Our leaders

At Northparkes, inspirational leadership matters. Our highly experienced leadership team is committed to Zero Harm Operations and achieving our vision of ‘A century of mining together’.


Hubert Lehman
Managing Director

Hubert joined Northparkes in 2011, and was responsible for the Asset Management department. In January 2019, Hubert was appointed as the Managing Director. Prior to joining Northparkes Hubert worked for a number of companies within the aluminium and steel industries where he gained a wide range of experience in maintenance, engineering, production, sales and marketing, organisational redesign and project management. Hubert has more than 20 years of experience in several countries including South Africa, Norway, Venezuela and Australia.


Jianjun Tian
Deputy Managing Director

Jianjun joined Northparkes in 2020 and is responsible for Operations, Technical Services and Asset Management. Jianjun joins the team from CMOC Head Quarters in China where his role has been the Group Director; Technical, Operation and Capital Projects as well as the Managing Director of the CMOC Global Technical Services (USA).

Jianjun brings 38 years’ of experience from his time in the mining industry working in China, South Africa and more recently Australia for companies including CITIC SMCC Process Technology, BHP Billiton, Gold Fields of South Africa and more.


Rob Cunningham
Manager – Operations

Rob has worked at Northparkes for over 25 years. Before being appointed Manager Mining Operations in 2015, his previous roles included Manager Health, Safety, Environment, and Farms, Manager Tunnel Boring and Special Projects, Surface Mining manager, Surface Open Cut Mining Production superintendent and Underground Production superintendent. Rob completed a Diploma of Mining Engineering in 2006, a Below Ground Production Managers Certificate in 2007 and an Above Ground Production Managers Certificate in 2008.

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Stacey Kelly
Manager – People, Safety and Environment

Stacey joined the Northparkes team in 2012 as the Training Superintendent and joined the Northparkes leadership team in 2014. Coming from a background in education she has a passion for training and development. Stacey has a Masters of Education from the University of Canberra and holds several other graduate and postgraduate qualifications. Stacey recently spent six months with CMOC International working on their acquisitions in Brazil and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is also the Chair of the Northparkes Wiradjuri Executive Committee.


Jacques Labuschagne
Finance Director

Jacques joined Northparkes in 2007 and has served in several commercial and finance related roles. The Finance Director role includes oversight of finance, business analysis, sales and logistics, procurement and information systems. Jacques has 19 years’ experience in mining, accounting and finance – prior to joining Northparkes he worked for Rio Tinto in Namibia for 10 years including four with the Rossing Foundation, the social responsibility arm of Rossing Uranium.


Kirk McGinnes
Manager – Asset Management

Kirk joined Northparkes in 2000 as an Underground Production Technician. Since then, he has held a number of roles across site including Underground Mechanical Coordinator, Site Shutdown Coordinator and most recently Mobile Equipment Maintenance Superintendent. Kirk has a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked in the mining industry for almost 20 years. He specialises in project management, strategic planning and problem solving.


Richard Plowes
Manager – E26 Lift 1 North

Richard joined Northparkes in April 2018 as Project Manager – Tailings. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked in the mining industry prior to coming to Northparkes. His career profile includes extensive exposure to highly demanding project, operational and emergency management roles. In 2019, Richard was appointed as Manager – E26 Lift 1 North to support the planning and execution of the E26 Lift 1 North Project.

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