Our Team

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.

Leadership

David Thomas

David Thomas

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

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.

Scott Whitehead

Scott Whitehead

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.

Sean Pearce

Sean Pearce

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.

Scott Boylen

Scott Boylen

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

Justin Johns

Process Manager

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.

Jeff Jackson

Jeff Jackson

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.

John Jory

John Jory

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.

Bryan Lewis

Bryan Lewis

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.

Joseph Lounsbery

Joseph Lounsbery

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

Scott McDaniel

Environmental Manager

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.

Sam Murphy

Sam Murphy

Group Commercial Manager

Sam Murphy joined OceanaGold in February 2018 as the Group Commercial Manager in Brisbane, Australia. He joined the Haile Gold Mine in 2019. Murphy has also worked extensively in China, North & South-East Asia. He is a focused finance professional who has delivered clear commercial outcomes. Murphy graduated with a Bachelor of Resource Economics from the University of Queensland from St. Lucia, Qld.

Glenda Parkman

Glenda Parkman

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.