Governance and reporting // Senior leadership team

Fiona Bartier

General Manager, Health, Safety, Environment & 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.
Alison Brown

General Counsel

Alison holds a Master of Laws with Honours and has over 35 years’ legal experience. She specialises in mining, environmental and climate change law and has worked for Simpson Grierson, Minter Ellison Rudd Watts and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Alison was previously General Counsel for Solid Energy.
Carmen Dunick

Group Manager, Human Resources

Carmen joined Bathurst in April 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.
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 coalmarket planning and resource optimisation, and mine planning and design. Ian is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).
Sam Johnstone

General Manager, Marketing & Logistics

Sam brings a wealth of experience in marketing New Zealand’s unique coal internationally, and since our investment in BT Mining in 2017, has continued to manage and add value to our domestic and export customer contracts. Sam holds a Postgraduate Master of Science majoring in Geography.
Russell Middleton

Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer

Russell has over 25 years’ experience in the industry, particularly within mine project evaluations and the construction of new mines. Russell was most recently Chief Financial Officer with Hillgrove Resources Limited, an ASX listed resources company focused on developing base and precious metals projects.
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 July this year. He is also a director of BT Mining Limited.
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. In 2019, Damian moved into the newly created Resource Development position, providing key focus on growth projects. Damian is a member of AusIMM.
Richard Tacon

Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer

Richard began his career at Greymouth’s Liverpool State Mine and has worked almost every job in a coal mine. After living and working in Australia for 32 years, Richard returned to New Zealand in 2012 to the position of Chief Operating Officer and was appointed the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2015.