Executive Team


Nev Power, Chief Executive Officer

Mr Power was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2011, and Executive Director in September 2011.

Mr Power has extensive experience with more than 30 years’ exposure to the mining, steel and construction industries.

Prior to joining Fortescue, Mr Power held Chief Executive positions at Thiess and the Smorgon Steel Group.

Mr Power has led Fortescue’s commitment to safety excellence, and to the Billion Opportunities program which has awarded over A$1.8 billion in contracts to Aboriginal businesses.

He is also a passionate advocate for the development of northern Australia and for its communities to reach their full potential.

He is a Fellow of both Engineers Australia and the AusIMM and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Business Administration.

Mr Power has a long history in agribusiness and aviation, holding both fixed wing and helicopter commercial pilot licenses.


Elizabeth Gaines, Chief Financial Officer

Ms Gaines joined the Fortescue executive team in February 2017 having been a member of Fortescue’s Board on the Audit and Risk Management and Finance Committees since 2013.

Ms Gaines is a highly experienced chief financial officer who also brings significant global, commercial and operational experience from a range of industry sectors to complement Fortescue’s highly capable finance team.

Ms Gaines is regarded as a financial and governance expert, is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women. Ms Gaines holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Master of Applied Finance degree. She is a Commissioner of Tourism WA.



David Liu, Director of Sales and Marketing

Mr Liu joined Fortescue in 2003 and was appointed as Director of Sales and Marketing in 2011 after completing his post-graduate studies at the University of Western Australia.

Having spent nearly 30 years in Perth, Mr Liu has strong experience in trade and investment projects between Australia and China. He brings a deep understanding of Asian, particularly Chinese, culture and business practices to Fortescue’s strategy of securing long term partnerships with the major steel mills in Asia.



Tim Langmead, Director External Relations

Mr Langmead was appointed Director External Relations in January 2014 after joining Fortescue in January 2013 as Group Manager Corporate Affairs.

Previously Mr Langmead held senior corporate affairs roles in the Australian business units of global oil and gas companies. He served in senior staff roles for Ministers in the Howard-Anderson and Howard-Vaile governments and commenced his career as an agribusiness journalist.



Linda O’Farrell, Group Manager Fortescue People

Ms O’Farrell joined Fortescue in October 2013 as Group Manager Fortescue People, joining the Executive team in December 2014. Ms O’Farrell previously held executive human resources roles in major Australian resources companies.

Ms O’Farrell brings deep experience in strategic people management, diversity and Aboriginal employment and holds a Bachelor of Economics degree (Honours in Industrial Relations) from the University of Western Australia.



Greg Lilleyman, Director Operations

Mr Lilleyman joined Fortescue in January 2017 with over 28 years’ experience in the mining sector. Mr Lilleyman brings a wealth of industry knowledge with a personal style and approach strongly aligned with Fortescue’s values and culture. His extensive experience in leading safety and operational excellence combined with his thorough knowledge and passion for technology and innovation provides for further development of Fortescue’s strong operational and cost performance.



Peter Huston, Director Corporate Services, Chief General Counsel

Mr Huston joined Fortescue in January 2005 with over 20 years’ experience in legal and corporate advisory roles. Prior to joining Fortescue. Mr Huston spent 12 years’ as a Partner of the law firm now known as Norton Rose and 10 years in private equity, mergers and acquisitions.



Rob Watson, Group Manager Health and Safety

Mr Watson joined Fortescue in 2011 and was appointed Group Manager Health and Safety in 2014. Mr Watson has held a number of senior corporate health and safety roles in large mining companies over the last 15 years. His total career in health and safety spans over 25 years in a number of industries and commodities. Mr Watson holds a Masters in Occupational Health and Safety.


Alison Terry, Company Secretary and Group Manager Corporate Affairs 

Ms Terry was appointed Company Secretary in February 2017 in addition to her role as Group Manager, Corporate Affairs that she has held since joining Fortescue in 2014.

With significant experience in corporate affairs, legal, company secretarial and general management Ms Terry has previously held senior executive and Board roles across a number of sectors including automotive, telecommunications and superannuation. She holds Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) degrees, and a Graduate Diploma of Business (Accounting).