Paul Verner

Paul Verner

BBus, MAppFin

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.

James Johnson

James Johnson

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 and 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.

Bill Dean

Donna McLaughlin


Donna has over 12 years experience in the Australian mining industry, encompassing site based and technical roles. Starting her career as an environmental consultant, Donna worked for various mine sites in the Hunter Valley undertaking statutory environmental monitoring and reporting. Prior to joining Malabar in March 2018, Donna was the Health, Safety and Environment Superintendent at BHP’s Mt Arthur Coal operations.

Donna holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science (majoring in Environmental Management) from the University of Newcastle, Australia.