Our Team


The Board of WICET consists of an independent Chairman and representatives from the consortium of owners. The current Board members are:

        1.  Darryl McDonough (Independent Chairman)
        2.  Anthony Pitt (Glencore)
        3.  Gerhard Ziems (Coronado Curragh)
        4.  Mike Dodd (Yancoal)


Darryl McDonough - Independent Chairman

Darryl McDonough

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
  • Doctorate of Legal Studies
  • Bachelor of Business (Acty)

Darryl McDonough is legally qualified and an experienced independent non-executive director of 30 years standing including terms as chair and board member of ASX listed and other entities.

As well as being Independent Chairman of Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal Pty Ltd (WICET) since 15 May 2017, Darryl currently holds the position of chair of ASX listed GWA Group Limited. Darryl’s previous appointments include director and chair of Clayton Utz, chair of QInsure Limited, director of Bank of Queensland Limited and what is now Super Retail Limited.

Darryl has extensive board and governance experience in the private and public sectors and strong corporate and commercial law experience across manufacturing, retail, banking and mining including M&A, IPO and capital raisings.


Ben Yaksich - Chief Executive Officer

  • Bachelor of Engineering – Mechanical
  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment
  • Graduate Diploma in Maintenance Management 

Ben Yaksich was initially appointed to the role of GM-Ramp Up in October 2015, and then transitioned to the role of CEO in April 2016.

Ben is a performance focused mining and metals industry executive with a record of delivering results in multiple commodity markets.  Ben’s experience encompasses management of large operations in remote locations, strategic planning and implementation, project development, asset management, materials processing and supply chain management.  Ben’s senior management roles include Head of Strategic Planning, Development and Projects for BHP Billiton Manganese Australia, General Manager and Director of GEMCO (Groote Eylandt Mining Company), and General Manager of South Walker Creek Mine.  Prior to these senior appointments Ben worked in a number of roles focused on asset maintenance and plant performance, experience and skills critical to WICET’s ongoing success.


Roy Powell - Terminal General Manager

Roy Powell

  • Electrical Engineering - TMIEAust
  • Government Certificate of Competency Electrical Engineering (South Africa)
  • Certificate of Competency Mine Manager Works (Papua New Guinea)
  • HNDipTech - Heavy Current, Durban University of Technology

Roy is a capable and experienced leader with a proven track record of successfully leading large operations, maintenance and engineering teams in complex, heavy manufacturing industries in senior management roles.

Trained as an Electrical Engineer, with work experience in both Coal and Nuclear Power Generation and Aluminium Smelting.

Experience has been gained from working in the following organisations - CS Energy, Rio Tinto, Eskom Nuclear Power Station, Bechtel, Bayside and Hillside Aluminium in several locations including South Africa, Australia, East Malaysia and Canada.


Nathan King - Chief Financial Officer

Nathan King

  • CPA Australia
  • Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance, Governance Institute of Australia
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Company Directors Course
  • Bachelor of Business (Finance/Banking), Queensland University of Technology

Nathan is a commercially astute leader with mining, airport, logistics, and banking experience.    He has held roles that require the formulation, execution, and monitoring of strategies to improve and transform businesses.  Nathan’s previous roles include Financial Controller at Rio Tinto, Business Systems Manager at Sydney Airport, and CFO of Lindsay Australia.  Nathan joined WICET in January 2019 and is responsible for the commercial, IM and financial operations. 


Alana Allard - General Counsel, People & Company Secretary

  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Commerce (marketing major)

Alana Allard was appointed to the role of Legal Counsel & Company Secretary in August 2016 after working as Legal Counsel at WICET since early 2014.

Alana is a legal professional with over 14 years in-house legal experience in the areas of building and construction, and specialised experienced in BCIPA and claims management. She has extensive knowledge and experience in relation to contract disputes, which has been critical to her role as Legal Counsel with WICET during the construction phase.


    Trent Attard - HSE Manager


    • Bachelor of Applied Science (Biology)
    • Bachelor of Environmental Science
    • Diploma of Workplace Health and Safety

    Trent Attard was initially appointed to the role of Environment Manager during the construction phase in August 2012, and then transitioned to the role of HSE Manager in May 2015. 

    Trent is a result-orientated HSE Manager with nearly 20 years’ experience in the consultancy, construction and port industries.  He has a proven ability to identify business opportunities and provide the management and technical expertise to a team, focusing on the disciplines of health, safety, environment, risk, cultural heritage, emergency response, security, compliance, and approvals.