Our Board

Our board represents interests in coal, gold and other metallic minerals, aggregates and industrial minerals, exploration, technical services and research.



Brent Francis - Chair

Coal Association of NZ / New Zealand Coal & Carbon

Brent is the Chief Executive and majority shareholder of the NZCC group of companies. Commencing mining in 1982 in the Southland fields he has extensive experience in areas operational and marketing.

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Murray McKee

New Talisman Gold

Murray graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a BA(Hons) in politics and economics. He worked abroad for fifteen years in the offshore oil and gas exploration industry in operations management and senior management roles in the UK North Sea, West Africa (Nigerial, Gabon) and North Africa (Tunisia). He returned to NZ to take up...

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Chris Baker

CEO, Straterra

Chris holds a BSc (Hons) in Mineral Technology (1976), and an MBA (1994) from the University of Otago, New Zealand. 

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Cam Wylie

Cam Wylie is an Institute of Professional Engineers NZ (MIPENZ) Chartered Professional Engineer(CPEng) practising in Geotechnical engineering, and an  Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) Certified Professional (CP) in Mine Geotechnics.

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Alison Paul

Oceana Gold Corporation

Alison is the Corporate Affairs and Legal Manager for gold miner OceanaGold’s New Zealand operations and has been with the company since 2004 

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Douglas Thompson


As Executive General Manager of Thiess’ Australia & Pacific operations, Douglas offers more than 20 years’ experience in coal and metalliferous mining operations globally.

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