2016. She was previously the Head of Company Secretariat at South32 following the demerger from BHP Billiton. She was also General Counsel and Company Secretary and a member of the executive team at Bankwest and HBOS Australia. Prior to joining Bankwest, Ms Wilson was a partner of law firm Parker & Parker (now part of the Herbert Smith Freehills). She is currently the Pro Chancellor and a member of the Council at Curtin University, Chairman of the WA State Council of the Governance Institute of Australia and a former non-executive director of Western Power.

Sarah Hodgson

LLB, GAICD
General Manager, People and Sustainability
Location - Perth, Western Australia

Ms Hodgson joined the People team at Iluka in 2013 and was appointed as General Manager People in May 2017. Ms Hodgson has 20 years’ HR experience specialising in remuneration and international mobility and started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London before relocating to Australia with KPMG in 2002. Prior to joining Iluka Ms Hodgson held senior remuneration roles both as a consultant and in-house at Mercer, Westpac and KPMG.

Julian Andrews

B.Com (Hons), PhD, CFA, GAICD
Head of Strategy, Planning & Business Development
Location - Perth, Western Australia
 

Mr Andrews joined Iluka as Head of Business Development in 2017 and assumed his current role in 2018. Prior to joining Iluka, Mr Andrews held various roles at Wesfarmers, including General Manager, Business Development and Chief Financial Officer in Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers division. He began his career in strategy consulting with PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada and worked in project finance and corporate advisory in the USA before relocating to Perth in 2004.

Melissa Roberts

BCom (Hons), MBA
General Manager, Investor Relations and Commercial Mineral Sands Operations
Ms Roberts joined Iluka in 2009 and has held a number of roles across the business in Commercial, Business Development, IT and Investor Relations. Ms Roberts has 18 years’ experience within the health, chemicals and oil & gas industries. Prior to joining Iluka, Ms Roberts held various positions consulting to a range of oil and gas operators in the UK, including, Maersk, BP and Talisman Energy. She also held positions in Australia with Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers division, and with Mayne Health.