Our Leadership Team

Sanjiv Manchanda B.Eng MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Sanjiv became CEO of Atlas in October 2018, since then leading the company through a strategic review and formalising its multi-pillar approach to stabilising and maximising the value from its projects. Sanjiv is also Head of Project Development for Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd.

Sanjiv previously held the role of Project Director and subsequently Chief Operating Officer for the Roy Hill project as the operation ramped up to nameplate capacity. He was awarded Project Director of the Year 2016 by Project Management Institute (PMI).

Sanjiv has more than 34 years’ experience operating large complex developments and working with international organisations including in Korea, Japan and China. He is an electrical engineer with an MBA, has been admitted as a Fellow to the Institution of Engineers Australia, and Fellow to the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Sanjiv also holds professional memberships with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Project Management Institute

Chris Els

Chief Financial Officer & Joint Company Secretary

Chris has held the role of Chief Financial Officer at Atlas since 2017. Chris is responsible for the financial strategy and direction of the business as well as managing a team of experts in HR, IT and Business Improvement. His advanced skills in financial restructuring, investor relations, commercial agreements and negotiations, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance provide invaluable insight and guidance for the leadership team at Atlas. Chris has a broad appreciation for all that mining offers, including boosting the economy, adopting advances in technology, and being a part of an industry with increasing employment growth.

Chris has global experience in a range of industries including manufacturing, agribusiness and most recently mining. He holds an honours degree in Commerce and is a Chartered Accountant. Chris is an associate member of the UK-based Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMA) and a member of the Certified Practising Accountants of Australia (CPA).

Bronwyn Kerr

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Bronwyn is responsible for all legal and governance matters, commercial contracts & procurement, land access, community and external affairs at Atlas. Bronwyn is proud to have been part of the Atlas team for over a decade. She has enjoyed supporting all aspects of the business during this time and is pleased to see the company continuing to grow its Pilbara footprint.

Prior to joining Atlas, Bronwyn worked for a leading international law firm where she advised companies in relation to mining and infrastructure projects as well as a broad range of corporate matters. Bronwyn is admitted to practice as a lawyer in Western Australia and holds post-graduate qualifications in finance and corporate governance. Bronwyn is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

James (Jim) White

General Manager of Operations

Jim can be found working between our sites and corporate office as General Manager of Operations. In this role, Jim ensures the success of our operations by influencing a team of internal and external stakeholders to meet deliverables in mining, crushing and haulage.

With highly developed skills in safety, people management and strategic thinking, Jim demonstrates his leadership with composure, focus and practicality. He believes resources and mining to be the leading industry for personal and professional development and seeks outgrowth for himself and others continuously. Jim has a keen passion for developing young talent and supports the introduction of graduates to the business whenever possible.

Prior to joining Atlas, Jim worked in mining and engineering management roles both locally and internationally affording him extensive experience. Throughout his career, Jim has been presented with a diverse range of opportunities and holds a Bachelor of Engineering.

Matthew Ramsden

General Manager, Technical Services & Integrated Planning

Matthew’s role covers a number of areas at Atlas including mine planning, geology, hydrology, environment and approvals, supply/value chain management, port operations, management operating systems and product quality. He has been with Atlas for 12 years, holding management and senior management roles across Technical Services, Integrated Planning, Geology, Studies, Haulage, and Port Operations.

Matthew values the dynamic and changing environment at Atlas as well as the capabilities of a hands-on approach and an experienced, diverse and capable team. He believes these factors enable complex problems to be solved and implemented quickly, leading to tangible and rewarding results.

Matthew is a geologist with 20 years’ experience in the mining industry in roles spanning operations, development and exploration largely within iron ore. He has held technical and management roles at Australian Bulk Minerals, Rio Tinto and Atlas, and holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours (Geology) from the University of Tasmania.

Jenny Woo

General Manager – Sales & Marketing

Jenny joined the Atlas leadership team as Head of Sales in July 2019 with a purview over Sales, Marketing, Bulk Freight, and Joint Ventures functions. Over the last decade, Jenny has been responsible for the Sales and Marketing of Atlas's products, forging strong relationships with customers around the globe. Since joining the business, Jenny has been integral in facilitating the sale of over 97 million metric tonnes of iron ore.

Jenny holds a Bachelor of Marketing from the University of Western Australia. She has over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience in the Asia Pacific region, both the FMCG and mining industry. Jenny’s success in this field stems from her ability to match the needs and wants of her customer to the capability of her employers. Thinking outside the box and bridging cultural gaps are critical ingredients to her success stories.

Stacey Brown

Project Manager

Joining the company in January 2019, Stacey is currently working on the delivery of the Corunna Downs project and has been overseeing all stages from pre-feasibility to site construction. Stacey employs her extensive experience in strategic development, corporate leadership and communication to navigate all the challenges that come along with delivering a new project.

Prior to joining Atlas, Stacey worked as Project Manager on the $10 billion-dollar Roy Hill Project in the Pilbara. Considering this as a highlight of her career, Stacey takes great satisfaction in being part of mining operations that create investment, jobs and wealth for Australia.

Stacey has proven herself to be an integral member of the Atlas senior leadership team and continues to seek opportunities to add value to the wider business wherever possible. She values cross-functional teams, building strong relationships with stakeholders, and has a passion for innovation and business improvement.

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