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Zhang Zhaoyuan

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


Mr Zhang is a highly accomplished senior executive in the Chinese mining industry. He has a PHD in Mining Engineering and has held various senior positions for Ansteel’s Iron Ore operations, including General Manager of Qi Da Shan Iron Ore Operations and Deputy General Manager of Qi Da Shan Processing Plant.


He was appointed as Vice President of Ansteel Mining Group in 2015 and has been working for China’s Ansteel Mining Group for more than 30 years.


Mr Zhang was appointed as CEO of Karara Mining in October 2015.



Shi Lei 

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)




Patrick Bourke

General Manager – HR, HSE and Communities


Patrick Bourke is a recognised and well-regarded leader in the mining industry.  He has a background in geology and extensive experience in various mining, exploration, mining services and oil and gas companies including Woodside Energy Ltd, WesTrac Pty Ltd, Newcrest Mining Ltd and Rio Tinto.   He has worked across Australia in a range of operational and executive roles and has international experience in PNG, China, the UK and Canada.

Mr Bourke is experienced in executive management, strategy and leadership, with a strong commercial focus.  He has led major business restructuring and transformation programs and has worked on globally significant merger and joint development projects.  He has designed and implemented efficiency and cost reduction programs in a wide range of commodity and business environments to deliver very significant business outcomes.

Mr Bourke commenced with Karara in November 2014.



Christopher Gerrard

Company Secretary

Christopher S. Gerrard joined Karara in May 2010 as Company Secretary. Mr Gerrard is a member of KML’s senior leadership team and participates in the operational management and strategic planning of the company. He provides leadership for the company’s legal and regulatory affairs, ethics and compliance programmes and corporate governance activities including litigation, contractual, fiscal, property and legislative issues.


Prior to joining KML, Mr Gerrard served as general counsel of Austal Limited, an ASX-listed global ship builder and defence prime contractor with industry leading capabilities in development of defence and commercial vessel platforms.


Mr Gerrard has served in a variety of senior executive, leadership and legal positions in government service and the private sector.  He graduated from the Australian National University with honours degrees in Law and Economics and began his career as an Associate for Justice RJA Franki of the Federal Court of Australia. Mr Gerrard is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia and is a Certificated Member of the Governance Institute of Australia.