Speakers for the 2019 event include:


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.  

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. 

Ilana Miller

National Manager Petroleum & 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.

John McGagh

McGagh Advisory

A Global Executive with significant experience working in and with Executive teams and Boards to deliver at-scale business improvement through the successful implementation of innovative change.

Director/Founder-Investor in Interlate (www.interlate.com). A cutting edge digital venture bringing together real time "big" data, advanced analytics, machine learning and people-to-people collaborative technologies to deliver process improvements and demonstrable value to the mining and mineral industries. 

Trevor Griffiths

Smart Solutions Manager
Komatsu Mining

Trevor has been in the mining industry for 20 years, starting as an electrician with contracting companies working throughout NSW, QLD and WA on major projects. He took up studies while at work and gained Diploma’s in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration. Trevor has worked at Komatsu Mining Corp for 15 years, initially in technical roles, progressed through to Service Management and now holds the position of Australasian Manager for Smart Solutions; Komatsu’s Big Data and Analytics arm of its Surface Mining Division.

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 ASX-listed mineral exploration company Explaurum, MinEx, RSC Mining & Mineral Exploration, and is a director of the MITO.

Eamon Moynihan

Echo Mine Manager
New Zealand Coal & Carbon

Eamon is a 4th generation coal miner who is currently the SSE and Mine Manager of both the Echo and New Creek coal mines in the Buller region. He is a great believer in comradery in the workplace, which creates a health and safety conscious environment by developing a culture of watching out for your brothers and sisters in and out of high-vis.

Ross Aikman

Quarry Supervisor
Winstone Aggregates

I started my Quarrying career working for Winstone Aggregates in 2009, and at that stage Yaldhurst quarry had 45 years left of alluvial resource. Back then there was myself driving a loader, a dumper and the Foreman running a fixed plant and running approx. 1800tonnes/day about 420,000/year and all products back then were only for Firth Concrete. After the earth quakes of 2010-11 the quarry started to disappear from the amount of material begin delivered for roading around Canterbury. To this day we have approx. 14months left of resource.

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.

Charlie Gawith

Underground Mine Manager

Charlie is a Mining Engineer who is a graduate of the Camborne School of Mines, U.K. He has 20 years of broad international experience predominantly in mining operations in sub-Sahara Africa, Australia and New Zealand covering various commodities such as Nickel, Tantalum, Silver and Gold. He holds First Class Mine Managers Certificates of Competency from both Western Australia and New Zealand and is a AusIMM Chartered Professional in Mining.

Alan Sherwood

Former Principal Coal Geologist
New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals

Former Principal Coal Geologist, New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals

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.

Nadeine Dommisse

Chief Operating Officer
Environment Canterbury

Nadeine is responsible for delivering efficient services and outcomes to our regional communities. This includes public transport, zone support, resource consents, compliance, enforcement, biodiversity, biosecurity, river engineering, harbourmaster and regional depots.

David Haines

Haines Planning

David Haines is a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager and a Chartered Town Planner. He combines his environmental, regulatory and strategic planning skills to assist clients in the concrete manufacturing and extractive industries. Over the past 15 years, David has been involved in obtaining numerous land use and regional consents for the recycling and re-use of products in the concrete manufacturing sector. He also assists clients by interfacing with regulators on RMA monitoring and compliance matters.

Tony Oosten

Energy Manager

Tony a Canterbury University Chemical and Process Engineering graduate has 13 years in the international Pulp and Paper industry work in New Zealand, Malaysia and Canada, and currently 10 years in the New Zealand Dairy industry working for Fonterra. Tony  brings to Fonterra a  depth of experience on boiler operation, energy efficiency and renewable fuels. Currently leading a team of engineers across New Zealand responsible for delivering the Fonterra sustainability targets of 20% energy intensity reduction by 2020, a 30% emissions reduction by 2030 and net zero by 2050.

