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Sir Mel was appointed executive chairman in February 2018.

A prominent Bougainvillean, he has enjoyed a successful career in the resources industry in PNG and abroad, particularly in the minerals sector for almost 25 years.

Sir Mel has served as PNG country manager with Nautilus Minerals Inc. since 2006 and previously served on the BCL board as an alternate member (1977-1980) and full board member (1990 to 1993).

He previously held several senior positions with Bougainville’s former North Solomons Provincial Government between 1978 and 1990 and continues to serve on the boards of several private companies. He was a founding member of the Business Council of Papua New Guinea and president for six years. In June 2018, Sir Mel received a knighthood from the Queen (Knight Bachelor) for his service to economic development, particularly in the mining and petroleum sectors, and the community. In 2004, he was awarded Commander of the British Empire for services to industry and commerce in PNG.

Sir Mel holds masters’ degrees in economics and geography.