Iluka Executive Team


David Robb

BSc, GradDip (Personnel Administration), FAIM, FAICD
Managing Director
Location - Perth, Western Australia

Mr Robb was appointed Managing Director and CEO of Iluka Resources Limited on 18 October 2006. He is an Executive Director of the Iluka Board.

Mr Robb worked in the downstream oil industry with BP in Australia, the UK, the USA and Asia. He joined Wesfarmers in Perth in 1995 and was appointed General Manager, Business Development for the Wesfarmers Group in 1996 and subsequently as Managing Director of Wesfarmers Energy in 1999. In 2004 he was appointed an Executive Director of Wesfarmers Limited, a role he relinquished in 2006 on joining Iluka. He is also currently a Director of the Centre for Independent Studies; Chair of the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at the University of Western Australia; and a Director of the Melbourne Football Club. Other previous roles include Chairman of Consolidated Rutile Limited and Deputy Chair of Methodist Ladies College, Perth.

Mr Robb holds a Bachelor of Science degree, a Graduate Diploma in Personnel Administration, has completed the Harvard University Business School Advanced Management Program and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Matthew Blackwell

B Eng (Mech), Grad Dip (Tech Mgt), MBA, MAICD, MIEAust
Head of Marketing, Mineral Sands
Location - Virginia, USA

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. 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.

Chris Cobb

Head of Special Projects
Locations - Brisbane, Australia

Mr Cobb joined Iluka in 2009 as General Manager, Sales and Marketing. Prior to his appointment to his current role as Head of Special Projects in June 2015, Mr Cobb held the position of Head of Alliances, New Ventures and Royalties. Mr Cobb has 35 years of resource and manufacturing experience in Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia. Previous roles include five years as Managing Director of Consolidated Rutile Ltd, an ASX listed Queensland mineral sands company, 12 years in copper/cobalt mining with Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines in Zambia, and four years as Chief Executive Officer of Pioneer Sunway Bhd, the largest construction materials company in Malaysia.

Alan Tate

Head of Alliances, New Ventures and Royalties
Location - Perth, Western Australia

Mr Tate joined Iluka in May 2008 as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategy and Planning. Mr Tate was appointed to his current role as Head of Alliances, New Ventures and Royalties in June 2015. He was previously Chief Financial Officer for Jabiru Metals. Prior to joining Jabiru, he held senior planning, finance and accounting roles with BHP Billiton and WMC Resources. Mr Tate commenced his career with Peat Marwick.

Doug Warden

Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategy and Planning
Location - Perth, Western Australia

Mr Warden joined Iluka in 2003 and held a number of senior financial and commercial roles before leaving the company in 2007. Since returning to Iluka in 2009, Mr Warden has held a number of roles including, General Manager Business Development; General Manager Exploration; and Head of Resource Development, Mineral Sands. He was appointed to his current role as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategy and Planning in June 2015. Mr Warden has previously been CFO at Summit Resources Limited and Jabiru Metals Limited and began his career in corporate finance and insolvency with Ernst and Young and KPMG.

Steve Wickham

Assoc Dip in Mechanical Engineering
Chief Operating Officer, Mineral Sands
Location - Adelaide, South 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.

Cameron Wilson

Chief Legal Counsel and Head of Corporate Acquisitions
Location - Perth, Western Australia

Mr Wilson joined Iluka in late 2004. Prior to joining Iluka, Mr Wilson worked in a range of legal and commercial roles with WMC Resources. He has specialised in mining, corporate and general commercial law for most of his professional career.