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Ian Cockerill

Director of BHP Group Limited

MSc (Mining and Mineral Engineering), BSc (Hons.) (Geology), AMP – Oxford Templeton College


Independent Non-executive Director since April 2019

Skills and experience 

Ian Cockerill has had 48 years’ experience in mining beginning his career as a geologist in 1975, converting to a mining engineering career in 1976, followed by extensive experience in operational, project and executive roles around the world. 

Ian was formerly the Chair of both Polymetal International plc and BlackRock World Mining Trust plc, Lead Independent Director of Ivanhoe Mines Ltd, Non-executive Director of Orica Limited (from July 2010 to August 2019) and Endeavour Mining Corporation (from September 2013 to March 2019). Ian previously held several senior positions at Anglo American Corporation including Technical Director for Gold and Uranium Division, which included responsibility for African and international operations, and was the Chief Executive Officer of Gold Fields from 2002 to 2008. 

Ian’s technical and management experience globally across a range of commodities, together with his experiences as an operational leader and investor in numerous mining jurisdictions, bring a unique focus to understanding the risks and reward of prospective resources, cost of development and operations and valued input into the assessment of opportunities to strengthen the portfolio of world class and sustainable assets.  

Current appointments

Ian is currently Senior Independent Director of Endeavour Mining Corporation (since May 2022), the Chair of Cornish Lithium Ltd (since April 2022) and a Non-executive Director of I-Pulse Inc (since September 2010). Ian is also a Director of the Leadership for Conservation in Africa.

Committee membership

Risk and Audit Committee, Sustainability Committee