Information on our presenters for the 2023 conference will be updated here.

Steve Davis


Steve Davis has been MC for the Quarry NZ Conference for over 20 years. He is in fact the Industry's personal MC, as this Conference, along with the bi annual Conference held in Australia, is the only time Steve works as an MC! Steve Davis's main job is that of an International Bloodstock Auctioneer. Selling for over 20 years in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

Tim Kennedy

IOQ President

Tim Kennedy is currently Fulton Hogan’s Quarries Operation Manager in Gisborne. He has over 30 years’ experience in the quarrying industry in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific. Tim also sits on WorkSafe’s Board of Examiners and brings a knowledge and understanding of, and involvement in, learning and development in the extractives sector. He was also a member of MITO’s sector advisory group on its review of extractives national qualifications. He is a workplace tutor and has been a registered assessor. He holds a New South Wales Diploma in Extractives Industries Management and a number of Australian and New Zealand quarrying CoCs, including a New Zealand A grade quarry manager CoC.

Welcome by IOQ President Thursday 6 July, 8:05am

Wayne Scott


AQA’s Chief Executive is Wayne Scott who took on the role in October 2018. Wayne also jointly acts as CEO of MinEx, which oversees health and safety for mining/extractive industries.

Welcome by AQA CEO Thursday 6 July, 8:10am

Antonis Antoniou Latouros

President UEPG (European Aggregates Association)

Antonis Antoniou Latouros has a huge experience in the aggregates industry, and he is the Managing Director of M.S.C. Latouros Investments Ltd, the largest quarry group in Cyprus consisting of three aggregates quarries (Latomia Latouros Ltd, Latomio Pyrgon Ltd, Elmeni Latomia Ltd) and one gypsum quarry (Latouros Gypsum Ltd). In the group also operates a construction & demolition waste recycling plant (Recycling Point Ltd) as well as a holistic chemical laboratory (Veltia Cyprus Ltd). Antonis Antoniou Latouros was elected President of Aggregates Europe - UEPG (the European Aggregates Association) in June 2021 and since 2018 used to be the 1st Vice President of UEPG. He is also the President of the Cyprus Aggregates Producers Association since 2013 for which he used to be the Vice President for the years 2007 to 2013. He is also the President of the Cyprus Association of Construction & Demolition and Green Waste Recycling Companies since 2020. He is also a Board member and chairs the Audit Committees of the public companies, The Cyprus Cement Public Company Ltd and K & G Complex Public Company Ltd. He is also Board member of the Nicosia Chamber of Commerce and Industry and he was also Board Member (2012-2015) and Chairman (2015-2017) of The American Academy Alumni Foundation Larnaca.

Key Note Address Thursday 6 July, 8:15am

Kylie Fahey

Institute of Quarrying Australia – CEO

Kylie has over 20 years’ experience in senior executive roles. Kylie has worked across numerous sectors including civil construction, health, property development and education and has experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the Institute of Quarrying Australia, Kylie was the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation Education Group and a Director of Red Dot Property. She is the current Vice Chair of the Extractive Industry Reference Committee. Kylie is a strong leader who excels at aligning strategy to deliverable objectives. She has successfully realigned and grown businesses throughout her career by balancing financial drivers and KPIs and people’s performance. Kylie is extremely passionate about the businesses she supports and understands there is one core element that sets companies apart – its people.

Update from Australia Thursday 6 July, 9:00am

Duncan Harris

Institute of Quarrying Australia - President

Update from Australia Thursday 6 July, 9:00am

Jim O'Brien

Jim O’Brien is Convenor of the Global Aggregates Information Network, GAIN™, (, a voluntary coalition of aggregates associations around the world. Founded in 2010, GAIN now has 23 members, including AQA, on six continents, representing 80% of global aggregates production. Industry best practices are shared in conference calls every two months, with the first post-pandemic physical meeting, kindly hosted by AQA, taking place in Queenstown on July 2-5, 2023. Jim was formerly Group Technical Advisor in CRH plc, the international building materials group. He was President of the European Aggregates Association from 2009 to 2012, and continues as its Honorary President.

