Information on our presenters for the 2024 conference will be updated here.

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.

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.

Justin Flitter


Justin Flitter founded NewZealand.AI in 2017 to help business leaders see how Artificial Intelligence will impact business, people and communities. Today he’s one of New Zealand’s leading AI for Business advisors and New Zealand. AI is where kiwi companies start their AI journey. From jaw-dropping examples to practical advice to help your business adopt new AI technology and empower your people with AI-powered skills that create sustainable careers. In this keynote Justin will share the capabilities and limitations of AI today and showcase how this new technology is transforming how businesses work, and how quarries are reimagining their operations to optimise performance. NewZealand.AI

Keynote Address: Empowering our people with AI. Thursday 18 July, 8:15am

Jane Schmitt

Institute of Quarrying Australia CEO

Jane Schmitt is a lawyer by profession with significant experience in senior executive roles and board governance across several sectors including health, sport, energy and education. Jane brings expertise in advocacy, strategy and policy development, governance, stakeholder engagement and corporate affairs. Her significant governance background has provided her with a deep understanding of board relationships and engagement along with contemporary governance practices necessary to support the achievement of strategic goals and a positive board culture aligned to the organisation’s values and purpose. Jane’s career journey commenced as a lawyer in private practice, before moving into executive roles which included terms with the Australian Medical Association Queensland (AMA Queensland) as their CEO and Company Secretary, Mater Group as their Group Chief of Corporate Affairs and Growth and most recently, under her own consultancy practice, where she is CEO of The Institute of Quarrying Australia. Jane also sits on the Stanwell Corporation Board and the Brisbane North Primary Health Network.

Update from Australia Thursday 18 July, 9:00am

James Rowe


James is the Technical Director & Growth Lead at Groundwork Part of SLR (Groundwork) and has over 20 years’ experience in the quarry and mining sector. As a Technical Director & Growth Lead, James provides industry relevant assistance to clients focusing on quarry optimisation, due diligence, efficiency improvement, operational and regulatory advice. This advice guides clients in the creation and implementation of effective business strategies allowing for improved operational efficiencies, cost reductions and growth whilst reducing risk profiles. James has undertaken Rehabilitation Liability Estimates, Approvals and Operational Documentation (Safety, Blasting, Operations etc.) under multiple state based jurisdictions for clients.

Update from Australia Thursday 18 July, 9:00am

Rodney Pilbrow

Pilbrow Surveying Ltd

Rodney has over 30 years in mining, construction, and surveying experience. Starting when he obtained a BE in Mining from Auckland University. After working in South African coal mines, he returned to NZ, shifting to Construction Surveying with Pilbrow Surveying Limited (PSL), becoming its Director in 2007. PSL has been at the forefront of technology adoption, from robotic total stations, through GPS systems, to drones with lidar. In 2022, Rodney became a Certified Professional Engineering Surveyor and an assessor for Survey & Spatial NZ. His most recent achievement is the TCEH Taputapu, an all-in-one GNSS-enabled mapping and viewing device, simplifying on-site mapping.

Advances in Global Navigation Satellite Systems. Thursday 18 July, 9:30am

Ross Copland

New Zealand Infrastructure Commission (Te Waihanga)

Ross Copland is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission (Te Waihanga). Prior to joining the New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Ross had a career in construction and tourism infrastructure development. He is passionate about renewables and sustainable building and has taken part in development engineering and disaster relief assignments across the Pacific. Ross has degrees in civil engineering, commerce, and an MBA

Aggregate potential mapping Thursday 18 July, 10:30am

Daniel Webber

CDE Group

Dan has over 20 years of experience working in engineering and management roles within the heavy industry sector. With previous experience spanning the marine and wind engineering markets, he has worked exclusively within the mineral processing industry since 2012. Dan has a significant breadth of experience, leading product development campaigns, plant automation upgrades and major project feasibility studies for clients across Australasia, the Pacific and South East Asia. In his current role, Dan is responsible for the performance and development of CDE’s Australasian business, leading a talented team of project managers, pre-sales and after-sales engineers who design, deliver and sustain the company’s world leading modular solutions into the region’s mining, quarrying, specialty sands and recycling sectors.

Washing 4.0 – Harvesting and using process data to maximise productivity, yield and business decisions Thursday 18 July,11:00am

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 led 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.

Metso Digitisation Thursday 18 July, 11:30am

Jodi Goodall

Brady Heywood

Jodi is an experienced Health, Safety and Environment leader with more than 18 years’ expertise in mining, heavy manufacturing, munitions, chemical process plants and logistics. She is a passionate advocate for practical, innovative safety leadership and worker health. She advises leadership teams on how to create a positive organisational culture that drives best-in-class HSE performance. Jodi was the recipient of the ‘Growing Healthy Organisations’ Award at VIOSH, University of Ballarat during her Grad Dip Occ. Hazard Management, and also holds a Master of Science (Occ. Hygiene) from the University of Wollongong.

