2019 and 2020 speakers:


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.

Wayne Scott

Chief Executive Officer

Wayne Scott is CEO for MinEx, the national health and safety council for the New Zealand mining and quarrying industry. He is also CEO of the Aggregate & Quarry Association. 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.

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.

Jonathan Young

Spokesperson for Energy and Resources and MP for New Plymouth
National Party

New Plymouth MP Young, regained his seat in the 2017 General Election with a majority of 7276 votes, is the energy and resources spokesperson for the National Party.

The role comprises not just oil and gas but the electrical sector, gold mining and any other extractive industry.

Donna Flavell

Chief Executive

A known face throughout the tribe, it is a role that she recently returned to after being on secondment with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu as the General Manager, Strategy and Influence.

She holds key responsibilities for providing leadership to all employees of Waikato-Tainui and works closely with the Chair of Te Arataura and the Senior Leadership Team on a wide range of complex issues that confront Waikato-Tainui.

Mitch Hooke

Former Minerals Council of Australia Chief Executive Mitch Hooke joined the peak national mining  representative body just prior to the start of the mining boom in 2002, at a time when the industry was being roundly criticised for its poor stewardship of the environmental and social assets under its care. The industry was under fire on all fronts – the wagons circling in diminishing circles to the point the industry was in serious danger of losing its social license to operate.

Stephen Durkin

Chief Executive Officer

Stephen Durkin is Chief Executive of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).

Before joining the AusIMM, Stephen was CEO of Engineers Australia for five years, leading the 100,000 member association through a widely-applauded transformation which saw the introduction of a new National Engineering Register and a ten-fold increase in EA’s media profile. Prior to a career in professional associations, Stephen spent 15 years at National Australia Bank in a number of executive roles including NSW State Manager, Retail Banking.

Kristy Christensen


Kristy Christensen is an award-winning innovator for inclusion, Director of Shesfreetobe Ltd and an experienced Senior Technical Expert in the minerals industry. She helps organisations invest in the well-being of their female workforce to see them THRIVE through better workplace designs and her game-changing Shesfreetobe Tool kits for women in traditionally male dominated industries which are in mine and construction sites all over Australia and New Zealand.  

Alan Eggers

Executive Chairman
TTR Global

Over 30 years international experience in the mining sector as a chairman, director and in senior executive roles of companies exploring and developing minerals mining projects.

Former founding director and managing director of Summit Resources Limited, an ASX 200 company with a market capitalisation of A$1.2 billion until its takeover by Paladin Energy Ltd in 2007

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. 

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.

Mathijs van de Ven

Exploration Geologist
RSC Mining and Mineral Exploration

Mathijs van de Ven is a geologist at RSCMME based in Dunedin, New Zealand. He holds an MSc (Hons) in Geology & Geochemistry from the VU University in Amsterdam and worked in a geochemical research laboratory for several years prior to graduating on a geochemical study of alkaline-intrusion-related rare earth element mineralisation in Greenland.

Mike Stewart

Technical Domain Expert

Mike is a geologist and geostatistician with 30 years experience in the mining industry. He has specific expertise in resource estimation, classification, and applied mine geology. Mike holds B.Sc. and M.Sc.(Hons) degrees in geology (UC, NZ) and geostatistics (Ecole des Mines de Paris). He is a member of the AIG and the AusIMM.

Mark Cadzow

Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer

Mark Cadzow is a metallurgist with over 40 years’ experience in mineral processing, precious metals, sulphide minerals and coal. He spent 10 years with BP Australia and Carbad PL in coal and mineral research and development, before joining OGL in 1991, holding a number of positions within the company until his current position as EVP and Chief Development Officer. During his time, Mr.

Simon Court

Party Candidate
ACT Party

Simon is a Civil and Environmental Engineer with 23 years experience in roles for the private sector and local government. This includes ten years leading engineering, planning, tendering, and construction teams primarily in Auckland, Wellington, and Fiji.

He is standing for ACT because he believes in the principles of the party where communities, individuals and business will lead the way. 

