Meet the Team

Board

Luc Bohyn Chairman

Luc’s background is in trading. His hobbies and interests are wide-ranging from art, nature, photography and aviation. Before moving to New Zealand in 2009, Luc was trading coal, bauxite and magnesite in Europe. He bought an interest in the Roa Mine near Greymouth in 2001 and was a Director of Roa Mining Company and New Zealand Coal and Carbon until April 2019. In April 2019, Luc took over Verum Group Ltd. He has also established Atarau Sanctuary for breeding and re-introduction of great spotted Kiwi and this is an ongoing interest and passion.

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Dr James Pope Chief Executive Officer

James is the Chief Executive Officer of Verum Group. He has a PhD in geochemistry and 20 years experience in the minerals and research sectors. Currently, James is involved in research related to mining environmental management, treatment of contaminated water from mining and agriculture as well as geothermal geochemistry. James has expertise in consultancy, expert witness work, chemical analysis of complex materials and mineral resource evaluation. He is a member of the AusIMM, IMWA and NZ Geological Society, is adjunct to the Department of Geological Science at the University of Canterbury as well as the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor. Away from the office, James has a school-aged family and enjoys running, adventure racing, biking, skiing and tramping.

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Barry Bragg Director

Barry joined the Verum Group (formerly CRL) Board in 1996 and was Managing Director from 2013 until 31 March 2019. Barry had a 20-year executive career at Solid Energy and was Chief Operating Officer from 2003 until 2013. Barry is of Ngai Tahu descent and joined the Ngai Tahu Property Board in 2009 and has been Chairman since 2012. His other directorships include being Deputy Chair of the Stevenson Group Limited, a Director of Straterra, Deputy Chair of the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust and is a CDHB Board Member chairing the Quality, Audit & Risk Committee. He is currently Managing Director of Nuenz Limited an advanced materials start-up company. He is also a Chartered Accountant Fellow and a member of the NZ Institute of Directors. Barry completed the INSEAD International Executive Programme in France and Singapore in 2002.

Staff

Alex Duncan Environmental Scientist

Alex Duncan is an Environmental Scientist with the Air Quality team in Christchurch. As part of this team, he conducts point source emissions monitoring for clients to fulfil their resource consent requirements. This involves on-site sampling, the processing of samples at Verum Group’s Christchurch laboratory and then reporting. His focus is on maintaining the Air Quality team’s high standard of analysis and timeliness of reporting. He has a Bachelor of Environmental Management from Lincoln University. Outside of work, he enjoys surfing, camping and gardening.

Andy Englefield Air Quality Analyst

Andy coordinates the Air Quality team in Christchurch. He specialises in point source and ambient emissions for industrial and commercial clients, who are looking to fulfil their resource consent requirements. Andy manages the workplace exposure monitoring services that Verum Group provides while upholding quality and best practice procedures. He also has involvement in environmental monitoring, performing site investigations, sampling and reporting for resource consent requirements. Providing high quality and responsive service are Andy’s priorities. Away from work Andy has a young family, enjoys classic cars, barbequing and exploring the outdoors.

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Ann Herbert Administration Manager

Ann is Verum Group’s Administration Manager. Ann’s responsibilities include the management of administration and financial services plus liaising with IT support. Ann’s extensive knowledge and experience of the Company has enabled her to implement a variety of changes including management systems. Outside of work Ann enjoys spending time with her family and gardening.

Ben Rumsey Research Officer

Ben is a Research Officer in the Gracefield Office. He has a wide range of experience in analysis, instrumentation and project management. Ben has a BSc in Chemistry and Technology and a background in providing quality analysis, and clever solutions to the industry over a range of commodities, from biomass and coal to mineral sands. Ben also oversees the on-site pilot plant and washery testing equipment and conducts testing from scoping trials and delineation through to plant audits and commissioning. Some of the mineral processing projects Ben works on include :

  • Delineation concentration trials of international ironsand resource
  • Inductive power transfer for wireless automotive charging utilising natural NZ ironsand resources
  • Thermochemical upgrading of lignite deposits
  • Activated carbon production trials from NZ coals
  • Phosphate nodule extraction and processing trials
  • Froth flotation of tailings

Away from work, Ben enjoys fishing, mountain biking and his young family.