What Woodstock 99’ teaches us about the power of leadership and culture. Thursday 18 July, 1:00pm Sponsored by Komatsu | Panel Discussion: Safety Culture Thursday 18 July, 1:40pm

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.

Panel Discussion: Safety Culture Thursday 18 July, 1:40pm

Joe Hunter

Blackhead Quarries Ltd

Hi I’m Joe Hunter after a few years studying property at Lincoln and a brief stint working as a commercial property manager. I joined the quarry industry working as a machine operator at AB Lime in Winton. From there I moved to Dunedin and became the quarry manager at Blackhead Quarries Logan Point site after gaining my A grade ticket. I am the 6th generation family member to be managing the Logan Point quarry. Blackhead Quarries is a medium sized business with four main quarries, a drill and blast division, and mobile crushing around Otago.

Panel Discussion: Safety Culture Thursday 18 July, 1:40pm

André Nair

RedBull Powder Co Ltd

André Nair is an experienced HSEQ Manager with a robust background in health and safety roles and emergency services. Driven by a passion for creating safe working environments, André is a regular presence on-site to ensure that the company's safety culture and practices are seamlessly integrated from the office to the field. In his career, André has implemented behavioural safety systems. He dedicates immersing himself in each business area to gaining first hand experience and engage with staff to understand specific risks and safety challenges. Before joining RedBull, André worked in the gas industry. In this role, he was responsible for delivering high-quality operational and project outcomes aligned with business objectives and strategies, including supporting critical Major Hazard Facilities (MHF). André's career began in emergency services as a paramedic and firefighter in South Africa. The transition from a reactive role to a proactive role with ‘people and safety’ being the main focus.

Panel Discussion: Safety Culture Thursday 18 July, 1:40pm

Simon Court

Undersecretary for Resource Management Reform

Simon Court MP is the Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister for Infrastructure and the Minister Responsible for RMA Reform. Simon was first elected to Parliament as an ACT Party MP in 2020. Before politics, Simon worked as a Civil and Environmental Engineer with 23 years’ experience in roles for the private sector and local government. This includes 10 years leading engineering, planning, tendering, and construction teams primarily in Auckland, Wellington, and Fiji.

Undersecretary for Resource Management Reform Thursday 18 July, 2:15pm

Daniel Leemeyer

RedBull Powder Co Ltd

Daniel Leemeyer has been in the drill and blast industry in New Zealand for 12 years. He has experience in explosives manufacturing, blast engineering, project management, and compliance. He has worked on and managed some of RedBull’s largest quarry and construction projects and has experience across all scales of RedBull’s operations from highly constrained compliance sensitive urban blasting, through to larger safety and production driven operations. Projects of note include the southern approach trench for the Waterview Tunnel Connection, the Taupiri Summit cut for the Huntly Bypass, and the Puhoi to Warkworth NX2 motorway. His fundamental qualification is a BE (Hons) degree in civil engineering.

Blasting Optimisaton through GPS and MWD drilling Thursday 18 July, 3:00pm

Bram Smith

Kayasand Ltd

Bram is CEO of Kayasand Ltd, based in Hamilton New Zealand. The company supplies a new type of crushing and screening technology for quarries to manufacture high quality “Engineered Sand” for concrete. Bram has a background is in Mechanical Engineering and Automation and has been with Kayasand for 6 years.

Washing without water and without dust to produce premium manufactured concrete sand Friday 19 July, 8:00am

Colm Hamrogue


Colm Hamrogue is the CEO of TDX and has been with the company for a year and a half. Previously Colm held several senior management roles at HW Richardson Group, Farmlands and CRT. Originally from Ireland, Colm comes from a family business background, where his Mum and Dad owned a small rural transport company.

Demystifying electric capital equipment from a customer’s perspective Friday 19 July, 8:30am

Ellie Dixon


Ellie is a technical and operational professional in the civil, mining and tunnelling industry. Starting her career with a Bachelor of Science (Geology/Geophysics and Environmental Science) from the University of Sydney, Ellie has further developed her career with postgraduate qualifications with a Graduate Diploma in Mining Engineering from the University of New South Wales and a Masters in Engineering Technology from Federation University. With a diverse background in geology, environmental science, engineering and operational works from industry and government, Ellie has a unique and comprehensive understanding of the entire drill and blast cycle. Ellie is currently the Orica Project Manager for the Snowy 2.0 Customer Site, overseeing the blasting team of one of the most significant and technically demanding construction projects in Australia.

