Our People

Our People

Mike Meehan
Chief Executive Officer

Mike Meehan joined NZIMMR in July 2020 in the position of Chief Executive Officer.  Mike says “NZIMMR has a strong team and is positioned well to undertake future-focussed minerals to materials research to add value to New Zealand and assist in the transition to a prosperous low carbon emission economy .”

Prior to joining NZIMMR, Mike was the Chief Executive of the West Coast Regional Council from 2016-2020. In this role, he held positions on the Local Government New Zealand Policy Advisory Group, Chaired the Civil Defence Co-ordinating Executive Group and was involved in many other nationally focussed workstreams. Mike is the current Chairman of the West Coast Rugby Union, holds commercial director appointments and has recently been appointed the independent chairman of the newly formed Kotahitanga ki te Uru Alliance.

Mike has a wide range of connections across iwi, government, industry and locally through his previous roles. One of the highlights of his career is the work he led to bring together the first Mana Whakahono ā Rohe (iwi participation agreement) in New Zealand. This agreement sets the foundations for how we work with iwi in partnership and ensures that it is a true partnership into the future.

Mike is driven to lead transformational change through NZIMMR’s work focussed on:

  • Ensuring Vision Mātauranga is a fundamental part of the culture of our organisation by building strong partnerships with Iwi and Rūnanga throughout Aotearoa.
  • Revitalising the West Coast and New Zealand economies by attracting investment and identifying innovative and environmentally sustainable ways to add value to mineral resources, creating new high value and sustainable jobs.
  • Emerging as industry’s number one ‘go-to’ provider of research in the minerals to materials field, building strong local, national and international relationships.
  • Being Internationally recognised for science excellence in minerals to materials research.

Prof Paul Hoskin
Chief Science and Research Officer

Paul Hoskin joined NZIMMR in mid-October 2020 in the position of Chief Science and Research Officer.  He was previously at GNS Science and based in Wellington.  He is a professor of mineralogy and petrology and has a professional background in research, technical consulting, R&D team management, and commercialization.  He has helped organizations in several countries win strategic funding for fundamental research and to support key stakeholder partnerships. 

He is passionate about Sustainable Development Goals and the role of science and technology working in partnership with policy development.  In 2017, Paul served on the Leadership Council of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network and worked to develop public-private partnerships in ASEAN to advance SDG implementation.

Anna Hart
Chief Financial Officer

Anna has an extensive career in financial business management and has completed several management accounting and governance leadership courses. She is also a Councillor on the Westland District Council and a member of Westland Milk Products’ supplier committee. Her experience includes 20 years in accountancy, mainly in the agricultural industry. Roles have included accounting technician and financial controller in corporate practice, and dairy operations.

Anna and her family relocated to the West Coast from South Canterbury after purchasing a dairy farm near Hokitika. Anna and her husband have been farming for over 20 years as farm managers and owners.

Thomas Trott
Research Metallurgist

Thomas joined the NZIMMR team in March 2020. He completed a degree in chemical and process engineering at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. He started his engineering career at the New Zealand Aluminium Smelter as a graduate process engineer in 2008. While at NZAS Thomas worked in the potlines supporting the production of the world’s highest- purity aluminium. In 2010 he was promoted to process control engineer on potline 4. In 2011, Line 4 was recognised as the best performing potline at Rio Tinto, achieving an aluminium recovery of more than 96%. In 2012 he relocated to a copper mine in Parkes, NSW, Australia, as a plant metallurgist. Over the following eight years he worked in a variety of roles including: project metallurgist, senior plant metallurgist, and production superintendent. In these roles, he contributed to a variety of projects which improved both the mine’s production and copper recovery.

Thomas has a wife and three young daughters. He is a passionate outdoors person who enjoys the wealth of activities available on the West Coast.


Jamey Miller
Executive Assistant

Jamey Miller has over fifteen years of experience in professional office executive assistant positions along with event management and project co-ordination.