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Billy (William) Porter Environmental Scientist

William (Billy) is an Environmental Scientist and Workplace Exposure Analyst with Verum Group's Christchurch based Environmental and workplace monitoring team. Billy’s current work involves environmental monitoring in the fields of water, soil and air and workplace exposure testing. His previous work experience includes agricultural contracting and trucking. He has a BSc in geology with an environmental endorsement. Outside of work Billy enjoys his time golfing, fishing, diving and getting out and about.

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Craig Fraser XRF Laboratory Manager

Craig is Verum Group's XRF Laboratory Manager based in Wellington. Craig has 30 years of experience working in the field of X-ray Fluorescence analysis and soil chemistry. With an NZCS (Chemistry) gained working for DSIR Soil Bureau and then Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research he was involved in the end of the country's soil mapping program, and the beginning of the commercialisation of analytical work by X-ray fluorescence. After a 4 year stint in the UK working in the Environmental Laboratory of Laing Technology Group, he returned to join SpectraChem Analytical Ltd in 1998, which became part of CRL Energy in 2008.

While the XRF Laboratory completes a great deal of routine environmental, mining, and quality control analysis Craig particularly enjoys helping solve the vast array of mysterious miscellaneous "problem" samples that are sent our way.

Outside of work, Craig enjoys the outdoors (tramping, mountain biking & road cycling), and Toastmasters. He also has a passion for Military History and Cinema.

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Dave Trumm Senior Scientist

Dave Trumm is an environmental scientist and geologist for Verum Group in Christchurch. Dave has over 20 years of experience in commercial geoscience and geological research and an MSc in geology. His current work involves research and consulting on environmental impacts from coal and gold mining in New Zealand, with a focus on Acid Mine Drainage. He also has expertise in managing and remediating sites contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons. Away from work, Dave has a young family, is a keen mountain biker and holds several New Zealand speed skating national records.

Dr Hannah Christenson Research Scientist

Hana is a research scientist and geochemist at Verum Group in Christchurch. Her background is in chemistry, and she completed her PhD on phosphorus biogeochemistry at the University of Canterbury in 2015. Hana has experience working on the distribution and mobility of contaminants and nutrients in aquatic systems in New Zealand and Antarctica. Hana has worked on water treatment and long-term trends in mine drainage chemistry as part of the New Zealand Mine Environment Life Cycle research program and continues to do consulting work in this field. Hana helped to develop the acid-base accounting standard reference materials. Hana’s current research projects include studying the application of infrared analytical technology to different materials and enhanced passive treatment systems, of which the nitrate removing bioreactor trials in Springston is an exciting development. Away from work, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, gardening and is a member of the national women’s ultimate frisbee team.

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Harry Jones Environmental Scientist

Harry Jones is a Christchurch born and bred environmental scientist. He left for Dunedin to complete a Bachelor degree in Environmental Management at the Otago University before coming back to Christchurch. He’s been with Verum Group for the past three years with a focus on Emission Testing and Water Sampling for a wide range of industrial businesses. On his spare time, Harry enjoys social sport, the outdoors and cooking!

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Jaime Laughton Greymouth Laboratory Assistant

Born and bred on the West Coast, Jaime is our Laboratory Assistant in Greymouth. Jaime spent a year studying Tourism and Hospitality at the local Tai Poutini Polytechnic and working in the industry before transitioning to a career with Verum Group. Her main role is the sampling and analysis of drinking water and assisting with environmental sampling and coal work. Jaime spends her time outside of work enjoying what the West Coast has to offer with her dog, Billie.

