Meet the Board
BE Hons (Chem), MAusIMM, F Fin
Wayne has more than 30 years of resources sector and corporate finance experience. He is a director of XLX Pty Ltd and Ironstone Capital Partners Pty Ltd. As Chairman, Wayne is responsible for leadership of the Board, for efficient organisation and conduct of the Board's function and the briefing of all Directors in relation to issues arising at Board meetings. As Chairperson, Wayne is also responsible for arranging Board performance evaluation.
Wayne holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical – 1st Hons) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and a Graduate Diploma from FINSIA. He is a fellow of FINSIA and a member of AUSIMM.
Wayne is also a member of the Company’s Environmental, Risk and Occupational Health and Safety and Audit Committees.
BA, Political Economy (Princeton University)
Brian has more than 16 years of global resources investment and corporate finance experience. Brian worked on numerous transactions in the resources sector while working as investment banker at Merrill Lynch and a principal investor at First Reserve Corporation, a U.S. based energy private equity firm. For the last 12 years Brian has held senior positions at the AMCI Group, a privately held global resources investor. During his time at AMCI Brian has led numerous investments in the Australian coal sector, including Felix Resources, Whitehaven Coal, AMCI Australia and Fitzroy Resources. Brian currently serves on the boards of Conuma Coal Resources Ltd, Fitzroy QLD Resources Ltd and AMCI Investments Pty Ltd, amongst others.
Anthony (Tony) Galligan
Tony has more than 40 years of experience in the Australian coal industry. He has held senior positions in the areas of geology, project approvals and development, mine safety, and mine-related infrastructure. His most recent position was General Manager Infrastructure with Whitehaven Coal Ltd. He was Chairman of Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group for more than 3 years during the feasibility, financing and construction of the new coal terminal and also played a pivotal role in the upgrade of the rail line to the Gunnedah Basin. Previous positions include Exploration Manager for Agip Coal, Chief Coal Geologist, Director Coal and Director Development with the NSW Government.
Tony holds a Bachelor of Science (Geology) from the University of Queensland.
Tony is also Chairman of the Company’s Environmental, Risk and Occupational Health and Safety Committee.
Chairman Advisory Board
Tony has 35 years experience in the financing, development and management of coal mining projects. He worked for BP Coal and BP Finance in Sydney and London in various business development and finance positions and for Agipcoal as the Managing Director of its Australian subsidiary. Tony was a founding director of Excel Coal in 1994 and Managing Director from this time, through the ASX-listing of Excel Coal and until the takeover of Excel Coal by Peabody in 2006. After Excel Coal, Tony joined Whitehaven Coal Ltd as Managing Director until resigning from that position in March 2013. Other previous board roles include non-executive director of King Island Scheelite Ltd and IMX Resources Ltd.
GENERAL MANAGER, DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATIONS
BE Hons (Mech)
James has over 20 years of experience in the Australian coal mining industry and is highly experienced in underground coal. Starting his career at the coal face James has held several key management positions including Engineering Manager and Production Manager during the construction and production ramp up of Glencore’s Ulan West Underground mine. Prior to joining Malabar in 2019, James was the Operations Manager at Glencore’s Ulan Underground mine. As General Manager James is committed to developing leading safe and efficient operations.
A Fitter by trade, James also holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical – Honours Class 1) from the University of Newcastle, Australia, and industry-recognised qualifications including Mining Engineering Manager and Mechanical Engineering Manager Certificates of Competency for NSW Coal.
James is also a member of the Company’s Health, Safety, Environment and Community Committee.
HEAD OF FINANCE
Paul has more than 15 years of accounting, finance, and resources experience. Prior to joining Malabar, he was the Group Treasurer at Whitehaven Coal Limited and was responsible for raising the capital to fund the Narrabri Underground and Maules Creek coal mines. Paul gained previous accounting and finance experience at Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Allco Financial Group, and Babcock & Brown Limited.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology Sydney and a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.
Paul is also a member of the Company’s Board and Audit Committees.
Lindi is a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with over 10 years of experience in assurance, consulting and finance. She is currently the Group Financial Controller for Malabar. Lindi holds a Bachelor of Accounting and Honours in Accounting from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Lindi is also a member of the Audit Committee.
William (Bill) Dean
PROJECT GENERAL MANAGER
Bill has over 35 years’ experience in the Australian mining industry, encompassing senior site management, support and technical roles. He is Civil Engineering graduate of Deakin University, holds statutory Certificates of Competency for Victoria, Western Australia and New South Wales, is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a Member of AusIMM.
Bill has broad experience in the coal industry and has held senior operational roles with Coal and Allied and Excel Coal. He has extensive project experience including approvals, development of open cut and underground operations, plus rail and CHPP construction. Also he has led structural change within existing operations, plus managed feasibility and pre-feasibility studies for range of organisations including Whitehaven Coal, Xstrata Coal, Cobbora Coal and Idemitsu.