The following are members of the Advisory Panels for New Zealand Minerals Forum 2020.  

Glenys Perkins

Minerals West Coast

Glenys has been involved in the mining industry for more than 30 years and is dedicated to ensuring that coal is accepted as a secure energy resource for New Zealand. In April 2017, Glenys was elected the first woman to chair Minerals West Coast. She is also managing director of Taylor Coal.


New Zealand Branch Representative

Dean has a 30 year career in coal resources, mining projects and operations, and major geotechnical projects. Much of this experience was working as an exploration, mining or engineering geologist, then technical, project, operations and senior management roles.

Suzannah Toulmin

Principal Investment Advisor (Energy & Resource Markets)
Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

Suzannah is an experienced investment advisor with a demonstrated history of working in both the private-sector energy/resource sector, and public service. Strong expertise in strategic thinking, commercial analytics and client and stakeholder relationship management.

Paul Angus

Reefton Resources

Paul graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Geology from University of Otago in 1984 and has more than 30 years mining, development and exploration experience in New Zealand. Joining Macraes Mining in 1990 as a mine geologist, Paul was subsequently appointed Mining and Exploration Manager responsible for all mining operations, long-term planning and exploration.

Troy Dougherty

Chief Technology Officer

Troy is a materials scientist who oversees R&D, production and technical marketing at Nuenz.  While working at CRL Energy, Troy discovered a way to produce advanced materials from NZ coal and sand.  This technology has now been spun out with investment to form Nuenz.  Troy will discuss the story of how the technology has developed from initial discovery through to marketing our technology to customers around the world.

Wayne Scott

Chief Executive Officer
MinEx and Aggregate and Quarry Association (AQA)

Wayne Scott is the Chief Executive Officer for MinEx, the Extractive sector Health and Safety Council, and for the Aggregates and Quarrying Association of New Zealand.

Prior to returning to New Zealand in 2017, Wayne was an Inspector of Mines – Small Mines Strategy, with the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

He has 30 years’ experience in the Quarrying Industry, both in NSW and Queensland. He has an Advanced Diploma in Extractive Industries, several Safety and Training qualifications, and is a Certified Practicing Quarry Manager in Australia

Tony Christie

Senior Minerals Geologist
GNS Science

Tony Christie is a Senior Minerals Geologist with GNS Science, Lower Hutt. His research has included projects on epithermal and orogenic gold, ironsand and clay deposits, geological and geochemical mapping, and regional mineral resource assessments.

John Taylor

Subsurface Investigation and Mineral Resource Consultant
Western Ventures

John Taylor is a Cornish–born mining engineer who graduated from the Royal School of Mines, London many years ago. Since then he has worked for both mining companies and mineral industry consultancies in New Zealand and internationally. After nearly 30 years working in places such as Cyprus, Iran, Spain and Australia he came to New Zealand in 1993 to work as project engineer on the Globe-Progress Mine for Macraes Mining. In 2003 he joined Solid Energy and where he eventually became Underground and Subsurface Investigations Manager on the Millerton Project at Stockton.

Cam McKenzie

Business Development Manager
RSC Mining & Mineral Exploration

Campbell has a background as an exploration geologist and holds a BSc (Hons) in Geology. He has worked globally in the minerals industry for twenty years with experience covering mineral exploration and mining, business development, stakeholder relations, investment promotion and joint industry – academia research. He has held upper management roles with mineral sector consultancies, government and industry.

Chris Baker

Chief Executive Officer

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 MinEx, RSC Mining & Mineral Exploration, and is a director of the Motor Industry Training Organisation.

Hamish Blakemore

Exploration Superintendent

Hamish is a geologist with over 15 years experience in gold exploration and 3 years experience in marine geophysics. He started work with OceanaGold in 2009 at its Reefton operation and now Exploration Superintendent at Macraes.  He holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Otago.

Maree Baker-Galloway

Anderson Lloyd

Maree specialises in environmental and planning law, specifically the Resource Management Act 1991, Conservation Act 1987 and related legislation. She joined Anderson Lloyd in 2002.

Michael Begbie

Principal Geotechnical Engineer
Bathurst Resources

Mike has over 20 years professional experience in a variety of civil engineering, mining, and exploration projects. He has extensive experience in providing geotechnical support to opencast mining and quarrying operations in a variety of geological environments throughout New Zealand. Mike holds a Master of Engineering Science from University of New South Wales and a Doctor of Philosophy from University of Otago.

Tim Journeaux

Principal Minerals Advisor
New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals

Tim joined NZP&M in late 2016 after six years working as a Principal Consultant with Quantitative Geoscience.  For the 15 years prior to that he worked in a number of roles for both WMC Resources and BHP Billiton including Principal Resource Geologist for Nickel West.


Prospect Consulting

After a career in international relations, Bernie switched to journalism in 1999, reporting on science and environment for The Evening Post, and then The Dominion Post. In 2003 he moved to the Department of Conservation where he designed and ran media training for DOC staff, worked in communications based in Wellington, and, later, policy. From 2010 Bernie was policy manager at Straterra, the NZ minerals industry advocacy body.