AJ Lucas Group is structured into three principal segments: Drilling, Engineering and Construction and Investments. The business is integrated horizontally, to allow cross-pollination of the specialist skill sets and expertise of each division; it is also integrated vertically, to leverage the fixed overhead.


Lucas is governed by a Board of Directors which is responsible for the corporate governance of the Group and accountable to shareholders for the proper management of the business.


Mr Arnall has had a distinguished thirty year career in the mining and steel industries including senior executive responsibility at Smorgon Steel Group, Tubemakers and ANI Limited. Mr Arnall is currently a non-executive director of Bradken Limited. Directorships of other listed companies over the past three years: Ludowici Limited and Macquarie Generation. Mr Arnall is a member of the Company’s Audit and Risk and Remuneration committees.



Mr Ball is a managing director of Kerogen Capital (Asia) Limited, based in Hong Kong, with more than 25 years of experience in investment banking and private equity. Mr Ball trained as a chartered accountant at Ernst and Young in London before relocating to Hong Kong. He worked for many years as an investment banker at JP Morgan primarily covering the energy and natural resources sectors prior to working in private equity.He is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.



Ms Coghlan has many years business experience both domestically and internationally. After qualifying as a lawyer, she established a successful tourism business overseas. Following the sale of this venture, she became the managing director of a technical textiles business with applications in the mining, water and construction industries. Currently president of Composites Australia Inc, Ms Coghlan joined the board in 2010 and is a member of the Remuneration Committee.



Mr Green is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and an official liquidator of the Supreme Court of NSW. He is currently a principal at BRI Ferrier (NSW) Pty Ltd Chartered Accountants, with more than 35 years in public practice. A former honorary director / treasurer of the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and Lucas director since 1999, Mr Green serves as chairman of the Lucas Audit and Risk Committee.


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Mr McDermott has more than 40 years drilling industry experience. He established his own drilling business in 1970, growing it to become the largest drilling company in NSW, before it was acquired by Lucas in 2006. He is a director of the Australian Drilling Industry Association (ADIA) and Australian Drilling Industry Training Committee (ADITC). He was appointed to the Lucas Board in 2010 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.



With more than a decade’s experience at Lucas, Brett has been responsible for some of the company’s most significant degasification projects and business growth initiatives. In 2007, he was appointed General Manager, Drilling and oversaw a period of rapid expansion, including the acquisitions of McDermott Drilling, Capricorn Weston Drilling and Mitchell Drilling. In 2011, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer with management responsibilities across all the Company’s operating divisions. He has been responsible for significant culture and management system changes, focused on ensuring Lucas becomes the leading coal and coal seam gas drilling services provider. Prior to joining Lucas, Brett held various operational and project management roles with Rio Tinto Coal and BHP.


Mark joined AJ Lucas Group in August 2004 as Group Financial Controller and in January 2007 was appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer. He has established and managed shared services group support including Finance, HR, IT, Legal, QA, Inventory and Order processing functions. He was also responsible for the implementation of our ERP system (BPCS) across our engineering and services businesses, creating common financial, inventory and procedural platforms for group efficiencies.


After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in London, Nick held various senior financial positions before joining AJ Lucas in 2001. He is responsible for corporate planning, risk management and insurance, investor relations and corporate governance.


Daniel’s experience spans 20 years in the mining and infrastructure sectors. An experienced Lucas project manager, Daniel was responsible for significant horizontal directional drilling pipeline projects including Sydney Water’s Cascades Sewer Crossing and the Brooklyn to Dangar Island Sewer Rising Main. A fitter and machinist by trade, Daniel worked for Coffey Engineering Group and BAC systems before joining Lucas in 2002.


Peter has had nearly 30 years’ experience in the construction sector including over 15 years with Lucas. Whilst at Lucas, he has had numerous roles commencing as Project Manager and progressively expanding his responsibilities through to his recent appointment as General Manager of Project Delivery. In addition to his project management acumen, Peter has been instrumental in managing the implementation and application of safety strategies throughout the Group’s construction business.


John has forged a long and distinguished career with AJ Lucas spanning nearly 20 years during which he has successfully delivered numerous key engineering projects. John left the Company in 2011-2013 to expand his professional skill set in the role of COO with an ASX-Listed Mining Services Company. In 2013, having achieved his professional goals, John returned to Lucas where he is now applying his wide industry knowledge to lead business development.


Aubrey has a 36 year history in the mining industry and is an experienced manager of gas drainage projects for mining operations. He has held senior operations roles including Mine Manager, Longwall Superintendent, Operations Manager and Project Manager with major mining companies in Australia, the United Kingdom and Papua New Guinea. Aubrey holds a First Class Mine Managers Certificate, QLD.


Tony is a leader in the development of technologies and drilling methods used to access Coal Seam Gas, especially via lateral and multilateral drilling techniques. He brings decades of international experience to the Lucas team, where he is responsible for expanding our CSG drilling services and gas management solutions. Prior to joining Lucas, Tony was General Manager for Drilling and Completions at Arrow Energy for five years, where he saw the expansion of Arrow from a small listed company in 2006 to one of the top fifty companies in Australia when it was sold to Royal Dutch Shell and Petro China in 2010.


In a career spanning over two decades and crossing many technology fields Andrew has developed, implemented, and supported numerous commercial and in-house applications systems. He has worked in a variety of roles including support for a global software developer, in-house database development for the superannuation industry, and more recently tier 1 ERP Implementation. Andrew enjoys working closely with business stakeholders to ensure ICT infrastructure services and systems are leveraged to maximize business benefits and savings while driving introduction of new technologies for competitive advantage.


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