Board of Directors

Colin Bloomfield
Non Executive Chairman
  • Board Member

Colin brings to the Company over 30 years of mining experience in technical, operations, management and corporate roles. He is also an experienced Company Director having been in various Directorships for almost twenty years. Colin’s former roles during his 27 years with BHP Billiton include President Illawarra Coal (8 years), Vice President Health, Safety and Environment (Global role) and Project Director for the BHP Billiton merger integration as well as member of the deal team for the transaction. He was also an Underground Coal Mine Manager both in New South Wales and Queensland.

Currently Col is Chairman of the Flagstaff Group and Destination Wollongong and a Director at Community Alliance Credit Union and Wollongong Golf Club. He has previously been a Director at the Minerals Council of Australia and Chairman of the NSW Minerals Council and Port Kembla Coal Terminal.

Tony Caruso
Managing Director & CEO
  • Board Member
  • Management Team

Tony has more than 20 years’ experience in mining services working on major underground mining projects across QLD and NSW before moving into management roles. He has worked alongside several mining services contractors and has a comprehensive understanding of the sector. Tony’s qualifications are a combination of a trade background with a degree in Business Management from the Central Queensland University.

Tony’s propensity for Project Management drives Mastermyne’s focus for safe and productive projects. He is highly regarded for his innovative approach to solving complex issues and for actively turning issues into opportunities.

Known for being strategic as well as results-focused, Tony has presided over a period of significant growth in the Mastermyne business. He is responsible for recruiting and developing a strong management team who are seen as high performance leaders. This team, under Tony’s leadership, has come together to deliver exceptional results.

Andrew Watts
Non-executive Director
  • Board Member

Andrew co-founded Mastermyne in 1996 and has been involved in contracting within the mining industry since 1994.

From 1996 -2005 Andrew was responsible for all aspects of Mastermyne’s operations until the appointment of Tony Caruso as CEO.

Gabriel (Gabe) Meena
Non-executive Director
  • Board Member

Gabe is an executive with over 30 years experience in the steel, mining and stevedoring industry covering operations, maintenance and engineering. Gabe has held senior operational and management roles with Bluescope Steel as General Manager Mills and Coating, Bluescope Steel China as President China Coated and BHP Collieries as General Manager of a number of coal mines. Gabe’s most recent role was General Manager Operations with Patrick Terminals.

Gabe has a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Julie Whitcombe
Non-Executive Director
  • Board Member

Julie brings over 16 years of experience across financial, strategic and operational roles, with a focus throughout her career on the resources sector.  Julie is currently Executive General Manager for the Queensland operations of Senex Energy Limited, an ASX-listed upstream oil and gas business.

After completing a first class honours degree in mining engineering, Julie spent seven years working for pwc, a global financial services firm.  Her clients during this time spanned a range of high profile businesses and equity and M&A transactions, including QGC, Santos and Rio Tinto.

Joining in 2010, her roles at Senex have included Chief Financial Officer, Executive General Manager of Strategic Planning in addition to her current role which is focused on the development and operation of coal seam gas projects in Queensland.

Julie’s broad background allows her to bring a unique combination of experience in financial accounting and equity markets and a focus on business-led strategy and growth.


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