Leadership

Our leadership team

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Paul Muller

Chief Executive Officer, Mining

Paul holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree with over 20 years experience in the mining industry working for both mining service providers and mine owners in Australia, Asia and Africa. Prior to joining Barminco, Paul held the position of Executive General Manager – Asia and Africa for Thiess and has also held senior roles at Consolidated Minerals, BHP and Leighton Contractors. Paul is also a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Brent Jenkins

Chief Operating Officer, Africa

Brent Jenkins commenced with Ausdrill in November 2019 as the General Manager – Operational Excellence, with a focus on the African Mining Services (AMS) business unit. Brent is currently acting in the Interim Chief Operating Officer, Africa role for AMS.

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Brent Jenkins commenced with Ausdrill in November 2019 as the General Manager – Operational Excellence, with a focus on the African Mining Services (AMS) business unit. Brent is currently acting in the Interim COO role for AMS.

Brent’s previous experience has seen him work for several large owner operator and contract miners, including BHP, HWE Mining, Consolidated Minerals and Macmahon Holdings. Brent has a strong operational background, backed by 25 years in the Australian mining environment. During this time Brent has held various Senior Management roles including MD and COO, and worked in a variety of mineral commodities, including gold, iron ore, nickel and manganese. Brent holds a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Institute of Business, Diploma of Metalliferous Mining Open Cut and is a Graduate from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Brent currently resides in Australia.

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Peter Campain

General Manager, Plant and Procurement

Peter holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree and a Masters of Business and Technology with over 30 years experience in asset management and maintenance in Australia, Egypt, India, Tanzania, Ghana, Mali and Burkina Faso. Prior to joining Barminco, Peter held the position of Maintenance Manager at Consolidated Minerals and has also held senior roles at MacMahon and Combined Resource Engineering.

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Darren Batchler

General Manager, Health, Safety, Environment and Training

Darren Holds a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Hazard Management and  is a highly experienced HSE professional and executive with over 25 years’ experience in the health, safety and environment field working domestically and internationally with both mining companies and mining services providers.  Prior to joining Barminco, he held the role of Perenti Group Manager, Health, Safety and Environment. Darren has also held senior safety and risk management roles at Newcrest, Macmahon, and BHP.

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Bobby Koetser

General Manager People & Safety, Surface

Bobby Koetser was appointed General Manager People & Safety, Surface in December 2019.

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Bobby Koetser was appointed General Manager People & Safety, Surface in December 2019.

Bobby is an HR executive with more than 20 years international experience in global manufacturing and mining businesses across Australia and Africa. He has held a number of operational and corporate roles leading globally diverse HR teams with a strong track record of delivering improved business performance through people.

Bobby’s experience includes the development and implementation of HR strategies, organisational coaching, leadership capability and major culture and business transformation programs.

Bobby holds a Bachelor of Technology (Double Major, Business Economics and Human Resources Management) from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, a Bachelor of Commerce Honours (Industrial Relations) from the University of Natal, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and a MBA from the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science.

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Mike Ellis

General Manager, Finance

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Jim Gawith

General Manager, Growth and Technical Services

Jim holds a Bachelor of Mining and Engineering and as Barminco’s General Manager Growth, is focused on driving business growth and seeking new opportunities for our team, whilst maintaining strong relationships with our existing clients. He has over 20 years experience in the mining industry, with a background in mining engineering, contract and mine management and has previously worked in a range of operations roles across Australia.

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Darren Kwok

General Manager, Technology and Innovation

Darren holds a Bachelor of Management and Marketing degree and has over 10 years experience in developing and implementing technology strategy in the automotive and mining industries. Prior to joining Barminco, Darren held the position of Executive General Manager for MacDonald Holdings.

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Craig Earnshaw

General Manager, Commercial and Legal

Craig holds Bachelor degrees in Law and Commerce with over 12 years legal, commercial and company secretarial experience in private practice and the resources and construction industries. Prior to joining Barminco, Craig held the position of Corporate Counsel at RCR Tomlinson Limited. Craig is also a Member of the Law Society of Western Australia, the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association and the Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association and holds a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance.