James Cooney, Principal Advisor and Manager, MEC Advisory

With two decades of experience working with contract miners, mine owners and as a consultant, James specialises in long-term and life-of-mine planning; equipment selection; cost estimation; and financial analysis, including due diligence assessments in support of mergers and acquisitions. Since re-joining MEC in 2017 as Principal Mining Engineer, James has undertaken a diverse array of Advisory roles, supporting clients as Competent Person for JORC Reserve estimation, conducting project reviews of international coal and metalliferous operations, undertaking Due Diligence in support of a major resource acquisition, and more recently providing strategic support to a Tier-1 mining house through their life-of-mine planning process. James leads the MEC Advisory team from MEC Mining’s Brisbane Office.

Mark Bowater, Principal Advisor

Mark joined MEC Mining as a Principal Mining Engineer in 2017. An accomplished and experienced engineer, Mark has worked on numerous projects and studies for MEC. Alongside his technical expertise, Mark brings a high level of business acumen to his work. Having been engaged in the mining industry since the 1990s, his broad expertise covers cost modelling and estimation; mergers and acquisitions; resource, reserve and operational evaluation and review; JORC resource and reserve reporting; equipment evaluation, selection and procurement; business improvement; and specialist short-term project management.

Christofer Catania, Principal Advisor

A mining engineer with more than 12 years’ experience working across commodities including zinc, iron ore, copper, gold, iron sands and coal, Chris has a superior level of technical and operational expertise. He possesses strong skills in short-, medium- and long-term scheduling across a range of software, and is a confident project manager and leader in open-cut mining. In addition to his role as Principal Advisor, Chris leads the wider MEC Mining team in his role as General Manager, Operations.

Simon Cohn, Principal Advisor

As Principal Advisor, Simon draws on leadership experience, passion and knowledge built over two decades in the natural resources sector. He specialises in operations improvement, mine design and technical services team management, and leverages experience in open-cut and underground metalliferous and coal mines across Australia and abroad. An inspired leader and mentor, he builds unified teams and robust partnerships with clients.  Simon is a Non-Executive Director of MEC Mining, having previously served as Managing Director.

Ted Boulton, Principal Advisor

Ted co-founded MEC Mining in 2005 and became our Director of Consulting Services in 2012 before moving into the role of Non-Executive Director in 2017. He has worked extensively in both technical and operational roles during more than 15 years in the mining industry. Ted has consistently delivered successful mining projects and has led several large feasibility studies and project teams. He has a special interest in alternative mining methods and is open to challenging industry standards and guidelines to improve the future of mining.

Daniel Chippendale, Principal Advisor

A passionate business leader and mining engineer, Daniel co-founded MEC in 2005 and is now a Non-Executive Director. From his early experience in open-cut coal mines, Daniel specialised in operations improvement, mine design and technical project management. He is a strong leader who is focused on improving business performance and has successfully guided MEC through various commodity cycles and challenges.

Alessandro Dotta, Principal Advisor

MEC Mining’s principal underground mining engineer Alessandro Dotta offers 15 years of experience in the industry. Dotta’s expertise provide support to our clients for underground metals operations and projects to help problem-solve as they adapt in the changing landscape. He has an arsenal of qualifications and plenty of experience, having worked on underground metals operations widely in Australia and overseas and most recently as principal mining engineer with GEMS, Australia, where he delivered strong results in a wide array of challenging situations. Highly skilled and armed with a raft of experience across commodities, mining methods and software, his expertises in cross-functional team integrations and optimum safety compliance solidify his effectiveness. Alessandro’s work ethic and practice strongly reflect the way we work at MEC. His experience and problem-solving approach mean that he will complement our already diverse and strong team.