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Board, Committees & Executive Management

The primary role of the Bradken Limited Board of Directors is to protect and enhance long-term shareholder value.

Accountable to shareholders for the performance of the Company, the Board directs and monitors the business and affairs of Bradken and is responsible for the Company's overall corporate governance. The Board of Directors, Chairman and Managing Director each have clearly defined responsibilities and and accountabilities.

 

Board Members

Front Row L-R: Greg Laurie, Dr Eileen Doyle   
Back Row L-R: Phil Arnall, Nick Greiner, Brian Hodges, Dr David Smith, Peter Richards

Mr Nicholas F H Greiner AC
Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Mr Nicholas Greiner was appointed to the Board on 13 April 2004. He is a member of the Human Resources Committee. 

Nick was Premier and Treasurer of New South Wales from 1988-1992 and has extensive experience as a corporate Director. He is currently Chairman of Accolade Wines, The Nuance Group, QBE Australia/Asia-Pacific, Rothschild Australia Limited Council of Advisors, Degremont, Deputy Chairman of CHAMP Private Equity, a Member of the Board of Governors Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and the European Australian Business Council (EABC), and a Trustee of the Sydney Theatre Company Foundation. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for John Grill Centre for Project Leadership, Sydney University and of the Harvard Business School Asia-Pacific Advisory Board. In 1994, he was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia for public sector reform and management and services to the community. Nick holds a Bachelor of Economics with Honours from Sydney University and a Master of Business Administration with High Distinction from Harvard Business School.

Mr Brian W Hodges
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Mr Brian Hodges was appointed to the Board on 13 April 2004.

Brian has been Chief Executive of the Bradken business since 1997. He has guided Bradken and its culture through periods of considerable change and corporate activity with four different owners during his tenure as Chief Executive. Over the course of his career, Brian has gained extensive management and leadership experience in raw material production and processing, supply and logistics and steel manufacturing. Brian holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering with Honours from the University of Newcastle.

Mr Phillip J Arnall
Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Phillip Arnall was appointed to the Board on 13 April 2004. He is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Human Resources Committee.  

Phil has extensive experience in the mining and steel industries in senior management positions. He was the General Manager International at Smorgon Steel Group Limited and he held various senior positions at Australian National Industries Limited including, Chief General Manager of Structural Steel Product Group, Group Chief Executive of Tube Mills and Mining Services and Group Chief Executive of ANI Products Group. He is currently Chairman of ISIS (a private building company) and A J Lucas Group Limited. Phil holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree from University of Newcastle where he undertook postgraduate studies in Marketing and Industrial Law. 

Mr Gregory R Laurie
Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Greg Laurie was appointed to the Board on 24 February 2005. He is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Greg has extensive experience in a number of manufacturing and distribution industries. He was Finance Director of Crane Group Limited for almost 15 years until 2003. Prior to that he was the Chief Financial Officer of then top 100 listed company Rheem Australia Limited. He is an independent Non-Executive Director of Nick Scali Limited and Big River Group Pty Ltd. Greg holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of New South Wales and an advanced management qualification from the University of Pittsburgh.

Mr Peter I Richards
Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr Peter Richards was appointed to the Board on 11 February 2009. He is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.  

Peter has over 30 years of business and international experience with global companies including BP plc, Wesfarmers Ltd, Dyno Nobel Limited and Norfolk Holdings Limited. During his time with Dyno Nobel, he successfully lead (through challenging times) the Asia Pacific operation based in Sydney followed by the North American business unit based in Utah, USA. After becoming CEO, he expanded the business into China, Southern Africa and Europe while continuing to build upon its core Australian and North American operations. Peter is currently the Chairman of NSL Consolidated Limited and Cockatoo Coal Limited, and a Non-Executive Director of Emeco Holdings Limited and Sedgman Limited. Peter holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia.

Dr Eileen J Doyle
Independent Non-Executive Director

Dr Eileen Doyle was appointed to the Board on 1 July 2011. She is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Chairman of the Human Resources Committee. 

Eileen has over 30 years of business experience in the materials and water industries in Australia, including senior executive roles in BHP, Hunter Water and CSR. She was a founding Director of OneSteel and on the board for 10 years. She was Chairman of Port Waratah Coal Services for 11 years. She is currently Chairman of the Hunter Valley Research Foundation, Deputy Chairman of the CSIRO and a Director of Boral Group Limited, GPT Group Limited and various other private companies. Eileen has a PhD in Applied Statistics from the University of Newcastle, is a Fulbright Scholar and has an Executive MBA from Columbia University Business School.

Dr David Smith 
Independent Non-Executive Director

Dr David Smith was appointed to the Board on 1 February 2014.  

David has extensive operational and business development experience, in particular in business integration, growth and safety. He has over 30 years of experience within Rio Tinto; until 2009 he was President of Rio Tinto Atlantic and from 2001 to 2008 was Managing Director of Rio Tinto's iron ore business in Australia. He is currently Lead Independent Director with Atlas Iron and Deputy Chairman of the WA Ballet. David has also served as President of the WA Chamber of Minerals & Energy, a Commissioner of Tourism WA, Director of the Australian Institute of Management (WA), a Councillor on the Australian Business Arts Foundation, a founding Director of Leadership WA and chaired the Federal Government's national Skills Working Group. David's formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Science and a PhD in Metallurgy from the University of New South Wales.


Committees

Audit and Risk Committee

It is the Board's responsibility to ensure that an effective internal control framework exists within the Group. this includes internal controls to deal with both the effectiveness and efficiency of significant business processes, the safeguarding of assets, the maintenance of proper accounting records and the reliability of financial information.

The Audit and Risk Committee operates under a charter approved by the Board, which has delegated overseeing the establishment and maintenance of a framework of internal control, risk management and ethical standards to the Audit and Risk Committee. The Committee also provides the Board with additional assurance regarding the reliability of financial information for inclusion in the financial reports. All members of the Audit and Risk Committee are non-executive directors.

The Audit and Risk Committee meets with the external and internal auditors on a regular basis. It reviews its performance and effectiveness periodically and reviews its charter and makes recommendations to the Board on its charter annually.

The Audit and Risk Committee has authority, within the scope of its responsibilities, to seek any information it requires from any employee or external party.

The Audit and risk Committee Charter (29kb pdf) provides that, where possible, the Committee should comprise entirely Non-Executive Directors, a majority of whom should be independent (including the Chairman). The current members of the Committee are:

  • Greg Laurie (Chairman)
  • Phillip Arnall
  • Eileen Doyle
  • Peter Richards
  • David Smith

The Audit and Risk Committee will report regularly to the Board and has, and will have, direct access to any employee, the independent auditors or any other independent experts and advisers as it considers appropriate in order to ensure that its responsibilities can be carried out effectively.

Human Resources Committee

The Human Resources Committee operates in accordance with its charter which is available on the Company website. The Human Resources Committee advises the Board on remuneration and incentive policies and practices generally, and makes specific recommendations on remuneration packages and other terms of employment for the executive directors, other senior executives and non-executive directors.

The Committee also assumes responsibility for overseeing management succession planning, including the implementation of appropriate executive development programmes and ensuring adequate arrangements are in place, so that appropriate candidates are recruited for later promotion to senior positions. this includes overseeing processes in relation to meeting diversity objectives for executives and staff below board level.

Further information on Directors' and Executives' remuneration, including principles used to determine remuneration, is set out in the Directors' Report under the heading 'Remuneration Report' in Section 2 of Bradken's Annual Report.

The Human Resources Committee Charter (74kb pdf) provides that the Committee must comprise entirely Non-Executive Directors. The current members of the Committee are:

  • Eileen Doyle (Chairman)
  • Nick Greiner
  • Phillip Arnall
  • David Smith

The Human resources Committee reports regularly to the Board and has direct access to any management and other external advisers as it considers appropriate in order to ensure that its responsibilities can be carried out effectively.

The Managing Director and senior management may attend the human Resources Committee meetings as appropriate by invitation.

Nominations Committee

Bradken does not have a fully constituted Nominations Committee, however, as and when required the full Board participates as the Nominations Committee in order to fulfill its corporate governance responsibilities in regard to:

  • Board appointments and performance;
  • Directors' induction program;
  • Committee membership;
  • Other relevant matters.

The fill Board undertakes the functions of a Nominations Committee as described in the ASX Corporate Governance Council's Principles of Good Governance and Best Practice Recommendations.


Executive Management


Mr Brian W Hodges
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Brian has been Chief Executive of the Bradken business since 1997. He has guided Bradken and its culture through periods of considerable change and corporate activity with four different owners during his tenure as Chief Executive. Over the course of his career, Brian has gained considerable management and leadership experience in raw material production and processing, supply and logistics and steel manufacturing. Brian holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering with Honours from the University of Newcastle.


