Capital

PETER STOKES

Chief Executive Officer

Peter is a senior executive leader with more than 25 years’ experience across the resources and logistics sectors.  His expertise includes managing large, complex multi-national organisations, delivering company-wide transformation and turnaround, business development, operational management and strategic planning.  

Most recently Peter held the role of President Global Logistics for Toll Group, a key operational role for one of the largest logistics and transport businesses in Asia. Prior to this, he was CEO for Barminco Limited, an international leader in mechanised hard-rock underground mining. He has also held executive management roles for Linfox and Accenture, where he focussed on the resources sectors.   

Peter holds an Advanced Management Program qualification from Harvard Business School (Boston) together with an MBA (Bond University, Queensland), MASc (WA School of Mines) and BSc (UWA, Western Australia).

RICK ROBSON

Chief Financial Officer

Rick has over 18 years’ experience across corporate finance, M&A advisory and operational finance. He has most recently held the role of Chief Financial Officer for our laboratory business, MSALABS. Prior to joining Capital Drilling in October 2019, Rick was the Chief Financial Officer of a project development company with several greenfield assets in Colombia where he developed and ran the finance function. He was formerly an investment banker with Barclays where he was focused on the mining sector.

Rick qualified as an ACA (ICAEW) with Deloitte in the UK working across Transaction Services and Audit. He holds a Masters in Civil Engineering from Durham University, UK.

JEFF COURT 

Chief Executive Officer - Mining

Jeff has worked in the mineral resource sector for over 25 years, and has covered roles for mining companies, mining service and mineral processing capital equipment suppliers. Jeff’s roles have ranged from drill and blast, mine production, scheduling and operations, mine feasibility and long-term planning for Rio Tinto, through to senior executive and Board roles with Orica (blasting services and ground support), FLSmidth (mineral processing capital equipment) and most recently with Perenti (formerly Ausdrill) (drilling and mining contract services).  These roles have spanned across Australia, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America. 

Jeff brings a holistic and global view to all aspects of improving the mining value chain through to delivery of operational excellence and technical differentiation. 

Jeff has a degree in Mining Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration.

AARON AUSTIN 

Chief Executive Officer - Americas 

Aaron has over 30 years' experience with large multinational companies including General Electric, Orica and most recently BME, spanning all functions.  Since 2007 he has been involved in global mining explosives supply including P&L responsibility for high-margin product lines.   

Prior to joining Capital, Aaron was the General Manager of the Americas region for BME, an explosives company based in Johannesburg, South Africa where he grew the Americas region from greenfield to profitability including securing major mine supply contracts and developing explosives manufacturing in region. 

Aaron has a Masters of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Florida.  He also earned a Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma from General Electric.

JODIE NORTH 

Chief Operating Officer - Drilling 

Jodie is Chief Operating Officer - Drilling, responsible for managing drilling services in the MENA and East Africa regions. Jodie joined the Group in August 2012 as Country Manager, Egypt and was promoted to Executive - Production in October 2016, responsible for the company's production focused business. He was appointed to his current role in March 2019. Jodie has 20 years' experience in both underground and surface operations, in both hardrock and softrock mining. He was previously Aftermarket Operations Manager, West Africa for Sandvik where he was responsible for the effective delivery of aftermarket services to Sandvik customers across all segments in West Africa.

DWAYNE SYMONDS

Chief Operating Officer - Mining

Dwayne has over 30 years' experience in surface mining operations covering both hard rock and soft rock, having held various senior leadership positions with mine owners and contractors throughout Australia, Asia Pacific and African regions.  He has proven success in developing greenfield and optimizing brownfield open pit mining operations, undertaking large scale mine site infrastructure projects and development of national employees to replace expatriate roles. 

Dwayne has held roles including Project Director for Theiss Australia JV in Botswana, Operations Manager for Theiss Indonesia looking after large-scale coal mining contracts, Mine Manager for Newcrest at its Lihir Gold Mine in PNG and Mine Manager for PanAust in Laos, as well as consulting roles in Laos and Vietnam.

ANDRÉ KOEKEMOER 

General Manager, West Africa

André is a senior finance leader with more than 25 years’ experience across the mining and telecoms sectors. His expertise includes financial and regulatory compliance across multiple jurisdications.

Most recently he held the role of Chief Financial Officer for SFTP/Corica Mining. Prior to this he held roles as CFO, Deputy CFO and Commercial Manager LATAM for Capital Limited.

André holds a Bachelor of Accountancy Degree from the University of the Free State, as well as an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from CIMA.

DAVID PAYNE 

General Manager, Commercial 

David is a senior commercial manager with over 29 years' experience across the mining, legal and financial services sectors.

David joined Capital Limited as Group Financial Controller in 2005 before becoming CFO and taking a lead role in listing the company on London Stock Exchange in June 2010. He has also held the roles of Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Operating Officer prior to assuming the role of General Manager, Commercial. Previously David held roles as General Manager of an Australian based national law firm in addition to holding a number of senior managerial roles with Zurich Financial Services Australia.

David holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Murdoch University and a Graduate Diploma in Insurance from Deakin University.

STUART THOMSON 

Chief Executive Officer, MSALABS 

Stuart has over 25 years' experience in both mining and mining service companies. This experience covers many countries, commodities and mining methods. His roles have ranged from Driller's Offsider to Mine Manager and JV Board Director. 

Prior to joining Capital, Stuart was Customer Solutions Manager accountable for the Marketing and Commercial activities in Orica’s Australia-Pacific business. Stuart has a consistent track record of finding and creating value in the drill and blast arena and further down the mining value chain. 

Stuart has a degree in Exploration and Mining Geology and a Masters in Engineering Project Management. He is also a member of the AusIMM.


LUCY MAURO

Chief Financial Officer, MSALABS

Lucy is an experienced finance professional with more than 10 years’ experience across the mining, manufacturing, and advisory sectors. Her expertise includes operational finance and regulatory compliance across Africa, the Middle East, and North America. 

 Lucy has previously held the role of Group Financial Controller at Capital Limited, playing a pivotal role in the financial oversight of financial reporting and analysis, budgeting and forecasting, cash flow management and internal controls establishment and management.  Prior to joining Capital, she held the role of Audit Senior at EY Zimbabwe's Audit and Advisory division, where she managed clients in the mining and insurance sectors.   

Lucy is a qualified Certified Chartered Accountant (CCA) of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA UK) and holds an Honors Degree in Accounting.