Core Leadership Team

The Core Leadership team was announced on 30 November 2017 as part of a move from a traditional leadership focus to a team with active Board support, devolving authority throughout the organisation.



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

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Exec Team

Greg Lilleyman, Chief Operating Officer

With nearly three decades of extensive international experience in the mining sector, including over 20 years in the iron ore sector, across multiple commodities in large scope project development and construction, operational and business leadership, JV management and technology deployment, Mr Lilleyman brings significant business credentials and iron ore market knowledge to Fortescue’s Core Leadership team.

Greg Lilleyman, COO

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Exec Team2

Julie Shuttleworth, Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Ms Shuttleworth commenced as Deputy Chief Executive Officer in January 2018, following four years as General Manager Cloudbreak and later General Manager Solomon at Fortescue. She has over 24 years’ experience in the mining industry in Australia, China and Tanzania, including 19 years in gold/copper working for Newcrest Mining, Sino Mining and Barrick Gold. 

Julie Shuttleworth, Deputy CEO

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Exec Team3

Ian Wells, Chief Financial Officer

Mr Wells joined Fortescue in 2010 and has held multiple senior executive roles in the Finance team, including funding, treasury, planning and analysis as well as Company Secretary. He commenced as Chief Financial Officer in February 2018.

Ian Wells, CFO

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Executive Team

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. 


Exec Team4

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. He has a wealth of experience in leading commercial transactions in different geographies including Australia, Asia and Europe, and has experience in a range of commodities including diamonds, iron ore, coal and potash.

Mr Goeman has a Masters degree in Business Administration.



Exec Team5

Peter Huston, Chief General Counsel and Director Corporate Services

Mr Huston joined Fortescue as Chief General Counsel in January 2005 and joined the executive team in January 2009 as Director Corporate Services. 

Prior to joining Fortescue, Mr Huston spent 12 years as a partner of the law firm now known as Norton Rose and 10 years in private equity, mergers and acquisitions. 

Mr Huston holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Commerce and Jurisprudence and a Master of Laws. 



Exec Team6

Tim Langmead, Director Community, Environment and Government

Mr Langmead was appointed Director External Relations in January 2014, after joining Fortescue as Group Manager Corporate Affairs in January 2013 and was subsequently appointed Director Community, Environment and Government.

Previously, Mr Langmead held senior corporate affairs roles in the Australian business units of global oil and gas companies.

Mr Langmead served in senior staff roles for Ministers in the Howard-Anderson and Howard-Vaile governments and commenced his career as an agribusiness journalist. 



Exec Team7

David Liu, Senior Adviser to the CEO and COO

Mr Liu was appointed Director Sales and Marketing in 2011. He has almost 30 years’ experience in trade and investment projects between Australia and China and a strong understanding of Chinese culture and business practices.

Mr Liu moved from Director Sales and Marketing into the role of Senior Adviser to the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer in August 2018.



Exec Team8

Linda O’Farrell, Group Manager 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. 



Exec Team8

Fernando Pereira, Director Pilbara Operations

Mr Pereira was appointed Director Pilbara Operations in June 2019. He 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.



Exec Team9

Alison Terry, Group Manager 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 Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma of Business (Accounting).



Exec Team11

Rob Watson, Group Manager Health and Safety

Mr Watson was appointed Group Manager Health and Safety in 2014 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 Masters in Occupational Health and Safety.