Speakers

Speakers for the 2018 event include:

 

Richard Tacon

Chief Executive Officer
Bathurst Resources

Richard lived in Australia for 32 years, holding several management roles in coal mines around the country before returning to New Zealand to take up the position of Chief Operating Officer in 2012, then being appointed as Chief Executive Officer in March 2015. He has also spent 15 years on a rescue crew, is the chair of the Coal Association of New Zealand and sits on the board of the New Zealand Mines Rescue Trust and Straterra as well as other industry stakeholder organisations. 

Sharon Flynn

Executive Vice President, Head of External Affairs & Social Performance
OceanaGold

Sharon has over 20 years of experience designing and implementing sustainability strategies with global multi-nationals in the mining, oil & gas, construction and forestry sectors. She has also worked in the non-profit sector in community development, biodiversity conservation and peace building. Prior to joining OceanaGold in September 2017, Sharon worked with the One Earth Future Foundation, Rio Tinto, Bechtel, GrupoNueva and Conservation International, among others. She holds a Masters in International Relations and Management from the University of California, San Diego.

Tony Haworth

Director
Campbell MacPherson

Tony has over 20 years of experience spanning a variety of technical, corporate and governance roles across the minerals industry and as a corporate advisor/investment banker. Tony has worked both internationally and in New Zealand for companies ranging from start-ups to established private and public listed entities. His previous roles include General Manager of National Mining Company in Oman, Director of Liberty Gold Corporation in London and Geologist with Heritage Gold. He is currently an Independent Director of New Talisman Gold Mines.

Steve Riddell

Executive Director
Kaipara

Steve has been involved in the mining and extractive industry sector for over 40 years.  He has extensive experience in governance in both the commercial and non-profit sectors and has held various technical, managerial and senior executive roles during his career.  Steve has vast experience and knowledge of the minerals permitting regime and the RMA consenting process and has successfully led and obtained numerous consents throughout his career including two recent direct referrals to the Environment Court.  Steve is a member and Chartered Director of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. 

Linda Thompson

Energy Manager
Fonterra

Linda is Fonterra’s Sustainable Energy & Utilities Group Manager.  She has been managing the companies energy portfolio since 2012, ensuring the company minimises its overall energy costs while maintaining a high level of supply security. She represents Fonterra on industry bodies, including the Major Electricity User Group (MEUG), the Major Gas User Group (MGUG), Business NZ Energy Council (BEC) and the Coal Association of NZ (CANZ).

Dale Sims

Director
AusIMM

Dale is in his second term as a Director of AusIMM, having joined the Board at the start of 2013. A geologist with over 30 years' experience, he has been involved with the Institute since becoming a member in 1989 while working at Mount Isa. Dale has been active with the Geoscience Society (and its precursors) since 2000 working as Chair and Deputy Chair in recent years and currently Chairs the Publications Committee and Asia Taskforce.

Chris Pullen

Environmental Manager
Westland Milk Products

Originally from Zimbabwe, Chris worked in environmental agencies for 21 years before emigrating to New Zealand. He has lived and worked on the South Island’s West Coast for 19 years', more than half of which he spent working for the West Coast Regional Council where he formed close working relationships with both the dairy and mining industries, each of which has faced its share of environmental challenges. Chris is now with Westland Milk Products, where he has been the Environmental Manager for eight years. 

Dave Bellett

Deputy Chief Inspector - Extractives
WorkSafe

Dave Bellett is employed by WorkSafe New Zealand as Deputy Chief Inspector of Mines, Tunnels and Quarries. He works in a small team called the High Hazard Unit that was set up following the Pike River Mine Disaster. Dave has 22 years’ experience as an Inspector primarily in the investigations area. He has experience in risk management, emergency management, health and safety management systems, accident causation analysis and human factors. Dave currently manages the operational arm of the High Hazard Unit working in mines, tunnels and quarries within NZ.

Jackie St John

Land and Consenting Lawyer
OceanaGold

Jackie supports OceanaGold to obtain the minerals permits, land access, consents and authorities required for its New Zealand operations. Before joining OceanaGold in 2015 Jackie worked in private practice and for a local authority in the areas of environmental law, local government law, civil and criminal litigation and enforcement.

