Coronado’s management team has over 100 years of combined experience in all aspects of the coal value chain, from the discovery of resources, through to development, production and marketing.

Our management team also has a successful track record building and operating coal mining operations in Australia, the US and globally. This operational experience is supplemented with a strong knowledge base of Australian and US domestic and international coal markets and their key drivers.


Executive Team


Garold R. Spindler

Chief Executive Officer

Garold (Gerry) Spindler has more than 30 years’ experience in the coal industry and has been Coronado’s Chief Executive Officer since 2011. As Chief Executive Officer, Gerry is ultimately responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of Coronado’s financial, operational, safety, people and environmental targets and strategies.

Gerry has managed operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, having held several key executive positions at some of the world’s largest coal companies. He has a strong track record of delivering high sales and earnings growth, with full profit and loss responsibility.

Gerry holds a Bachelor of Science, as well as a Masters in Mining Engineering from West Virginia University and a Masters of Business Management from Stanford University.


James Campbell

President & Chief Operating Officer

James (Jim) Campbell has served as President and Chief Operating Officer since the inception of Coronado Coal in 2011 and holds fiscal responsibilities along with health, safety, operations, sales and marketing. With 40 years of experience in the coal industry he has significant knowledge and experience in operations, executive management and leadership, as well as global met sales and marketing. Prior to joining Coronado, he was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Spring Creek Energy and Strata Fuels.

James holds Bachelor degrees in Mining Engineering from West Virginia University and Civil Engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology. He also holds an Executive MBA from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business.


Ayten Saridas

Group Chief Financial Officer

Ayten Saridas was appointed the Group CFO of Coronado in June 2018 and is responsible for finance, capital management, strategic planning, treasury, tax and risk management. In this role Ayten is also responsible for ensuring that the financial operations of the group supports the delivery of business objectives including the identification, evaluation and execution of business development opportunities. She has nearly 30 years of international corporate finance experience across a broad range of ASX listed companies in upstream oil and gas, infrastructure, retail, fast-moving consumer goods and property.

Ayten is a Fellow of CPA Australia and holds a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the Australian National University.


Richard Rose

Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary

Richard (Rick) Rose has been a practising lawyer since 1988 and has been Coronado’s Chief Legal Officer since 2017. As Chief Legal Officer, Rick is responsible for all legal, regulatory, compliance and insurance management matters for Coronado.

For much of his career, Rick was a shareholder in the Pittsburgh office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC where his practice included general corporate counseling, federal securities and mergers and acquisitions. Before becoming a lawyer, he was a certified public accountant and auditor with an international public accounting firm.

Rick earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from The Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. (cum laude) from The University of Pittsburgh School of Law.


Ellen Ewart

Vice President of Investor Relations

Ellen Ewart joined Coronado Coal LLC in April 2017 as Vice President of Investor Relations and is responsible for all facets of investor and external communications.

With more than 30 years of experience in the coal and energy industries, Ellen is a seasoned professional with broad experience in investor and media relations, domestic and international coal market modeling and forecasting, energy economics and policy analysis, strategic planning, and consulting and advisory services. Prior to joining Coronado she was Head of Global Coal Market Research at Wood Mackenzie and Vice President of Investor and Media Relations at Foundation Coal.

Ellen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Duke University (magna cum laude) and a Master of Science degree in mineral economics from the Colorado School of Mines.


Emma Pollard

Vice President, People and Culture

Emma joined Coronado in January 2018 and has responsibility for people and culture, learning and development, reward and recognition, community relations and internal communications for the Group.

Emma has over 15 years’ leadership experience and has led HR teams across the globe, including European and Australian/New Zealand regional teams. In addition to the management of the full range of HR functions, Emma has specific expertise in change management, organisational development and merger and acquisition activity. She has worked across manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and other heavy industries. Prior to joining Coronado Emma was Head of HR, European Operations with Mylan.

Emma holds a postgraduate qualification in Human Resource Management from the University of Northumbria, an Institute of Management Diploma and a Certificate of Management Services — both from New College Durham, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Business Administration from the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom. She also holds a Certificate in Professional Coaching.



