The Board of Mincon Group plc comprises two Executive Directors and four Non-Executive Directors. Profiles of the Directors can be found below:
Joseph Purcell (Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technical Officer, Mincon Group plc)Joe qualified as a Mechanical Engineer in 1988 at University College Galway, in Ireland and since then has worked with Mincon in various capacities. DTH hammer design has been his main area of specialisation although he has extensive experience in manufacturing methods, heat treatment and process development. His hammer design work has included seven years in Perth, Australia where he developed a successful range of Reverse Circulation and Conventional DTH hammers for local and export markets. Joe was appointed as Chief Technical Officer for the Mincon Group on his return from Australia in 1998. Joe was appointed Chief Executive Officer for the Group on 28 May 2015.
Thomas Purcell (North America Regional Manager, Mincon Inc.)Tom Purcell studied with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (“ACCA”) from 1989 to 1993. He worked for a year in professional practice at Vaughan & Company in Ennis, Ireland. Prior to completing his ACCA studies, he emigrated to the USA to work with Mincon on a new joint venture opportunity in the country. He worked for the Mincon Group in the dimensional stone quarrying industry during which time he was key in setting up operations in Virginia and North Carolina. In 1996, Mincon sold its investment in the quarrying entities to Marlin Group of South Africa. He worked in various positions with their USA subsidiary from Purchasing & Safety Manager of four quarrying companies, to CFO and Operations Manager for their Atlanta based operation, Stone Connection. He re-joined the Mincon Group in 1999 as president of Mincon, Inc. He continues to serve in this position in addition to his role as Group Sales Director.
Patrick Purcell (Non-executive Chairman)Patrick served an apprenticeship in the Irish Air Corps in the 1950s and later qualified as an accountant in Australia in 1961. When he returned to Ireland in 1967 he joined Shannon Diamond & Carbide Ltd, (later Boart Longyear) and worked in various capacities with their European Group Companies for the next 10 years. His roles with Shannon Diamond & Carbide included that of cost accountant, sales and marketing director and a period as a general manager of their manufacturing plant in Norway before becoming their director for European Sales Companies and Product Development.
Patrick set up Mincon in 1977 and developed the Group, firstly in Ireland and then into overseas areas including USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Sweden. Patrick remained as Executive Chairman until 2012 but continued to work with the Company as an adviser on new projects.
Hugh McCullough (Senior Independent Director)Mr. McCullough has over 40 years’ experience in gold and base metal exploration, principally in Ireland, Ghana, Mali and Papua New Guinea. Having previously worked as a project geologist, in 1982 he became chief executive of Glencar Mining plc. Mr. McCullough was responsible for the management, financing and strategy of Glencar for over 27 years until it was acquired by Gold Fields Limited in September 2009.
Mr. McCullough an Honours degree in geology from University College Dublin and the degree of Barrister-at-Law from the King's Inns, Dublin.
John Doris (Independent non-executive Director)Mr. Doris has broad experience across a number of sectors including manufacturing, lending and corporate finance. He has been an independent consultant and a non-executive director for the past eighteen years. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, he was a director of ABN Amro Corporate Finance (Ireland) Limited where he managed the successful Riada Business Expansion Funds.
Mr. Doris graduated from University College Dublin with a B.Sc. in physics in 1969 and returned to University College Dublin to complete his M.B.A. in 1977. He qualified as an ACCA in 1974 and is a former president of ACCA Ireland.
Jussi Rautiainen (Non-executive Director)
Finnish-born Jussi Rautiainen obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in International Trade at the Eastern Michigan University in 1988. Along with international postings in the Netherlands and Germany, he has held management positions at multinationals in the paper and packaging industries, specialising in marketing. He obtained a Masters Degree in International Marketing Management at the Finnish Institute of International Trade in 1994, followed by an Executive MBA from Tampere Polytechnic, in Finland, in 1996. His extensive experience in the engineering and mining industry includes 10 years as the CEO of Finnish rock drill manufacturer, Robit. Under his leadership that company saw continuous annual growth as well as a public listing on the NASDAQ.
Jussi joined Mincon as the SVP for Business Development in January 2017 and was instrumental in establishing Mincon Nordic, which today services the Finnish and Russian markets. He was appointed to the board of directors in July 2018 and is based in Finland.