Fortescue’s Executive team is accountable for the safety of our people, upholding the Company’s Values, acting with integrity and honesty, and leading the business to achieve our vision of becoming the safest, lowest cost, most profitable mining Company. 



Elizabeth Gaines, Chief Executive Officer

A highly experienced business leader with extensive international experience as a Chief Executive Officer and group executive, Ms Gaines has a proven track record in financial and operational leadership across a number of industries, including resources, construction and infrastructure, financial services and travel and hospitality.

Elizabeth Gaines, CEO (Exec Team)

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Julie Shuttleworth, Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Ms Shuttleworth commenced as Deputy Chief Executive Officer in February 2018 and appointed CEO Fortescue Future Industries in August 2020. 

Julie Shuttleworth, Deputy CEO

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Ian Wells, Chief Financial Officer

Mr Wells commenced as Chief Financial Officer in February 2018 having responsibility for the Fortescue Group capital management strategy, core finance functions including reporting, tax and treasury, together with Group procurement and logistics, and technology and autonomy.

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Danny Goeman, Director Sales and Marketing

Mr Goeman was appointed Director Sales and Marketing in August 2018. 

Mr Goeman has more than 25 years of experience in management, sales and marketing, strategy development and high level commercial negotiations, including more than 20 years with the Rio Tinto group of companies. 

Mr Goeman has a wealth of experience in leading commercial transactions in different geographies, including Australia, Asia, Europe and Africa, and has experience in a range of commodities including diamonds, iron ore, coal and potash. Mr Goeman has a Master's degree in Business Administration.



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Peter Huston, Chief General Counsel and Director Corporate Services

Mr Huston joined Fortescue in 2005 and has over 20 years’ experience in legal and corporate advisory roles. Prior to joining Fortescue, Mr Huston spent 12 years as a Partner of the law firm now known as Norton Rose Fulbright. He then spent over a decade in Activist Private Equity as an Executive Director at Troika Securities Limited. 

Mr Huston is admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, the Federal and High Court of Australia and has a Bachelor of Jurisprudence, Bachelor of Laws (with Honours), Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Laws.




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Linda O’Farrell, Director Fortescue People

Ms O’Farrell joined Fortescue in October 2013 as Group Manager Fortescue People, joining the Executive team in December 2014. 

Having held a number of executive human resources roles in major Australian resource companies, Ms O’Farrell brings deep experience in strategic people management, diversity and Aboriginal employment. 

Ms O’Farrell holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours in Industrial Relations) from the University of Western Australia. She is a Director at the Australian Institute of Management Western Australia, the Australian Resources and Energy Group (AMMA) and Lifeline Australia. 



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Fernando Pereira, Director Pilbara Operations

Mr Pereira was appointed Director Pilbara Operations in June 2019, having started his career at Fortescue in 2010 and has previously led the Company’s Port and Rail Operations and Asset Management teams. 

Mr Pereira has more than 19 years’ experience in the mining industry, spanning various commodities and operations in Australia and South America. He has expertise in senior management, mining and mineral engineering, supply chain optimisation and overseeing mechanical, structural and expansion projects. 

Mr Pereira holds a Bachelor in Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering and Specialisation in Business Management.



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Alison Terry, Director Sustainability and Corporate Affairs and Joint Company Secretary

Ms Terry joined Fortescue in 2014 as Group Manager Corporate Affairs and serves as Joint Company Secretary, having been appointed to the role in February 2017. 

With significant experience in corporate affairs, legal, company secretarial and general management, Ms Terry has previously held senior executive and Board roles across a number of sectors including automotive, telecommunications and superannuation. Ms Terry holds a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma of Business (Accounting). 

She is a member of Chief Executive Women, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Director of the Black Swan State Theatre Company of Western Australia.



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Rob Watson, Director Health and Safety

Mr Watson was appointed Director Health and Safety in July 2020 after joining Fortescue in 2011. Prior to this, Mr Watson spent 15 years in a number of senior corporate health and safety roles in large mining companies. 

Mr Watson’s career in health and safety spans over 25 years in a number of industries and commodities. Mr Watson holds a Master's in Occupational Health and Safety.