Meet the Executive Team

© Whitehaven Coal Paul Flynn, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer 32313344Paul Flynn — Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Paul has extensive experience in the mining, infrastructure, construction and energy sectors gained through 20 years as a professional advisor at Ernst & Young. Paul was formerly Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Tinkler Group. Prior to joining the Tinkler Group Paul was the managing partner of Ernst & Young’s Sydney office and a member of its Oceania executive team. As a partner for over eight years, Paul managed many of the firm’s largest mining and energy clients across Australia, Asia, South and North America. Paul has also fulfilled various leadership roles with large corporations on secondment including as the CFO of a top 50 listed company.


Timothy Burt — General Counsel & Company Secretary

B.Ec, LLB (Hons) LLM

Timothy joined Whitehaven as General Counsel and Company Secretary in July 2009. He has 18 years’ ASX Listed company legal, secretarial and governance experience across a range of industries. Prior to joining Whitehaven, Timothy held senior roles at ASX listed companies Boral Limited, UGL Limited and Australian National Industries Limited. He holds a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney.


Brian Cole — Executive General Manager – Project Delivery

BE(Civil-H1), M Eng Science, MBA, Fellow IE Aust, C P Eng., M AIMM

Brian has more than thirty-five years of experience in heavy engineering projects and operations at an executive level in the energy related sector and is currently focused on the Maules Creek project and other brownfields capital projects within the Whitehaven portfolio.

Most recently Brian managed the construction the three stages of the third coal terminal in Newcastle for NCIG with a combined capital cost circa $2.8B.


Jamie Frankcombe — Executive General Manager – Operations

BE(Mining), MBA(Technology)

Jamie was appointed Executive General Manager – Operations in February 2013.

Mr Frankcombe was previously Director Operations at Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. Prior to that he has had extensive senior experience in coal mine operations and development including as the Chief Operating Officer of PT Adaro Indonesia, Executive General Manager – Americas for Xstrata Coal and General Manager Operations for Xstrata Coal’s Hunter Valley open cut operations.

Mr Frankcombe holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from Wollongong University and a Master of Business Administration (Technology) from APESMA Deakin University. Additionally he holds First Class Certificate of Competency qualifications for both the NSW and Queensland coal industry.


Scott Knights – Executive General Manager – Marketing and Logistics

B.Econ (Hons)

Scott was appointed Executive General Manager – Marketing in August 2014.

Prior to joining Whitehaven he was Vice President Sales, Marketing and Logistics for Peabody Energy Australia. Mr Knights has over 23 years’ experience in a wide range of commercial roles including marketing, sales, logisitcs, management and business strategy in the commodities sector, working for Peabody Energy, Rio Tinto, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Renison Goldfields Consolidated.


Kevin Ball — Chief Financial Officer

BComm, CA

Appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Whitehaven Coal in October 2013, Kevin Ball has over 25 years experience working in the mineral and energy industry across coal, oil and gas and in complex consulting practices.

Kevin was the Commercial Manager at Springvale Coal for a number of years, CFO at the Milestone Group and CFO of Delhi Petroleum. Kevin later gained experience in listed companies in roles that combined finance and operational divisional leadership as the General Manager Finance at Chandler Macleod Group and, as the Group Financial Controller of Environmental Group.

A finance graduate of the University of New South Wales, Kevin is a Chartered Accountant having spent 11 years with Ernst & Young at the commencement of his career predominantly in EY’s natural resources group and has a graduate Diploma in Geoscience (Mineral Economics) from Macquarie University.