Mr Steven Perry
Chief Financial Officer

Steven has been with Bradken since 1990. Having progressed through various other finance-based roles he was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2011 after nine years as Commercial Manager Mining Products. He is responsible for finance, treasury, taxation, investor relations, investments, and audit and insurance. Steven holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Newcastle, a Master of Business Administration (Advanced) from the University of Western Australia and is a member of CPA Australia.


Mr Wayne G Herbertson
General Manager Human Resources

Wayne was appointed General Manager Human Resources in December 2004. He is responsible for all aspects of human resources, occupational health and safety and management systems. Prior to joining the Bradken business, Wayne held senior positions with Siemens and BHP Steel. Wayne holds a Master of Applied Science Metallurgy, Bachelor of Applied Science Metallurgy, Bachelor of Applied Science Multidiscipline, Associate Diploma of Theology and a Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.


Mr John Saad
Chief Technical Officer

John has been with Bradken for 24 years and was appointed Chief Technical Officer in March 2005. He is responsible for Bradken's technological direction, process and product innovation and advancement. John has had considerable experience in all divisions of Bradken previously occupying positions as a multi-site manufacturing manager, Technical and Product Development Manager for Mineral Processing and Head of Rail Engineering. He assumed responsibility for the CMS Industrial Services business in June 2009. John holds a Bachelor Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of New South Wales.


Mr Enda Sheridan
Executive General Manager Mining Products

Enda has been with the Bradken business for 21 years and was appointed General Manager Mining in 2004 following five years as General Manager Industrial. His responsibilities include the management of the Mining business and Bradken’s manufacturing facilities at Runcorn and Mackay in Queensland, Welshpool, Wundowie and Bassendean in Western Australia, Mount Thorley and Muswellbrook in New South Wales and Wodonga in Victoria. Enda has held a number of production, technical and marketing positions with Bradken. Enda holds a Bachelor of Materials Engineering from the University of Limerick, Ireland and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Newcastle.


Mr Andrew J Allen
General Manager Business Development

Andrew has a 30 year career history with Bradken and was appointed General Manager Business Development in May 2011. Prior to this Andrew was General Manager of the Rail Division from June 2009, General Manager of Bradken’s Industrial Division from 2004, following his appointment as General Manager Mineral Processing in 1998. In his new role as head of the Corporate Strategy Group, he will focus on expediting Bradken’s global expansion of manufacturing and new business opportunities. He has gained extensive manufacturing and technical expertise over his long operational and management history within the Bradken business. Andrew holds an Associate Diploma in Metallurgy Engineering from The Sydney Technical College.

 


Mr Stephen P Cantwell
General Manager Rail

Stephen joined Bradken in July 2011 with more than 30 years’ experience in a broad range of strategic, functional and customer-facing roles within multi-billion dollar national and international business environments. As a leading Australasian transport and logistics executive with a combination of extensive functional, operational and commercial experience, Stephen brings his executive management experience in business development, corporate strategy and planning to Bradken’s Rail Division as it progresses from a freight car manufacturer to a full service provider. Stephen holds a Business Degree majoring in Operations Research and Information Systems from The University of Southern Queensland, a Graduate Diploma in Transport Management and a Master of Business Degree from The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.  He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics and the Centre for Integrated Engineering Management.


Kevin T McDermed
Chief Operating Officer Engineered Products

Kevin was named the Chief Operating Officer of the Engineered Products Division in October 2013.  He joined Bradken as part of the AmeriCast Technologies acquisition in August 2008, serving as President of the Industrial Products business unit from that time.  Kevin previously served as the Chief Financial Officer of AmeriCast, and its predecessor Atchison Casting Corporation, for 17 years.  Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Kansas State University and an MBA from Washburn University.


Mr Bradley J Ward
Executive General Manager - Mineral Processing

Brad has been with the Bradken business for 27 years and was appointed Executive General Manager – Mineral Processing in June 2012.  Prior to this appointment Brad held the position of President – Resource Products in the United States from July 2009, having previously held the positions of President – Bradken Products and Integration in the United States following the 2008 acquisition of Americast, and General Manager of the Mineral Processing Division in Australia. Brad has gained extensive management, sales, marketing and manufacturing experience over his extensive operational and management career with the Bradken Group and in his current role manages Bradken’s Mineral Processing consumable products global business.