Directors and Management

Name     Position Bio

Gary Cochrane  

Chairman and CEO


Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), Grad Dip Mining (Ballarat), EMBA (Haskayne)

Gary has more than 30 years’ experience in the mining, engineering and construction industry in Australia, China, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. He has held senior management and technical roles at operating mines in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Gary has spent the last 22 years as an international mining and management consultant to the coal and hard rock mining industries. 

Gary is a regular commentator on coal industry strategic supply and demand positions and coal investment opportunities and is a regular speaker at international coal conferences in Australia, China, and Japan.

Gary was a founding investor and former director of Millennium Coal which is now an operating coal mine in Queensland producing 3 million tonnes per annum. He is also on the board of a junior resource company with a specialisation in process technology. Gary completed an Executive MBA in Global Energy at the Haskayne Management School in Calgary, Canada in 2014.

Gary joined the board on 27 November 2007 and became Chairman on 28 February 2008.

Rob Stewart Non-executive Director


Rob has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), Master of Engineering Science (Mining), FIEAust, and has spent 40 years working in the mining and construction industries.

He came to Bounty following executive level experience with mine and infrastructure owners and with mining and construction contractors.

Previous appointments have included: General Manager with Leighton Holdings Ltd subsidiary Thiess Pty Ltd responsible for the company’s contract mining and construction business in NSW; Chief Executive and Managing Director of Whitehaven Coal Limited, an ASX listed coal mining company; and Executive Director of CRSM LLC, a Mongolian based company identifying, evaluating and managing investments in Mongolia’s resource industry.

Rob is currently a director of JukesTodd, a strategic business advisor offering professional services to the resources, infrastructure and energy sectors.

Rob joined the board on 17 September 2009.

(Kevin) Jian Jiao Non-executive Director


Kevin is an independent non-executive director. Kevin is Chair of the Nomination Committee and a member of the Audit, Risk and Remuneration Committees.

Mr Jiao has a BA majored in Economics and an MBA from Melbourne University in Australia. He has also completed a post-graduate course in mining from China University of Geosciences.

Mr Jiao has spent 26 years in the resources sector. He started his career with China Minmetals Group in Beijing and then moved to Melbourne and worked as the deputy Managing Director of Minmetals Australia Pty Ltd. In 2004, Mr Jiao founded Vingo Resources Group, a commodity trading and investment company, and he has been the executive Chairman ever since.

Mr Jiao has worked in the areas of sales and marketing, project investment, project finance/development, mergers and acquisitions, and general management. Over his career, he has successfully invested and exited more than 20 mining projects at various jurisdictions over the world.

Kevin joined the board of Bounty on 18 August 2016.

Julie Garland McLellan Non-executive Director


Julie is a professional company director with a background in the resources and energy sectors.

Julie has a degree in Civil Engineering, an MBA and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance as well as a Diploma and an Advanced Diploma in Company Directorship.

She has served on the boards of listed and unlisted companies. Julie was a NSW Australian Institute of Company Directors councillor from 2004 until 2010 and writes, facilitates and presents governance training for the Institute and other clients. 

Julie was on the board of Bounty from 4th April 2008 until 2 August 2016, and was reappointed on 10 November 2017.

Eryl Baron Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer