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Richard Tacon

Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer

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Richard has worked in almost every role in coal mining since starting his career in the 1970s. Richard’s first job in the industry was at Greymouth’s Liverpool State Mine and after working in Australia for 32 years, Richard returned to Wellington, New Zealand to take up the position of Chief Operating Officer at Bathurst in 2012. He was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer in March 2015.

Richard is the Chair of the Coal Association of New Zealand and sits on the board of the New Zealand Mines Rescue Trust and Straterra. Richard is a director of BT Mining Limited as a Bathurst representative.

Russell Middleton

Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer

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Russell has over 30 years in the mining and construction sector with significant experience in mine project evaluations and construction of new mines. Starting his career as a public accountant, Russell has held senior management positions in commercial and planning roles with BHP and Anglo American. Russell is a director of joint venture entities BT Mining Limited and NWP Coal Canada Limited as a Bathurst representative.

Alison Brown

General Counsel

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Alison holds a Master of Laws with Honours, and has 40 years’ legal experience specialising in mining, environmental and climate change law. She spent the first 20 years of her career in leading law firms and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. For the past 20 years she has worked at senior levels in the coal industry.

Fiona Bartier

General Manager, Health, Safety, Environment & Community

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Fiona is an environmental and resource scientist who has worked in management roles for government, industry groups, and mining companies. With over 20 years experience, Fiona joined Bathurst in 2012 to manage our HSEC portfolio.

Sam Johnstone

General Manager, Export Marketing & Logistics

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Sam brings a wealth of experience in marketing New Zealand’s unique coal domestically and internationally, and since our investment in BT Mining, has continued to manage and add value to our domestic and export customer contracts. Sam holds a Postgraduate Master of Science majoring in Geography.

Damian Spring

General Manager, Resource Development

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A 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. Since 2019 Damian has led Bathurst’s resource development, focusing on growth projects. Damian is a chartered professional member of AusIMM.

Ian Harvey

General Manager, Export Operations

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A mining engineer with over 30 years' industry experience. Ian has held senior management and operations leadership roles, specialising in metallurgical coal market planning and resource optimisation, and mine planning and design. Ian is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (“AusIMM”).

Craig Pilcher

General Manager – Domestic Operations

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Craig has over 30 years’ experience which includes a background in engineering and owner of a coal supply business. Craig joined Bathurst in 2013, working as GM Operations and GM of Marketing and Sales, briefly leaving Bathurst before returning to manage the domestic operations in 2019. He is also a director of BT Mining Limited.

 


Board of Directors

Peter Westerhuis

Non-Executive Chairman

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Peter is a professional engineer with post-graduate business qualifications and over 30 years of Australian and international resources experience in the iron ore, gold and coal industries; the last 12 years at CEO and MD level. He has successfully developed and managed large mining and processing operations including overseeing the transition from explorer to producer, and has undertaken many complex commercial negotiations.

Richard Tacon

Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer

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Richard has worked in almost every role in coal mining since starting his career in the 1970s. Richard’s first job in the industry was at Greymouth’s Liverpool State Mine and after working in Australia for 32 years, Richard returned to Wellington, New Zealand to take up the position of Chief Operating Officer at Bathurst in 2012. He was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer in March 2015.

Richard is the Chair of the Coal Association of New Zealand and sits on the board of the New Zealand Mines Rescue Trust and Straterra. Richard is a director of BT Mining Limited as a Bathurst representative.

Russell Middleton

Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer

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Russell has over 30 years in the mining and construction sector with significant experience in mine project evaluations and construction of new mines. Starting his career as a public accountant, Russell has held senior management positions in commercial and planning roles with BHP and Anglo American. Russell is a director of joint venture entities BT Mining Limited and NWP Coal Canada Limited as a Bathurst representative.

Francois Tumahai

Non-executive director

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Francois Tumahai (Ngāti Waewae, Ngāi Tahu and Ngati Whatua Orakei) is the CEO of Arahura Holding Limited and Chair of Te Runanga o Ngāti Waewae. Francois started his career as a mechanic and has over 25 years’ experience in heavy machinery.

Francois is an ardent supporter of the mining industry and a board member of the New Zealand Institute for Minerals to Materials Research. As CEO of Arahura Holding Limited, Francois is also involved in the management of the extraction and mining of pounamu (greenstone).

Francois has over 15 years of governance experience as a company director and 20 years of governance experience with not-for-profit organisations. He is currently on the board of Development West Coast, West Coast Conservation Board, Grey District Council, and the West Coast Regional Council.

Melanie Hart

Company secretary

Mrs Hart is a chartered accountant with Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. She has over 15 years’ experience in varied finance and corporate roles in New Zealand, Australia, and Ireland, for both global and national corporations. She is studying with Governance New Zealand (the New Zealand division of the Chartered Governance Institute) towards a chartered secretary qualification, due to be completed by the end of this year.

Bill Lyne

Support Company Secretary

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Mr Lyne has a wealth of experience in the role of company secretary of public companies ranging from stock exchange listed to small private companies and “not-for-profit” entities.

He has operated his own business, Australian Company Secretary Service, since 1998, providing professional specialist company secretarial, corporate compliance, governance and administrative services to various different clients in diverse businesses across a wide range of industries. He is currently company secretary of 4 other ASX-listed companies including Jumbo Interactive Limited of which he is also a director.

Mr Lyne holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics from the University of NSW, is a Chartered Accountant, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (UK) and Governance Institute of Australia.

Mr Lyne was appointed company secretary in May 2015.