chair - Glenys Perkins
Born on the Coast and born into mining, Glenys has been in the industry her entire life. From driving machinery to business management and advocacy, Glenys has a deep understanding of all levels of the sector. She believes the West Coast is one of New Zealand's most resource rich regions, and with the right leadership, mining can make an even greater contribution to New Zealand's economy. Glenys also sits on the board of the Coal Association of New Zealand.
Trustee - SUE MERRIMAN
Sue is the managing director of accountancy firm, Marshall and Heaphy. Her family have been living and mining on the Coast for generations. In the past twenty years, Sue has grown Marshall and Heaphy to become one of the region's leading accountancy companies. In doing so, she has really enjoyed working with small businesses, supporting their strategies, and helping them reach their full potential. Sue's three adult children live on the Coast, and she's committed to ensure there is ongoing opportunity for them.
Trustee - peter o'sullivan
Peter O'Sullivan previously worked as manager for Minerals West Coast, and now sits on the trust. He heads the mines, civil, and trades school at Te Tai Poutini Polytechnic based in Greymouth.
MANAGER - PATRICK PHELPS
Patrick works as manager for Minerals West Coast. A born and raised West Coaster, Patrick grew up on a gold claim south of the Hokitika River. His working life includes journalism, marketing and communications, wilderness guiding, and pest control. Prior to taking up the role at MWC he lived in Nanjing, China, studying Mandarin.
Trustee - brett cummings
Since completing his heavy diesel apprenticeship in Greymouth in the late 1970s, Brett has worked and had businesses in alluvial gold mining and as a heavy diesel mechanic. Brett has seen many changes in the industry since his grandfather was mining gold with a sluice. He now manages his father's gold claim and is self-employed as a diesel mechanic. He has worked twice for Komatsu, once as a technical rep, and once as South Island branch manager. Brett is the chairman of the West Coast Gold Miners' Association.
Trustee - peter haddock
Born and raised in Greymouth, Peter started his career with a carpentry apprenticeship, later going on to work in building and contracting. A high gold price in the early 1980s led Peter to follow a friend into gold mining, and he's been in the game ever since. After building two gold screens of his own, he made a business out of it and founded E-Quip Engineering, which, like one of the first two screens, is still running today. Peter's roots on the Coast go back four generations, and he hopes future generations can enjoy the same opportunities in the region.
Trustee - CHRIS BAKER
Chris's career in mining and energy in New Zealand and Australia spans several decades. He has worked in executive and governance roles in gold and coal mining companies, and is the chief executive of national member based mining advocacy group, Straterra. Chris holds a BSc (Hons) in mineral technology, and and MBA from the University of Otago. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, and a fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He is also chairs MinEx, the mining and quarry sector health and safety council, and RSC Mining and Mineral Exploration Ltd.