Minerals West Coast Trust Manager 

Patrick Phelps

A born and raised West Coaster, Patrick grew up on a gold claim south of the Hokitika River. His working life includes journalism, marketing and communications, wilderness guiding, and pest control.

Prior to taking up the role of Minerals West Coast manager he lived in Nanjing, China, studying Mandarin.

You are welcome to contact Patrick any time.

Minerals West Coast Trustees

Richard Tacon (Chair)

Richard Tacon is chief executive of Bathurst Resources, New Zealand’s largest coal mining company, and owner of Stockton coal mine near Westport in the Buller District. Richard’s first job in mining was in the 1970s at Liverpool State Mine, near Greymouth. Since then his career has taken him to Australia, where he held various positions from under manager through to general manager. Since returning to New Zealand over a decade ago Richard has worked in the senior leadership team of Bathurst Resources, and became chief executive in 2015.

Peter Haddock

Born and raised in Greymouth, Peter started his career with a carpentry apprenticeship, later going on to work in building and contracting. A high gold price in the early 1980s led Peter to follow a friend into gold mining, and he’s been in the game ever since. After building two gold screens of his own, he made a business out of it and founded E-Quip Engineering, which, like one of the first two screens, is still running today. Peter’s roots on the Coast go back four generations, and he hopes future generations can enjoy the same opportunities in the region.

Gleynis Perkins

Born on the Coast and born into mining, Glenys has been in the industry her entire life. From driving machinery to business management and advocacy, Glenys has a deep understanding of all levels of the sector. She believes the West Coast is one of New Zealand’s most resource rich regions, and with the right leadership, mining can make an even greater contribution to New Zealand’s economy. Glenys also sits on the board of the Coal Association of New Zealand.

Pat Cooper

Pat Cooper has worked in the mining industry for over four decades both in New Zealand and overseas. He is known within the industry for his expertise in drilling, and now owns and operates Coopers Drilling Services. He has consulted to many companies, and managed drilling projects as far afield as Antarctica. He is now based in Westport.


Peter O’Sullivan

Peter O’Sullivan previously worked as manager for Minerals West Coast, and now sits on the trust. He heads the mines, civil, and trades school at Te Tai Poutini Polytechnic based in Greymouth.

Mike Meehan

Lincoln Smith

Duncan Ross

Geoff Jacobs