David Darby

Manager, Commercial Analysis and Investment
New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals

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.

Stephen Esposito

General Manager - Operations

Stephen has over 25 years of experience in operations, risk management and strategy development. A civil engineer, he worked for a large consulting company in Canada prior to joining Solid Energy where he held a range of senior roles, including General Manager of Opencast Mining Operations. Stephen now leads the operational team at Ravensdown, responsible for leading three fertiliser manufacturing sites and a number of lime quarries. 

Paul Feaver

Mine Manager - Canterbury Coal
Bathurst Resources

Paul has been involved in the mining industry for 30 years working in both coal mining and metalliferous mining operations. He has worked extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, South America ( Peru) and Indonesia. In 2013 Paul started working with Bathurst Resources as the South Island Domestic Operations Manager, overseeing Takitimu and Canterbury Coal mining operations and is appointed SSE for both operations.   

Tony Haworth

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.

Dave Cull

Mayor of Dunedin City

Dave was elected Dunedin City Council Mayor in 2010 and has been heavily involved in the Dunedin community since 2007. He is also the President of LGNZ, since being appointed in July 2017. He completed a BA in Political Science at the University of Otago and worked part-time as a teacher and in the building industry.

Michael Swap

Aggregate Sales
J Swap

Michael is part of a family leadership team that provides governance for the J Swap Group. He is passionate about the sustainable use of quarried resources and the balance between environmental impacts and economic growth of rural New Zealand. During his 25 years with the company his grandfather founded, Michael has developed strong views on transport solutions that balance both safety and the economy.

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. 

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.

Brian Fallow

Former Economics Editor
NZ Herald

Brian Fallow is a former economics editor of The New Zealand Herald.

Steve Riddell

Executive Director

Steve has been involved in the mining and extractive industry 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. 

Richard Fulton

Otago Southland Manager
Fulton Hogan

Richard is a Chartered Professional Engineer with 25 years of civil infrastructure construction experience across New Zealand, Australia the UK and Europe. He currently leads Fulton Hogan’s Otago Southland business as well as having an overview of its South Island Quarrying Industry sector. He is currently involved in internal governance roles for quarry developments in  Queensland, Christchurch and North Otago. Richard has a passion for construction materials from a lifetime of involvement in the development of resources for the construction industry.

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.

Craig Pilcher

General Manager, New Zealand

Craig has over 30 years of experience in the New Zealand mining industry and has spent his entire career in the South Island of New Zealand where PLAMAN’s operations are located. Prior to joining PLAMAN, he spent nearly 6 years with Bathurst Resources, where he was most recently General Manager of Domestic Marketing & Business Development. During his time at Bathurst, Craig played a key role in the establishment and growth of the Takitimu, Cascade and Canterbury coal mines. 

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.

Rachel Carne

Senior Mine Plans Analyst

Rachel is employed as a Senior Mine Plans Analyst in a shared role between WorkSafe New Zealand and New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals. Since joining in early 2017, she has lead the development of the ‘NZ Mine Plans’ website in a joint project between the two organisations, and has established robust processes to improve quality and compliance of mine plan submissions to both regulators. She has a Masters in Structural Geology, and is working towards a post-graduate qualification in Emergency Management. She has 5 years’ experience in underground gold mining in Western Australia.

Wayne Scott

Chief Executive Officer

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.

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.

David McBride

Associate Professor in Occupational and Environmental Medicine
University of Otago

Dave started his occupational medicine with British Coal as a Medical Officer responsible for 9 Collieries and 6000 deep mine workers in the Staffordshire, Lancashire and North Wales coal fields, the Area Mines Rescue Service, Workshops and Training Centre, and an experimental coal liquefaction plant in North Wales. He did his academic training at the University of Birmingham, appointed Clinical Lecturer in 1991, with research interests in physical agents including noise, vibration and electromagnetic field exposure.

Dale Sims


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.

