Toko is a Wellington based commercial lawyer, consultant and director.
Toko is a director of Tuia Group Limited and a partner in Tuia Legal. He has worked at Chapman Tripp and in legal roles in-house at Meridian Energy, Bank of New Zealand, St. George Bank NZ and ANZ.
He also sits on the board of Ngāti Apa Developments Limited (Whanghanui-Rangitikei region). Ngāti Apa has investments in commercial property, forestry land and farms.
Toko is also an independent committee member of the Banjima Direct Benefits Trust in Perth, Western Australia. The role involves developing funding and distribution policies for royalty payments from mining companies for the Banjima people in the Pilbara region.
Toko has also been a director of Parininihi ki Waitotara Incorporation (in Taranaki) and Port Nicholson Fisheries Limited. He 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.
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Since starting his career in the 1970s, Richard has worked in almost every role in the coal mining industry.
Richard studied at the Otago School of Mines in New Zealand. His first job in the industry was at Greymouth’s Liverpool State Mine, owned by the New Zealand Government. He moved to Australia to further his mining career and went on to hold several management roles in coal mines around Australia, working his way from undermanager to General Manager. Richard has held senior leadership roles in the coal sector for the past decade.
After living and working in Australia for 32 years, Richard returned to New Zealand to take up the position of Chief Operating Officer with Bathurst in 2012. He was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer in March 2015.
Richard holds first, second and third class coal mining qualifications and studied at the Otago School of Mining. He has also spent 15 years on a rescue crew, making him familiar with the principles and practice of mine safety.
Richard is an ex secretary for the Australian Mine Managers Association and sits on the board of the New Zealand Mines Rescue Trust.
Russell has over 25 years in the mining and construction sector with significant experience in mine project evaluations and the construction of new mines.
Based in Sydney, Russell was most recently Chief Financial Officer with Hillgrove Resources Limited, an ASX listed resources company focused on developing base and precious metals projects. He was also Director and Company Secretary for the Hillgrove Group’s subsidiary companies.
Starting his career as a public accountant, Russell has held senior management positions in accounting, commercial and planning roles. He undertook various roles with BHP before joining Shell where he was Commercial Manager for the construction, development and production of a major underground mine.
Peter is a professional engineer with post-graduate business qualifications and more than 30 years of Australian and international resources experience in the iron ore, gold and coal industries; the last 7 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.
Peter has undertaken many complex commercial negotiations for joint ventures, capital funding, contracts, litigation, product marketing and off-take agreements.
He is particularly passionate about health & safety, people relations, operational effectiveness, business improvement and project delivery.
Peter is currently consulting to resources companies in Africa and South America. More recently he was the Group Managing Director of Guildford Coal, developer of a coking coal business in Mongolia, and the CEO of the Ensham Joint Venture developing and operating large open cut and underground coal reserves in Queensland.
Peter has been a Director of the Queensland Resources Council and a Director of the Australian Coal Association.