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Our Board of Directors


President - Ben Maynard

Grange Resources

Sc(Hons), Grad Dip Comp, MAusIMM, GAICD. Ben joined Grange Resources in 2009 and has worked with the Savage River operation for over 20 years. His extensive experience covers professional expertise and management responsibilities in geology, information technology, business improvement and technical services. In his current role of General Manager Operations, Ben leads operational teams to develop business plans and deliver safe production. Ben completed the Tasmanian Leaders Program in 2012. Ben was appointed as TMEC President on 27 April 2018.


Secretary - Ray Mostogl


Advanced Diploma Mechanical Engineer (Newcastle 1983), Graduate of Company Directors (GAICD) Program. Ray has 40 years’ experience in Minerals Processing Industries in Australia and New Zealand – steel and aluminium. Ray has been in a range of roles from maintenance, engineering, production and business improvement. The last 20 years has been in senior roles including General Manager of Bell Bay Aluminium for 7 years. Ray’s involvement with TMEC commenced in 2011 with his appointment as a Director. He was elected as President in 2014. Ray is currently a Director of TasTAFE and is the Executive Director of Keen Partners, a resource and training company. Ray commenced as TMEC CEO and Company Secretary in June 2019.


Director - Leigh Darcy

Bell Bay Aluminium

Associate Diploma of Electrical Engineering. Leigh is the Principal Advisor Energy and Power Supply for Bell Bay Aluminium. He has over 30 years in the Aluminium Industry. His roles have been around asset management in the form of Planning, Supervising, Leading Teams, Managing Capital Projects and now looks after the High Voltage Electrical Assets for the Smelter. He also manages the Energy contracts for the smelter both from a commercial and operational aspect. Leigh is also the current Chairperson of the Bell Bay Advanced Manufacturing Zone Committee made up of 20 local businesses and current Chair of TMEC Energy Sub Committee.

Kelly elphinstone

Director - Kelly Elphinstone

Elphinstone Group

An Executive Director of the Elphinstone Group and Managing Director of Group entities Elphinstone Holdings and Elphinstone Investments Pty Ltd. Today the Elphinstone Group comprises of nine operating businesses and substantial property and equity portfolios. The Group collectively employs >2,800 people and earns > AU$1.3 Billion in revenue. As Executive Director, Kelly sits on both the Elphinstone Pty Ltd and Gekko Systems Boards. She is Chair of the United Equipment Board and an observer on the Board of ASX-listed company, Engenco Limited. Kelly is also responsible for overseeing the Group’s equities portfolio and Government relations. Kelly is an active member of the Elphinstone Group Advisory Board which is responsible for the Group’s overall management, strategic and continuity planning activities.


Director - Paul Hollingsworth

CEO - Lightning Protection International

Paul has been with LPI as CEO for over a decade. He has in excess of 35 years Professional Engineering experience with major multinational companies, through to smaller SME’s, with the majority of that being in manufacturing industries.


Director - Clint Mayes

Copper Mines of Tasmania

Clint is Acting General Manager and SSO at Copper Mines of Tasmania’s famous Mt Lyell Mine and is also Project Manager for mining and exploration projects with the challenging task of re-starting the mine after an extended care and maintenance period. Clint has worked on the Mt Lyell site for the past 8 years and is now focussing on the new mine project using an alternative mining method to that which has been utilised since the 1970’s. The re-start project includes the rebuild of a substantial portion of the mine’s processing plant involving the modification and integration of the existing heritage flotation plant infrastructure with modern grinding technologies. The re-working of both the mine and the processing plant is transforming one of Australia’s oldest mines into a safe, modern, world class operation. Specialising in underground hard rock mining, Clint has over 25 years’ mining experience, both overseas and within Australia in a wide range of mining methods and commodities. He has a Bachelor of Engineering Science (Mining Engineering) from the University of Ballarat and is currently a Director of Vedanta CMT and a member of the AusIMM.


Director - Steve Scott

General Manager - MMG Rosebery

Steve joined MMG in 2014 and has worked at the Rosebery Mine for the past 7 years, predominantly in leadership roles in Surface Operations and more recently as the General Manager. Born and bred in Tasmania, Steve is proud to be working in his home state after returning from interstate and overseas stints with Nickel and Gold mines in Western Australia and Papua New Guinea. It was in WA where he began his career in resources, working through various roles and solidifying his expertise in processing operations. These skills were highly sought after during his time spent in the remote highlands of Papua New Guinea training local operators in plant management. Steve has a wealth of knowledge in plant improvement and optimisation with an ability to understand plant through put to maximise product performance and plant efficiency. Setting high safety expectations is at the forefront of Steve’s work ethos, as is living by his own values for continuous improvement and leading by example. He is keen to challenge the status quo and enjoys mentoring and encouraging others to achieve better outcomes and progress in their own careers. Tasmania holds a special place in Steve’s heart and he is passionate about state growth and development, in particular, seeing the west coast mining industry thrive for the benefit of the people and communities that call this place home.

Director - Michael Spicer

Libert Bell Bay

Michael commenced working at TEMCO in 1985 progressing from furnaces to the tapping floor and then a supervisor role. In 1990 he became the Business Unit Coordinator at No 3 furnace and in 2005-2006 Michael was the Molten Material Global Fatal Risk Champion for BHP Billiton. 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 holds today. Michael has a Diploma in Chemical Laboratory Technology and an Advanced Diploma in Business Management (2015).


