Mr Baker is a Certified Practicing Accountant with over 30 years in the mining industry. He has significant experience in project development and financing, corporate and governance matters across a spectrum of companies within the mining industry.
Mr Baker started with MIM Holdings Ltd in 1980 undertaking various roles before leading the development and construction of the Ernest Henry copper/gold mine from 1995-97, and then was responsible for the copper refinery and other operations in North Queensland. He became Group Treasurer and later EGM - Strategy, Planning and Development, leaving when MIM was acquired by Xstrata in 2003. Mr Baker was then Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Company Secretary at Peplin Limited and later QMAG Limited before joining Lihir Gold Limited in 2007 as CFO, serving as Chief Executive Officer for three months in 2010 before the takeover by Newcrest. After a period consulting, Mr Baker joined Rio Tinto in 2012 as CFO of Pacific Aluminium to help prepare it for divestment, but left in late 2013 when it was reintegrated into Rio Tinto Alcan. He has been an independent non-executive director of ASX-listed miner Hillgrove Resources Ltd since 2014.