Richard Tacon

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Bathurst Resources Limited

Richard’s first job in the industry was at Greymouth’s Liverpool State Mine. He moved to Australia to further his mining career and went on to hold several management roles in coal mines around the country, working his way from undermanager to General Manager. Richard has held senior leadership roles in the coal sector for the past decade.

After living and working in Australia for 32 years, Richard returned to New Zealand to take up the position of Chief Operating Officer in 2012. He was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer in March 2015.

He has also spent 15 years on a rescue crew, making him familiar with the principles and practice of mine safety. Richard is the chair of the Coal Association of New Zealand and sits on the board of the New Zealand Mines Rescue Trust and Straterra as well as other industry stakeholder organisations.

Richard is a director of BT Mining Limited as a Bathurst Resources representative.


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