Clifford is a legal and governance professional with more than 20 years’ experience, principally in the resources sector.
Prior roles include working as an adviser to ASX-listed and private equity clients in relation to corporate transactions and governance matters, General Counsel & Company Secretary (consultant) for Lattice Energy Limited (the proposed IPO vehicle for the upstream oil & gas assets of ASX-listed Origin Energy Limited (2017)), General Counsel & Company Secretary of formerly ASX-listed Drillsearch Energy Limited (2014–2016) and various in-house roles with ASX‑listed Newcrest Mining Limited (2005–2014), including Acting General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel (2011–2014). Clifford commenced his professional career with national law firm Allens (2001–2005).
Clifford was also formerly a non-executive director of ASX-listed Aurelia Metals Limited (ASX: AMI) where he also served as a member of the audit committee.
Clifford holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology and a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Queensland. Clifford is a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Clifford was appointed Company Secretary on 27 May 2021, and General Counsel & Company Secretary with effect on and from 2 July 2021. In this role, Clifford’s executive responsibilities included governance, Group legal, Group risk and insurance, and external affairs. In February 2022, Clifford’s executive accountabilities were expanded to include ESG (environment, social and governance) and his title was changed to Chief Governance & Legal Officer.