Our leadership team

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Paul Muller

Chief Executive Officer, Mining

Paul holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree with over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry working for both mining service providers and mine owners in Australia, Asia and Africa. Paul was previously the Executive General Manager – Asia and Africa for Thiess and has also held senior roles at Consolidated Minerals, BHP and Leighton Contractors. Paul is also a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Brent Jenkins

Chief Operating Officer, Africa

Brent holds a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Institute of Business, Diploma of Metalliferous Mining Open Cut and is a Graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Brent commenced working at Perenti in November 2019 as the General Manager – Operational Excellence, with a focus on the African Mining Services (AMS) business and is the current Chief Operating Officer for AMS. Brent has previously held a number of senior management roles at BHP, HWE Mining, Consolidated Minerals and Macmahon Holdings. He has a strong operational background, backed by 25 years in the Australian mining environment.

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Peter Campain

General Manager, Plant and Procurement

Peter holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree and a Masters of Business and Technology with over 30 years’ experience in asset management and maintenance in Australia, Egypt, India, Tanzania, Ghana, Mali and Burkina Faso. Peter was previously the Maintenance Manager at Consolidated Minerals and has also held a number of senior roles at MacMahon and Combined Resource Engineering.

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Darren Batchler

General Manager, Health, Safety, Environment and Training

Darren Holds a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hazard Management and  is a highly experienced HSE professional and executive with over 25 years’ experience in the health, safety and environment field working domestically and internationally with both mining companies and mining services providers. Darren previously held the role of Group Manager, Health, Safety and Environment at Perenti. Darren has also held a number of senior safety and risk management roles at Newcrest, Macmahon, and BHP.

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Bobby Koetser

General Manager, Human Resources

Bobby holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (honours) in Human Resources and Industrial Relations, a PDBA and an MBA. Bobby has more than 20 years’ of experience in global manufacturing and mining businesses across Australia, South East Asia and Africa leading globally diverse HR teams. Bobby was previously the Head of Human Resources for BHP (WAIO) where he also held a number of senior roles over a 10 year period. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Human Resources and an Alumni of the London Business Schools’ Accelerated Development Program.

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Mike Ellis

General Manager, Finance

Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accounting and Finance with over 15 years’ experience in the media and mining services industries in Australia. Michael was previously the General Manager Finance and Company Secretary at Seven West Media and Trustee of the Channel 7 Telethon Trust. Michael has also held senior roles at the West Australian Newspaper Group and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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Jim Gawith

General Manager, Growth and Technical Services

Jim holds a Bachelor of Mining and Engineering and has over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry, with a background in mining engineering, contract and mine management. Jim has previously worked in a range of operations roles across Australia. As Perenti’s General Manager Growth, Jim is focused on driving business growth and seeking new opportunities for our team, whilst maintaining strong relationships with our existing clients.

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Darren Kwok

General Manager, Technology and Innovation

Darren holds a Bachelor of Management and Marketing degree and has over 10 years’ experience in developing and implementing technology strategy in the automotive and mining industries. Darren was previously the Executive General Manager for MacDonald Holdings.

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Craig Earnshaw

General Manager, Commercial and Legal

Craig holds a Bachelor degrees in Law and Commerce with over 12 years’ legal, commercial and company secretarial experience in private practice and the resources and construction industries. Craig was previously the Corporate Counsel at RCR Tomlinson Limited. Craig is also a Member of the Law Society of Western Australia, the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association and the Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association and holds a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance.