Our Team


The Board of WICET consists of an independent Chairman and representatives from the consortium of owners. The current Board members are:

        1.  Darryl McDonough (Independent Chairman)
        2.  Stephen Pilcher (Aquila Resources)
        3.  Anthony Pitt (Glencore)
        4.  Russell Banham (Wesfarmers Curragh)
        5.  Mike Dodd (Yancoal)


Darryl McDonough

Darryl McDonough - Independent Chairman

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
  • Doctorate of Legal Studies
  • Bachelor of Business (Acty)

Darryl McDonough is legally qualified and an experienced independent non-executive director of 30 years standing including terms as chair and board member of ASX listed and other entities.

As well as being Independent Chairman of Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal Pty Ltd (WICET) since 15 May 2017, Darryl currently holds the position of chair of ASX listed GWA Group Limited and unlisted QInsure Limited. Darryl’s previous appointments include director and chair of Clayton Utz and director of Bank of Queensland Limited and what is now Super Retail Limited.

Darryl has extensive board and governance experience in the private and public sectors and strong corporate and commercial law experience across manufacturing, retail, banking and mining including M&A, IPO and capital raisings.

Ben Yaksich - Chief Executive Officer

  • Bachelor of Engineering – Mechanical
  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment
  • Graduate Diploma in Maintenance Management 

Ben Yaksich was initially appointed to the role of GM-Ramp Up in October 2015, and then transitioned to the role of CEO in April 2016.

Ben is a performance focused mining and metals industry executive with a record of delivering results in multiple commodity markets.  Ben’s experience encompasses management of large operations in remote locations, strategic planning and implementation, project development, asset management, materials processing and supply chain management.  Ben’s senior management roles include Head of Strategic Planning, Development and Projects for BHP Billiton Manganese Australia, General Manager and Director of GEMCO (Groote Eylandt Mining Company), and General Manager of South Walker Creek Mine.  Prior to these senior appointments Ben worked in a number of roles focused on asset maintenance and plant performance, experience and skills critical to WICET’s ongoing success.

Warren Bamford – Chief Financial Officer

  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance

Warren Bamford was appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer in June 2014.

Warren is an experienced finance professional with significant practical mining and resources industry experience. His early experience with KPMG provides him a strong foundation in accounting, financial analysis and reporting. He has held a number of roles as Chief Financial Officer with mining, resource and diversified investment companies and possesses strong skills in the areas of financial reporting, treasury, investment analysis and investor/shareholder relations.

Alana Allard - Legal Counsel & Company Secretary

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Commerce (marketing major)

Alana Allard was appointed to the role of Legal Counsel & Company Secretary in August 2016 after working as Legal Counsel at WICET since early 2014.

Alana is a legal professional with over 14 years in-house legal experience in the areas of building and construction, and specialised experienced in BCIPA and claims management. She has extensive knowledge and experience in relation to contract disputes, which has been critical to her role as Legal Counsel with WICET during the construction phase.