Board and Management

Paul Vining

Non Executive Chairman

Bachelor of Science degrees, in Mineral Engineering & in Chemistry, & Master of Science degree in Extractive Metallurgy 
Mr Vining’s professional career spans 40 years. For the first 20 years he worked predominantly in coal sales including as Executive Vice President of Coal Sales and Trading for Peabody Energy. For the last 20 years he has acted variously in President/CEO roles with some of the largest coal producers in the US including Magnum Coal, a privately owned coal mining company with 18Mtpa of production and 1,800 employees; Patriot Coal - 35Mtpa of production and 4,000 employees; Alpha Natural Resources - 90 operating mines and 11,000 employees; and The Cline Group, a private company owned by the late Chris Cline, the founder of Foresight Energy, at the time one of the largest privately owned coal producers in the US.

Jonathan Romcke

Chief Executive Officer

Bachelor of Engineering (Mining, Honours) 

Mr Romcke has over 35 years of experience in underground and open pit mining operations in the coal and iron ore mining industry. He has held roles as Project Director, Managing Director, Project Manager, Mine General Manager and Business Development Manager with significant international mining houses. Mr Romcke has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining, Honours) and holds formal qualifications as a Coal Mine Manager in both New South Wales and Queensland. He is a Member of the Institute of Engineers Australia (Chartered Professional status), a Member of Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (Chartered Professional) and a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mark Gray

Executive Director

Bachelor of Laws 

Mr. Gray founded Telkwa Coal Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of Allegiance) and secured the farm-in rights to the Telkwa metallurgical coal project in September 2014. He is a corporate lawyer with 30 years transactional experience gained as a lawyer with Herbert Smith in London, a partner with Bell Gully in New Zealand and as a director of the investment bank Barclays de Zoette Wedd, also in London. For the last 12 years Mr. Gray has been an advisor to and company executive of mining companies and operations including underground coal in Australia and open pit mining in Africa, as well as exploration and development projects in several minerals including coal.

Larry Cook

Technical Director

BSEM Mining Engineering West Virginia University 

Mr Cook has over 40 years of technical knowledge of underground coal mining and methods. For the first 20 years of his career he worked in various underground roles in coal mines primarily in West Virginia. He is highly regarded in both the US and Australia as an extremely capable underground coal mining engineer. Previous positions include Vice President of Operations at Mid-Vol Mining, Madison WV; General Superintendent at Mistic Energy Inc, Beckley WV; Mine Manager of five underground coal mines owned by Eastern Associated Coal Corporation in Wharton WV; founding shareholder and director of Bounty Industries Ltd providing contract mining at Ivanhoe Colliery, NSW, for Centennial Coal and at German Creek Colliery, Central QLD, for Anglo Coal.  Most recently, Mr Cook recommissioned the Donkin underground coal mine located in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Bernie Mason

Non-Executive Director

BSc. Geology 

Mr Mason obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Morehead State University, Kentucky, and has worked across many minerals throughout North America, although predominantly in US coal for more than 40 years. In more recent times, he has assumed executive management positions in some very large and significant producers of coal in the United States including having formerly served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Xinergy Ltd, a Toronto TSX Listed public company, producing up to 3Mtpa of metallurgical and thermal coal; Chief Operating Officer of Appalachian Fuels, LLC. managing a workforce of 600 employees and producing 8Mtpa of metallurgical and thermal coal from five surface mines and three underground mines; and Vice President of Technical Services and Business Development of AEI Resources, Inc. which was the 4th largest coal producing company in the Unites States, at the time, while operating 50 surface and underground coal mines producing in excess of 54Mtpa.

Matthew Wall

Non-Executive Director

Diploma of Transport Economics 

For much of his career Mr Wall worked for Rio Tinto across several business units including transport and logistics at Comalco Smelting, export logistics at Kaltim Coal, Indonesia, and sales and marketing at Coal & Allied, Hunter Valley, New South Wales. After Rio Tinto Mr Wall led the Asia Pacific business of EDF Trading, managing a book of more than 5Mt per annum of thermal coal. He then joined Wood Mackenzie as Global Co-Head of Metals & Mining Sales for five years followed by three years with McGrath Nicol as Director of Resources & Mining. Mr Wall holds a Diploma of Transport Economics from Victoria University, Melbourne, and attended the Academy of Transport, Cambridge University, England. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mr Wall is a non-executive director of Legacy Minerals Holdings Limited (ASX:LGM).

Jonathan Reynolds

Finance Director

B.Com (Hons), Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment, CA 

Mr. Reynolds is a chartered accountant with more than 25 years experience across many sectors spent mostly in financial management roles. Most recently, he has been finance director of a resource investment house, managing investments across a range of commodities, including coal. Prior to that he held the position of chief financial officer with a number of listed entities and before that was a senior manager with an international firm of chartered accountants. He is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a fellow of Financial Services Institute of Australasia.