Meet the Board


The Hon.
Mark Vaile AO

Chairman and Non-executive Director
Appointed: 3 May 2012

As Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Leader of the National Party from 2005 to 2007, Mark established an extensive network of contacts throughout Australia and East Asia. His focus at home was with regional Australia and particularly northern NSW. As one of Australia’s longest serving Trade Ministers from 1999 through until 2006, Mark led negotiations which resulted in Free Trade Agreements being concluded with the United States of America, Singapore and Thailand as well as launching negotiations with China, Japan and ASEAN. Importantly, early in his Ministerial career as the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Mark was instrumental in the establishment of the ARTC which operates the Hunter Valley rail network.

Mark brings significant experience as a company director, having been Chairman of Aston Resources and CBD Energy Limited, and is currently an independent Director on the boards of Virgin Australia Limited and Servcorp Limited which are both listed on the ASX. Mark is also a Director of Stamford Land Corp which is listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange, a Director Trustee of HostPlus Superfund, Chairman of Palisade Regional Infrastructure Fund and Independent Director and Chairman of SmartTrans Limited.


John C Conde AO
BSc, BE (Electrical) (Hons), MBA (Dist)

Deputy Chairman and Non-executive Director
Appointed: 3 May 2007

John has over 30 years of broad based commercial experience across a number of industries, including the energy sector, and was chairman of the company prior to the merger with Aston Resources. John is chairman of Cooper Energy Limited and The McGrath Foundation. He is also president of the Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal and a non-executive director of the Dexus Property Group. He recently retired as chairman of Bupa Australia and New Zealand. He retired as chairman of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in May 2015. He was previously chairman of Ausgrid (formerly Energy Australia) and Destination NSW. He was formerly chairman and managing director of Broadcast Investment Holdings, as well as a non-executive director of BHP Billiton Limited and Excel Coal Limited.


Dr Julie Beeby
BSc (Hons I), PhD (Physical Chemistry), MBA, FAICD

Non-executive Director
Appointed: 17 July 2015

Julie has more than 25 years’ experience in the minerals and petroleum industries in Australia including major Australian and US resources companies and as Chief Executive Officer of WestSide Corporation, an ASX listed, Queensland- based coal seam gas company. Julie has technical, operations and strategy expertise and has held senior and executive positions in coal mining, mining services and coal seam gas after commencing her career in coal and mineral processing research.

Julie was previously the Chairman of the Queensland Electricity Transmission Corporation Limited, Powerlink Queensland and has also held non-executive director positions on the Boards of Gloucester Coal Limited, OzMinerals Limited, Forge Group Limited, CRC Mining, Queensland Resources Council and Australian Coal Research.


Fiona Robertson

Non-executive Director
Appointed: 16 February 2018

Fiona is a practicing non-executive director specialising in the resources sector. She has over 40 years’ experience in corporate finance, including 30 years working with emerging and mid-tier resource companies as a banker, CFO and non-executive director, successfully guiding growth-oriented resource companies through the transition from entrepreneurial junior to ASX 200 producer.

After graduating with a degree in geology, Fiona joined The Chase Manhattan Bank in London. Her early career included corporate banking, risk management and resource industry financing roles over 14 years with Chase in London, New York and Sydney, followed by 8 years with gold explorer and producer, Delta Gold Limited as CFO. Fiona then transitioned to a more flexible (family friendly) role as consulting CFO to various emerging ASX-listed mining and oil and gas companies. This led to her appointment as a non-executive director of upstream oil and gas explorer and producer, Drillsearch Energy Limited in 2009.

In her CFO and NED roles Fiona has been involved in projects in Australia, Asia, Africa and the USA.
Currently, she is a non-executive director of ASX-listed Heron Resources, which is developing the Woodlawn Mine in NSW.

Fiona was active member of the AusIMM’s national WIMnet committee from 2012 to 2017 and continues to play a role in co-ordinating WIMnet’s very successful mentoring program in NSW.

Recently Fiona was named 2017 Gender Diversity Champion in Australian Resources by WIRNA (Women in Mining and Resources National Awards), and 2017 Gender Diversity Champion in NSW Mining in the NSW Minerals’ Council’s Women in Mining Awards.


Raymond Zage
BSc Finance

Non-executive Director
Appointed: 27 August 2013

Raymond is the founder and CEO of Tiga Investments Pte. Ltd. He is also a Senior Advisor to Farallon Capital Management, L.L.C., one of the largest alternative asset managers in the world. Raymond has been involved in investments throughout Asia in various industries including financial services, infrastructure, manufacturing, energy and real estate. Previously, Raymond was the Managing Director and CEO of Farallon Capital Asia Pte. Ltd., and prior to that worked in the investment banking division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Singapore, New York and Los Angeles.


Paul Flynn
BComm, FCA

Managing Director
Appointed: 25 March 2013

Previously Non-executive Director
Appointed: 3 May 2012

Paul has extensive experience in the mining, infrastructure, construction and energy sectors gained through 20 years as a professional advisor at Ernst & Young. Paul was formerly Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Tinkler Group and was instrumental in the merger of Whitehaven Coal with Aston Resources. Paul joined the Board of Whitehaven on 3 May 2012 and assumed the role of Managing Director and CEO on 27 March 2013. Prior to joining the Tinkler Group, Paul was the managing partner of Ernst & Young’s Sydney office and a member of its Oceania executive team.

As a partner for over eight years, Paul managed many of the firm’s largest mining and energy clients across Australia, Asia, South and North America. Paul has also fulfilled various leadership roles with large corporations on secondment including as the CFO of a top 50 listed company.

Lindsay Ward

Lindsay Ward


Non-executive Director
Appointed: 15 February 2019

Lindsay has more than 30 years’ experience across industries including mining, exploration, mineral processing, ports management, rail haulage, power generation, gas transmission, transport and logistics.

Having started his career in the mining industry, Lindsay has held a wide range of leadership and operational roles. He is currently CEO of Palisade Integrated Management Services, which has eight diverse infrastructure assets under management. Prior to this, he was the Managing Director of Dart Mining, a Melbourne-based exploration company, and a non-executive director of Metro Mining Limited.

Lindsay also worked with Asciano and Toll as General Manager Patrick Ports and Pacific National Bulk Rail with responsibility for six regional ports businesses as well as Pacific National’s grain and industrial rail business. Prior to this, Lindsay was the General Manager Production – Yallourn Energy (now Energy Australia) with accountability for an integrated, base load 1,450MW power station and brown coal open cut mine that produced 22% of Victoria’s power needs. He has also held senior mining engineering positions with BHP in Queensland and Camberwell Coal in the Hunter Valley.

Lindsay is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an experienced Director of both listed and unlisted companies.