Dale Sims

Dale Sims Consulting

Dale is a mining geologist with over 35 years in the international minerals industry. Dale has been active with the Geoscience Society (and its precursors) since 2000 working as Chair and Deputy Chair in recent years.

Dale now offers consulting and contracting services for a blend of Mining Geology applications foroperations and projects, near mine, district and regional exploration support (particularly 3Danalysis and modeling), resource modeling and project reviews (JORC+NI43-101), specialist user in Leapfrog and Vulcan, systems development, staff training and development.

Tania Gibson

Grey District Council

Tania Gibson 41, Mayor of the Grey District was previously an elected council member, a business owner, employer and mother of two.

Tania became the first female Mayor for the Grey District, taking over from long-standing Mayor Tony Kokshoorn, in October 2019. Tania first held portfolios for Maori Affairs, Youth and Pensioner Housing and now currently holds Economic Development, Aged Care and Youth. However, as Mayor the range of matters she deals with on a daily basis extend far and wide. 

Tim Journeaux

Principal Minerals Advisor - New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

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.

Tim Hard

Vice-President, Metals, Business Development
Argus Media

Tim has been involved in metal markets for over a decade and is VP for the metals division of Argus in Asia, driving index uptake. Most recently, Tim was Managing Director for the TSI price specialist team at S&P Platts, leading the indices in steel, scrap, coking coal and iron ore. Tim has previously worked as a strategy consultant at CRU to the mining and metals sector and has founded and run a UK-based technology company. He holds an MBA from Aston Business School.

Thomas Trott

Research Metallurgist
New Zealand Institute of Minerals to Materials

Thomas joined the NZIMMR team in March 2020. He completed a degree in chemical and process engineering at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. He started his engineering career at the New Zealand Aluminium Smelter as a graduate process engineer in 2008. While at NZAS Thomas worked in the potlines supporting the production of the world’s highest- purity aluminium. In 2010 he was promoted to process control engineer on potline 4. In 2011, Line 4 was recognised as the best performing potline at Rio Tinto, achieving an aluminium recovery of more than 96%.

Mike Meehan

Chief Executive Officer
New Zealand Institute for Minerals to Materials Research (NZIMMR)

Mike Meehan, the former chief executive of the West Coast Regional Council, was appointed CEO of the New Zealand Institute for Minerals to Materials Research in May 2020.

Jamie Cleine

Buller District Council

Jamie served on Buller District Council as a Councillor for three years before being elected as Mayor during the Local Elections in October 2019. Jamie provides positive practical leadership to Council, with the genuine ability to hold honest conversations and make quality decisions.
Born and raised in Westport, growing up on the family farm and attended school in Westport.

Matt Sampson

Commercial Consultant

Matt Sampson is a Psychologist with a background in applied behavioural science across the construction, government, NFP and the resources sector. Conducting strategic organisational change and education through the deployment of technology within high-stakes environments across Asia-Pacific has seen exceptional outcomes for miners in the region.

Kelvyn Eglinton

Eglinton Consulting

Prior to returning to NZ in 2016, Kelvyn was the Chief of Staff in the Jakarta office for Newmont Mining Corporation, the world’s largest gold mining company. From Jakarta, Kelvyn oversaw the renegotiation of the contract of work with the Government of Indonesia and the environmental and social programmes of the operation on Sumbawa Island which employed a 7000 strong workforce and the subsequent sale of the Batu Hijau asset.

Anatoly Chernyshev

XR Pharmaceuticals

Anatoly holds MSc in organic chemistry, PhD in physical chemistry, and had a few years of postdoctoral training in biophysical chemistry. He has more than 20 years of professional experience in academy, industry and government sectors across four countries (Russia, USA, Oman, New Zealand). Currently he is a director of XR Pharmaceuticals company, providing gas analysis services and broader consulting on chemistry-related matters.

Chris Castle

President and Chief Executive Officer
Chatham Rock Phosphate

Chris Castle is the founder, President and CEO of TSX.V, NZAX and Frankfurt listed Chatham Rock Phosphate.

