Board of Directors

The Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council is administered by a board of members, drawn in proportion from the various membership categories. Our current board includes:

  • Ray Mostogl

    Ray Mostogl - Bell Bay Aluminium

    A career spanning 35 years within the minerals processing arm of resource majors BHP and Rio Tinto has seen Ray experience the full range of disciplines from Maintenance, Engineering, and Project Management to Operations and Finance throughout the peaks and troughs of the resource industry.

    Ray commenced his career in BHP's Steel Division in Newcastle, New South Wales in 1980. A 15 year career with BHP included the key roles of Site Manager on a Blast Furnace Reline and Maintenance Superintendent of the Blast Furnace Department in his penultimate years.

    In 1995 Ray accepted an opportunity with Rio Tinto's New Zealand Aluminium Smelter (NZAS) as a Maintenance Superintendent in the midst of a $500M smelter upgrade. Ray quickly adapted to this new industry and successfully led his team through the significant technology change. During this time at NZAS Ray was exposed to the organisational design principles which underpinned the massive productivity gains Rio Tinto achieved in workplace redesign through the 1990's. Ray has continued to adopt and apply these principles during his 20 years with Rio Tinto.

    Ray returned to Australia in 2001, as Engineering Services Manager at what was then Comalco's aluminium smelter in Bell Bay, Tasmania. Ray subsequently gained further experience in the Bell Bay operation as the Carbon Operations Manager. Ray accepted a Maintenance Managers role at Rio Tinto's largest aluminium smelter in Australasia at Boyne Island Queensland from 2006 to 2009.

    Returning to Bell Bay in 2009 to lead the combined Carbon Operations and Site Business Improvement Department, Ray was promoted to General Manager, Operations at Bell Bay in 2011. He has successfully led the site through a period of significant change in the global aluminium industry due to the combined impact of low commodity prices, high exchange rates and Rio Tinto's decision to divest its Australasian aluminium business.

    Ray and his management team have led Bell Bay through these difficult times as other similar sized aluminium smelters in Australia have closed. Bell Bay's transformation has been an inspiration to many in industry as well as within the Tasmanian business community. In 2014 Ray won the CEO Magazines Manufacturing Executive of the Year Award, on the back of the smelter's business transformation.

    Rays strategic perspective is much sought after and he has played a key role as a member of State Government task forces on freight and energy. He is a recent graduate o the Australian Institute of Company Directors, supporting his role as President of the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council and as a Launceston Chamber of Commerce Board member. Ray also chairs a local economic development committee.

    Ray and his partner Rose live at Dilston on the Tamar River near Launceston where they enjoy the peace and quiet of country life. Ray and Rose also enjoy running, fitness, travelling and spending time with their three children and their families who all live and work in Tasmania.

  • Ben Maynard
    Vice President

    Ben Maynard - Grange Resources

    Ben is the General Manager of Operations at Grange Resources. He joined Grange in 2009 having worked with the Savage River mine for over 15 years. His operational experience covers management responsibilities in geology, information technology, business improvement and technical services.  Ben holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Tasmania, a Graduate Diploma in Computing and is a recent graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program.

  • Jenny Bennett
    Vice President

    Jenny Bennett - South32 TEMCO

    Jenny is currently Vice President Operations and Director of South 32 Temco.

    Jenny has been in the resource industry for 20 years and in that time has worked across various commodities for South32, BHP Billiton, WMC, Pechiney Aluminium and Rio Tinto.  She has filled roles within engineering, operations leadership, long term planning and Health, Safety, Environment and Community.

    Jenny has a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Adelaide and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

  • Wayne Bould

    Wayne Bould - TMEC

    In addition to his role as CEO of the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council, Wayne Bould is also Executive Chairman and Trustee of the Bonney Group of companies.  He also serves as a current business member of the Joint Commonwealth Tasmanian Economic Council which is jointly chaired by leading Tasmanian businessman Mr Dale Elphinstone and Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

    Wayne has over 40 years’ practical and managerial experience in the petroleum, forestry and mining sectors.  He began his career with Golden Fleece Petroleum in Hobart in 1969 and partnered with Shell Australia in developing and operating Shell’s downstream distribution business models.  Mr Bould owned and operated a niche management consulting business which provided hands on specialist assistance to a variety of businesses in a wide range of sectors across Australia. 

    Wayne entered the mining and mineral processing industry when he joined Newmont Australia in 2004, performing various roles before being appointed as Newmont Mining Corporation’s Global Director Business Excellence in 2008. Wayne was Chief Operating Officer of Grange Resources Limited from 2009 until 2013, and was Managing Director from 2013 until 2014.

  • Richard Curtis

    Richard Curtis - Nyrstar Hobart

    Richard is currently the Plant Manager and a Director of Nyrstar Hobart Pty Ltd.

    Richard has 30 years of experience spanning functional and leadership roles in site operations, production, asset management, maintenance, engineering, and manufacturing in the smelting, mining, minerals processing and manufacturing sectors. 

    Richard holds a Bachelor of Engineering – Mech. (Honors) from Swinburne University of Technology.

