Meet the Quarry Mining Team

Kari Armitage

Managing Director


She might be small in size but her thoughts are enormous! Kari is the ponytail driving force behind the trademark that is Quarry Mining today.

Her single minded dedication to customer service drives the culture and her obsession with sticking the red and black logo all over everything is why this Australian manufacturer is now recognised and highly regarded as a business partner amongst some of Australia’s largest bluechip mining and construction companies.

Decisions get made here and now within our close management team, and they reflect that Quarry Mining values; quality, service and value for your money over profit.

Quarry Mining stands by the quality, custom made drilling consumables.

Phill Breese

General Manager


Want to talk Coal Mines or drilling methodologies? Phill is your go to man for all things technical.

Always on the move, you never know if he is on the surface or underground in a coal mine or tunnel, overseas, designing a new product, training crews, trying to catch a minute with a rep, riding a Harley, or drilling with some kind of experimental product or pneumatic contraption.

Phill began his career as an underground coal miner at North Goonyella mine in 1994. The “Goon Show” as it is affectionately known has put some great training in to Phill and two other Quarry Mining team members and we are most grateful to them for that.

Phill’s momentum infects everyone and he takes our team on a fast paced ride full of achievements with the customer first in mind

Jeff Rankin

Production Manager


Jeff loves every job to be perfect and shiny! He prefers machines to people and has a close relationship with our Robots Rory and Renae and their 11 sister CNC machines.

These kids are state of the art machines and their cutting edge technology coupled with Jeff’s machine whispering skills can even have them faithfully running through the night on their own! This is one clever way we strive to keep the manufacturing costs down and continue to make our drilling gear in our backyard.

With 25 years of this experience, there is not a thread, shape or socket Jeff can’t machine. Together with Phill and Callan they can make something shiny and perfectly tailored to your needs.

Dave Avery

Hardrock Division Manager


Dave knows more people than the rest of us put together!

With the cheesiest grin you’ve ever seen he puts it to good use along with his extensive knowledge to assist with all things technically related to the world of top hammer. What Dave doesn’t know about products just ain’t worth knowing.

After 16 years with Atlas Copco he has joined the Quarry Mining team and made it an even happier and more astute place for everything you need for your hardrock jobs.

Callan Boslem

Mechatronics Engineer


Callan is our Gen Y intellectual powerhouse – computer stuck? – excel or CAD work too hard? Go see Callan. And to top that off, he’s also very handsome for such a brainiac. He loves to model and we always hope he does more. 3D Inventor is his modelling software of choice, analysing and interrogating designs in the quest for perfection of our proudly Australian manufactured products.

Samantha Cooper

CFO


Every business needs a great CFO and Sam is here to reconcile us out of the park – in the nicest possible way. Fresh thinking, leadership and a strong understanding of a turbulent mining industry will help us to stay strong through the tough times and not take the good times for granted.

Dale Winslow

Technical Sales Representative, NSW


Rugby, mining and a willingness to help people are Dale’s fervours. They say rugby is the gentleman’s game. We know there is a fair bit of “lad” mixed in in with a whole lot of gentleman but sometimes it’s hard to get a read on that friendly poker face!!

Strike up a chat with this fascinating kiwi. If you don’t already know him, you’ll admire him within a minute.

Simon Connell

Business Systems Manager


Mr Safety Never Sleeps!! A social creature - he loves safety, systems and good red wine. Getting amongst the team to ensure awareness of safety and quality are paramount at Quarry Mining is Simon’s mantra. Never underestimate his ability to share a joke and have a laugh while he’s at it.

He has an incredible repertoire of the most entertaining truisms and a remarkable ability to deliver them. They cannot all be shared here on the QM website though! Some will make your hair stand on end!

Dave Brenton

Technical Sales Representative, NSW


Dave spent a lot of years underground growing that moustache. When he finally surfaced he joined the Quarry Mining team and can be seen weekly traversing the Lake Macquarie and Hunter Valley Coalfield areas and every Tuesday night you can join him at the Chinese restaurant in Gunnedah for dinner if you like.

He is our party man – he loves a good corporate golf event and after a couple of schooners at our Christmas party he is always ready to make the necessary speeches!

Kevin Royal

Manager, QLD


Kev has unmatched passion and commitment to his projects and runs the Queensland Quarry Mining branch the same way. Our happiness and success in Queensland is due to his dedication and self motivation.

Ever seeking improvement or better ways to do things, his brain works something like this – “the only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.”

Quarry Mining is proud to be a community focused outfit and for the past 5 years has donated regularly to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and other charities. Thanks to Kevin’s advocacy of these initiatives, the Mackay based CQ Rescue helicopter and other local and charities and sporting teams in their region are also starting to benefit.

Dave Southwood

Technical Sales Representative, QLD


You may have noticed we collect Daves! Why not when they’re loyal and dedicated team players. This one is not only part of the collection of Dave’s but also our third in the collection of North Goonyella experienced personnel.

He too loves drilling and roof support and knows a stack about it. His attention to detail to customer requirements is second to none and is as reliable as the day is long. He also has a personal dedication to safety and training initiatives and applies this to our products and solutions.

He’ll see you around the northern area of the famous Bowen Basin.

Ben Barnes

Business Software Management


A super funny, super smart, nerd – how lucky are we to find one of them!? He truly does have the most wicked sense of humour in the office. He deliberately covers his computer screen in all sorts of gobbeldy gook - we haven’t a clue what he is really working on – and then voila - a solution appears like some kind of magic and brings our reporting and systems information to meaningful life! He will never reveal just how he managed it though – he’s a bit like batman really.

Darren Webb


Darren’s approach goes something like this!! Let’s not muck around - when you want to source something, you do it by getting your priorities straight.

Start in China by getting your Aussie quality beer and burgers as well as Chinese Baijiu and Baozi sourced to the highest standard for when you need it - and then you can concentrate properly on all manner of products of excellence!

His product knowledge is considerably more amazing than his Mandarin but don’t let him fool you - he knows the key words! Armed with Vegemite and an APEC card, he spends a good part of his life on a very fast train, in a factory or out sampling the endless cuisines and rice wines that are so important to our integration with China, its people and the gems it has to offer, if you know where to look! And after 20 years of this – he certainly does.

There is nothing like home in Newcastle, but Darren just knows how to get the mountain to Mohammed.

Brian Barnes

Workshop Supervisor


Our funny fitter Keith once said “he has got a great big dose of congeniality hasn’t he!” And yes Keith is right – and popular - so everyone agrees. It is a pleasure to have Brian flying around at his Mac 10 pace juggling pumps, rockdrills and roofbolters, almost in one hand!

Don’t let his cheeky grin trick you though. He has all the right ingredients in his exploded diagram! Leadership skills, fussy on quality, communication, commercially savvy but most of all – a really great guy. Come and meet him if you can catch him.