Rob joined Sierra Rutile in December 2016 from Iluka Resources where he held the position of General Manager Innovation, Sustainability and Technology. Rob has more than 25 years’ experience in the mineral sand industry in a number of roles. He was Principal Environmental Scientist at Richards Bay Minerals in South Africa and worked in senior roles at Exxaro Resources (now Tronox) where he was responsible for technical disciplines for a number of years. In 2008 Rob joined Iluka Resources in Perth where he held management roles in the fields of hydrogeology, metallurgy, sustainability and business development. He holds a MSc in Geochemistry from Stellenbosch University.
Shane Tilka joined Sierra Rutile in December 2016 from Iluka Resources. He has previously held roles at Iluka of General Manager USA Operations, Jacinth Ambrosia Mine Manager in South Australia, and Eneabba Production Manager and Narngulu Operations Manager in Western Australia. Shane is a mining professional who has studied at the Western Australian School of Mines and also has a Bachelor of Commerce from Edith Cowan University.
Mr Folmer joined Sierra Rutile from Rio Tinto, where he held the position of General
Manager – Rutile & Zircon, responsible for gobal sales of rutile and zircon produced
by Richards Bay Mining and QIT Madagascar Minerals. Prior to this he held various
sales and marketing management positions within Rio Tinto focusing on titanium
Mr Folmer has a strong track record of developing and implementing global
marketing strategies and has substantial experience and knowledge of key markets
in North America, Europe and Asia, particularly in China.
Mr. Williams re-joined Sierra Rutile in 2011, having spent over 10 years in Canada. Mr. Williams, a Sierra Leonean national, spent over 12 years with Sierra Rutile between 1985 and 1998 at the beginning of his career. He moved to Canada in 2000 and worked for Titanium Corporation Inc. as a Consultant Metallurgist. He then joined SNC-Lavalin Inc., Toronto in 2002 and carried out work for various clients including BHP Billiton, Barrick Gold and Xstrata Nickel on a number of base and precious metal and industrial minerals projects in Canada, South America and Africa as Senior Metallurgist, Manager, Hydrometallurgy and Support and Project Manager. Between 2009 and 2010, he was Manager of Process Engineering at Worley Parsons, Minerals and Metals. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) degree from the University of Sierra Leone and a M.Sc. in minerals engineering from the Camborne School of Mines, UK and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.