People

The Hawcroft Consulting International team consists of skilled and experienced Consultants, with additional resources available as required to meet the client needs. Key personnel are:

Directors

Jerry Wallace Square

Jerry Wallace

42 years’ experience in underground coal mining industry with 22 years in senior management roles including 5 years as Operations Manager and Statutory Mine Manager.

Ross Cannings Square

Ross Cannings

Ross has a Degree in Mining Engineering and 27 years experience in the underground base metal and gold mining industry including 16 years as a senior manager in operations, civil projects and quality systems development.

Paul Kraus Square

Paul Kraus

Paul has 39 years’ experience in underground and open cut coal mining operations.

Darren Loftas Square

Darren Loftas

Darren is a Chartered Mining Engineer and has Mine Manager experience in surface and underground hard rock and industrial mineral mining operations.

Senior Consultants

Alejandro Medina Square

Alejandro Esquer Medina

Alejandro has 13 years of experience in underground and surface mines.

Ben Smith Square

Ben Smith

Ben is a Mining Engineer and holds the degrees of Bachelor of Engineering (Mining, Hons), Bachelor of Commerce (Mgmt), Graduate Diploma (Mine Ventilation), and Master of Engineering (Mining Management).

Chris Pecora Square

Chris Pecora

Chris is a Certified Mine Safety Professional (CMSP) with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) degree. He has international experience in the mining industry, in both underground and surface mining roles.

Dallis Raynor Square

Dallis Raynor

Dallis is based in Brisbane Queensland, and provides expertise in chemical engineering, processing, refining, and smelting operations.

David Forman Square

David Forman

David is a Mining Engineer with 25 years of operational and consulting experience including detailed design, operational & technical management and due diligence & technical studies across a range of commodities and mining methods.

Duggie Livingstone Square

Duggie Livingstone

Duggie is a bachelor’s Degree qualified Engineer and has experience in Engineering and Maintenance Management positions, working predominantly for multinational companies including 19 years’ experience in Aluminium Smelting and 7 years in a hard rock Aggregate business.

Greg Nieuwenhuis Square

Greg Nieuwenhuis

Greg holds a First Class Mine Managers Certificate in both QLD and NSW and has been involved in the mining industry for 37 years.

Ian Kraemer Square

Ian Kraemer

Ian has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mining Engineering and First and Second Class Coal Mine Manager’s Certificates.

Jonathan Tajc Square

Jonathan Tajc

Jonathan Tajc

Jose Nevarez Square

Jose Luis Nevarez Lopez

Jose is a Mechanical Engineer, with more than 17 years experience in the industrial, construction and mining sectors.

Mario Lopez Villa Square

Mario Lopez Villa

Mario has 30 years of experience in underground mines and planning.

Michael Coull Sqaure

Michael Coull

Michael has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) degree and holds a First Class Mine Managers Certificate (NSW).

Neild Waring Square

Neild Waring

Neild is a Mining Engineer (Graduate of Camborne School of Mines), Chartered Health, Safety and Operational professional with over 25 years’ experience of working within surface mines in the UK and Northern Europe.

Paul Tutin Square

Paul Tutin

Paul has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), Master of Engineering Science (Engineering Management), and is a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ).

Scott Jones Square

Scott Jones

Scott is a Mining Engineer (Bachelor of Science) and Registered Professional Engineer.

Tim Coleman Square

Tim Coleman

Tim has a Degree in Mining Engineering and 39 years’ experience in the coal mining industry, most recently as General Manager responsible for two operating metallurgical coal mines and division staff.

Information Technology Services

Mike Irving Square

Mike Irving

Mike has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. In his 10 years of writing software professionally, Mike brings 6 years of experience of writing software and risk management tools for international clients.

Administration

Yiyi Wu Square

Yiyi Wu

Yiyi has a Degree in Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Marketing) and has 15 years experience in Accounting and Finance.

Jessica Cawthorne Square

Jessica Cawthorne

Jessica brings her management experience from one of Australia’s largest telecommunications companies to providing project management, data analysis and administration for one of our clients.

Courtney Westhorpe Square

Courtney Westhorpe

Courtney has extensive experience in administration, customer service and technical computer skills from her previous government career.

Mariana Lopez Sandoval Square

Mariana Lopez Sandoval

Mariana has a Degree in Business Administration, with 7 years of experience in Administration, Human Resources, Recruitment and Payroll.

Shannon Greulich Square

Shannon Greulich

Shannon Greulich

Jerry Wallace Square

Jerry Wallace

42 years’ experience in underground coal mining industry with 22 years in senior management roles including 5 years as Operations Manager and Statutory Mine Manager. Highly proactive in Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC) performance, systems development and implementation. Experience includes business planning, safety and training, methane and ventilation management, longwall operations, strata management, risk management, accident/incident investigation, Global Assurance, Core Hazard and statutory audits, interaction with Local, State and Federal Government Agencies and Human Resources management.

