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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.   

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Warren Batt

Matakanui Gold

Warren is a geologist and mining professional with over 45 years’ experience in the Australasian mining and exploration industry. He has held executive and non-executive directorships in listed Australian exploration and mining companies. He is a founding shareholder and managing director of Waikaia Gold Limited, New Zealand’s largest alluvial gold mining company, and co-founder and director of Matakanui Gold.

John Kidd

Director, Head of Research

John is the Director of Enerlytica and a former Director of Equity Research at Woodward Partners. He has nearly 20 years of analytical, consulting and research experience specialising in the energy and resources sectors. Prior roles include as Head of Research Asia Pacific with Edison Investment Research, commercial advisory roles in the New Zealand Treasury and at Shell’s global head office in London.

Tony Hogg

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

Tony has spent 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.

Philippa Gibson

Principal Specialist

Philippa is the Principal Specialist in Work Related Health at WorkSafe. She specialises in health risk management, and in particular health risk assessment. She is certified as an industrial hygienist by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and certified as an occupational hygienist by the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists. She is a board member of the International Occupational Hygiene Association, and a Fellow of the New Zealand Occupational Hygiene Society.

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.

Kevin (Dinghy) Pattinson

Chief Operating Officer
Pike River Recovery Agency

Dinghy Pattinson has over four decades of underground mining experience on the West Coast and in Waikato. After 37 years in underground coal mining, he has worked most recently in underground metalliferous mining at Oceanagold.

In addition to his strong mining background, Dinghy has been actively involved with the NZ Mines Rescue Service for the past 33 years, with roles including Brigadesman, Huntly Station Manager and Board Member.

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. 

Alan Broome


Alan Broome is a professional Director and Business advisor with over 40 years’ experience in the metals mining and energy industries. A Metallurgist by training, he had an extensive background in metal casting and metal production before joining the mining industry in 1990. Alan has extensive knowledge of the mining industry accumulated through involvement with mining technology companies, government agencies and major international mining companies in promoting Australian mining and developing global trade.

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.

Rob Smillie

Earth Resources and Materials Manager
GNS Science

Rob is a geologist and leads the Earth Resources and Materials group at GNS Science, who undertake minerals, petroleum, geothermal and material science research. He has three decades of international experience in the resources sector, predominantly in precious metals exploration. He experience includes leadership of exploration start-ups and consultancies, as well as mining regulation management and policy development. He is a member of the AusIMM and is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists.

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 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.

Sharon Flynn

Executive Vice President, Head of External Affairs and Social Performance

Sharon Flynn has over 20 years of experience designing and implementing sustainability strategies with global multi-nationals in the mining, oil & gas, construction and forestry sectors. Sharon has also worked in the non-profit sector in community development, biodiversity conservation and peace building. Prior to joining OceanaGold, Sharon worked with the One Earth Future Foundation, Rio Tinto, Bechtel, GrupoNueva and Conservation International, among others. She holds a Masters in International Relations and Management from the University of California, San Diego.

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.

James Pope


Dr James Pope leads independent research provider CRL. On graduating with a BSc Hons in Geology at the University of Canterbury in 1994, he worked in Canada, Australia and Mexico on gold, diamonds and coal projects over a decade, completing a PhD in geothermal geochemistry in that time. Dr Pope returned to New Zealand in 2003, to take up research and management roles at CRL, based in Christchurch.

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.

Matt Hine

General Manager - Macraes Operation
OceanaGold Macraes

Prior to joining OceanaGold in 2018, Matt has extensive experience in both open pit and underground operations with Evolution Mining and Glencore Xstrata throughout Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Mining Engineering and is currently studying a Business Administration and Management Master's Degree through Central Queensland University. Matt is a certified First Class Mine Manager with a strong passion for the minerals industry, and enjoys building teams that strive for achievement beyond compliance with respect to safety practices, operational performance and environmental stewardship.

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.

Sarah Kenward

National Manager Petroleum & Minerals (Acting)
New Zealand Petroleum & Minerals

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.

Dr Michael Gazley

AusIMM New Zealand Branch

Dr. Michael Gazley is Principal Geochemist at RSC Mining & Mineral Exploration. Michael is a recognised world expert in portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF) technology in mining and exploration. Michael is also an expert in micro characterisation, particularly SEM-based and XRF techniques. He is a graduate of Victoria University, New Zealand and has co-authored well over 20 research articles in international journals, 30 conference papers, and 40 confidential and public project reports.