Kerry Gordon Consultancy & Business Development Manager

Kerry is a Senior Geologist with an MSc in Natural Hazards. At Verum Group, he is responsible for the Environmental Monitoring and Resource Proving and Modelling, Management of exploration projects. With over 14 years’ experience in the Energy and Mining Industry, Kerry has worked on a diverse range of exploration and operational projects, including coal seam gas, underground coal gasification, underground and opencast coal mining and conventional oil and gas. Kerry brings to Verum Group skills and experience in project and operation management, drilling planning & supervision as well as geological modelling. Before commencing a career in the consultancy industry, Kerry developed excellent communication, leadership skills. As Senior Glacier Guide, Kerry gained valuable experience in management and decision-making skills in unforgiving environments. In his spare time, Kerry enjoys taking his kids into the outdoors.

Kerry at the mine
Khurram Waqas Malik Laboratory Analyst

Khurram is Verum Group's lab analyst for XRF sample analysis and coal testing. He has MSc in Biochemistry and having more than 16 years of laboratory experience in the field of coal, minerals, and water analytical services. Outside of work, Khurram enjoys his time with his young family, reading, home improvements, and gardening.

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Kim Knight Greymouth Laboratory Manager

Kim is our Laboratory Manager in Greymouth. With a very diversified experience going from lab analysis for Coal Corp and the Waikato Regional Council, to running her dairy farm or setting up her hydroponic business, Kim brings a great set of skills to her management role. She is responsible with her team for running coal, drinking and wastewater sampling and analysis for a wide range of local councils, mine sites and businesses. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors and spending time in the Pacific Islands.

Mike Young Christchurch Laboratory Manager

Mike is the manager of Verum Group's Lyttelton laboratory for coal testing and also responsible for safety in the Christchurch office. He has an MSc in chemistry and his previous work experience has included quality control in the petroleum industry as well as HSNO compliance, raw material purchasing and dabbling in IT. Outside of work Mike enjoys time with his young family, church, and keeping active.

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Dr Murray McCurdy Chief Technology Officer

Murray is the Chief Technology Officer at Verum Group. Murray designs and leads engineering science research for Verum Group and clients. Murray is a chemical engineer with experience in public and private sector R&D, including a successful technology start-up. Murray has demonstrated success leveraging Government research funding into projects, including Callaghan Innovation, Endeavour and Vision Mātauranga Capability funding.

Nathan Frost Hamilton Air Quality Manager

Nathan was born and bred in Hamilton. He first started with Verum Group as part of his Bachelor Degree in Environmental Science completed at the Waikato University. He then moved onto a permanent role leading him to the coordination of Emission Testing and Environmental Testing for the Hamilton area. During his spare time, Nathan enjoys the outdoors and playing hockey.

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Phyllis Shi Laboratory Analyst

Phyllis is our Laboratory Analyst for the Christchurch Lab. After studying chemistry and getting a bachelor degree in science in China and working as a teacher, Phyllis moved to New Zealand 24 years ago. She started at Verum Group as a casual lab analyst in our Lower Hutt lab with a focus on coal. She then moved to Christchurch as an environmental analyst working for Solid Energy. Phyllis became a permanent member of Verum Group Christchurch as a Laboratory analyst in 2012, focus on coal analysis and also undertake some testing for environmental projects. When Verum Group moved its coal lab from the North Island to Christchurch in 2019, her focus moved onto solid fuels (coal, wood and oil) analysis. On her free time, Phyllis enjoys spending time at the gym, especially in the Zumba class.

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Rod Brown Senior Engineer

Rod is a practising engineer with over 25 years of experience working with research scientists/engineers to design, develop and fabricate experimental equipment. Rod has expertise with high temperature, high pressure, pneumatic and hydraulic equipment integrated with electronic or computer-driven control systems. Rod operates all standard engineering workshop equipment at an expert level. Rod is able to bring his years of experience to either enable ambitious, innovative design or deliver a dose of realism to projects that are unsafe or impossible within budget. Rod has a mature family and enjoys fishing and off-road 4x4.

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Trevor Dine National Laboratory & Quality Manager

Trevor is Verum Groups National Laboratory and Quality Manager. Trevor brings a broad experience gained both in New Zealand and Europe over the past 40 years from wastewater surface water and potable waters, in both microbiology and chemistry. In 2001, Trevor joined Verum Group (then CRL Energy) initially to set up the water testing laboratory, then manage the fuel lab and emissions testing crew, before taking over the management and quality of all Verum Group’s laboratories. Outside of work, Trevor is a keen tennis player.

Trevor in the boat
Yukinori Iwasaki Research Officer

Yukinori is a Research Officer in the Gracefield Office. Before, moving to New Zealand, Yukinori graduated with an MSc in Material Science in Japan and worked at research department in Babcock Hitachi (now Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems) powerplant manufacture. At Verum Group, Yukinori performs X-ray fluorescence analysis, inorganic materials analysis and reports elemental contents. Away from work he enjoys playing with his young sons and playing tennis.

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Dr Ziyin (Simon) Zhang Research Scientist

Ziyin (Simon) Zhang is a research scientist at Verum Group in Wellington. He completed his PhD on chemical and process engineering at the University of Canterbury in 2017. His background is in combustion, gasification and renewable energy. As part of his PhD, Simon has done research work on the biomass gasification, which converts biomass into combustible gases including H2, CO, CO2 and CH4. The gas product can be further applied for heat, electricity or chemical synthesis.

Simon currently works in the R&D department, his research includes carbon foam materials science, and zero CO2 metal production and coal or biomass fuel efficiency testing. Outside of work, Simon enjoys time with his young family and sport actives.

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Associates

Chris Nelson Associate Geologist

Chris, now a consultant for Verum Group, has led the coal seam gas (CSG) group at Verum Group. He has an MSc in engineering geology and worked for seven years in engineering geology and mineral exploration before joining Verum Group. He has been involved in the development of methods for CSG determination since 2001. During the past decade, he has worked extensively on exploration programmes for CSG in New Zealand and Asia. He has been the project manager for all of the international CSG programmes, enjoying the challenges of remote field locations and cross-cultural client liaison. Recently Chris’ focus has turned to coal mine gas content and developing robust methods for assessing this. Along the way at Verum Group, Chris has accumulated over seven years of experience in air quality analysis and monitoring and has now climbed, and sampled, many industrial stacks throughout New Zealand. Chris is interested in practical problem solving with no particular emphasis on the field. Away from the office, Chris enjoys tramping, surfing, mountain biking, skiing, and snowboarding.

Dr Nigel Newman Associate Senior Geologist

Nigel Newman has trained in geology, geochemistry, and coal science. Nigel has a PhD in geochemistry and 20+ years experience in geological science from academia to exploration. He currently works in the fields of exploration, applied geology, coal quality, coal and environmental chemistry, petroleum chemistry, and marine surveying. Away from the office Nigel has a mature family, and enjoys tramping, beekeeping, and fixing stuff.

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Dr Trevor Matheson Associate Scientist

Trevor Matheson is a former General Manager Operations and Deputy Chief Executive of Verum Group. He has a BSc (Hons) in chemistry and a PhD in Organometallic chemistry. Before joining Verum Group as Senior Scientist, he carried out research at Cambridge University, the Australian Research School of Chemistry, and the CSIRO Division of Materials Science.

Wayne Hennessy Associate Senior Scientist

Wayne is Verum Group’s specialist in greenhouse gas accounting. He has a BSc (Hons) and an MSc in Chemistry from the University of Canterbury. Wayne brings 4O years of experience to Verum Group. His current research work is assessing synthetic greenhouse gas emissions for the Ministry for the Environment's national inventory, with particular expertise in the refrigeration industry. He has undertaken other studies on emission reduction in relation to energy efficiency and renewable energy utilisation in the industry. Wayne enjoys spending much of his spare time bird and pest monitoring at Nelson's Brook Waimarama Sanctuary. He is excited at the prospect of re-introduction of kiwi, tuatara, carnivorous snails and other rare species.

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