Rene Sterk

RSC Consulting

Rene has delivered resource evaluation, training and geological consulting throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania in a wide variety of geological settings and commodities.

He has led numerous exploration and mine geology teams in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Philippines, Mongolia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Ghana, Sweden and Mali. He established the RSC New Zealand office in 2008 and specialises in exploration management for gold and base metals.

Rene holds a Master's Degree in Structural Geology and Tectonics.

David Frame

Professor of Climate Change
Victoria University of Wellington

Dave Frame has a background in physics, policy, and philosophy. He has many years' research experience in climate research, publishing in the world’s leading scientific journals as well as the specialist climate literature. Dave also has real world policy experience in a core government policy agency, having worked in the New Zealand Treasury’s Policy Coordination and Development group.

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.

Matt Hine

Mine Manager

Matt is a qualified Mining Engineer and certified First Class Mine Manager, with a strong passion for the industry.

Adam McKay

Chief Executive
Advent Gold

Adam started his mining career as an underground nipper and charge up operator in Kalgoorlie gold mines. Whilst working, he studied law concurrently and eventually went on to work for Hanking Gold as GM: Commercial, Legal and Corporate Development. Adam was a key part of the team that negotiated and completed the purchase of the SXO from SBM for $22.5M AUD, brought it into production, and then on sold it 3 years later to Minjar Gold Corp for $360M AUD.

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 and on the board of Minerals West Coast.

Ian Harvey

General Manager - Export Operations
Bathurst Resources

Ian is a Mining Engineer with 30 years' mining industry experience. He has held senior management and operations leadership roles in New Zealand and Australia in several commodities including bauxite, iron ore and coal.

Ian has a strong engineering background with a high level of expertise in metallurgical coal mine-market planning and resource optimisation, mine planning and design, as well as risk management and strategic planning and leadership of resource and infrastructure projects.

John Kidd

Director, Sector & Equity Research
Woodward Partners

John is the Director of Equity Research at Woodward Partners. John was previously Head of Research - Asia Pacific at Edison Investment Research, and Head of Research at specialist sharebroking and investment banking firm McDouall Stuart. John has over 15 years of analytical and consulting experience in the energy sector, including four years at Shell's global head office in London where he worked on the development of new E&P, gas and petrochemical business ventures across the Shell Group. John's work has taken him to more than 20 countries.

Tracey Hickman

Executive General Manager Generation and Wholesale
Genesis Energy

Tracey has worked in the energy sector in a variety of roles for more than 20 years. Tracey covers two key areas of the business, signalling greater integration and operating flexibility and efficiency between generation, fuels and wholesale activities. Tracey is responsible for all aspects of wholesale and trading activity and fuels management, including managing the Company's hedge, active and carbon books.

Kevin Hague

Chief Executive
Forest & Bird

Hailing from Greymouth on the South Island’s West Coast, Kevin joined Forest & Bird as Chief Executive in October 2016.

He has held leadership roles in business, and in the Government and community sectors. Before joining Forest & Bird Kevin served as a Member of Parliament for eight years, and was previously Executive Director of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation and Chief Executive of the West Coast District Health Board.

Tony Hogg

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

It has recently been announced that Tony will be taking on the role of Chief Executive of NZIMMR in June this year. He is returning to his home on the West Coast after more than a decade working in the International research, development and commercialisation field. Tony's background spans the industry, primarily focused on the electricity reticulation of the sector both in New Zealand and overseas. 

Heidi Crawford

Group Manager National Marketing
Bathurst Resources

Heidi graduated with a B. Com in Marketing from Lincoln University and on graduating initially worked in the meat processing industry. Heidi has worked in the New Zealand coal industry for nearly 20 years, firstly with Solid Energy and moving to Bathurst Resources during the sale process. During her time in the coal industry, Heidi has held a variety of marketing roles dealing with customers throughout New Zealand. She has an in-depth understanding of the importance of coal to many of New Zealands key industries.