  • Malcolm Hillbeck

    Malcolm Hillbeck - Venture Minerals

    Malcolm is a Mining Engineer with 55 years experience at operations, senior management and corporate levels in the mining industry.  He has an extensive background in the management of underground and open cut mining operations as well as the planning and development of mining activities, corporate negotiations, project evaluation and acquisition.  Malcolm has worked at, developed and operated mines in Europe, North America, Africa and Australia.  His career includes working in Tasmania for 20 years at several major mining operations with significant roles at Savage River, Cleveland, Que River, Hellyer and Rosebery together with EBR railway.

  • John Stanton

    John Stanton - Atlas Copco

    John is in his 39th year working for Atlas Copco Construction and Mining.  He has worked in his current position as Regional Manager Vic/ Tasmania- for over 25 years.  John is a member of AusIMM the Mineral Institute Tasmanian Branch and President of the Institute of Quarrying Australia.

  • Mark Wright

    Mark Wright - Cement Australia

    Mark is the Operations Manager for Cement Australia Railton and Cornwall Coal operations. He has 25 years in Mining and Processing operations, including 10 years experience in management roles for maintenance and operations.  Mark holds an Associate Degree Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern Queensland.

  • Peter Walker

    Peter Walker - Copper Mines of Tasmania

    Peter is currently an Executive Director for Copper Mines of Tasmania Pty Ltd and General Manager Care and Maintenance of the Mt Lyell mine.  Peter is also a Director of Thalanga Copper Mines Pty Ltd.  He has 25 years’ experience in the mining industry, both open pit and underground operations in employee/industrial relations including with Rio Tinto, Barrick and Newmont.     

  • Kelly Elphinstone

    Kelly Elphinstone - Elphinstone Pty Ltd

    Kelly Elphinstone is the daughter of Dale and Cheryl Elphinstone, founding owners of the Elphinstone Group of companies.

    Kelly is the Managing Director of the Elphinstone Pty Ltd business. Kelly is responsible for overseeing the consolidation of the Group’s Tasmanian manufacturing entities.

    Kelly is an active member of the Elphinstone Group Executive Management Committee and is engaged in their strategic planning activities.

    Kelly is passionate about Australian manufacturing and the significant role Tasmania is able to play in growing this industry. She engages with Local, State and Federal Government to promote local skills and supply chain capability wherever possible, while endeavouring to attract ongoing investment to the Region.

  • Cassie Arnold
    Alternate Director

    Cassie Arnold - Bell Bay Aluminium

    Cassie Arnold is the Manager Commercial Services at Bell Bay Aluminium.  She has 19 years’ experience in the mining industry and she has worked at various mines around Australia.  Her background is open cut Metalliferous (gold, copper and iron ore), limestone and underground and open cut black coal.  Cassie has worked in green fields exploration through to mine closure and rehabilitation.  She has held both senior operational roles including Mine Manager and a variety of statutory positions in both Tasmania and Western Australia.  Throughout her career, Cassie has also been involved in business improvement and strategic planning.  Cassie holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Geological Engineering from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (1996) and a Graduate Diploma in Coal Mine Strata Control, University of New South Wales 2011.

  • Peter Roser
    Alternate Director

    Peter Roser - Cornwall Coal

    Peter is currently the Operations Manager for Cement Australia at Cornwall Coal and has had over 35 years experience in mine management including over 20 years in corporate and senior management positions in underground and open cut coal mines,  gold and iron ore mines in five states/territories of Australia.

    During his career, Peter has been involved in strategic planning, restructuring operations and managing greenfield and brownfield operations.

    Peter has a Masters in Mining Engineering from UNSW and holds a NSW Mine Managers Certificate of Competency.

  • David Kenworthy
    Alternate Director

    David Kenworthy - Zezt Pty Ltd / Kyda Group

    David and wife Kylie are the founders and Managing Directors of Zezt Pty Ltd which has Polyethylene Pipe manufacturing facilities in Tasmania and Victoria.

    The company was recently acquired by Vinidex Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s largest pipe manufacturers. At that time, David was appointed to the Vinidex national executive team with specific responsibilities of major projects.

    The KYDA Group operate Mining, Civil, Maintenance, Equipment Hire and Logistics Companies which have operations throughout Australia with Head office based in Tasmania.

    David started his career as a plumber by trade from a fourth generation West Coast mining family. He is an active committee member of the Tasmanian Hockey Association and remains a player.

    David believes that Tasmanian companies who “do it well, find a point of difference”.

  • Michael Spicer
    Alternate Director

    Michael Spicer - South32 TEMCO

    Michael commenced working at Temco on March 5th 1985 as an 18-year-old.  He started on shift in June 1985 on furnaces and spent 2 years on tapping floor then moved into a role as a Supervisor at 20 years of age.

    In 1990 he became the Business Unit Coordinator at No 3 furnace and held this role and expanded out into other roles throughout the 90’s whilst working towards obtaining a Diploma in Chemical Laboratory Technology.

    In 2005-2006 Michael was the Molten Material Global Fatal Risk Champion for BHP Billiton and travelled extensively visiting the other smelters (South Africa, Columbia etc) assisting with adopting and implementing protocols into their systems.

    For the period of 2006 to 2009 Michael held the role of Furnaces Superintendent at the Bell Bay Plant, and was promoted to Production Manager in 2009, a role he still carries out.

    Michael has completed an Advanced Diploma in Business Management in 2015.

    Michael is married with 3 children.


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