He is also managing director of associate company Aorere Resources Limited, whose business is the seed capital financing and subsequently listing of early stage resource projects. He has been an independent director (since 2000) of Vietnam based and TSX.V listed Asian Mineral Resources Limited and was both a director and chairman of ASX listed King Solomon Mines based in Inner Mongolia.

Brendon Green

Project Manager
Tainui Kawhia Minerals Management

Brendon Green whakapapa’s to Ngati Hikairo and Nga Puhi and is the founder of Kaitiaki Advisory Limited. Brendon studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Canterbury with a career spanning the dairy, energy and water infrastructure sectors with management -& governance roles in NZ, Mexico and the US with companies that include the NZ Dairy Board, Contact Energy, General Electric, Mercury Energy and Watercare.

Andy Burrell

Aerial Systems Manager

Andy has an endless passion for all geospatial technology and has been in the surveying industry now for 15 years. After working as a surveyor on roading and runway construction in Queensland, whilst completing his geospatial degree by correspondence via USQ, Andy moved into a sales role in Melbourne Australia for C R Kennedy.

Dave Townsend

Underground Technical Services Superintendent

David Townsend is the Underground Technical Services Superintendent at OceanaGold’s Waihi Operation. With tertiary qualifications in Surveying and Mining Engineering, he has nearly 20 years experience in underground narrow vein gold mines in Australia and New Zealand. 

He holds a First Class Mine Managers Certificate of Competency and is as a Chartered Professional with AusIMM.   

Rupsa Chakraborty

PhD Student
Massey University

I am a PhD student at Massey University. Currently, I am working on developing new approaches to map buried mineralised zones by integrating biogeochemical and geological information of a place with the help of Hyperspectral data.

Kit Wilson

Senior Community Advisor

Kit Wilson is Senior Communications Advisor for OceanaGold (NZ) Ltd. He has worked in the communications field for a number of mining companies after becoming interested in the industry as an anti-mining activist in the late 1980s. He became disillusioned with the binary debate prevalent by those holding strong opposing views and since then has actively worked to promote a greater understanding of the industry by all parties.

Aslan Perwick

Service Leader – Groundwater
Pattle Delamore Partners

Aslan is an established groundwater consultant with over 11 years’ experience working on large scale civil construction, mining, tailings, and municipal water/wastewater projects in NZ and Australia.

Aslan has specialist hydrogeology skills including 3D & 2D numerical flow and contaminant transport modelling. Aslan has a successful track record as a technical advisor, expert witness, and project manager to environmental aspects of complex multi-disciplinary consenting and construction projects.

Tony Christie

Senior Minerals Geologist
GNS Science

Tony Christie is a Senior Minerals Geologist with GNS Science, Lower Hutt. Between 1980 and 1985, Tony worked for the minerals group of BP Oil (NZ) Ltd, exploring for Au, Mo and W deposits in New Zealand.

In 1985, Tony joined New Zealand Geological Survey, later restructured as GNS Science, where his research has included projects on epithermal and orogenic Au, ironsand and clay deposits, 1:50,000 scale regional geological mapping, geochemical mapping, and mineral resource assessments

Lorrance Torckler

Exploration & Geology Manager

Lorrance graduated with an MSc in Geology from Auckland University in 1978 and has spent most of the last 42 years in exploration and mining of epithermal gold silver deposits in the Hauraki Goldfield where he has been privileged to be involved with discoveries at Golden Cross, Favona, Trio, Correnso, Wharekirauponga and the resource additions on the Martha vein system.

He is currently the Exploration and Geology Manager for OceanaGold at Waihi.

Cecilia Rodriguez-Gomez

PhD Student
Massey University

I have a background on geophysical engineering and renewable energies.

Currently, I am involved in a PhD at Massey University, studying the potential of hyperspectral remote sensing in exploring and monitoring geothermal areas of New Zealand.