Update on GAIN, the Global Aggregates Information Network Thursday 6 July, 9:30am

Grant Kendal


Grant Kendal is a Senior Engineer with Beca. He was certifies as a Professional Engineer in South Africa in 2013 where he focused on the upgrades of multiple roads, taking pre apartheid dirt tracks and upgrading them to blacktop 60 kph rural connectors, acting as the Engineer to Contract during the construction phase. Since moving to New Zealand, his MSQA skills have been utilized by Waka Kotahi on State Highway 3 on the Awakino to Mount Messenger project, civil works with Rymans, and Hamilton City Council. In May 2021 he was asked to join the team of the Opotiki Harbour Project as Engineers Representative. Here he was focused on the procurement of armor rock for the project as well as facilitating the collaboration between contractor and client.

Opotiki Wharf Project Thursday 6 July, 10:30am

Dirk Fincke

UEPG (European Aggregates Association)

Since February 2006, Dirk works in EU Public Affairs for Aggregates Europe - UEPG representing the largest non-energy extractive industry. He worked in leading positions within Industrial Alliances such as “Industry4Europe” and contributes actively to the “Construction 2050 Alliance” and is currently building up “The Essential Raw Materials Coalition”. Dirk is Secretary General of Aggregates Europe – UEPG, and Secretary of its Economic Committee. In this capacity he is a Member of several European Commission Expert Groups, e.g. the Raw Materials Supply Group, the High Level Construction Forum, the High level steering group of the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials, the EU Biodiversity Platform and the United Nations Environment Programme Expert Roundtable for sand and sustainability.

Sustainability initiatives in Europe Thursday 6 July, 11:00am

Colm Hamrogue


Volvo Activecare. Get connected and boost uptime. Friday 7 July, 8:00am

Lochy Jones


Lochy is the Senior Manager Safety, Health, Environment and Security for Australia Pacific at Orica. Lochy has 15 years’ experience in surface and underground mining, having held various Statutory Positions at mines in Western Australia. With a background in Health, and having worked remotely as an Industrial Paramedic and Emergency Responder, Lochy has spent the last 6 years at Orica supporting 100+ Mining and Quarry Services sites in Australia, PNG, and New Zealand. Over that time Lochy has been involved in the development, deployment, and continual refinement of Orica’s global Fatality Prevention program – Major Hazards Management.

Orica Presentation Friday 7 July, 8:30am

Garth Taylor


Garth is the Crushing and Screening Business Manager at MIMICO. Garth started his career at the Barmac VSI crusher factory in Matamata as a mechanical engineer and working into a technical support role that lead him into a 12 year period working for Metso in North America. During this time Garth spent a significant amount of time travelling throughout North and South America providing process and technical support to many aggregate and mining operations. In 2015 Garth and his family returned to New Zealand and started his current role with MIMICO where he manages sales and support functions of the crushing and screening business within MIMICO.

Manufactured Sand from High Pressure Grinding Rolls Crusher Friday 7 July, 9:30am

Paul Hunt


Paul Hunt is the Chief Inspector Extractives in the High Hazards Unit based in Hamilton. Paul is a vastly experienced extractives executive. He was most recently Solid Energy’s North Island Operations General Manager, and he has held the roles of Mine Manager and General Manager at the Huntly East mine. Paul holds Senior Site Executive and First Class Coal Mine Manager qualifications, along with others covering incident management and analysis, risk management and occupational health and safety management.

Chief Inspectors Address Friday 7 July, 10:30am

Klaus Thoeni

University of Newcastle, Australia

Associate Professor, Priority Research Centre for Geotechnical Science and Engineering, The University of Newcastle, Australia Klaus is a highly motivated academic with a strong international reputation for research excellence in numerical modelling and photogrammetry applied to practical geotechnical problems. With over 100 research publications to his credit, he has established himself as a leader in the field. His research focuses on the development of cutting-edge three-dimensional computational models for rock and soil mechanics problems for more cost-effective and safer engineering designs. He is passionate about solving complex real-world engineering problems and committed to bringing about a positive change in the mining and quarry industry through his pioneering engineering solutions that strive to improve safety standards.

Edge Protection: How safe are safety bunds? Friday 7 July, 11:15am

Dr Mary Obele

Dr Mary Obele did our last Jim MacDonald Memorial lecture tour. She loves big machines and being on worksites. She has been a doctor for over twenty years specialising in health and work as a Specialist Occupational and Environmental Physician. She does medical assessments for various industries, advises on hazards and risks, consults for organisations, lectures at universities and trains new doctors. She is a member of various health committees and panels. At home, her family often has bits of engines in the lounge.