Ross Cannings Square

Ross Cannings

Ross has a Degree in Mining Engineering and 27 years experience in the underground base metal and gold mining industry including 16 years as a senior manager in operations, civil projects and quality systems development. As a consultant, Ross specializes in risk based business reviews and insurance risk surveys.

Paul Kraus Square

Paul Kraus

Paul has 39 years’ experience in underground and open cut coal mining operations, former Registered Professional Engineer (State of Ohio, Illinois and Commonwealth of Kentucky) Certified Mine Manager State of Illinois and 12 years with Hawcroft.

Darren Loftas Square

Darren Loftas

Darren is a Chartered Mining Engineer and has Mine Manager experience in surface and underground hard rock and industrial mineral mining operations. Darren has experience in the planning and execution of capital projects and has worked at Director level within international groups deploying World Class safety, operating and maintenance strategies in both surface and underground operations. Darren is a qualified instructor and coach in lean and continuous improvement tools and techniques. Darren worked in the mining industry for 27 years before joining Hawcroft over 6 years ago.

Alejandro Medina Square

Alejandro Esquer Medina

Alejandro has 13 years of experience in underground and surface mines with wide experience in maintenance and engineering solutions, development of preventative and predictive maintenance programs across processing plant operations and project management of major projects. He commenced with Hawcroft in April 2018.

Ben Smith Square

Ben Smith

Ben is a Mining Engineer and holds the degrees of Bachelor of Engineering (Mining, Hons), Bachelor of Commerce (Mgmt), Graduate Diploma (Mine Ventilation), and Master of Engineering (Mining Management). He holds a First Class Mine Manager’s Certificate in both Underground and Open Cut, Second- and Third-Class Certificates, a Ventilation Engineers Certificate, and a Ventilation Officer’s Certificate. He is qualified auditor and Competent Person for JORC Reserves.

He is an experienced mining engineer, mine manager, technical professional and consultant with small, medium, and large operations globally. He has 27 years industry experience and has consulted or worked in Australia, India, Mongolia, China, Canada, Turkey, USA, Poland, South Africa, New Caledonia, Chile, and Madagascar. Ben started with Hawcroft in 2017 and professional interest areas in risk-reduction through design, optimisation, technology and operating effectiveness.

Chris Pecora Square

Chris Pecora

Chris is a Certified Mine Safety Professional (CMSP) with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) degree. He has international experience in the mining industry, in both underground and surface mining roles.

Chris holds mining qualifications in both the United States and Australia including Underground Foreman (New Mexico, United States) and Open Cut Examiner (New South Wales, Australia) and has been certified to conduct safety and health investigations through the ICAM Incident Lead Investigator Program. Chris’ diverse background includes varied roles and experience in risk management, leading incident investigations, internal assurance audits, process safety, statutory inspections, contractor management, continuous improvement, technical services and varied operational leadership roles.

Chris’ critical risk survey experience includes audits across multiple commodities, both surface and underground mines, as well as with processing and logistics infrastructure.

Dallis Raynor Square

Dallis Raynor

Dallis is based in Brisbane Queensland, and provides expertise in chemical engineering, processing, refining, and smelting operations.

David Forman Square

David Forman

David is a Mining Engineer with 25 years of operational and consulting experience including detailed design, operational & technical management and due diligence & technical studies across a range of commodities and mining methods.

Duggie Livingstone Square

Duggie Livingstone

Duggie is a bachelor’s Degree qualified Engineer and has experience in Engineering and Maintenance Management positions, working predominantly for multinational companies including 19 years’ experience in Aluminium Smelting and 7 years in a hard rock Aggregate business. He is experienced in the application of Asset Management and Reliability Engineering best practice, developing maintenance strategies, implementation of Condition Monitoring programs and working within heavy engineering environments on Mechanical and Electrical equipment. Duggie’s previous roles have also included responsibility for the delivery of capital projects and leading continuous improvement projects as a certified Green Belt.

Greg Nieuwenhuis Square

Greg Nieuwenhuis

Greg holds a First Class Mine Managers Certificate in both QLD and NSW and has been involved in the mining industry for 37 years. He has extensive experience in underground coal mining, and has been involved in Development, Pillar Extraction and Longwall mining, both operationally and in mine design through various feasibility studies. He has held many Senior Management roles in both mining and has mining qualifications including Site Senior Executive, Mine Manager Certificate, Ventilation Officer and various risk-based qualifications. Greg commenced with Hawcroft in 2013 and is based in Yeppoon Australia.