Board of Directors


Greg Martin

Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Greg Martin has over 35 years’ experience in the energy, energy utilities, energy infrastructure and resources sectors, having spent 25 years with The Australian Gas Light Company (AGL), including five years as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.

After leaving AGL, Greg was Chief Executive Officer of the infrastructure division of Challenger Financial Services Group and, subsequently, Managing Director of Murchison Metals Limited. In 2012, Greg co-founded Prostar Capital, a private equity investment firm established to invest across the mid-market energy value chain in the Asia-Pacific region. The firm invests in operating companies, projects and assets that are focused on midstream (gathering and processing), storage and downstream (transportation and distribution) energy infrastructure. Greg retired as a Partner in Prostar Capital in December 2017 but remains an investor in its funds.

Greg currently serves as Chairman of Iluka Resources Limited, Chairman of Sydney Desalination Plant Pty Limited, Deputy Chairman of Western Power and a non-executive director of Spark Infrastructure Group.

Greg is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers & Leaders and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Bachelor of Economics from The University of Sydney.


Garold Spindler

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Garold (Gerry) Spindler has more than 30 years’ experience in the coal industry. He has held several key executive positions at some of the world’s largest coal companies, including Chief Executive Officer of UK Coal, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amax Coal Company (US), and President and Chief Executive Officer of Pittston Coal Company. Gerry is owner and chairman of St Cloud Mining. Gerry has been Coronado’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer since 2011.

Gerry has managed operations in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. He was the 2010 recipient of West Virginia University’s Distinguished Engineer of Mines, and the 2008 recipient of the Erskine Ramsay Medal Award of the Society of Mining. Gerry has an industry track record of high sales and earnings growth, with full profit and loss responsibility.

Gerry holds a Bachelor of Science, as well as a Masters in Mining Engineering from West Virginia University and a Masters of Business Management from Stanford University.

As Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Gerry is ultimately responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of Coronado’s financial, operational, safety, people and environmental targets and strategies.


Philip Christensen

Independent Non-Executive Director

Philip Christensen is the sole director of Christensen Legal, a Brisbane-based boutique law firm practising general corporate law. His practice is focused on the coal mining sector. Philip has more than 30 years’ experience in the corporate/M&A area and was a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills for 23 years, predominantly advising companies within the resources sector. In particular, Philip has extensively advised Australian and overseas mining companies, investors and others in the mining industry. His experience includes Australia and offshore jurisdictions such as Indonesia and Singapore, where he lived for a number of years.

Philip has negotiated agreements for the sale or acquisition of significant exploration resources, mines and mining companies across a range of minerals but extensively coal joint venture and associated agreements and a wide range of contractual arrangements. Philip has also been an adviser for many years on operational matters for mining companies.

Prior to forming Christensen Legal, Philip served in a number of roles, including as Executive Director of an Australian coal exploration company, Chairman of a non-listed base metals exploration company, and a non-executive director of the ASX-listed companies Aston Resources and Whitehaven Coal. Philip was on the Board of Aston Resources when it listed on ASX via its IPO in 2010.

Philip is currently a non-executive director on a start-up company called EcoJoule Energy Pty Ltd. This is a private company developing electrical products for strategic applications.

A graduate of The University of New South Wales, Philip holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with Merit) and Bachelor of Laws. He is a solicitor admitted to practice in Queensland.


Bill Koeck

Independent Non-Executive Director

William (Bill) Koeck holds a LLB/LLM (Hons) from The University of Sydney, and a Diploma of Applied Corporate Finance (ASIA). Bill has over 40 years’ experience in M&A, equity capital markets, private equity, restructuring and workouts, company and securities law and corporate governance. He is consistently acknowledged by peers as a leading lawyer and has been a guest lecturer in post-graduate corporate and securities law in the Law Faculty at The University of Sydney for 20 years. Bill has represented some of the world’s largest mining and resources companies on major transactions as lead adviser and on the IPOs of some of Australia’s leading listed companies. He has had extensive involvement as legal counsel in the coal industry in
Australia and North America.

