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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2008
DIRECTORS’ REPORT Left to right: John Conde, Rob Stewart, Neil Chatfield, Tony Haggarty The directors present their report together with the financial report of Whitehaven Coal Limited (“the Company”) and of the consolidated entity, being the Company, its subsidiaries, and the consolidated entity’s interest in joint ventures for the year ended 30 June 2008 and the auditor’s report thereon. 1. DIRECTORS The directors of the Company at any time during or since the end of the financial year are: JOHN CONDE BSc, BE (Electrical) (Hons), MBA (Dist) Chairperson Independent Non-Executive Director Appointed: 3 May 2007 Age: 60 John has over 30 years of broad based commercial experience across a number of industries, including the energy sector. He was chairman and managing director of Broadcast Investment Holdings, the owner of a number of media assets including Channel 9 South Australia and radio stations 2UE and 4BC, as well as being a former non-executive director of BHP Billiton Limited and Excel Coal Limited. John is currently the chairman of Energy Australia, MBF Australia Limited and Sydney Symphony Limited and President of the Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal. ROB STEWART ME Mining, BE Civil (Hons) Managing Director Appointed: 1 April 2008 Age: 57 Rob joined Whitehaven in October 2007 as CEO and was appointed Managing Director in April 2008. Rob has 35 years experience in the construction and mining industries. He joined the Company in October 2007 as Chief Executive Officer following 10 years with Thiess Pty Ltd where his most recent roles included General Manager NSW where he was responsible for Thiess’ mining, construction and building business in New South Wales and as Executive Manager Mining. Rob spent the earlier part of his career with the State Electricity Commission of Victoria in a variety of management and technical roles associated with that company’s mining and construction activities. NEIL CHATFIELD FCPA, FAICD Independent Non-Executive Director Appointed: 3 May 2007 Age: 54 Neil has over 30 years experience in the transport and resources sectors and until September 2008 was a director and Chief Financial Officer for Toll Holdings Limited. Neil is currently a director of Seek Limited and the Chairman of Virgin Blue Holdings Limited, both ASX-listed companies. Neil’s previous roles involved senior finance positions in the coal industry including Chief Financial Officer of Cyprus Australia Coal and Oakbridge Limited. TONY HAGGARTY MComm Non-Executive Director Appointed: 3 May 2007 Age: 50 Tony has over 30 years experience in the development, management and financing of mining projects. He was a co-founder and the Managing Director of Excel Coal Limited from 1993 to late-2006. Prior to this he worked for BP Coal and BP Finance in Sydney and London, and for Agipcoal as the Managing Director of its Australian subsidiary. He is the non-executive Chairman of King Island Scheelite Limited and a non-executive Director of IMX Resources NL. 12
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