Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors oversees and directs our operations and is accountable to our shareholders for results.
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The OTML Board of Directors holds primary responsibility for the governance of OTML and operates in accordance with our constitution and applicable legislation.

Supporting the Board are three standing committees – Appointment and Remuneration, Audit and Risk and Safety Health, Environment and Community (SHEC).

Dr Roger Higgins

Chairman

Date Appointed: 9 December 2021

Chairman – Safety, Health and Environment and Community

Dr Higgins holds a Bachelor of Engineering-Civil, a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy.

He is a former OTML Managing Director and was Senior Vice President (Copper) for Teck Resources in Vancouver, Canada, Chief Operating Officer for BHP Billiton Base Metals in Adelaide, Australia and Vice President Project Development for BHP Billiton Base Metals in Santiago, Chile.

He is currently chairman of the OTML Safety and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) and is a member of various other Boards including advisor and consultant to other mining companies.

He is currently an Adjunct Professor for Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland.

Cameron Clark

General Manager Commercial, Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

Date Appointed: 1 December 2013

Secretary for the Board

Cameron brings to Ok Tedi more than 30 years business experience including 15 years in senior management roles within the mining industry, and mostly in PNG. Prior to that, he held senior management roles in the technology and liquor industries. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and is a member of both CPA Australia and CPA PNG.

Cameron is a Member of the OTML Board Audit & Risk Committee and a Director of Kumul Minerals Holdings Limited.

Augustine Mano

Director (Independent)

Date Appointed: 23 August 2018

Chairman – Audit and Risk Committee

Augustine currently serves as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC), a position he has held since March 2008.

In addition to holding a Master’s of Science in Petroleum Economics from Dundee University, Scotland, he holds a double Degree in Economics and Arts majoring in Environmental Science from the University of Papua New Guinea.

Augustine has extensive experience in the mining and petroleum industries with a focus on business development and investment management. He has previously served as a consultant to the Department of Petroleum and Energy. In his current role with MRDC, he manages major investments in property development and hospitality.

He serves as a director of MRDC and numerous related companies, Bank South Pacific, PNG Air, Hevilift Group and other private companies. He is also Chairman of the Pearl South Pacific Resort in Fiji, Star Mountains Plaza in PNG and Taumeasina Resort in Samoa.

Augustine is currently chairman of the OTML Audit and Risk Committee.

Robert Kaiyun

Director (Independent)

Date Appointed: 23 August 2018

Member – Safety, Health and Environment and Community

Robert is the Provincial Administrator for Western Province. He was acting in this position from January 2018 until his permanent appointment in August 2018.

He holds a Diploma in Public Administration from the PNG Institute of Public Administration, in addition to a Bachelor of Management and a Master of Leadership in Business Administration from the Divine Word University in Madang.

Robert is chief advisor to the Fly River Provincial Government and team leader for the Western Province Administration, responsible for the implementation of policies, plans and programs for service delivery and development administration in the province.

He has been actively engaged in Local Level Government (LLG) functions in Western Province for a number of years – including responsibility for the coordination of LLG Operations, provision of strategic leadership and management of transport and institutional infrastructure development.

Bonny Ninai

Bonny Ninai

Director (Independent)

Date Appointed: 10 December 2021

Bonny currently serves as Chairman of Kumul Minerals Ok Tedi Limited and is a Director of the Kumul Minerals Holdings Limited Board.

He is a Lawyer by profession, is admitted to the bar, and has been a senior legal practitioner for over 30 years.

He commenced his career with the Department of Justice and Attorney General serving as Legal Officer (State Solicitor’s Office) in 1988, prior to being promoted to Assistant Secretary (Executive Branch), Deputy Solicitor General and Acting Solicitor General (Solicitor General’s Office) before he moved to the private sector as Senior Associate with Patterson Lawyers, Principal of Ninai Lawyers, and Consultant to Kup & Co Lawyers.

In 1995, Bonny was appointed as instructing Solicitor on behalf of the State where he assisted the Ok Tedi and BHP legal team in the Ok Tedi Environmental Litigation case in Melbourne in 1995. 

He holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from University of PNG which he attained in 1987, and a Master of Laws (Corporate and Commercial) Degree from University of Adelaide attained in 1998. Post graduate qualifications he has also attained included a Certificate in Legal Training from the Legal Training Institute in 1987, and Certificate in Legal Drafting and Negotiation of Public and International Contracts from University of London in 1994.

Bonny has served as Director on a number of Boards including the National Gaming Control Board, the National Forests Board, Motor Vehicles Insurance Limited Board, and as Chairman of Pacific Re Limited Board.

He has also attended and successfully completed the Company Directors Courses in 2007 conducted by the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce, and in 2019 by the Australian Institute of Directors

Nellie James

Director (Independent)

Date Appointed: 10 December 2021

Nellie is currently Chair of the Kumul Mineral Holdings Limited, a position she has held since 11 November 2020. 

She holds a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Papua New Guinea and was admitted to the National and Supreme Court Bar of Papua New Guinea in November 1991.  She also undertook a one-year Master’s Program in Mining and Petroleum Law and Policy at the University of Dundee, Scotland from 1995 to 1996. 

Nellie’s expertise is in Mining Law.  After being admitted to practice as a lawyer, she worked with the Department of Minerals and Energy (later renamed Department of Mineral Resources and then Department of Mining) in various roles in providing advice on tenements, regulatory and licensing matters, and consultation with landowners and other stakeholders in the mining industry.  

She moved on to higher roles as Director for Mining in the Department of Mining, and then Secretary for the Department of Mining from 1996 to 2012.  

Nellie has also been a director on the Boards of Mineral Resources Development Company, Mineral Resources Star Mountains, and Mineral Resources Authority. She is also currently a Council Member of the Divine Word University Council.