David Smith

Director, People, Risk and the Environment


Executive Leader with a zero harm value set and proven ability to strategically vision and plan SHEQ&T, engage and coach, execute and monitor, audit and continually improve risk management policies and procedures, and to introduce globally benchmarked initiatives that exceed business performance expectations and goals and also protects people, the environment, company reputation and assets. Led over 20 group entity and worldwide sites to achieve Best Practice SHEQ&T standards as the Group Manager – Safety, Environment, Quality and Training, for Byrnecut Mining.

Senior Project and Operational Leader with a proven ability to execute SHEQ&T elements and requirements on major capital projects during project study phases and board approvals, construction execution, operational readiness and commercial operation.

In Ghana provided expert health and safety leadership and strategy management for the $1B Greenfield Newmont Akyem construction project which is now in commercial operation. Newmont Akyem was the first mine in Ghana to win the prestigious ‘Ghana Best Safe Mine Award’ two years in a row and was also the first Newmont operation to achieve over 400 days zero harm.