Speakers for the 2019 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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

Tony Hogg

Chief Executive Officer

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. 

John McGagh

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.