Sirius Minerals , chief development officer
Simon Carter has 30 years’ international experience with client, consultant and contractor organisations and a track record of delivering large and complex projects. Simon joined Sirius Minerals from Fortescue Metals Group, the world fourth largest iron ore miner. From 2011 he was the Project Director for the successful greenfield 60mtpa, $3.4b Solomon Project based in Perth, Western Australia. In early 2014, on completing the fast track production ramp up of Solomon, he was appointed CEO of Iron Bridge, a joint venture between Fortescue, Formosa Plastics and Baosteel, and Project Director of the $2b North Star magnetite project. The first stage of Ironbridge - which included a 10mtpa mining operation, a processing plant (using very similar technology to that used on the Sirius project), an islanded power station and a 43km slurry pipeline - was completed in just over 16 months. Simon was appointed Director of Development for Fortescue at the end of 2014, and in March 2015 his role was expanded as the leader of Fortescue’s ABD program, a program that successfully coordinated C1 cost reductions of over 50% across Fortescue’s operations. Prior to Fortescue, Simon was responsible for a range of projects in the mining, power, oil and gas, petrochemicals and infrastructure sectors for WorleyParsons, initially in New Zealand and subsequently as Senior Vice President and General Manager of WorleyParsons’ Latin America and Caribbean business. Simon joined Sirius Minerals in July 2016. As Chief Development Officer, he is responsible for the engineering, construction and production ramp-up of the North Yorkshire Polyhalite Project leading a very experienced project and operational readiness team that has taken the project from the latter stages of the conceptual engineering into the current fast-paced engineering, design and construction phase.