Our Managers

Xenith is a privately owned consultancy providing professional consulting services to the global mining sector. Our people are at heart of all we do. We recognise the considerable importance of their contributions to our success. 

Andrew Knuckey, Manager Advisory, Brisbane

Andrew Knuckey, Manager Advisory, Brisbane

FAusIMM • AAICD • MBA (Financial Management) • Dip of Mining & Mineral Technology

Andrew Knuckey has a powerful portfolio of technical, operational and financial skills with over thirty years in the mining industry including Mine Management and corporate secondment to the London headquarters of global mining house Anglo American.

Andrew’s extensive operational and management experience is complemented by twelve years in financial advisory and equity markets as a top-ranked resource sector analyst. Andrew leads Xeniths Advisory service providing clients with industry-leading technical, due diligence, valuation and Expert Witness services.

Ben Smedley, Manager, Sydney

Ben Smedley, Manager, Sydney

MAusIMM CP(Min) • BEng (Mining) Hons

With over 2 decades of experience in the mining industry, Ben has worked with many of the world’s largest coal mines and has provided high end consulting services globally.

Ben has worked in Gold, Coal, Oil Shale, Porphyry Copper, Bauxite, Phosphate, Nickel Laterites, Mineral sands and Explosives sectors. This includes PT Kaltim Prima Coal in Indonesia, PT Bukit Asam, PT Arutmin and Vale Moatize. His specialist expertise lies in geological modelling, mine planning, pit optimisation and scheduling. A proven problem solver, during his career he has led the design and implementation of mine planning systems and customised specific software solutions.

Brent Delany, Manager Project Development, Brisbane

Brent Delany, Manager Project Development, Brisbane

Senior Site Executive (SSE) • BAppSc (Geology) • MBA

Brent is a Geologist and SSE with over 25 years of experience in exploration, geology, geotechnical and operations management for the coal and construction sectors.

Brent has been involved in coal exploration project management, for BHP Billiton, CS Energy, Shenhua Watermark Australia, and Stanmore Coal. Brent specialises in the planning of coal exploration programs including managing site access and contractors, ensuring contractual obligations are met by all subcontractors and making technical decisions relevant to the investigation.

James Porter, Manager, Brisbane

James Porter, Manager, Brisbane

MAusIMM CP (Min) • RPEQ • PRINCE2 Project Management Practitioner • BEng (Mining) Hons Class (Dean’s Commendation) • BEng (Mechanical) • Grad Dip in Education

With a career in mining since 1999 including open cut coal pit operations since 2002, James has extensive experience in mine design, scheduling and planning, contract management, project forecasting and project management.

Due to his leadership ability and professional engineering skills, James is well placed to meet the challenges of providing strategic and technical support and leadership to resource companies at an operational, senior management or executive level.

John Campbell, Manager, Hunter Valley

John Campbell, Manager, Hunter Valley

Member MMAA, MAusIMM • BEng (Civil/Mining) Hons • NSW Open Cut MEM • WA QM

John is a professional mining engineer with a career commencing in 2004 in open cut coal and iron ore operations. He holds a NSW Mining Engineering Manager and a WA Quarry Managers certificate of competency. John has extensive experience in mine design and scheduling, project management and statutory management with a proven track record of delivering strong, low-cost production outcomes.

John has built and managed high performing teams and is passionate about developing young mining professionals and aspiring statutory ticket holders, not only within the companies he has worked for but externally through the WIMNet program as a mentor.

John Cawte, Manager, Brisbane

John Cawte, Manager, Brisbane

Six-Sigma Black Belt – Qualtec • MAusIMM • BEng (Mining) • Dip of Business - Frontline Management

John Cawte is a professional mining engineer with significant experience in the delivery of exceptional business outcomes for the open cut coal mining sector in Australia since 1992.

With specialised knowledge of multi seam operations in the Bowen Basin and Hunter Valley, John draws on extensive dragline and truck shovel stripping knowledge to develop concept studies, life of mine plans, technical evaluations and optimisation studies. John’s strong project management skills display excellent communication, stakeholder engagement and technical skills, which combined with his ownership of his client’s issues, produce practical solutions that are of high value to the client, satisfying their objectives and requirements.

Mark Perquin, Manager, Brisbane

Mark Perquin, Manager, Brisbane

MAusIMM • BEng (Mining) Hons

Mark Perquin is a highly experienced mining engineer and has been part of the Xenith team for over 9 years.

Through his previous years of mine site operational experience and consulting experience, Mark has demonstrated an ability to work as an effective leader and team member to achieve targets through clear communication and guidance. Mark’s greatest strengths are his attention to detail and ability to problem solve and think outside the box. Mark specialises in mine planning, mine design and coal quality blending scenarios.

Tony Heidrich, Manager Spinifex, Brisbane

Tony Heidrich, Manager Spinifex, Brisbane

Dip Applied Science (Rural Technology)

With a career in the resources and agricultural sector since 1989 including open cut gold and diamond pit operations, oil exploration, coal seam gas exploration and production as well as agricultural peak industry body management, Tony combines extensive resource industry experience with highly developed relationship management and negotiation skills.