Meet the Team

Board

Luc Bohyn Chairman

Luc’s background is in trading. His hobbies and interests are widespread ranging from art, nature, photography and aviation. Before moving to New Zealand in 2009, Luc was trading coal, bauxite and magnesite in Europe. Luc 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 CRL Energy Ltd (now Verum Group Ltd). Prior to that, he had been on the Board of CRL for approximately 2 years. Luc has also established Atarau Sanctuary for breeding and re-introduction of great spotted Kiwi and this is an ongoing interest and passion.

Dr James Pope Chief Executive Officer

James is the Chief Executive Officer of Verum Group, formerly known as CRL. He has a Ph.D. in geochemistry and 20 years experience in the minerals industry. 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 also manages consulting and laboratory work in the fields of geology and geochemistry. He is a member of the AusIMM and NZ Geological Society, is adjunct to the Department of Geological Science at University of Canterbury as well as the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at University of Windsor. Away from the office James has a young family and enjoys running, biking, skiing and tramping.

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
Andy Englefield Air Quality Analyst

Andy co-ordinates 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 a 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.

Ann Herbert Administration Manager
Anton Bernasconi Environmental Scientist
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. Away from work Ben enjoys fishing, mountain biking and his young family.

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 an BSc in geology with an environmental endorsement. Outside of work Billy enjoys his time golfing, fishing, diving and getting out and about.

Craig Fraser XRF Laboratory Manager
Dave Trumm Senior Scientist

Dave Trumm is an environmental scientist and geologist for CRL in Christchurch. Dave has over 20 years experience in commercial geo-science and geological research and a 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 Hana 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. Away from work, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, gardening and is a member of the national women’s ultimate frisbee team.

Harry Jones Environmental Scientist
Jaime Laughton Laboratory Assistant
Kerry Gordon Consultancy and Business Development Manager
Kim Knight Greymouth Laboratory Manager
Khurram Waqas Malik Lab Analyst

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

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.

Dr Murray McCurdy Research 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
Dr Nigel Newman 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, bee keeping, and fixing stuff.

Phyllis Shi Laboratory Analyst
Rodney Brown Senior Engineer
Dr Tana Levi Technology Business Group Manager

Tana is the Technology Business Group Manager within the Verum Group. There are numerous technical, commercial and research streams within her group, to name a few: mine hazards, spontaneous combustion and gas evolution, thermochemical conversion and sustainability, materials performance and corrosion, and workplace and environmental monitoring. Tana has a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester specialising in high-temperature engineering and corrosion in industrial environments and a B.Sc. Hons in Chemistry and Law. She is a chartered chemist and chartered engineer with over 25 years of practical experience working in the industry. Before moving to New Zealand in 1997 she worked at the European Union’s Research Centre in the Netherlands and the Ministry for Industry and Energy in Spain.

Trevor Dine National Laboratory and Quality Manager
Yukinori Iwasaki Research Officer
Dr Ziyin (Simon) Zhang Research Scientist

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 prior to 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 in 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 Trevor Matheson Associate Scientist

Trevor Matheson, is a former General Manager Operations and Deputy Chief Executive of Verum Group, has a BSc (Hons) in chemistry and a PhD in Organometallic chemistry. Prior to 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