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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 Ngāti Apa Developments Limited (Whanghanui-Rangitikei region) and is an independent committee member of the Banjima Direct Benefits Trust in Perth. Toko was on the Government Review Panel relating to the Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 (Māori Land Act) and was also the lead negotiator for Ngāti Apa ki Rangitikei (North Island) for its direct negotiation Treaty of Waitangi claims with the Crown.
Russell Middleton

Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer

Russell has over 25 years in the mining and construction sector with significant experience in mine project evaluations and the construction of new mines.. Starting his career as a public accountant, Russell has held senior management positions in accounting, commercial and planning roles. He was previously with Shell where he was Commercial Manager for the construction, development and production of a major underground mine. Russell is a director of BT Mining Limited as a Bathurst representative. He is based in Christchurch.
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 board of the New Zealand Mines Rescue Trust and Straterra. Richard is a director of BT Mining Limited as a Bathurst representative.
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 ten 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.