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 MITO.

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.

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.

Mick Wilkes

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mick is a mining engineer with approximately 30 years of broad international experience, predominantly in precious and base metals. He has worked in leadership roles on a number of mines throughout Australia and Asia. Mick has a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from the University of Queensland, a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  

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.

Hon Dr Megan Woods

Minister of Energy and Resources

Hon Dr Megan Woods is a Christchurch local, and has been the Member of Parliament for Wigram since 2011. Following the 2017 election, Megan was sworn in as a Minister of the Crown with portfolio responsibilities including the Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Energy and Resources, Research, Science and Innovation, and responsibility for the Earthquake Commission. In Opposition, Megan held various portfolios - including Climate Change and Canterbury Issues - helping her to gain an understanding of a wide range of issues and build important relationships, especially in Christchurch.

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. 

David Seymour

ACT Party

David Seymour is a trained electrical engineer and philosopher, Member of Parliament for Epsom, and Leader of the ACT Party. It is said that nobody else in 100 years has entered parliament alone, gone straight into Government, represented an electorate, and led a political party. David is also known for another political feat unheard of in living political memory, he turned down the pay rise and limousine associated with a Ministerial Appointment. This was in order to advance the End of Life Choice Bill as a private member’s bill.

Alan Eggers

Executive Chairman
Trans-Tasman Resources

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

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.

Joey Au

Principal Policy Advisor
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Joey is Principal Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), a Committee Member of the NZ Government Economics Network (GEN) and on the New Zealand Association of Economist (NZAE) Council. He has previously worked at the NZ Treasury as Senior Advisor to the Chief Economist and at the OECD as an Economist.

Suzannah Toulmin

Manager, Commercial Analysis & Investment (Acting), New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals
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.

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.

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.

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.

Sarah Kenward

Manager Minerals Operations
Energy Resource Markets Branch - Ministry Business, Innovation and Employment

Sarah has extensive experience in regulatory operations, having joined the public sector in 2008, initially as a senior communications advisor with the Environmental Risk Management Authority, before moving into operational management with the then Environmental Protection Authority. Before coming to MBIE, Sarah worked at Land Information New Zealand. She is a former journalist, having worked for 15 years in print media before entering the public service.

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.

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.

Clayton Hill

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 health and safety, 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.

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. Mathijs has worked in base-metal and gold exploration in Australia, New Zealand and PNG and is the first author of a peer-reviewed research article.

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.

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. 

Gareth Hughes

Member of Parliament
Green Party

Gareth has spent his entire adult life working for good green change. He is currently the longest-serving Green MP.

Gareth is the Green Party spokesperson for Energy and Resources, with his main focuses on cleaner, cheaper, smarter energy, protecting the environment and embracing technology and innovation. This has led Gareth to play a key role this Parliamentary term in the oil and gas offshore permit ban,  banning fossil fuel subsidies and supporting the government to adopt the 100% renewable electricity goal.

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 inLeapfrog and Vulcan, systems development, staff training and development.

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.

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.

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.

Brendon Green

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Hon Shane Jones

Minister for Regional Economic Development
New Zealand First

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.

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.

Rene Sterk

RSC Consulting

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.

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. Prior to joining WorkSafe, he was the North Island Operations General Manager with Solid Energy and previously held the roles of Mine Manager and General Manager at Huntly East coal mine. Paul is based in Hamilton.

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.

Dr Michael Gazley

AusIMM New Zealand Branch

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.