Jeremy Harding

Policy and Communications Manager

Jeremy has held senior positions in business lobby groups Federated Farmers and the Chambers of Commerce, in the areas of policy and advocacy. He has also spent time as a Ministerial Advisor in the Beehive in the 1990s and 2000s, and as an economic and financial analyst at the Treasury.

Dr Andrew Crossland

Power Systems Engineer

Dr Andrew Crossland is a specialist in the social, technical and economic modelling of energy systems. In 2017, Andrew won the “Rising Star” Award from Energy UK recognising his work in the rapidly changing electricity system.

He has more than seven years experience in multi-disciplinary energy projects including:

Jess Robertson

Principal Data Scientist
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Jess leads a multi-disciplinary teams of geo- and data scientists to solve minerals exploration problems using data-driven approaches.

His technical skills include machine learning, decision science, mathematics & data science, combined with a domain background in fluid physics, structural geology and petrology.

Shawn Hood

Chief Technology Officer

Shawn is a designated Qualified Professional Geoscientist in Economic Geology under NI 43.101 with hands-on mineral exploration and mining experience spanning 15 years. As CTO at GoldSpot Discoveries Corp., he oversees the company’s technology strategies, the application of Artificial Intelligence to mineral exploration projects, and ongoing research and development programmes.

Troy Dougherty

Chief Technology Officer

Troy leads the technical development and customer engagement at Nuenz and is one of the founding employees. He specialises in making high-tech products from minerals and has a keen interest in light-weighting technologies such as advanced composites, transitional fuels such as hydrogen, and mineral processing for advanced material production. 

Dr Bob Brathwaite

Emeritus Scientist
GNS Science

Bob Brathwaite has BSc and MSc degrees from Victoria University of Wellington, and a PhD from the University of Tasmania. He spent 15 years in mine and exploration geology in various parts of Australia with several major mining companies.

Josh Adams


Josh is the former Director of Energy & Resource Markets at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Hon Shane Jones

Minister for Regional Economic Development

Shane is a List MP based in Kerikeri. He was Ambassador for Pacific Economic Development, with a particular focus on fisheries, agriculture and tourism. Mr Jones was a Member of Parliament from 2005 to 2014. During his time in Parliament, he held positions which included Minister of Building and Construction, Associate Minister of Immigration, Associate Minister of Trade, Associate Minister in Charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, and Chair of the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee.

Murray Francis

Managing Director
Road Metals

Murray Francis started his career in 1970 as a loader operator for North Otago Road Metals. When he turned 18 he gained his HT and drove a truck and trailer unit, which operated throughout the South Island on various contracts. He lived out of a suitcase for 15 years moving from one contract to another and has worked on all five of the major hydropower schemes in the South Island.

Patrick Phelps

Minerals West Coast

Brought up on an alluvial gold mine on the West Coast, Patrick Phelps now works as manager for advocacy group, Minerals West Coast. Alongside work as a radio reporter and in marketing and communications, Patrick has also worked on dairy farms, in freezing works, as a tour guide in South Westland, and in pest control on Great Barrier Island.

Prior to taking up his role in mining advocacy Patrick spent two years studying Mandarin in Nanjing, China. He’s enjoying life back on the Coast, and has started taking fresh air for granted again already.  

Michelle Schulz

Manager, Resource Markets Policy
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Michelle Schulz is the manager of the Resource Markets Policy team at the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE). She has worked in a range of policy roles, including at the Tertiary Education Commission, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Michelle joined MBIE in 2013 where, prior to her currently role, she worked in labour markets policy, international policy, and aerospace policy. Michelle was educated at the University of Florence in Italy and Canterbury University in New Zealand.

Dan McGregor

Senior Project and Resource Advisor
Winstone Aggregates

Dan provides policy and strategic advice to Winstone Aggregates and has worked as a senior advisor in the quarrying industry for 8 years.  He has extensive experience in the public policy and strategy sector and previously practiced law in NZ and the UK with a focus on environmental and planning issues.

