Board Directors

ABOUT | Board

Our diverse and experienced Board is committed to high standards of governance that deliver great outcomes for all of our stakeholders.


CEO & Managing Director

Appointed 5 February 2024

Jeff is a senior finance professional with extensive experience in civil contracting and contract mining, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions and capital structuring.  Jeff has previously been CFO of a large Queensland based civil and mining contractor and Executive General Manager of the largest drill and blast contractor in Australia. He also has prior ASX200 CFO experience with a leading agribusiness. Before transitioning into the corporate sector, Jeff built deep corporate finance skills with PwC and was the Queensland Head for a large mid-market private equity business.

Jeff is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, a Corporate Financier, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering.



Executive Chair

Appointed 6 September 2023

Jon has over 40 years of experience in the mining industry and initially moved to Queensland in 2004. His roles have included Miner, Undermanager, Technical Services Mining Engineer, Deputy Mine Manager, Mine Manager, General Manager, Project Director, Managing Director and CEO within the coal and iron ore industries. Jon worked overseas for periods with responsibilities within the global mining industry working in Mauritania, Republic of Congo,  Switzerland, and Colorado USA.

Adaptable with the ability to engage with people and staff at any level, Jon has played a key role in the success of leadership teams for the companies he has worked for, bridging the gap between company vision and getting the job done.


Jon has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) achieved with honours and continued his education throughout his career subsequently holding essential qualifications and certifications for the mining industry as Coal Mine Manager (Qld & New South Wales).  Memberships include Institute of Engineers Australia, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Andrew WATTS
Non Executive Director

Appointed 10 March 2010

Together with Darren Hamblin, Andrew co-founded Mastermyne in 1996. They saw an opportunity and together built a team to share in it; quickly developing a reputation as a business that people liked to work for and stakeholders wanted to deal with.

Coming from a dairy farming background and with trade under his belt, Andrew was never shy of hard work. He was responsible for all aspects of Mastermyne’s operations until Tony Caruso’s appointment in 2005. Straight as a die and staunchly devoted to his family at home and at work, the foundation values Andrew and Darren instilled all those years ago still hold true in the business today.

After playing an important role in the companies listing in 2010, Andrew stepped away from his Executive Director responsibilities into a Non-Executive role in 2013. Andrew brings to the Board a shrewd contracting mindset and he remains very passionate about the business and the people in it.

Murray SMITH

Non Executive Director

Appointed 22 May 2023

Murray holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment and a RG146 Qualification in Superannuation. Murray is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

He is a highly experienced business executive with over 30 years of experience in senior executive and board roles across the resources, financial services, government administration and childcare services industries and brings a wealth of expertise in board strategy and risk and financial governance, enabling companies to define and execute value.  

He currently serves as a Chief Operating Officer of M Resources Group with responsibility for co-ordinating and leading the M Resources Group’s corporate functions including strategy and finance.  

Murray also brings significant senior executive experience across the resources and financial sector having worked for large ASX listed companies (including BHP, Aurizon, Leighton Holdings subsidiary Thiess and Suncorp), with a focus on group strategy, M&A and P&L accountabilities.


Non Executive Director

Appointed 6 September 2023

Peter Barker has 14 years’ experience as a Chief Financial Officer for large ASX listed entities including Computershare Ltd and Cardno Ltd and was instrumental in the turnaround and ultimate sale of the latter.  

Prior to this he held senior financial leadership positions with global corporations including BHP and Cisco Systems.  Mr Barker is a Non-Executive Director of Workpac Group and Independent Cement Group.  He brings extensive governance, finance and risk management skills to the Board.    


Mr Barker holds a Bachelor of Commerce, an MBA, is a Graduate of the Wharton Advanced Management Program, a Fellow of CPA Australia, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


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