Bill’s experience as a partner in two major law firms includes as Head of Corporate and Head of M&A as well as management roles which included responsibility for determining remuneration, equity and partner appointments. He has acted as a Non-executive director of two public companies, in one case as Chairman and the other as Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee, and is the independent non-executive director of a large privately-held family company group.

Bill retired as a partner of global law firm Ashurst in 2016 and continues as a part-time consultant to the firm. Since 2015, he has been a member of the Takeovers Panel which has sole jurisdiction for Australian public company and fund takeovers, which is an Australian Government statutory appointment.


Greg Pritchard

Independent Non-Executive Director

Greg Pritchard is a corporate executive with broad experience across a range of ASX-listed companies including in global energy, mining and finance.

Greg’s most recent position was Managing Director of the listed global distributed energy generator, Energy Developments Limited (EDL). EDL owns and operates an international portfolio of over 100 distributed power projects in Australia, the United States, Canada and Europe and is Australia’s largest remote energy provider to mines and towns as well as being a leading clean energy provider. Greg was Managing Director for EDL between 2007 and 2016, having joined the company as Finance Director in 2001.

Prior to his appointment to EDL, Greg was the CFO of the listed QCT Resources Limited (QCT) and, prior to that, of QNI Limited. QCT was one of Australia’s largest coal producers, holding a 32% interest in the CQCA and Gregory Joint Ventures in Queensland’s Bowen Basin with BHP Billiton and Mitsubishi and direct ownership of the South Blackwater mine. Greg previously held various senior positions at KPMG and Wardley James Capel in Australia, the United Kingdom and Europe.

Greg currently serves as a non-executive director of The Port of Newcastle.

Greg is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne and a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.


Ernie Thrasher

Non-Executive Director

Ernie Thrasher has over 40 years’ experience in the coal industry. His coal experience began in 1974 working for a family-owned mining company with operations in Maryland.

Ernie is the founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Marketing Officer of Xcoal, a global coal products supplier and the largest exporter of US origin coal to Asia, whose activities also include the financing and development of mining and related infrastructure projects in West Virginia and in the anthracite coalfield in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Prior to forming Xcoal in 2003, Ernie spent 22 years in various global marketing positions at Primary Coal and AMCI. In 2015, Ernie founded XLNG Energy & Resources, which plans to market natural gas from reserves in the Marcellus and Utica Shale basins in the US to the existing customer in Europe and Asia.

Ernie serves on the board of directors of Barrick Gold Corporation and the President’s Leadership Council-Boy Scouts of America, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, serves as a director on the National Committee on US China Relations and as a director on the US India Strategic Partnership Forum.


Laura Tyson

Non-Executive Director

Laura Tyson serves as a Managing Director, the Chief Operating Officer and the General Counsel for EMG. She has over 20 years’ experience working on corporate and securities transactions. Prior to joining EMG in February 2014, Laura was a Partner at Baker Botts L.L.P. and was a member of the Master Limited Partnership (MLP), Energy and Private Equity practice groups. She was very involved in the firm’s management and served as a hiring partner for four years and on the firm’s executive committee. In her practice, Laura advised private equity funds, hedge funds and other investors in fund and special purpose vehicle formation as well as in the conduct of their investment activities and she represented issuers, underwriters and investors in a variety of equity and debt offerings and mergers and acquisitions. While at Baker Botts L.L.P., Laura’s practice was focused on the energy sector and MLPs, including those engaged in coal mining, pipeline transportation and gathering, storage, oil and gas exploration and production, compression, shipping and propane, and she served as outside counsel to EMG on both portfolio company investments and co-investment structuring beginning in 2008. Additionally, she created the first mutual fund focused on investing exclusively in MLPs.

Laura currently serves as a director of numerous EMG portfolio companies including Ascent Resources LLC, White Star Petroleum, LLC, Heritage NonOp Holdings, LLC and Sable Permian Resources, LLC. Laura graduated Magna Cum Laude from McNeese State University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance and received a JD from the University of Houston Law Center graduating Cum Laude.