Board of Directors
The Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council is administered by a board of members, drawn in proportion from the various membership categories. Our current board includes:
Ben is the General Manager of Operations at Grange Resources. He joined Grange in 2009 having worked with the Savage River mine for over 18 years. His operational experience covers management responsibilities in geology, information technology, business improvement and technical services. Ben holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Tasmania, a Graduate Diploma in Computing and is a recent graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program.
Jenkins started working as a learner miner on the platinum mines near Rustenburg, South Africa. He received a study bursary from Anglo Platinum to study mining engineering at the University of Pretoria. After studying he progressed through the mining ranks to become the general manager of Aquarius’ Marikana mines. In 2011 he moved to Western Australia with Rio Tinto to manage the construction of the Argyle block cave mine. After completing the construction of the Argyle block cave he moved to California to manage the Rio Tinto US Borax mine. Jenkins and his family moved to Tasmania in July 2016. In 2018 he was appointed as the general manager of MMG Rosebery mine on the west coast of Tasmania.
In addition to his role as CEO of the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council, Wayne Bould is also Executive Chairman and Trustee of the Bonney Group of companies. He also serves as a current business member of the Joint Commonwealth Tasmanian Economic Council which is jointly chaired by leading Tasmanian businessman Mr Dale Elphinstone and Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Wayne has over 40 years’ practical and managerial experience in the petroleum, forestry and mining sectors. He began his career with Golden Fleece Petroleum in Hobart in 1969 and partnered with Shell Australia in developing and operating Shell’s downstream distribution business models. Mr Bould owned and operated a niche management consulting business which provided hands on specialist assistance to a variety of businesses in a wide range of sectors across Australia.
Wayne entered the mining and mineral processing industry when he joined Newmont Australia in 2004, performing various roles before being appointed as Newmont Mining Corporation’s Global Director Business Excellence in 2008. Wayne was Chief Operating Officer of Grange Resources Limited from 2009 until 2013, and was Managing Director from 2013 until 2014.
John is in his 39th year working for Atlas Copco Construction and Mining. He has worked in his current position as Regional Manager Vic/ Tasmania- for over 25 years. John is a member of AusIMM the Mineral Institute Tasmanian Branch and President of the Institute of Quarrying Australia.
Peter is currently an Executive Director for Copper Mines of Tasmania Pty Ltd and General Manager Care and Maintenance of the Mt Lyell mine. Peter is also a Director of Thalanga Copper Mines Pty Ltd. He has 25 years’ experience in the mining industry, both open pit and underground operations in employee/industrial relations including with Rio Tinto, Barrick and Newmont.
David and wife Kylie are the founders and Managing Directors of Zezt Pty Ltd which has Polyethylene Pipe manufacturing facilities in Tasmania and Victoria.
The company was recently acquired by Vinidex Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s largest pipe manufacturers. At that time, David was appointed to the Vinidex national executive team with specific responsibilities of major projects.
The KYDA Group operate Mining, Civil, Maintenance, Equipment Hire and Logistics Companies which have operations throughout Australia with Head office based in Tasmania.
David started his career as a plumber by trade from a fourth generation West Coast mining family. He is an active committee member of the Tasmanian Hockey Association and remains a player.
David believes that Tasmanian companies who “do it well, find a point of difference”.
Michael commenced working at Temco on March 5th 1985 as an 18-year-old. He started on shift in June 1985 on furnaces and spent 2 years on tapping floor then moved into a role as a Supervisor at 20 years of age.
In 1990 he became the Business Unit Coordinator at No 3 furnace and held this role and expanded out into other roles throughout the 90’s whilst working towards obtaining a Diploma in Chemical Laboratory Technology.
In 2005-2006 Michael was the Molten Material Global Fatal Risk Champion for BHP Billiton and travelled extensively visiting the other smelters (South Africa, Columbia etc) assisting with adopting and implementing protocols into their systems.
For the period of 2006 to 2009 Michael held the role of Furnaces Superintendent at the Bell Bay Plant, and was promoted to Production Manager in 2009, a role he still carries out.
Michael has completed an Advanced Diploma in Business Management in 2015.
Michael is married with 3 children.
Kevin Taylor commenced as Bell Bay Aluminium’s General Manager in April 2018.
Kevin has close to 30 years’ experience with the business, forging a career that started in 1990 as a Carbon Crew Leader at New Zealand’s Aluminium Smelter, progressing through a variety of operational roles including Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Manager at Bell Bay Aluminium, Site Operations Manager at Boyne Smelters Limited in Queensland and most recently General Manager Health, Safety and Environment for Rio Tinto’s Pacific Operations.
Chris is the Managing Director of Tasmanian Advanced Minerals (TAM). The company mines and processes high purity silica for use in specialty glass, particularly in LCD and OLED technologies. Having more than 20 years’ managerial experience with Sumitomo Corporation in industrial chemical and mineral businesses in both Australia and Japan, Chris moved to Tasmania in 2007 to establish TAM. The role initially included responsibility for design and construction of TAM’s Wynyard processing facility. Currently, as well as overseeing the company’s extractive and processing operations, Chris’ focus also includes business development through enhancing employee skills, new resource exploration, process and product innovation, and marketing.
Kelly Elphinstone is the daughter of Dale and Cheryl Elphinstone, founding owners of the Elphinstone Group of companies.
Kelly is the Managing Director of the Elphinstone Pty Ltd business. Kelly is responsible for overseeing the consolidation of the Group’s Tasmanian manufacturing entities.
Kelly is an active member of the Elphinstone Group Executive Management Committee and is engaged in their strategic planning activities.
Kelly is passionate about Australian manufacturing and the significant role Tasmania is able to play in growing this industry. She engages with Local, State and Federal Government to promote local skills and supply chain capability wherever possible, while endeavouring to attract ongoing investment to the Region.
Leigh is the Principal Advisor Power Supply for Bell Bay Aluminium. Leigh, who started his career as an electrical apprentice before gaining an Associate Diploma of Electrical Engineering, has over 30 years’ experience in the aluminium industry.
Leigh’s work has included asset management and planning, managing capital projects and supervising and leading teams. Leigh currently looks after the high voltage electrical assets for the smelter. He also manages the electricity and gas contracts from a commercial as well as an operational aspect.
Leigh currently chairs the Bell Bay Economic Development Committee. The committee membership comprises 12 local businesses located in Bell Bay. Leigh also oversees the smelter’s apprenticeship program and sits on the Industry 4.0 Higher Education Apprenticeship Project Steering Committee responsible for approving the State’s Higher Apprenticeship model strategy.