Mr. Todd Hannigan
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Hannigan was the Chief Executive Officer of Aston Resources from 2010 to 2011. During this time, the company significantly progressed the Maules Creek project, including upgrades to the project's resources and reserves, completion of all technical and design work for the Definitive Feasibility Study, negotiation of two major project stake sales and joint venture agreements, securement of port and rail access and progression of planning approvals to final stages. Mr. Hannigan has worked internationally in the mining and resources sector for over 18 years with Aston Resources, Xstrata Coal, Hanson PLC, BHP Billiton and MIM. Mr Hannigan was appointed as a Director of the Company on 21 May 2014.
Mr. David Gay
Executive Director and President
Mr. Gay is a Professional Mining Engineer with an MBA and has over 35 years of experience in developing coal projects in the USA. Mr. Gay's experience covers the entire coal development chain including leasing, permitting, exploration, construction, commissioning, production, mergers & acquisitions and financing activities (including project finance, high yield bonds, bank debt, structured finance and equity). Most recently he was Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions and Business Development at Alpha Natural Resources, one of the USA's largest coal producers. During his time, Alpha completed over US$10 billion worth of mergers and acquisitions and transitioned into one of the largest coal companies in the US and the third largest coking coal exporter globally. Prior to that, Mr. Gay led several large regional coal companies and was Business Unit President at Pittston Coal Group (20 years' experience) which at the time was the largest coking coal exporter worldwide. Mr Gay was appointed as a Director of the Company on 23 June 2015.
Mr. Matthew Haaga
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Haaga has thirty-seven years of mining experience including positions in the US coal industry as Chief Operating Officer, VP of Operations, VP of Engineering and Land, Regional Director of Operations and General Manager. After spending thirty (30) years working in the Illinois and Appalachian coalfields, Mr. Haaga has worked most of the last decade globally as an independent mining consultant. He consulted with Joy Global and their customers as a trainer and application specialist on continuous haulage projects, headed numerous operational due diligence teams and ran efficiency evaluations for his client base. Mr. Haaga holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky and is a registered Professional Engineer.
Mr. Rick Kim
Mr. Kim has over 15 years' experience working in the coal industry managing underground mining operations, most of which utilized continuous mining, for Arch Coal, Metinvest, and U.S. other producers. During his time in the industry, Mr. Kim also worked for Bucyrus International (now a subsidiary of Caterpillar) where he implemented continuous mining technology into emerging markets such as China, Russia, and India. Mr. Kim holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, a Bachelor of Science in Mining & Minerals Engineering from Virginia Tech and Is a Registered Professional Engineer.
Mr. Nathan Ainsworth
Vice President, Business Development
Mr. Ainsworth has over 15 years of experience in Investment Banking, Investment Advisory and Accounting specialising in the resources industry, across Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. Mr. Ainsworth is a Charterholder of the CFA Institute, member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia.
Mr. James E. Plaisted
Vice President, Coal Sales and Marketing
Mr. Plaisted's previous position was General Manager of Alliance Coal, LLC a subsidiary of Alliance Resource Partners, LP, and was responsible for the marketing and sale of all coal produced from all seven of Alliance's Illinois Basin operations. Mr. Plaisted was employed by Alliance for over 17 years and is a highly regarded US coal executive with unparalleled industry networks and knowledge of the Illinois Basin coal market worldwide.
Mr. Michael Curry
Manager, Technical Services
Mr. Curry has a degree in Mining Engineering from West Virginia University. Past roles for large public companies operating in the US coal industry cover production, engineering, and corporate development. Mr. Curry's previous position was Manager of Mergers and Acquisitions with Alpha Natural Resources.
Mr. Gregory Swan
Mr. Swan is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Institute of Chartered Secretaries. He commenced his career with a large international chartered accounting firm and has since worked in the corporate office of several listed companies that operate in the resources sector. He has been involved with a number of exploration and development companies, including Mantra Resources Limited, Coalspur Mines Limited, Equatorial Resources Limited, and Papillon Resources Limited.