Keeping Everybody Healthy Friday 7 July, 12:00pm

Grant Bosma

Waka Kotahi

Grant Bosma has worked in the civil materials and road construction industry for over 40 years. Most of his career was with contractors and material suppliers, but for the past five years he has worked for Waka Kotahi as Principal Surfacings Engineer. In this role he has been involved with technical specifications and guidance documents update, provided advice and support to major projects and assisted with forensic advice when surfacing works have not gone to plan. Following recommendations from the Aggregate and Quarry Association Waka Kotahi assembled a working group to look at M04 specification for basecourse aggregates. A draft update has been developed and Grant’s presentation will outline and explain the proposed changes to the document.

Update on changes to M4 specification Friday 7 July, 1:30pm

Raf Manji

Leader of The Opportunities Party

Raf is Leader of The Opportunities Party, a role he took up in early 2022. Prior to that, he served two terms as a Christchurch City Councillor. As Chair of the Finance Committee, his main focus was the Council's financial position and insurance settlement, as well as its post-earthquake strategic direction, risk management and engagement with Central Government. He also acted as an Independent Advisor to the Christchurch Foundation on the distribution of donated funds and support to the victims of the 15th March Terror Attack. He sat on the board of Christchurch City Holdings Ltd and was a member of Local Government working groups on Funding, Risk and Localism and the Central Government Working Group on Trade for All. Raf spent 11 years trading global markets and providing high-level macro-economic advice for investment banks in London from 1989-2000. He left banking to work for an environmental start-up, Trucost, which became a pioneering company focused on measuring and accounting for the environmental costs of business. In 2002, he moved to New Zealand and has since been actively involved in governance, strategy and social enterprise. He has worked with the AsiaNZ Foundation, the Christchurch Foundation, the Volunteer Army Foundation, Refugee Resettlement Services, Christchurch Budget Services, Pillars and the Christchurch Arts Festival as both a volunteer and board member. In 2023, he proposed the introduction of the Teal Card, an app designed to invest in and promote sustainable and healthy outcomes for our younger generations. He has a degree in Economics and Social Studies from the University of Manchester and a Graduate Diploma in Political Science and a Masters in International Law and Politics from the University of Canterbury.

Political Panel Discussion Friday 7 July 2:00pm

Simon Court


First term ACT MP and spokesperson for Environment, Climate, Transport & Infrastructure, Energy & Resources and Local Government, Simon is a Civil and Environmental Engineer with 20 plus years' experience in roles for the private sector and local government. This includes 10 years leading engineering, planning, tendering, and leading construction teams primarily in Auckland, Wellington, and Fiji. Simon has three teenagers, the youngest with Down Syndrome which influences his perspective on accessibility. In local government Simon managed a portfolio of 200 closed landfills, many in the coastal area, with aging and failing infrastructure. This experience led to a change of direction, and eventually to Parliament with ACT, where Simon sits on Environment Committee and Transport Committee. Simon believes that reforms to the RMA and Three Waters are a unique opportunity to set much higher ambitions for productivity and strengthen property rights, but the current direction will not deliver either. Transport policy should focus on improving network efficiency, relieving congestion and building capacity before the roads are gridlocked, not fixing climate change - a carbon price and the cap on emissions under the ETS already sets the right incentive. Resilience and affordability should have the highest priority for Energy policy makers. Wealth derived from developing our natural resources funds social and economic outcomes for all New Zealanders, on the basis that the environment is restored to the same or better standard on completion. The principle of subsidiarity should apply to local government, and when it comes to community owned assets and land use, decisions should be made by democratically elected representatives.

Political Panel Discussion Friday 7 July 2:00pm

Stuart Smith

National MP

Stuart Smith is the National MP for Kaikoura. He is the Opposition Spokesperson for Energy and Resources, Viticulture and the Earthquake Commission. He has been in Parliament for nine years, elected in 2014. Prior to entering Parliament, Stuart was Chairman of the New Zealand Winegrowers and owned and operated a vineyard in Marlborough, with his wife Julie. Stuart was inducted as a New Zealand winegrowers fellow in 2013 for services to the industry. He was also President of the New Zealand Grape Growers Council and a former member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. Stuart has three adult children and lives in Blenheim.

Political Panel Discussion Friday 7 July 2:00pm

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