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Whitehaven Coal Limited : Annual Report 2012
30 DIRECTORS' REPORT The Directors present their report together with the consolidated financial report of Whitehaven Coal Limited ('the Company'), being the Company, its subsidiaries, and the consolidated entity's interest in joint ventures for the year ended 30 June 2012 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: THE HON. MARK VAILE Chairman Independent Non-Executive Director Appointed: 3 May 2012 As leader of the National Party from 2005 to 2007, Mark established an extensive network of contacts throughout regional Australia, particularly in Northern New South Wales. Mark led negotiations for Australia's Free Trade Agreements with the United States, Singapore and Thailand and helped to launch negotiations with China, Japan and ASEAN. Importantly, Mark also acted as Minister for Transport and Regional Services and was instrumental in the establishment of the ARTC as operator of the Hunter Valley Rail Network. Mark was formerly the chairman of Aston Resources Limited. Mark brings significant experience as a company director and as a former senior government leader, including as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade in the Federal Government. Mark is the Chairman of CBD Energy and an independent director of Servcorp Limited and Virgin Australia Holdings Limited, all of which are listed on the ASX. Mark is also a director of Stamford Land Corporation, which is listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange, and a non-executive director of HOST-PLUS Pty Ltd. JOHN CONDE BSc, BE (Electrical) (Hons), MBA (Dist) Deputy Chairman Independent Non-Executive Director Appointed: 3 May 2007 John has over 30 years of broad based commercial experience across a number of industries, including the energy sector and was chairman of the company prior to the merger with Aston Resources. John is chairman of Bupa Australia, Destination NSW and the Sydney Symphony. He is also president of the Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal and a non-executive director of the Dexus Property Group and The McGrath Foundation. He retired as chairman of Ausgrid (formerly Energy Australia) in June 2012. He was formerly chairman and managing director of Broadcast Investment Holdings, as well as being a former non-executive director of BHP Billiton Limited and Excel Coal Limited. TONY HAGGARTY MComm Managing Director Appointed: 17 October 2008 Tony has over 30 years' experience in the development, management and financing of mining companies, and was co-founder and Managing Director of Excel Coal Limited from 1993 to 2006. Prior to this, Tony worked for BP Coal and BP Finance in Sydney and London, and for Agipcoal as the Managing Director of its Australian subsidiary. Tony was appointed to the Board of Whitehaven on 3 May 2007 and was appointed Managing Director on 17 October 2008. He is also non-executive chairman of King Island Scheelite Limited. PHILIP CHRISTENSEN BComm, LLB Non-Executive Director Appointed: 3 May 2012 Philip has extensive experience in the mining and energy sector. Philip has 30 years' experience with leading law firm Freehills, where his clients included Australian and international coal mining companies. Philip was formerly a director of Aston Resources Limited and Boardwalk Resources Limited. Philip was not considered independent because during the financial year he was employed by companies associated with a major shareholder Nathan Tinkler. Those employment arrangements come to an end on 29 September 2012. Left to right above: Mark Vaile, John Conde, Tony Haggarty and Philip Christensen
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