Rob Burns

Rob Burns

Investment Committee

FRMIT Fellowship in Metallurgy, Fellow AusIMM, MAICD

Rob is a senior resources executive with 40 years’ experience in the resources industry including 30 years with Rio Tinto in a number of senior management, operational and technical roles, across a range of commodities.

His roles at Rio Tinto included General Manager Rio Tinto Technology and Innovation, Managing Director of Northparkes Mines and Peak Gold Mine. He also represented Rio Tinto as Chairman of the Northparkes Joint Venture. Prior to that, he was General Manager of the Kelian Mine at Equatorial Mining; and Manager, Metallurgical Services, Bougainville Copper.

Rob is currently a Non-Executive Director of Bougainville Copper, Chairman of Indian Pacific Resources, a private iron ore exploration company and with EMR also a Chairman of Redhill Mining Hong Kong.

Rob has been involved in the development of significant greenfields projects including a major tailings retreatment project with Anglo American South Africa to recover gold, uranium and pyrite, the Gregory Bowen Basin coking coal project for BHP, the Hidden Valley gold project in PNG, the Wimmera Industrial mineral sands project in Western Victoria, Australia, and restart studies for the Bougainville Copper mine in PNG. Rob has also been involved in numerous brownfields projects with Bougainville Copper, Northparkes copper and gold mine, Kelian gold and Lihir gold.

Rob has considerable experience in business improvement across Rio Tinto’s global operations and was the founding chief consultant with Rio’s “Improving Performance Together” Team. Rob helped develop operations improvement methodologies and has led improvement teams that have realised reported value of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Rob has worked in numerous locations around the world including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Brazil, Peru, USA, Russia and Laos. Rob holds a Fellowship in Metallurgy (Bachelor of Engineering) from the School of Mines at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).