Ilana Miller

National Manager Minerals
New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals

Ilana manages the team responsible for the allocation and management of the Crown's mineral portfolio. Her team works closely with other government agencies, particularly those involved in regulation of the sector. Ilana has held roles in both the private and public sectors; prior to joining NZP&M she worked at the Environmental Protection Authority. Ilana holds a degree in science and a post graduate qualification in environmental management.

Andrew Holley

Mine Manager
New Zealand Coal and Carbon

Andrew has been managing the Roa mine site since New Zealand Coal & Carbon commenced underground mining in 1999. Prior to this, he took over the managers role at the Topline underground mine in the Garvey Creek field, North of Reefton, and worked various Hydro underground operations in the Reefton area for Francis mining. He was a mines rescue brigadesman for 30 years, and is currently on the Mines Rescue board. Before joining the company in 1990, Andrew worked contract logging in Queensland for a year after mining in the Reefton coal field for Mulken.

Sheryl Roa

Principal Advisor – Consents
Environment Waikato

Sheryl currently hold the position of Principal Advisor – Consents within the Resource Use Directorate at the Waikato Regional Council. In this role, Sheryl is responsible for managing complex resource consent applications and the monitoring of associated consents in the regulatory space.

James Stevenson-Wallace

General Manager Energy and Resource Markets
New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals

James joined the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment as General Manager in 2014. He is responsible for development of policy advice for energy and resource markets and the delivery of the regulatory and promotional activities of the Ministry's NZP&M team. James has a background in strategy, policy development and programme implementation gained through a career spanning the public service in both social and economic portfolios. He has previously held roles at the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Crown Financing Agency.

Mike Meehan

Chief Executive Officer
West Coast Regional Council

Mike was appointed as the Chief Executive of the West Coast Regional Council in 2016 following 11 years in various roles in the organisation. Experience as a compliance officer, a planning manager and as a Chief Executive has seen Mike interact with all levels in the mining sector. Mike also holds positions on the LGNZ Policy Advisory Group, Chairs the Civil Defence Coordinating Executive Group and is also currently Chairman of the West Coast Rugby Union.

Chris Baker

Chief Executive Officer
Straterra

Chris’ experience spans more than 35 years in mining and energy in Australia and New Zealand, in executive governance roles and across many commodities – in particular gold and coal. He also chairs ASX-listed mineral exploration company Explaurum, MinEx, RSC Mining & Mineral Exploration, and is a director of the MITO.

Rose Turnbull

Geologist
GNS Science

Rose has 11 years research experience, the last seven as a geologist within the Regional Geology Department at GNS Science. Prior to joining GNS, Rose was an associate lecturer at the University of Canterbury, where she also completed her PhD. Her work (both research and commercial oriented) covers a wide spectrum of minerals-related projects, including soil geochemical baselines, intrusion-related mineralisation studies, and the application of novel isotopic techniques to map lithospheric architecture as a regional prospectivity tool.

Rebekah McLelland

GIS/Database Geologist
OceanaGold

Rebekah is a GIS/Database Geologist at Macraes, joining OceanaGold in 2010. She has worked for both the Macraes and Reefton exploration teams and also as an underground geologist before starting in the GIS/Database Geologist role two years ago. She holds a BSc Geology from Otago University and has studied post graduate economic geology part time through the Minerals Geoscience Masters Programme, Australia (UTas, JCU & UWA).

Brent Francis

Chief Executive Officer
NZ Coal & Carbon

Working in the mining sector for more than 30 years, Brent has extensive experience in the operations and marketing areas of the sector. Brent is an active participant in the coal industry. He is deputy chair of the Coal Association of NZ, a trustee of the Mines Rescue Trust and a director of the industry-owned Coal Research organisation.

Clayton Hill

Principal
Groundwork Plus

Clayton is a Director and Principal of Groundwork Plus and has over 17 years’ experience in the quarry industry. He provides industry relevant assistance to clients in Australia and overseas focusing on safety and health, quarry optimisation, efficiency improvement, acquisition and divestment, market assessments, materials testing and operational advice. Clayton is currently the National President of the IQA, and is also a member of the Queensland Environmental Law Association and the Hong Kong Australia Business Association.