Ian Kraemer Square

Ian Kraemer

Ian has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mining Engineering and First and Second Class Coal Mine Manager’s Certificates. Over a 40 year career spanning underground and surface coal, gold and nickel mining in Australia and the USA, Ian held roles from underground coal miner to Managing Director. During the last five years, Ian founded and managed two clean and renewables mining companies. He joined Hawcroft in 2022 and is based in Brisbane.

Jonathan Tajc Square

Jonathan Tajc

Jonathan Tajc

Jose Nevarez Square

Jose Luis Nevarez Lopez

Jose is a Mechanical Engineer, with more than 17 years experience in the industrial, construction and mining sectors. Jose specialises in budget management, planning, technical resources and team development. He has successfully completed projects through various phases such as financial feasibility studies, detail engineering, construction and commissioning. Jose has an assertive, proactive leadership focus with excellent managerial skills. Jose is fluent in Spanish and English. He recently joined Hawcroft in 2021.

Mario Lopez Villa Square

Mario Lopez Villa

Mario has 30 years of experience in underground mines and planning, including ventilation engineering, operation of underground metal mines and industrial safety, health & environment. He is a graduate of Mines Nancy, France and commenced with Hawcroft in October 2017.

Michael Coull Sqaure

Michael Coull

Michael has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) degree and holds a First Class Mine Managers Certificate (NSW). He has experience in the development of health and safety management systems across Australian and International mining industry operations; in the conduct of operational risk assessments for both mining and associated industry clients and in auditing of both safety management and quality management systems. Michael has extensive operational experience in underground coal, including ventilation, gas management and associated monitoring.

Neild Waring Square

Neild Waring

Neild is a Mining Engineer (Graduate of Camborne School of Mines), Chartered Health, Safety and Operational professional with over 25 years’ experience of working within surface mines in the UK and Northern Europe.

Neild has worked in a number of multinational companies providing technical support at a director level in areas including geotechnical matters, incident investigation, contractor management and critical risk auditing.

Paul Tutin Square

Paul Tutin

Paul has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), Master of Engineering Science (Engineering Management), and is a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ). He has more than 30 years experience providing mechanical engineering services to domestic and international clients in mining, power generation, oil and gas, transportation, aviation, civil engineering and building. His expertise covers materials testing, strain gauging, failure analysis, corrosion investigations, vibration analysis, non-destructive testing and asset management. Paul also has over 10 years experience providing risk management services to the mining and power generation sectors, including rail and ports.

Scott Jones Square

Scott Jones

Scott has over forty years of experience in coal mining. He has operating and managing experience with mining operations in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, USA, and Queensland and New South Wales in Australia. He was hired by BHP as a member of the original team that designed and operated the San Juan Mine in New Mexico. He was Vice President and a member of the Executive Leadership Team for BMA in Brisbane as Head of Production for Underground Mining. Currently he consults on his own with clients in the US and Australia. Scott’s experience encompasses all aspects of mining from employee to governmental relations to real world crisis management and overcoming geological and technical mining issues.

Tim Coleman Square

Tim Coleman

Tim has a Degree in Mining Engineering and 39 years’ experience in the coal mining industry, most recently as General Manager responsible for two operating metallurgical coal mines and division staff. Tim has experience in management of surface mine related capital projects , ventilation engineering, due diligence and evaluations of foreign and domestic potential mining properties, consulting related work including surface and underground mine design and property management

Mike Irving Square

Mike Irving

Mike has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. In his 10 years of writing software professionally, Mike brings 6 years of experience of writing software and risk management tools for international clients as well as 5 years of experience writing mobile applications. He is a full stack developer and works with Hawcroft to deliver cross-platform experiences to the team and our clients. Mike is an avid fan of programming and spends countless hours researching and mastering new languages and techniques.

Yiyi Wu Square

Yiyi Wu

Yiyi has a Degree in Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Marketing) and has 15 years experience in Accounting and Finance. Yiyi joined Hawcroft Group in 2011. Her role with the company involves the reporting, bookkeeping, financial planning and administration management.

Jessica Cawthorne Square

Jessica Cawthorne

Jessica brings her management experience from one of Australia’s largest telecommunications companies. Jessica joined Hawcroft in 2012 and provides project management, data analysis and administration for one of our clients. Her role with the company also involves marketing, onboarding and event and schedule management.

Courtney Westhorpe Square

Courtney Westhorpe

Courtney has extensive experience in administration, customer service and technical computer skills from her previous government career. Her role with the company involves providing administrative and operational support across all levels of the organisation.

Mariana Lopez Sandoval Square

Mariana Lopez Sandoval

Mariana has a Degree in Business Administration, with 7 years of experience in Administration, Human Resources, Recruitment and Payroll focused on Mining Operations, she supports us with the Translation into Spanish of the Reports of the Sites that are in Mexico and Latin America.