Executive team

Tom O'Leary

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

Mr O'Leary 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. Mr O'Leary joined Wesfarmers in 2000 and, prior to that, had worked in London in finance law, investment banking and private equity.
Mr O'Leary 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

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.

Matthew Blackwell

B Eng (Mech), Grad Dip (Tech Mgt), MBA, MAICD, MIEAust
Head of Major Projects, Engineering & Innovation
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. Mr Blackwell was appointed Head of Major Projects, Engineering and Innovation in 2019. 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.

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

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

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.

Daniel McGrath

B.Sc (Math)

General Manager, Cataby & Southwest

Mr McGrath joined Iluka in 1993 and has held technical and operations management roles throughout Iluka for many years. His most recent appointment was as Chief Metallurgist where he oversaw the technical development and metallurgy functions. Prior to this Mr McGrath has held senior positions at Iluka’s Western Australian, Eastern Australian, and USA operations whilst also having held metallurgy and process engineering roles in Australia, Indonesia and Sierra Leone.

Christian Barbier

M.Sc. (Management)
Head of Marketing
Mr Barbier joined Iluka in January 2016 and prior to appointment as Head of Marketing, was the General Manager Zircon Sales at Iluka Resources. He has over 25 years of experience in leading resources and industrial MNCs, holding senior management positions in Europe, Australia and Asia. Prior to that, Mr Barbier was President Markets at Sibelco Asia, overseeing marketing, communication and sales. He arrived in Asia in 2004 as Managing Director of Alcan International SE Asia & Australia, after having worked with Alcan and Pechiney in Europe and Australia, in marketing, sales and finance positions. Mr Barbier holds a M.Sc. in Management from HEC and attended INSEAD’s Advanced Management Program. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Tim Bartholomew

B.Eng (Hons)
General Manager, Strategic Development & Closure
Mr Bartholomew joined Iluka in 2007 and has held technical and project roles across the business in Operations, Major Projects and most recently in Rehabilitation and Closure. Mr Bartholomew has 20 years of experience in the mining industry within Australia, New Zealand and the USA predominantly in the coal and mineral sands sectors.

Shane Tilka

General Manager, Jacinth-Ambrosia & Midwest
Mr Tilka joined Iluka in November 2004 and has held operations management roles throughout Iluka. His most recent appointment was as Chief Operating Officer for Sierra Rutile Ltd. Prior to this Mr Tilka was General Manager for Iluka’s US Operations and has held other senior roles at Iluka’s Western Australian and South Australian operations.
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