Our Team


The Board of WICET consists of an independent Chairman, representatives from the consortium of Stage One owners, and a representative of B Class shareholders.  The current Board members are:

        1.  John Massey (Independent Chairman)
        2.  Stephen Pilcher (Aquila Resources)
        3.  Andrew Price (Caledon Coal)
        4.  Anthony Pitt (Glencore)
        5.  Ben Pentelow (Wesfarmers Curragh)
        6.  Mike Dodd (Yancoal)
The position of B Class director is held by Andrew Roach - Stanmore Coal    




John Massey - Independent Chairman

  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Certified Practising Accountant
  • Life Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Management

John Massey became a full-time independent Company Director in 1997 and has extensive and broadly based commercial experience, leadership and strategic development skills developed as a Chairman, Director and Chief Executive spanning many different industries.

As well as being Non-Executive Chairman of Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) since 1 January 2013, John is Chairman of UQ Holdings and Queensland Motorways, and is a Director of Stockyard Beef.  He is also a member of the Board Nominations Committee of the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and a member of the Board of Governors of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

John has been actively involved in corporate governance and director issues culminating in 2006 with his being made a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) in recognition of his eminence in the field of directorship and for distinguished service. He was subsequently awarded the 2010 Gold Medal which recognizes the Outstanding Company Director for achievements in corporate life and to the community. He is a Mentor in the ASX200/AICD Chairmen’s Mentoring Program for Board Diversity.

John’s previous appointments include being Chairman of Cardno, Sunstate Cement and Northstate Capital; Director of Brisbane Airport Corporation, Dairy Australia, Macmahon, South East Queensland Water Corporation and the KR Castlemaine Foods Group; and CEO of Grainco, QDL Pharmaceutical and Thomas Cook Financial Services and Travel.


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.