Our people

Board members

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Toko Kapea

Non-executive Chairman

Toko is a Wellington-based commercial lawyer, consultant and director at Tuia Group Limited. He has worked at Chapman Tripp and in-house at Meridian Energy, Bank of New Zealand and ANZ. He currently sits on the board of Television New Zealand (state owned broadcaster) and Duke Exploration Limited, an exploration company with tenements in Queensland and New South Wales. He is also Chair of Bathurst’s Audit Committee.

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Richard Tacon

Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer

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 boards of the New Zealand Mines Rescue Trust and Straterra. Richard is a director of BT Mining Limited as a Bathurst representative.

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Russell Middleton

Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer

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.

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Peter Westerhuis

Non-executive Director

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.

Senior leadership team

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Fiona Bartier

General Manager, Health, Safety, Environment and Community

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.

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Sam Johnstone

General Manager, Marketing and Logistics

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.

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Alison Brown

General Counsel

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.

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Craig Pilcher

General Manager, Domestic Operations

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.

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Carmen Dunick

Group Manager, Human Resources

Carmen joined Bathurst in 2017 to manage the human resources (“HR”) function. She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences and is a member of HRINZ. Carmen has worked in all areas of HR, with over 15 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors.

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Damian Spring

General Manager, Resource Development

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.

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Ian Harvey

General Manager, Export Operations

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”).