Richard Crookes


B Sc (Geology), Grad Dip (Applied Finance)

Mr Richard Crookes is a geologist with more than 34 years’ experience in global resources development, operations, financing and investment. He is the Managing Partner of Lionhead Resources and was previously Chief Geologist and Mining Manager of Ernest Henry Mining (now Glencore), Executive Director of Macquarie Bank’s Metals Energy Capital (MEC) Division where he led resources financing and principal investments, and a founding Investment Committee member and Investment Director of EMR Capital where he focused on deal origination.

Mr Crookes is currently Non-Executive Director of Barton Gold Holdings (ASX:BGH), an Executive Director of ASX-listed Lithium Power International Ltd (ASX:LPI) and Non-Executive Chairman of ASX-listed Highfield Resources Ltd (ASX:HFR).

Mr Crookes is a fellow of FINSIA and holds a BSc Geology from the University of Plymouth, a Diploma of Applied Finance, and is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

John de Vries

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

B Eng (Mining), M Sc (Mineral Economics), Grad Dip (Economic Geology), Grad Dip (Financial Markets)

Mr. de Vries has over 30 years’ experience in the mining industry.  He started his career in 1984 working for WMC Resources and held operational roles such as Underground Manager, Senior Mining Engineer and Manager Mining. In 1998, he moved to AMC Consultants to become a Principal Mining Engineer responsible for Mine Optimisation. In 2003, he joined Orica Mining Services as Global Business Manager, Advanced Mining Solutions before moving to BHP Billiton in 2007 as Manager Strategic Mine Planning.

Most recently from 2011 to 2015, he was General Manager Technical Services for St Barbara. After his success with St Barbara, Mr. de Vries took an 18-month sabbatical before joining Black Rock Mining.

Mr. de Vries holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Mining, a Masters of Science in Mineral Economics, a Graduate Diploma in Economic Geology, a Graduate Diploma in Financial Markets and is Advisory Committee Member-Mining of MRIWA. Mr. de Vries holds a WA First Class Mine Managers Certificate of Competency. He is a member of the AusIMM, a fellow of FINSIA and a member of SME.

Ian Murray

Non-Executive Director


Mr Murray joins Black Rock with over 20 years’ corporate experience in the puplicly listed resources sector.   Between 1997 and 2005, he held positions including chief financial officer and chief executive officer with DRDGold Ltd.  Mr Murray oversaw DRDGold’s major acquisitions, restructures and stock exchange listings.  During this time, Mr Murray also served on the board of South African gold refinery Rand Refinery Limited and the internet-based commodity investment platform  He has also held senior management positions for companies such as KPMG, Price Waterhouse, and Bioclones.

More recently, as Chief Executive Officer, he successfully delivered Gold Road Resources Gruyere Project.

Mr Murray graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (B Com) in 1987 from the University of Cape Town, and is a member of both the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Gabriel Chiappini

Non-Executive Director & Company Secretary


Mr. Chiappini is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with over 20 years’ experience in the commercial sector. Over the last 15 years he has held positions of Director, Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer in both public and private companies with operations in Australia, United Kingdom and the United States. He has assisted a number of companies to list on the ASX and been involved with equity and debt raisings exceeding AUD$400 million. Mr. Chiappini has a sound understanding of the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) Listing Rules and in-depth knowledge of the Corporations Act.

Mr. Chiappini manages his own consulting firm specialising in providing Director, Company Secretarial, Corporate Governance, compliance and investor relations services. He currently acts as a Director and Company Secretary for several ASX listed companies. Mr. Chiappini has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a double major in Accounting and Finance and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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Richard Crookes – Chairman
John De Vries – Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Ian Murray – Non-Executive Director
Gabriel Chiappini – Non-Executive Director

Company Secretary

James Doyle

Registered Office

Level 1, 1 Walker Ave
West Perth   WA   6005
T: +61 8 6383 6200

Postal Address

PO Box 692
West Perth   WA   6872


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Share Registry

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Level 11, 172 St Georges Terrace
Perth  WA  6000
T (within Australia): 1300 800 505
T (outside Australia): +61 3 9415 4000
F: +61 8 9473 2500
E: [email protected]

Investor Enquiries

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Stock Exchange

The Company’s securities are quoted on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Stock Exchange Codes



59 094 551 336

Additional Information

Black Rock Mining Limited is a public company limited by shares and is domiciled in Australia.

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The Company's corporate governance policies are designed to ensure that management take account of and maintain good relationships with its stakeholders including shareholders, employees and the community.