Members of the New Zealand Mining Board of Examiners.
Paul Hunt – Chair
Paul was most recently the North Island Operations General Manager with Solid Energy and counts Mine Manager and then General Manager of the Huntly East coal mine among his previous roles.
He has a 30 year history in the mining sector and holds First Class Coal Mine Manager and Site Senior Executive qualifications along with qualifications in incident management, incident analysis, minerals industry risk management and occupational health management. Paul will be based in Hamilton.
Stephen is a highly experienced mine operator, mine manager and mining engineer who has over 30 years’ experience working in all types of underground and surface coal mines in New Zealand, Australia, and USA.
He was a founding member of the Mines Rescue Trust Board, serving three years as Chair and a Mines Rescue Brigadesman for over 15 years. He served on the board of the previous extractive’s ITO where he helped to establish and scope unit standards for extractives qualifications. He has also been a trainer and examiner.
Stephen is currently Solid Energy’s General Manager, Operations.
Stephen holds a Bachelor of Mineral Technology (Hons), First Class Underground Coal Mine Manager’s certificate and a risk management qualification.
Rory is a partner at Alta Consulting which he established with two partners this year. It provides specialist constructability and technical advice for major infrastructure projects including tunnel projects. Rory was General Manager of Harker Underground Ltd and Hawkins Infrastructure NZ for three years and prior to this was a senior manager at McConnell Dowell.
Rory started his career in tin mining in the UK and moved to the underground civil engineering sector where he worked on major projects such as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and the Heathrow Terminal 5 rail and tunnels team.
He holds a BEng (Hons) and a Higher Diploma in Industrial Geology from the UK Camborne School of Mines. He is a Chartered Engineer, member of the Institute of Material, Minerals and Mining and of the UK Institute of Civil Engineers and is a Chartered Environmental Scientist. Rory was Chair of the New Zealand Branch of the Australasian Tunnelling Society from 2014 to 2016 and remains an active committee member of the newly formed NZ Tunnelling Society.
Michelle is Principal Advisor, Strategy and Performance to MITO’s Chief Executive. MITO is the Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for the extractives industry.
Michelle has a comprehensive understanding of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework and has overall responsibility for working with WorkSafe on Mining Certificates of Competence. Currently she is managing the mandated review of extractives qualifications. She worked with MBIE’s Pike River Implementation Team to integrate recommendations on current and future qualifications within the extractives industry.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Decision Making, Certificate in Technical Communication, Diploma in Information Systems and Technology and a New Zealand Certificate in Science.
Garth is E Tū union’s Area Organiser (National Mining Advocate). He has over 30 years of experience working in the coal and gold mining industries in both underground and opencast mines. He has been a full time union official since 2006.
He is a member of the Mines Rescue Trust, Secretary of the Pike River Miners’ Families Education Trust and of E Tū’s Mining and Energy Industry Council.
Tim is currently Fulton Hogan’s Quarries Operation Manager in Gisborne. He has over 30 years’ experience in the quarrying industry in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.
Tim brings a knowledge and understanding of, and involvement in, learning and development in the extractives sector. He was a member of MITO’s sector advisory group on its review of extractives national qualifications. He is a workplace tutor and has been a registered assessor. He holds a New South Wales Diploma in Extractives Industries Management and a number of Australian and New Zealand quarrying CoCs, including a New Zealand A grade quarry manager CoC.
Gordon has over thirty years’ experience in the extractives industry. He started his career in South Africa, spending five years working in underground mining followed by three years in open cast mining. He then returned to Scotland working in the quarry sector. In 2000 he moved to New Zealand with his family and since then has worked at several quarries in the Auckland area.
Gordon has a BSc (Mining Engineering) and holds a current New Zealand A-Grade Quarry Manager’s certificate of competence. He is a Fellow and Immediate Past President of the Institute of Quarrying New Zealand (Inc), where he has served on the executive council for the past nine years. Gordon is also a current member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, where he is a registered Chartered Engineer. He is also the current IOQ NZ (Inc.) representative on the MinEx board.
Bernie has over 20 years’ industry experience in New Zealand and Australia working in underground, open pit and tunnelling operations. He was involved in developing the mining regulations that came into force in December 2013 and giving feedback on WorkSafe codes of practice.
He is General Manager, Waihi Operations, Oceana Gold.
Bernie holds a Bachelor of Mining Technology (Hons) and certificates of competence from New Zealand and Australia. He is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining.
Marianne brings both an operational mining and training perspective. She is currently a project manager at McConnell Dowell Constructors. Previously she has tutored at Tai Poutini Polytechnic and at Mines Rescue for A and B Grade Quarry Managers’ qualifications. She has extensive experience, including management, in civil construction earthworks, quarrying, underground coal and metalliferous mining in Australia and New Zealand.
She has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining), First Class Mine Manager’s certificate of competence, Bachelor of Laws (Hons), and a Graduate Diploma, Legal Practice Skills. She has received scholarships and awards in both mining and law.
Dave has 30 years’ experience as a mine engineer, manager, trainer and mining technical advisor and consultant. This includes training and assessing extractives industry workers for NZQA/ITO standards and certificates of competence in coal, gold, mineral and quarrying operations.
He is a member of the EAIG and was a member of MBIE’s Expert Reference Group reviewing regulations. Dave is Chair and Trustee of the New Zealand Mines Rescue Trust and a Fellow of the Australasian Minerals Institute. He contributed to the development and review of the Mines Rescue Trust Act 2013.
Dave has a Bachelor of Mineral Technology (Hons) and numerous extractives certificates and qualifications.