The Executive team is structured to include seven senior executives, reporting to the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.

The responsibilities of the Executive include achieving defined business and financial outcomes, investment decisions, business planning, identification and pursuit of appropriate growth opportunities, sustainability performance, promotion of diversity objectives and succession planning.

Executive Team

Tom O'Leary, CEO and MDTom 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 on 5 September 2016 and joined the Board in October 2016.

He was previously Managing Director of Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy and Fertilisers division, having been appointed to the role in 2010. Mr O'Leary joined Wesfarmers in 2000 in a Business Development role and was then appointed to Managing Director, Wesfarmers Energy in 2009. Prior to joining Wesfarmers, Mr O'Leary worked in London for 10 years 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. He is a director of the Clontarf Foundation, having been appointed in 2006, and also a member of the Edith Cowan University Council.


Doug WardenDoug Warden

BCom, CA, MBA, GAICD
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.


Matthew BlackwellMatthew Blackwell

B Eng (Mech), Grad Dip (Tech Mgt), MBA, MAICD, MIEAust
Head of Marketing, Mineral Sands
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. 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.


Cameron WilsonRob 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 (now 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.


Simon HaySimon Hay

BSc (Hons), MAppSc, Grad Dip (Mgmt), MAICD
Head of Resource Development
Location - Perth, Western Australia

Mr Hay joined Iluka in 2009 as Manager, South West Operations based in Capel. Mr Hay then moved to the Marketing function and served as Iluka's Country Manager for China and then General Manager Zircon Sales based in Singapore. He was appointed to his current role as Head of Resource Development in March 2016. Prior to joining Iluka, Mr Hay worked at Mt Isa Mines, WMC Resources and BHP Billiton in the fields of metallurgy, projects and operations management in base metals.


Steve WickhamSteve Wickham

Assoc Dip in Mechanical Engineering
Chief Operating Officer, Mineral Sands
Location - ​Perth, Western 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.


Sue Wilson, General Counsel and Company SecretarySue Wilson

B Juris, LLB, FGIA, FICSA, FAICD
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.