Executive Team

Simon Finnis

Simon Finnis

CEO & Managing Director

In a mining industry career spanning over 30 years, Simon has worked throughout Australia in underground and open cut mining operations. His previous roles have included Operations Manager for the Pooncarie Mineral Sands Project, redevelopment of the Gold Ridge Mine in the Solomon Islands and Managing Director of Global Resources Corporation Limited.

Simon has considerable experience through feasibility, construction and commissioning of both new and brown fields' operations and prior to joining Metro was CEO of Grand Cote Operations in Senegal.

Scott Waddell

Scott Waddell

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Scott holds a Bachelor of Business from QUT, is a Fellow of the Certified Practicing Accountants and an Associate Member of Chartered Secretaries Australia. Scott has also completed numerous post graduate courses including a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, Company Directors Course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and Post Graduate Diploma of Purchasing and Materials Management with the RMIT.

Scott's resources experience was gained over nine years with Anglo Coal and eight years with Rio Tinto Alcan (RTA) in a wide variety of senior roles across multiple sites. Scott has a deep understanding of the global bauxite, alumina and resources sectors. Prior to joining Metro Mining, Scott was Head of Finance for the Monash Energy project in Victoria’s La Trobe valley.

Mike O'Brien

Mike O'Brien

Project Director

Mike holds a B.Sc. (Min)(Eng) from the University of Witwatersrand and has a 35 year mining & minerals background including 25+ years extensive management experience with multinational companies Shell Coal and Anglo coal (subsidiary of Anglo American). Mike brings broad industry knowledge and expertise in strategic planning, underpinned by strong skills in operations management and technical evaluation, to the company. 

He has worked in operational roles as GM of a large underground longwall mine, GM of a very large opencast mine that included a coal seam gas (CSG) operation and held senior corporate positions such as GM of Shell Coal's technical group which included responsibility for mining, geological and engineering development.