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Warnick joins Miro Advisors

Perth corporate advisory firm Miro Advisors has appointed Leigh Warnick to its senior advisory panel. Mr Warnick is a prominent Perth lawyer, who has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of corporate law and mergers and acquisitions. As a law firm partner, he acted for Woodside in its response to a takeover bid by Shell and for BHP Billiton on its proposed joint venture with Rio Tinto. Mr Warnick joined the independent Bar in October last year, after 18 months at local firm Lavan Legal. He previously worked with Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) and before that Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons).

The Miro advisory panel now has five members, including Miro chairman and corporate lawyer Brett Cowell, former deputy prime minister John Anderson, former Woodside Energy executive Eve Howell and London-based energy executive Stuart Jackson.

Thick New Standard boss

New Standard Energy has appointed Phil Thick as managing director following the resignation of Sam Willis. Mr Thick, who is a non-executive director on the board, takes up the position this week. Mr Willis will continue to serve as a director of New Standard and advise Mr Thick on the company’s strategic direction. Mr Thick was previously managing director of MHM Metals since July last year and prior to that served a four-year stint as chief executive of Coogee Chemicals. This was preceded by a 20-year career with Shell in the downstream business around Australia and overseas, which culminated in a position as one of four directors of Shell Australia.

Day returns to Newcrest

Geoff Day has returned to Newcrest Mining with his appointment as executive general manager sustainability and external affairs, succeeding Stephen Creese, who is retiring from his current role of EGM corporate affairs in July. Mr Day will be accountable for the community and external affairs activities of the Melbourne-based gold miner, as well as health, safety, environment and security.

Mr Day was most recently managing director of Kagara, which went into administration last year after being hit by weak commodity prices and high costs. Prior to joining Kagara in February 2011, he was Newcrest’s EGM Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Newcrest’s Telfer mine in the eastern Pilbara ranked it as the fourth highest gold producer in WA for the most recent financial year, according to the WA Business News 2013 Book of Lists. Last week, the company cut its production targets by 10 per cent due to problems at its Lihir operations in PNG.

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