Ian Cockerill has served as a Director of Ivanhoe Mines since May 2011. Mr. Cockerill has more than 40 years’ experience in the international resources industry.
On April 1, 2019, Mr. Cockerill was appointed a director of BHP Group PLC. He also holds board directorships with Orica Limited, a mining services company, and Blackrock World Mining Trust plc, a United Kingdom-based investment trust company. He is an advisor to several other companies in the mining field.
Mr. Cockerill is Chairman of Conservation 360, a non-governmental organization engaged in the application of surveillance technologies for anti-poaching initiatives in Botswana. As a former Chairman and current Director of the Leadership for Conservation in Africa, a not-for-profit initiative, he has been engaged in promoting conservation and sustainable development across the African continent in partnership with the South African Parks Board, international business leaders and the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Mr. Cockerill began his mining-industry career as a geologist in 1975. He joined Anglo American Corporation in January 1979, where he held various positions before being promoted in September 1996 to Technical Director of the gold and uranium division. In September 1998, he became the Executive Director – Business Development and Executive Officer, African International Operations of AngloGold Limited, which was established upon the consolidation of certain Anglo gold mining interests. He joined Gold Fields as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer in September 1999, a position he held until his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer in May 2002. In June 2008, he joined Anglo American as Chief Executive Officer of Anglo Coal and was responsible for its international operations until he retired from the position in December 2009.
Mr. Cockerill holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons), Geology, degree from Chelsea College, University of London, and a Master of Science in Mining-Mineral Production Management degree from Royal School of Mines, London. He completed the Management Development Program at the University of South Africa and the Advanced Management Program at Oxford University’s Templeton College.