Karen Belousoff

Health and Safety, Risk and Systems Specialist
Bathurst Resources

Karen Belousoff has extensive experience in coal and metalliferous, surface and underground mining, port and civil construction operations in NSW, QLD and NZ. 

Karen is a highly experienced  and effective professional, proficient in the development, implementation, auditing, execution, monitoring and reporting of Workplace Health and Safety Management Systems, Risk Management Systems, Critical Control Performance and Monitoring Systems, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Incident Reporting and Notification Systems and Emergency Management. 

Paul Miller

General Manager
SITECH New Zealand

A qualified and experienced Land Surveyor, Paul Miller entered the technology industry eight years ago while he was living in Australia. Paul’s experience implementing GPS guidance solutions in NSW’s Hunter Valley has benefited a number of mine operators since moving back home to New Zealand.

He has recently taken on the role of General Manager at SITECH NZ, the Trimble construction and mining technology dealership for New Zealand.

Chris Consoli

Senior Consultant - Storage
Global CCS Institute

Chris is a senior consultant working internationally in the low carbon energy industry with technical expertise in the geological storage of CO2.

He has focused his profession on carbon capture and storage (CCS) development and deployment. With over 10 years’ experience, Chris has led multi-disciplinary teams to assess CO2 storage prospects and has worked on the full breadth of storage assessments from site evaluation through to multi-national initiatives.

Mark Le Messurier

Managing Director
Tasman Mining

Mark is a mining engineer and executive with 37 years of experience in hard rock base metal and precious metal mining. He most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer of Evolution Mining for six years from its foundation in 2011, a leading Australian gold miner with a current market capitalisation of approximately AUD$6bn. Mark has extensive experience in building and operating modern, underground and open pit mining operations. Previous employers included Rio Tinto WMC Barrick and Sinogold.

Kevin Larcombe

Executive General Manager
Holcim New Zealand

Kevin Larcombe moved with his family to New Zealand in April 2019 to take up the reigns at Holcim New Zealand. A Metallurgist and Chemist by trade, Kevin has well over 20 years experience in industry and research, the last 18 in the Construction Materials industry with the likes of Tarmac, Boral and LafargeHolcim.

Aaron Wright-St. Clair


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Tom Ritchie

General Manager
Hardie Pacific

Tom Ritchie is currently working as General Manager and Principal Geologist for the exploration company Hardie Pacific in New Zealand. Tom’s current projects include evaluating heavy mineral placer deposits across Westland and gold mineralisation on the eastern portion of the Hyde Macraes shear zone in Otago.

Previously, Tom competed his B.Sc. (honors) and M.Sc. degrees at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Tom’s M.Sc research was focused on characterising Westland’s placer garnet and ilmenite deposits.

Michael Lyten

Business Development Manager, UGHR - Australia & Africa, Technology SME

Michael has 28 years in the mining industry with Komatsu, with the last 10 years in underground hard rock mining and 15 years in product support. He is an electrical/electronic engineer by profession with design experience in C&A and electric drive traction systems.

Michael is directly involved in the development of the 18/22HD load haul dump product at an engineering and product management level and has worked with the product teams in the development of the non diesel product strategy and roadmap.

René Sterk

RSC Mining and Minerals Exploration

René established the RSC New Zealand office in 2008, and specialises in exploration management for gold and base metals, with a strong skill set in resource modelling, grade control, reconciliation, QA/QC and successful sampling. He holds a Master’s Degree in Structural Geology and Tectonics and was at the helm of a successful New Zealand company before founding RSC.

Michael Quinlan

Emeritus Professor of Industrial Relations
UNSW Business School

Michael Quinlan is emeritus professor of industrial relation in the School of Management. He is the author of numerous articles and ten books. In 2014 he published Ten Pathways to Death and Disaster: Learning from fatal incidents in mines and other high hazard workplaces (Federation Press, Sydney). The book identified the ten pattern/repeat causes of death in workplaces and how these types of incidents could be avoided.