Mike Chilton

Technical Advisor
Aggregate & Quarry Association

Mike hails from Sydney and gained his mining engineering qualification there but always wanted to live in the country. He met his wife in Sydney and in 2004 they returned to her family’s roots in the Manawatu. Mike worked first for contracting company Infracon around the lower North Island before moving to Higgins as Aggregates Operations Manager and later Technical Engineer. Mike now runs his own consultancy firm, specialising in the aggregates’ industry and says nothing beats working with the innovative people who make a living out of lower-value extractives.

Matthew Hill

Geologist
GNS Science

Matthew is a geologist and spatial data analyst at GNS Science. He specialises in structural geology, 3D geological modelling, the analysis of digital data related to mineral systems and the application of remote sensing and drone imagery to neotectonics and geomorphology.

Rob Smillie

Head of Department, Regional Geology
GNS Science

Rob is an experienced leader and manager of diverse geological teams with a track record of exploration success & project development throughout the Asia-Pacific and Australasia region. Strong business acumen coupled with highly-developed technical skills.

Stephen Christensen

Partner
Anderson Lloyd

Stephen has practised law at Anderson Lloyd since 1989, and his clients include some of New Zealand’s largest energy and primary industry corporates. Stephen enjoys acting as strategic advisor to clients, working with their management teams to come up with solutions to difficult problems and achieve their business objectives. He also works as an advocate and represents clients in hearings and court processes.

Cam McKenzie

Business Development Manager
RSC Mining & Mineral Exploration

Cam joined RSC Consulting as Business Development Manager in 2017 from a role as Chief Executive Officer at Kenex Limited. Prior to this he acted as an advisor to several junior exploration companies following a period managing the Minerals Unit of the former Crown Minerals Group of the Ministry of Economic Development. He has over 20 years’ experience in the minerals sector covering technical and management roles across exploration companies, government and consulting firms.

Peter Haddock

Managing Director
Mill Creek Mining

Peter hails from a pioneer Greymouth family and has been a leader in the building, engineering, gold mining sectors on the West Coast for many years. He is a councillor with Grey District.

David Darby

Manager, Commercial Analysis and Investment
New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals (NZP&M)

David leads the commercial analysis and investment team at NZP&M. His team promotes New Zealand’s petroleum and minerals sectors to potential investors around the globe. David has more than 20 years’ experience in the upstream oil and gas sector. Prior to joining NZP&M in 2015, David worked for Maersk Oil in the UK, and has previously held roles with GNS Science, Ikon and BG Group.

Mathew Arthur

General Manager
Imerys Ceramics

Mathew has spent his entire 30 year professional career with the Imerys Group. He was previously on the Senior Management Team for Imerys UK, one of the largest strategic operations of the Imerys Group but took up the invitation and opportunity in 2013 to relocate and manage the Imerys business here in New Zealand and today he is the most senior representative of Imerys in the country. A Chartered Surveyor by professional qualification and also a Member of the Institute of Quarrying, Mathew has a wealth of knowledge and experience within the Quarrying and Industrial sectors.

Duncan Ross

Planning and Approval Superintendent
OceanaGold

Duncan has 15 years’ experience in environmental management, specialising in contaminated site investigation and remediation. He started at OceanaGold’s Globe Progress mine, Reefton, in 2010, managing the environmental and restoration aspects of the operation. Duncan is now the Planning and Approval Superintendent for the Reefton Restoration Project, working to fully close and restore the site to the highest possible standard.   

Glenville Stiles

Emergency Management Advisor
New Zealand Mines Rescue

Glenville has been extensively involved in emergency management in the mining industry for the past 10 years and is currently contracted to the New Zealand Mines Rescue Service as an Emergency Management Advisor. Prior to this, he served 12 years with the Australian military and eight years in the NZ fishing industry. Glenville is committed to assisting all industries with Emergency Management Plans that are capability based with a strong focus on end user. 

