Leadership

Our leadership team

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Scott Winter

Chief Executive Officer, Surface

Scott’s experience in mine development together with his strong hands on technical and operational background give him a keen ability to understand how to best establish and generate  enduring value from green or brownfield assets.

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Scott’s experience in mine development together with his strong hands on technical and operational background give him a keen ability to understand how to best establish and generate  enduring value from green or brownfield assets.  Scott was recently the Managing Director of a coal company and lead the acquisition and development of a greenfield coal mine in Australia and prior to this held various operational and leadership roles within the Thiess organisation.

Scott has a broad range of technical, operational and construction experience having worked in both underground and open cut operations across a range of commodities including coal, copper, lead zinc, iron ore and lithium. 

He graduated with Honours in Mining Engineering from the University of Queensland in 1993 and completed an Executive MBA at Melbourne University and Kellogg School of Management.

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Roy Coates

Chief Operating Officer, Australia

Roy Coates was appointed COO Australia in December 2018 having previously held the position of Executive General Manager (Australian Operations) with Ausdrill since July 2015.

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Roy Coates was appointed COO Australia in December 2018 having previously held the position of Executive General Manager (Australian Operations) with Ausdrill since July 2015.

Roy holds a Bachelor of Mining Engineering degree from the Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter) and an MBA from Curtin Graduate School of Business. Roy has over 25 years mining industry experience working in both surface and underground mining operations in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Roy is also a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and an Associate of the Camborne School of Mines (ACSM).

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Wayne Bucknall

General Manager, Exploration

Wayne Bucknall joined the Ausdrill Group in 2005, bringing with him over 35 years of mining industry experience.

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Wayne Bucknall joined the Ausdrill Group in 2005, bringing with him over 35 years of mining industry experience. He was appointed to the role of General Manager Exploration in 2007. During his career, Wayne has held a number of senior management, operational and technical roles across Australia, Africa and Asia, heralding from grass roots drilling experience.  He has significant expertise in a wide range of drilling services, including deep RC, diamond and waterwell.

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John Geary

General Manager, Drill & Blast

John has over 30 years’ experience in the mining industry having joined Ausdrill in 1989.

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John has over 30 years’ experience in the mining industry having joined Ausdrill in 1989. John has extensive experience in blast hole drilling, grade control drilling, explosive supply and blasting and is a well-respected expert across the industry. John is the General Manager, Drill & Blast and has previously held management and technical roles within the Ausdrill team.

Over the last 20 years, John has played a lead role in the development of our in-house custom built drill rigs.

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Greg Lawson

General Manager, Assets & Surface

Greg commenced with Ausdrill in March 2019 as the General Manager – Assets for Surface Operations in Australia and Africa.

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Greg commenced with Ausdrill in March 2019 as the General Manager – Assets for Surface Operations in Australia and Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree from the University of Wollongong and has over 20 years’ experience working predominantly for large Mining Services businesses including Leighton Contractors, HWE Mining and Thiess.  

Greg’s career experience has encompassed all facets of asset management, where he was responsible for managing large mining fleets and asset support services for various commodities (Iron Ore, Gold, Nickel and Lithium). 

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