Rob Funnell

Basin Analysis Team Leader
GNS Science

Rob Funnell has worked for GNS Science as a geophysicist for 34 years. He has mainly worked on integrated basin analysis studies, but has had a keen interest in CCS. Previously he led the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) research programme ($1.4M) as well as managing GNS Science research for CO2CRC.

He has worked on numerous consultancy studies and led the Phase 3 due diligence assessment of the Gorgon CO2 storage project for DMP in Western Australia. 

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.

Paul Hunt

Chief Inspector – Extractives

Paul is currently the Chief Inspector – Extractives, commencing in this role in March 2018. Paul has 30 years’ experience working in mining operations in NZ. He holds First Class Coal Mine Manager and Site Senior Executive qualifications as well as qualifications in incident management, incident analysis, minerals industry risk management and occupational health management.

Janine Herzig

President and Chair

Janine has 30 years’ experience in the resources industry, encompassing executive management, consulting, technical and production roles, across base metals, uranium, precious metals and industrial minerals. With a BEng(Mineral Processing) Janine has worked on many regional and remote sites around Australia before establishing a consultancy in 2009.

Damian Spring

General Manager Resource Development
Bathurst Resources

Damian is mining engineer with over 25 years’ experience locally and offshore, Damian consulted to Bathurst from 2010 before joining the company in 2017 as the General Manager, Domestic Operations.

In 2019, Damian moved into the newly created Resource Development position, providing key focus on growth projects. Damian is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Callum Skinner

Senior Data Analyst - New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Callum is a Senior Data Geologist with New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals, with over 10 years experience in the resources sector, in both private and public roles. Callum has a Master of Science from Victoria University of Wellington and is an associate member of AusIMM.

Garth Taylor

Crushing and Screening Business Manager

Garth is the Crushing and Screening Business Manager at MIMICO. Garth started his career at the Barmac VSI crusher factory in Matamata as a mechanical engineer and working into a technical support role that lead him into a 12 year period working for Metso in North America.

Brent Francis

Chief Executive Officer
New Zealand 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 the Chairman of Straterra, Deputy Chair of the Coal Association of NZ, and a Director of CRL Energy.

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. Paul changed roles to head up Exploration and Development for OceanaGold and completed the feasibility studies on the Frasers underground and Reefton open pit and a scoping study on the Blackwater underground mine.

Mark Rattenbury

Research Geologist
GNS Science

Mark Rattenbury is a geologist at GNS Science, involved in West Coast geological map compilation and mapping since the 1980s, in part associated with structural geology research within the Reefton Goldfield over three decades. He is currently focussed on geoscience data management, their application and delivery, and leads the Nationally Significant Databases and Collections Programme for GNS Science.

Dr John Youngson

Principal Consultant and Director
Youngson Geoscience Consultants

Dr John Youngson is a member of AusIMM, the Society of Economic Geologists and the International Marine Minerals Society. He is a Chartered Professional (Geo) and holds a BSc, MSc and PhD in economic geology. He has over 25 years’ experience in exploration and ore deposits research in New Zealand, North America, South America, the western Pacific, Europe, and Africa.

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.

Harry Davies

University of Otago

An alumnus of the University of Canterbury with a BSc in Geology, Harry pursued his passion further by undertaking an MSc in Geology at the University of Otago. Harry's cutting-edge research is award-winning, having attracted the attention of industry and academia.

Arianne Ford

Senior GIS Analyst

Arianne is a Senior GIS Analyst at Kenex in Lower Hutt and holds a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and a PhD in Economic Geology.

Her expertise is in the application of spatial statistics and computational techniques for mineral exploration targeting and resource assessment. Her main focus is on developing GIS-based mineral potential maps and generation of exploration targets. 

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.

Mike Finnemore

Southern Geophysical

Mike has over 25 years’ experience in commercial and research geophysics. He established a leading New Zealand geophysical company Southern Geophysical Ltd in 2002.

He has a masters in exploration geophysics and a PhD in geology. Mike has worked in Europe, North America, Antarctica and all across New Zealand. He is interested in applying the latest geophysical methods to the mineral exploration sector in New Zealand where the latest techniques are, he believes, underutilised.