Antony Stodart

General Manager
New Vale and Ohai Coal

In 2005 Antony began working at the Ohai mine as the Processing Supervisor, progressing to the Mine Manager. He moved to New Vale in 2008 as the New Vale and Ohai Mine Manager and in 2015 became the Senior Site Executive for both sites. When they were sold to Greenbriar, Antony became the General Manager. He has lived in Southland for his entire life, commencing his career in the Sawmill and Forestry Industry.

Mark Franklin

Managing Director
Stevenson Group

Mark has been Managing Director of Stevenson Group since early 2010, and has extensive experience in the infrastructure, energy, and technology sectors in New Zealand, Australia and Asia. He is a Director of WEL Networks, UltraFast Broadband, Chamber of Commerce and Stevenson Group. Mark has also been a member of the Prime Minister’s Climate Change Leadership forum and the Australia New Zealand Joint Prime Ministers leadership Forum.

Anne Brewster

Chief Operating Officer
Stevenson Group

Anne has been involved in the mining & quarrying industry for 12 years. She joined the Stevenson Mining team in 2011 when Stevenson successfully tendered for the Rotowaro Mine Services contract with Solid Energy and the Coaldale Mining Services contract with Bathurst. Over the last 7 years Anne has been involved in the permitting and consenting process for the Te Kuha coal deposit, for which consent was granted on 21st Nov 2017. She has also worked within the telecommunications and manufacturing industries both within NZ and the UK.

Desmond Gong

Combustion Engineer
Tailored Energy Solutions

Since early 2016, Desmond has been working for Tailored Energy Solutions. He provides independent consulting services related to coal and wood waste boilers for better efficiency and lower emissions, as well as technical service to Taylor Coal customers. Desmond has 35 years’ experience working on coal and wood waste, and has worked for both the Thermal Power Research Institute and CRL Energy. He holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in coal combustion and boiler operation.

Wayne Scott

Chief Executive Officer
MinEx

Wayne Scott was recently appointed CEO for MINEX, the National Health and Safety Council for the New Zealand Mining and Quarrying industry. He has extensive experience in the quarrying industry, both in NSW and Queensland, and for the past 8 years has been an Inspector of Mines – Small Mines Strategy, with the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines. He has an Advanced Diploma in Extractive Industries, a number of Safety and Training qualifications, is a Certified Practicing Quarry Manager in Australia, was Institute of Quarrying Australia National President in 2012 and 2013 and is now a Fellow.

Glenys Perkins

Managing Director
Taylor Coal

With over 30 years’ experience in the Minerals industry, Glenys Perkins is a true West Coaster. She has worked at local council level and then moved on to successfully running and expanding a coal mine and a gold mine. Glenys is now more involved behind the scenes in managing a solid fuel distribution company and supporting the West Coast mining industry. She is also sought after to speak on the industry both in NZ and internationally, where her vast knowledge and experience is highly respected.

Alan Broome

Chairman
CRL Energy

Alan Broome is a professional Director and Business advisor with over 40 years’ experience in the Metals Mining and Energy Industries. A Metallurgist by training, he had an extensive background in Metal casting and Steel production before joining the Mining Industry in 1990. Alan has extensive knowledge of the Mining Industry accumulated through involvement with Mining technology companies, Government Agencies and major international Mining companies in promoting Australian mining and developing global trade.

Mark Sinclair

Founder
yourBusinessChannel

Mark Sinclair has spent the last two decades helping industry bodies, global companies and firms of consultants to engage with key audiences and stakeholders more directly, more measurably and with impact.  His work has spanned multiple industries including mining, and most major markets, including work with two governments.  He has spoken at numerous mining industry events globally.  Mark was previously a barrister solicitor, CMO at the world's largest network of headhunters and commercial director at a disruptive agency which launched NZ's first youth mobile brand.

Lisa Jenkins

Principal Planner
Environment Canterbury

Lisa is a Principal Planner at Environment Canterbury and has worked in resource management for 14 years.  She has a strong interest in the integration of landuse and infrastructure and had key roles in the development of the Canterbury Regional Policy Statement and the Canterbury Air Regional Plan, documents that strongly influence mining in the Canterbury Region.