Julian Hanna

General Manager, Growth and Development

Julian has more than 35 years’ experience in the resources sector across a wide range of activities including exploration, development, mining and corporate growth.

He was co-founder and Managing Director of nickel miner Western Areas Limited (ASX: WSA) for 12 years (from 2000 to 2012). During his tenure, Western Areas grew from a $6m IPO to Australia’s No. 1 independent nickel sulphide producer through the discovery and development of the high-grade Flying Fox and Spotted Quoll nickel sulphide deposits in Western Australia. 

In 2013, Julian joined copper explorer MOD Resources Limited as Managing Director. Under his leadership, MOD established a substantial licence holding in the very prospective and underexplored Kalahari Copper Belt in Botswana and delivered exploration success through the discovery of the significant T3 and A4 copper deposits.

Sandfire Resources Limited (ASX: SFR) acquired MOD in 2019 in a $167 million takeover and has since begun progressing mine development of MOD’s discoveries. Julian remained with Sandfire post-takeover in the role of Director, Growth and External Affairs – EMEA up until he joined St George Mining in March 2022.