Sada Key Personell

Key Personnel

Keith Dunbier
Director | General Manager 
Keith was educated at St Gregory’s College, Campbelltown and on leaving school completed a Diesel Mechanics Certificate at Millar TAFE. Keith commenced employment with  the Sada Group’s transport division in 1976 as a diesel mechanic. In 1989 Keith became Narellan Branch Manager for Bulkhaul Pty Ltd.

In 1994 after the acquisition of Heggies Transport, Keith was responsible for the maintenance and operations of the largest bulk fleet in the southern coal fields including all  workshops activities. The Penrose Quarry operations were added to his portfolio during this time. 1998 brought further responsibilities as National Equipment Manager Chemtrans & Bulktrans for the HBL group. Keith came back to the fold and re-joined the family business as General Manager Trazblend Group.


Tony McFadden
Chief Executive Officer
Tony is a Certified Practising Accountant, a Fellow of the Governance institute of Australia previously called Chartered Secretaries of Australia Ltd, a Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia, and has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree majoring in Accounting from the University of Wollongong.

Tony has extensive experience in corporate governance, operations and business management, strategic growth, mergers and acquisitions, accounting & finance, contracts, IT implementation & development, finance facilities & treasury, capital investments, taxation, and business administration in multinational, public & private companies.

Tony has over 25 years' experience in business including Chief Financial Officer roles and Commercial and Business Manager roles with numerous companies including Delta SBD Limited, Peabody Energy Limited, Excel Coal Limited, Advance Coal Limited and Clutha Limited.  Tony has previously worked for Sada (1997 to 2002) and was integrally involved with the Sada Burragorang Valley operations and Sada's acquisition and development of the Metropolitan Coal Mine.

Tony re-joined Sada in October 2014 as Director of Operations and in February 2016 was appointed CEO of the Sada Group.


Mark Brackenbury
Director 
Mark is a Chartered Accountant who is also a founding director of Sada Pty Limited. A past director of Helensburgh Coal Pty Ltd and past director of Macarthur Group Training Limited.

Mark previously held the positions of executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Heggies Bulkhaul Limited. Mark has been involved in all commercial aspects of the contract negotiation for the Appin, Wollondilly, Pelton and Metropolitan contracts.


Peter Dunbier
Director - General Manager CHPP Process & Design
Peter was educated at St Gregory’s College and completed a Diesel Mechanics Certificate at Campbelltown TAFE. Peter is also a member of the New  South Wales Coal Preparation Society.

Peter commenced employment with the group transport division in 1985 as a diesel mechanic. In 1991 Peter moved into the coal preparation division to complete the  installation and commissioning and then operation of the Appin CPP. In 1998 Peter oversaw the complete upgrade of the Metropolitan CHPP. Later the construction, commissioning and operation of the Glenlee CPP in 2003.

Peter has recently constructed and commissioned the Wollondilly Coal Preparation Plant in the Burragorang Valley.


David Dunbier
Director - Coal Logistics Services Manager
David was educated at St Gregory’s College and completed a Bachelor of Business at the University of Western Sydney – Macarthur. David is also a member of the New South Wales Coal Preparation Society.

David commenced employment with the group transport division in 1991. In 1995 David moved into the coal logistics division to manage the coal chain from the Burragorang Valley to Port Kembla and from 1998 Metropolitan Colliery and Glenlee to Port Kembla. David also oversees the logistics chain for other major exporters via Port Kembla.


Shane Potter
Metropolitan Coal Preparation Plant Manager
Shane completed an Electricial Apprenticeship at Wollongong Tafe in 1989.  He then worked at Arrow Electrical until 1996 before going abroad to work for London Transport.  During the four years at London Transport, Shane supervised the maintenance and upgrade of their head office. Shane then returned to Arrow Electrical before moving on to Bredero Shaw Australia at Kembla Grange for further career development.

Shane joined Sada in 2004 as an Electrical Operator and gained valuable coal preparation experience during the next 8 years.  Shane was promoted to Day Shift Supervisor in 2011 and as part of his position he oversaw the day to day management of the CHPP, including weekly planning of plant maintenance. In 2015 Shane applied for the position of CHPP Manager due to the planned retirement of the incumbent manager which he successfully gained.


Geoff Fields

Process Engineer
Geoff has a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics & Chemistry) and before joining the coal industry he gained extensive experience in coke making and steel production with Australian Iron & Steel at Port Kembla.

He joined Kembla Coal & Coke in 1982 as CHPP process engineer. In 1987 he was appointed as Superintendent Quality & Maintenance at Coal liff Mine and in 1993 he was appointed as the Superintendent Environment & Quality at West Cliff Mine, as well as being responsible for major CHPP and site environmental upgrades at both sites.

He joined BHP in 1998 and was responsible for plant operation and also the upgrade of West Cliff CHPP from 3Mtpa to 6Mtpa.

Geoff has extensive experience in taking CHPP and environmental projects from concept to execution as well as project management.

Geoff joined Sada in September 2007 as Process Engineer and over twelve months he has project managed a 25% capacity upgrade of Metropolitan CHPP.


Chris Stevenson
Process Design Engineer
Chris Stevenson’s experience in the mineral processing, coal preparation and related fields spans 26 years. He gained valuable plant experience as an operator, foreman,  research metallurgist and plant metallurgist at the Tennant Creek operations of Peko-Wallsend Pty Ltd, and as a plant foreman and assistant coal preparation engineer at the Coalcliff washery in the 1970’s. He progressed through to plant design and construction in the 80’s and 90’s with the Warman International Project Engineering group working  in coal, metalliferous and industrial minerals projects.

As a senior process engineer his areas of responsibility have covered all facets of process engineering including test work, flow sheet development, estimating, feasibility studies, plant design, equipment selection, procurement, plant construction and commissioning.

Through the 90’s, Chris continued to work on coal and metalliferous projects with Gateway Engineering, Bateman Kinhill and Burns Roe Worley. Chris was engaged as Project Group Leader with the Sada Group on the reconfiguration and upgrade of the Metropolitan coal preparation plant at Helensburgh, NSW and more recently on the construction  of the Wollondilly Coal Preparation Plant in the Burragorang Valley, NSW.


Brian Cooney
Coal Preparation Engineer
Brian’s formal training as a degree metallurgist was undertaken at Australian Iron and Steel’s Port Kembla Works later joining Kembla Coal and Coke as a process engineer at Coal Cliff Coal Preparation Plant.  Brian transferred to West Cliff Coal Preparation Plant in 1987, first as the Operations Superintendent and then as the mine Surface Services Manager, which included responsibility for the safe and efficient operation of surface coal handling and preparation plant, including the reject emplacement, as well as environment control for the site.
 
In 1996 Brian established his own process engineering consultancy and was involved in a variety of coal processing related projects, including the CHPP plant design and a selective oil agglomeration  research and development projects for the recovery of fine coal both in the Hunter Valley and the Gunnedah area.  Brian has since developed further expertise fine coal flotation and dewatering technology and regularly provides specific technical assistance to plant operators in these fields.  
 
In 2003 Brian was appointed project manager for the selection and installation of horizontal belt vacuum filters at West Cliff.  Following the successful commissioning of this project, Brian was appointed project manager for the upgrade of the West Cliff raw coal handling plant.  In more recent times Brian has provided technical design and commissioning support at West Cliff for a major upgrade of the coal preparation plant as well as project management support to Sada in the ongoing upgrade of the Metropolitan Coal Preparation Plant.  
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