Managing Blasting in a Greenfield Construction Project Friday 19 July, 9:00am

Aaron Marsh


Aaron is the National Product and Solutions Manager at Komatsu. His past roles since joining in 2006 are as a National operator trainer, product trainer, product management, product development, introducing new technologies to industry. Aaron’s current role is the management of local and global development, including evaluation and commercialisation of Smart Construction and Smart Quarry Solutions in the Oceania region. His vision is: to understand our customers’ “pain points, investigate gaps in technology, projects and delivery, so we can provide the tools they need for safe, productive, profitable and efficient project delivery with a focus on site operation and management.

Agnostic Fleet Management Solution for Quarry and Large Construction Projects Friday 19 July, 9:30am

Dr Paul Sutton


Dr Paul Sutton brings over 45 years of extensive experience across a diverse range of industries to his role as a thought leader and educator. With a deep-seated expertise in leadership, Paul’s work emphasizes the pivotal role leadership plays in shaping and defining organizational success. Paul holds a Doctor of Professional Studies, showcasing his dedication to advancing professional practice through rigorous academic and practical inquiry. His academic prowess is further demonstrated in his position as a lecturer in Master of Business Administration (MBA) courses, where he imparts critical insights and knowledge to the next generation of business leaders. In addition to his academic roles, Paul is a sought-after consultant, known for his ability to help organizations navigate future trends. His consulting work focuses on foresight thinking and strategic planning, enabling organizations to anticipate and prepare for future challenges and opportunities.

Fit-for-Future Quarrying Research Project Friday 19 July, 10:30am | Panel Discussion: Workforce Development issues Friday 19 July, 11:15am

Karl Burke

Hanga-aro-rau (Workforce Development Council)

Karl started his career with an apprenticeship as a light vehicle technician (otherwise known as a mechanic or grease monkey). His first job as an apprentice was working at a Ford franchise in Porirua, North of Wellington. During his time in the trade, Karl has done everything from sweeping the floor to managing a workshop of 16 technicians. Karl then moved into vocational education in 2017 and worked for MITO as an Assessor, then looking after the assessor network around Aotearoa. With his current role at Hanga-Aro-Rau (Workforce Development Council) as Industry Manager, Karl really enjoys getting out and talking to the Extractives industry and seeing the mahi that is done every day.

Panel Discussion: Workforce Development issues Friday 19 July, 11:15am

Daniel Le Roux


Following the completion of his Engineering Degree, Dan has spent over 15 years in the quarrying industry. His career started with Winstone Aggregates as a Graduate, and with an A-Grade COC, Dan is now the Business Manager for Rodney Aggregates Supplies. Dan enjoys the variety within the extractives industry and is excited about its future

Panel Discussion: Workforce Development issues Friday 19 July, 11:15am

Katherine Hall


Katherine Hall is the Executive Director of Construction and Infrastructure Centre of Vocational Excellence, known as ConCOVE Tūhura. At ConCOVE Katherine leads a passionate team tasked with reimagining vocational education for construction and infrastructure through industry-led, action research. ConCOVE has a particular focus on supporting four priority groups; Māori, Pasifika, women, and leaders and managers as learners, to progress and thrive in the construction and infrastructure sector. With more than 30 years of professional experience across a broad variety of industry’s Katherine has spent more than half this time in vocational education and training and the contruction and infrastructure sectors. Katherine holds a Master’s in Technological Futures and is known for her ability to disrupt through connecting people and initiatives, she’s is laser focussed on deduplication of effort and driving for real, equitable, outcomes. Katherine gets shit done.

Panel Discussion: Workforce Development issues Thursday 18 July, 1:40pm

Chris Gray


Chris Gray has over three decades of experience in the quarrying industry and has been an active member of the Institute of Quarrying (IOQ) throughout his career. Starting his career in the UK in 1988, he progressed from a laboratory technician role to various management positions, including General Manager roles in New Zealand and Australia. Chris has been involved with the IOQ, serving in multiple capacities, including Chairman of the Auckland Branch and Treasurer of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Branch. Chris currently the Vice President, and will assume the role of IOQ NZ (Inc.) President in July 2024. In 2023, he became a shareholder in Tracks, a civil construction company in Whakatane, New Zealand.

Panel Discussion: What are the barriers to uptake of technology in the Quarrying sector and what can we do about it? Friday 19 July, 2:00pm

Paul Miller


Paul Miller is an accomplished leader with a passion for technology, delivering award-winning solutions in diverse applications across the construction sector. An experienced Surveyor with a Surveying degree from University of Otago, Paul has adeptly navigated and overcome challenges of technology implementations firsthand while working on major infrastructure projects. As Chief Operating Officer at New Zealand’s Trimble and Propeller construction technology dealership, SITECH New Zealand, Paul spearheads industry advancements through innovative solutions and drives a team that transforms the technology landscape. Paul's recent success in revolutionising quarry operations underscores his invaluable insights and expertise in the field.

Panel Discussion: What are the barriers to uptake of technology in the Quarrying sector and what can we do about it? Friday 19 July, 2:00pm

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.

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