Adamelia's business is built around the expertise of its people.

David Green: Principal – Coal Geology

David has over 35 years of experience in coal geology from exploration planning to mine site operations and for the last 3 years was the Coal Geoscience Manager with the Queensland Geological Survey leading a team evaluating the current and future coal resources in Queensland.  He has a broad knowledge of Queensland coal resources and industry and also has experience in Mongolia, Canada and Indonesia. David is experienced at the geological evaluation and assessment of coal projects, including regular access of Government resources and provision of statutory company reports.  David has been jointly awarded 3 ACARP project grants which included an evaluation of acoustic scanners and the development of CoalLog.


 Chris Hanson

Chris Hanson: Director - Technical

Chris manages the mining services division of Adamelia Global. He has over 25 years mining experience in practical operational mining and consulting both in Australia and internationally, and has strong industry experience and credibility in the areas of underground and open cut geotechnical engineering. He is a Competent Person (CP) for Resource Estimation under the JORC Code, having conducted a number of high profile JORC Resource assessments including for the Moatize and Carmichael Coal Projects. Chris is currently the Site Senior Executive for the Springsure Creek Coal Project and has significant experience in structured integrated project management, with a Diploma from the AIM in this area.


Andrew Huston: Director

Andrew is a Project / Construction / Engineering manager having directly managed over A$960m worth of project work with a majority of these being brown field projects. This capability extends across the mining industry (coal, copper, gold and uranium), power generation (hydro & thermal) as well as LNG study manager experience.
This unique experience has fostered the development of an in-depth understanding of what is required to deliver a successful project, right from the study phase through to commissioning and handover. The project management experience is supported with seven years in maintenance as a workshop supervisor or mechanical engineer within the power and mining industries.

Patrick Humphries: Director of Studies

Patrick has over 20 years' experience in underground coal mining operations, feasibility management and mining research.   Patrick has led major project feasibility studies for Adani Mining Australia, BHP Mitsubishi Alliance, Vale and Mount Isa Mines (now Glencore) to identify, develop and deliver high capacity underground coal mines in a timely manner.

Patrick has a solid background in underground coal production including roles as Longwall Superintendent, Technical Services Superintendent and Ventilation Officer at a number of Queensland mines. He has extensive expertise in the development, implementation and management of Principle Hazard Management Plans for Ventilation, Gas, Mine fires and Spontaneous combustion.  Patrick has been a leader in the development and application of innovative inertisation techniques for the prevention of spontaneous combustion in underground coal mines resulting in increased safety and productivity in Queensland coal mines.

 Rob Johansen

Robert Johansen: Managing Director

Rob has bachelor degrees in Commerce, Law and Engineering from the University of Queensland with first class honours and a University Medal.

After graduation, Rob spent five years in operational and line management roles on mine sites in Australia and South Africa.  He then joined Barlow Jonker (now part of Wood Mackenzie) consulting on corporate, strategic and transactional matters in the mining space, working in a dozen countries. 

In conjunction with Barlow Jonker, Rob founded a transaction management business which managed resource industry transactions specialising in early stage and distressed assets, completing transactions involving BHP, Rio Tinto, Anglo American, Yanzhou, Mitsui, Cockatoo Coal, Gympie Gold, Cargill, Thiess, Solid Energy NZ, RungePincockMinarco, Custom Mining and a number of private clients.

Rob has spent six years as an ASX company director and ten years on the boards of numerous private companies, serving on audit, risk management, nomination and remuneration and due diligence committees.

Rob manages Adamelia's direct investment and resources portfolio and completed the acquisition of the Springsure,Andromeda,Arcadia and Comet Ridge Projects.

Vanessa Johansen: Property Portfolio Manager

Vanessa manages the Group's real estate, with responsibility for identifying and transacting on real estate opportunities and managing maintenance, improvement and tenant issues for the group's property portfolio.

Vanessa has recently returned to the workplace after starting a family.  Prior to working with the group, Vanessa was a registered physiotherapist and injury advisor to the insurance industry.



Hernan Retamal: Principal Consultant - Surface Mining

Hernan has over 30 years' experience in open cut mining operations, project management, contract mining, contract management and mine consulting across gold, coal, base metals and minerals mining. He has strong capability in the areas of construction and feasibility study management, open pit mine design, running safe and efficient operations and mine costing primarily in Australia, South East Asia and South America. Hernan has conducted numerous operational mining audits with focused on maximising equipment productivity, selectivity and maintaining safe and efficient operations. Hernan has recently coordinated project Management of Spoil Landform Rehabilitation Modelling using Vulcan, 3d-DigPlus and Dozesim modules at Queensland mines.

Kimberley Saunders: Principal – Project Delivery

Kimberley is a Project Manager/ Contracts Manager / Stakeholder Engagement and Business Development professional having directly managed and supported over A$500m worth of scope with multiple major projects and proponents. In addition, Kimberley established and managed her own private consulting firm who specialised in project approvals and early planning through to execution, operations and maintenance phases at a critical time in the Energy market for Australia. 

The project management experience is supported with over fifteen years working across New Zealand and Australia, in addition to Global reach via work with proponents such as ConocoPhillips. Kimberley’s former company became the 'Go To’ for International investors seeking local knowledge and planning. Kimberley is consulting on multiple projects including project managing rectification work on a High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission system.


Chris Schlebusch: Principal Consultant - Spatial

Chris Schlebusch has a background in electronic engineering, industrial design and more than 10 years in the spatial industry as both a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) consultant and as the GIS lead for a large multi-disciplinary mining, infrastructure and logistics project.

He has worked on mining, resources and infrastructure projects in Australia, Africa, Asia, South America and Canada where he supported decision making with GIS and cartographic products in addition to providing hardware, software and process solutions.

His cartographic products have underpinned Environmental Impact Statements, Mining Lease Applications and Prospectus publications.

Dave Thomas: Principal Consultant - Mine Planning

Dave has 33 years of experience in the mining industry in both the coal and minerals sectors. Over the last 30 years he has consulted to the coal industry in both the USA and Australia, completing numerous feasibility studies, due diligence and operations reviews and independent expert assignments of both bord and pillar and longwall mining operations for either coal companies or the finance sector. Prior to He is a Competent Person (CP) for Reserve Estimation under the JORC Code, having conducted a number of JORC Reserve Statements including for the Kevin's Corner Coal Project and Grosvenor. Dave also has significant experience in management of resource projects from initial exploration through to feasibility and permitting.

Sean Wilson: Principal – Underground Mining

Sean has had over 13 years’ experience in the underground coal mining industry with extensive experience in the operation and design of high productivity longwall mining operations and is highly proficient in the operation of various specialised software packages including Deswik, XPAC and VentSIM.

Sean’s operational experience comprises of the management of all areas of coal mine technical services including subsidence, spontaneous combustion, complex geological/geotechnical conditions, gas drainage and operation/management of ventilation circuits.

Sean has been involved in the preparation of several engineering studies at various levels for major projects including the Teresa Project Pre-Feasibility Study (Linc Energy Pty Ltd) and as Project Leader for the Carmichael underground Feasibility Study.


We are always interested in talking to people who are a good fit with our team. 

If you are an expert in your field, with a strong network and an entrepreneurial mindset who enjoys a flexible work environment, come and talk to us.