The HGM leadership Team is one of the most highly skilled in the industry – they have a combined 300 years of successfully discovering, developing, operating and reclaiming approximately 100 mines in various parts of the world.
Vice President and Country Director
David Thomas oversees all government and stakeholder relations, directs permitting and manages land development for the Haile Gold Mine. Mr. Thomas is also responsible for directing sustainability for OceanaGold’s U.S. operations. Mr. Thomas is a Board Member of the Lynches River Conservation Fund and he was awarded Citizen of the Year awards by both the Mining Association of South Carolina and the Town of Kershaw.
James "Jim" Whittaker
Executive General Manager
James “Jim” Whittaker has nearly 30 years of mining experience managing operations in North and South America and is responsible for day to day operation and project development of the Haile Gold Mine. Mr. Whittaker joined OceanaGold in 2019 and has a strong track record of successfully developing high performance teams to increase business value. Mr. Whittaker has a Bachelor of Engineering qualification in Extractive Metallurgy and an Executive MBA.
Interim Director of Operations
Scott joined OceanaGold in early 2019 and has completed various roles onsite. He is a proven leader in the mining industry with technical/operational roles from exploration, project development through operations (mining and processing), logistics, and shipping. Scott holds a degree in mining engineering with honors and a frontline management diploma.
Director of Projects, Underground
Sean Pearce has over 30 years of underground mining experience managing underground operations in Australia and the Philippines and is responsible for all Capital Project Development at the Haile Gold Mine. Mr. Pearce joined OceanaGold in 2016 and has a strong track record of successfully managing and developing new underground projects. Mr. Pearce has a Bachelor of Mining Engineering qualification and a Masters in Accountancy.
Open Pit Mine Manager
Scott Boylen brings over 30 years of mining industry experience and oversees all mine operations for Haile Gold Mine. He has worked at surface and underground mining operations in both the eastern and western United States, and has experience in the power utility, construction and business development aspects of the coal industry. Mr. Boylen has a strong educational background with an undergraduate degree in mining engineering from WVU Tech, an MBA from West Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Utah State University, and a master’s degree in Mine Safety from Marshall University.
Justin Johns has worked with OceanaGold for the past eight years, spanning three different operations and various roles. Mr. Johns is a metallurgist with 25 years of experience across multiple commodities. He has experience in the processing and treatment of refractory ore bodies using fine grinding and autoclave technologies.
Director of Security
Jeff Jackson manages all aspects of site Security: Security Assessments, Refinery Security, Emergency Management, and controls all access points for the Haile Gold Mine. Mr. Jackson retired with over 30 years of service with the rank of Captain within the State and Federal Law Enforcement field. Mr. Jackson joined Haile Gold Mine in 2010 and is a graduate from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy located in Columbia, S.C.
Director of Exploration
John Jory has over 30 years of mining and exploration experience in the U.S., Canada and Australia in gold, silver, copper and uranium. Mr. Jory is responsible for the exploration, feasibility studies and project evaluations pertaining to the ore deposits at Haile. Mr. Jory holds a B.S. in Geology and a Master’s degree in Mineral Exploration.
Health & Safety Manager
Bryan Lewis has more than 20 years’ experience in emergency preparedness, health and safety leadership. Mr. Lewis has served in a variety of roles in mining operations in both in the United States and Africa over the last 12 years.
Mr. Lewis hold a B.A from Missouri Science & Technology, is certified in Emergency Preparedness, Fire Prevention, Emergency Response, Weapons of Mass Destruction Response and holds an Advanced Safety Certificate.
Prior to his career in mining, Mr. Lewis served 9 years as career Firefighter in the United States where he specialized in Firefighting, Fire Prevention, Weapons of Mass Destruction & Hazardous Materials Response.
Technical Services Manager
Joseph “Joe” Lounsbery has more than 20 years of experience in the mining industry, serving operational teams in both the United States and Canada. An engineer by trade, Mr. Lounsbery has leveraged his background to provide technical data analysis, planning and leadership support across large operational departments. Mr. Lounsbery joined OceanaGold in 2019. He has a B.S. in Mining Engineering with a minor in Economics from the University of Missouri-Rolla.
Scott McDaniel manages the environmental activities and commitments of Haile Gold Mine. Mr. McDaniel has more than 38 years of mine and metallurgical experience. He holds a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering and Lean/Six Sigma Management. He has actively worked in all aspects of mine operations, from exploration, underground mining, and process, to laboratory, environment, safety and engineering. Mr. McDaniel has been with Haile since 2012.
People & Culture Manager
Glenda Parkman is responsible for all phases of our HGM recruiting strategies, as well as employee relations, training, employee benefits, coaching, compliance with laws, and the administration of employee policies and procedures. Ms. Parkman joined Haile in 2010 after an impressive 29+ year career with the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.