Charlie Strivens

Senior Advisor – Extractives

For the last two and a half years Charlie Strivens has been a Senior Advisor with WorkSafe supporting the New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners (BoE). Charlie comes from a background of teaching, training and assessing competency. Charlie managed the process of the review of the old CPD requirements and the development and implementation of the new CPD requirements as well as CoC renewal processes.

Linda Thompson

Global Sustainability Energy Manager

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).

Paul Weber

Director and Principal Environmental Geochemist
Mine Waste Management

Dr Paul Weber is a Director and Principal Environmental Geochemist for Mine Waste Management with offices in Christchurch and Perth providing expert technical advice on acid and metalliferous drainage (AMD) for clients internationally. He has been involved in the research and operational management of acid and metalliferous drainage for 20+ years.

Pieter Doelman

Technical Services & Projects Manager

Pieter Doelman is a professional mining engineer with 25 years of mining experience in New Zealand and Australia in gold, iron ore, coal and base metals.  He is currently the Technical Services and Projects Manager at OceanaGold’s Macraes Mine and has held previous positions with Solid Energy, Coffey Mining, BHP and L&M Mining.

Pieter holds a Bachelor of Mining Engineering from the University of Auckland.

Susan Baas

National Manager Petroleum & Minerals
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Ben Yin

Research Scientist
New Zealand Institute for Minerals to Materials Research

Ben is a researcher of chemical and material engineering. His professional career started as a research engineer at National University of Singapore. Upon receiving his Ph.D. degree from the University of Canterbury, he started developing the carbon-based membrane for seawater desalination in Saudi Arabia, and then led product R&D project for water treatment in China.

Matthew Hill

GNS Science

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

Matt is part of the geological mapping and stratigraphy team who maintain QMAP and develop new geological maps, and Matt is particularly involved in the new urban mapping projects in Auckland and Wellington as well as aggregate and mineral resource modelling.

Simon Nielsen

Senior Geologist

Simon is trained as a geologist, and did much of his early work (doctorate and post-docs) in marine geology and paleoclimate of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. He has spent a number of years in research logistics and project management for the US Antarctic Programme and the International Ocean Discovery Programme including downhole and core logging on marine geology projects, mostly from around Antarctica and the seas around Japan. For the last eight years Simon has worked as a geologist and GIS analyst at Kenex in Eastbourne, NZ.

Shaun Hayton

Senior Business Analyst
New Zealand Institute for Minerals to Materials Research

Shaun has worked in a variety of exploration, research and management roles within the petroleum and minerals industries, in New Zealand and internationally. After completing a BSc, MSc (Hons) and PhD at the University of Waikato, he started his professional career as an exploration geologist at GeoSphere Exploration.

Dr Michael Gazley

New Zealand Branch Chair

Michael is the Principal Geochemist at RSCMME based in Wellington, New Zealand. He is also the chair of the New Zealand Branch of the AusIMM.

Michael is an expert collecting data for and interpreting diverse chemical and mineralogical deposit-scale datasets. Michael has worked on many different mineral system types including orogenic Au, epithermal Au, placer Au, shear-hosted Cu, IOCG, Cu-Au porphyry, Pb-Zn-Ag, lithium and heavy mineral sands and other mineral systems in New Zealand, Australia and globally.

Sean Aldrich

NZ Manager & Principal Geologist
RSC Mining & Mineral Exploration

Sean Aldrich has held senior positions including General Manager at Mawarid Mining in Oman where several projects successfully discovered and mined copper VMS deposits, significantly increasing Mawarid’s LOM, and expanding the company into an international explorer.

Anton Trixl

Anderson Lloyd

Anton is a lawyer who specialises in the energy and resources sectors. He has over 15 years’ experience advising clients on a wide variety of commercial transactions in over 30 countries in these sectors, including in NZ, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and the Pacific Islands.

Bernie Napp

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.