Director - John Stanton

Epiroc Australia

John is in his 46th year working for Epiroc Australia (formerly Atlas Copco Construction and Mining) including 29 years as Regional Manager Vic/Tas and now Regional Manager of Vic/ Tas/NZ. John is Past President of the Institute of Quarrying Australia, Vice Chairman Institute of Quarrying Education Foundation, and Secretary AusIMM Tas Branch.

Chris Stuart

Director - Chris Stuart

Tasmanian Advanced Minerals

Chris is the Managing Director of Tasmanian Advanced Minerals (TAM). The company mines and processes high purity silica for use in specialty glass including LCD and OLED technologies. Having more than 20 years of managerial experience with Sumitomo Corporation in both Australia and Japan, Chris moved to Tasmania in 2007 to establish TAM. After managing the design and construction of TAM’s Wynyard processing facility he now oversees the extractive and processing operations and business development. Chris holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds Certificate IV WHS and Certificate IV TAE.


Director - Simon Tueon

Cement Australia

Simon is the Operations Manager of the Tasmanian operations of Cement Australia, with accountability for the clinker and cement manufacturing operations at Railton and the coal mine and coal handling and preparation plant at Cornwall Coal. Simon joined Cement Australia in 2010 and worked predominantly in maintenance management and engineering roles before appointment as Operations Manager. Prior to Cement Australia, he worked for 13 years in pulp and paper manufacturing across two locations in northwest Tasmania in a variety of technical, production and production management roles. Simon holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Wollongong and a Diploma of Mechanical Engineering.


Director - Arnold Willems

Norske Skog - Boyer

Bachelor of Forest Sciences (Hons). Arnold is the Commercial Manager. He has extensive experience managing many aspects of a large forestry and associated manufacturing industry including logistics (both manufacturing inputs and finished products), forest planning, road construction, harvesting, silviculture, procurement, contract management and manufacturing. Arnold is a Member of the Forest Industries Association, Tasmania (currently Acting Chair) and the newly formed Tasmanian Forest Products Association.

Suzie Coughey

Alternate Director - Suzie Coughey

Hellyer Gold Mines

A WHS Professional with over 18 years’ experience in Oil & Gas and Mining industries. Currently the WHS Manager and Alternate SSO for Hellyer Gold Mines. Suzie transitioned into heavy industry from the hospitality industry, after being thrown one of life’s curve balls in her late thirties, proving that it is never too late to change careers. Suzie has worked in senior roles for large corporations such as Chevron, Woodside, Northern Star Resources, working both overseas and Australia within a wide range of disciplines including construction, marine, aviation, facility management, process and mining. Suzie holds a Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety from Edith Cowan University. Suzie is in final stages of becoming a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Chris Johnson

Alternate Director - Chris Johnson

Jayben Group

Chris is the General Manager of Jayben Group and has worked within the company since 2012. He leads a team of advanced manufacturers and product developers from Burnie focused on bringing world’s best practices and technology to Tasmania in the mobile plant industry for the mining and civil sectors. He is especially passionate about systematic approaches to product development and Lean manufacturing as these systems will create long term sustainable development for the community.

Mari Rademeyer

Alternate Director - Mari Rademeyer

Tasmanian Advanced Minerals Pty Ltd (TAM)

General Manager & Company Secretary of Tasmanian Advanced Minerals Pty Ltd (TAM). She qualified as a geologist in 1997 and worked for the Council for Geoscience of South Africa in the Radiogenic Isotope Laboratory for 11 years. During that time, she obtained her BSc in chemistry and in 2009 she immigrated to Australia. In late 2009, she started at TAM in the laboratory as chief chemist and was soon promoted to Laboratory and QC Manager. In 2018 she was promoted to General Manager and was appointed Company Secretary in 2019. During her time at TAM, she obtained a Diploma of Management from TasTafe and she is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a chartered member of RACI.

Our Staff

The Tasmanian Minerals, Manufacturing and Energy Council staff are a small team with determination and focus.

Ray Mostogl Chief Executive Officer
Leads the organisation and provides an operational link with the Board of Directors. Responsible for stakeholder relationships, developing policy positions and sustaining and growing membership.
Alison Hilder​ Administration and Finance Officer
Provides secretariat support to Committees, manages Council finances, coordinates events and projects including promotions and media liaison, and Council publications.
Vanessa Skipworth General Manager
Manages sector engagement and representation. Responsible for supporting industry promotion and the development of efficient networks and collaboration opportunities.
Ivan Markota Mining and Manufacturing Career Awareness Program Coordinator
Delivers TMEC’s Mining and Manufacturing Career Awareness Program into secondary schools across the State.
Ray Wood Welding Inspection and Training
Ray supports the development and testing of Welding Procedures and Welder Certification both onsite in your workplace and in the TMEC Centre of Excellence.

Our Committees

TMEC facilitates a number of committee working groups comprised of industry members. These committees collaborate to develop industry best practices, projects, resources and industry positions on their focus areas to share with members and/or Governments, stakeholders and community.

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