Archives: Management Profile

Brad Mayhew, VP Technical Operations

Brad Mayhew

Brad Mayhew, VP Technical Operations is responsible for the process safety management (PSM) program, process automation, plant reliability, and process engineering for the North American pellet plants. Brad joined Drax in 2015 and has been involved in the startup and operations of pellet plants in the Southeast U.S. since 2009.

Brad holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in project management from DeVry University, Pomona California.

Andrew Meyer, VP Fibre Procurement North America

Andrew Meyer, VP Fibre Procurement North America

Andrew Meyer is the Vice President Fibre Procurement North America. Andrew is responsible for all aspects of Fibre Procurement across the North American Operations.  Previously, Andrew held the positions of VP Fibre, GM Fibre Operations, and Plant Manager of Lavington Mill with Pinnacle.  Andrew’s extensive knowledge of the pellet and forest products industries provides a rare perspective that ensures a strong understanding of the entire supply chain, sustainability, quality, safety and profitability.

Andrew has spent more than 25 years working in the complex world of remote forestry, using a value-based, safety-focused, results driven approach to move business forward in the areas of planning, fibre harvesting and product manufacturing across the forest industry in British Columbia.  Andrew was a BC Forest Safety Council Manufacturing Safety Award recipient (2016 Leadership).  He is both a Professional Engineer (BC) and a Registered Professional Forester (BC) and he holds a Bachelor of Science (Forest Engineering) from the University of New Brunswick.

Corey Woolard, VP Southern Operations

Corey Woolard, VP Southern Operations

Corey Woolard is VP Southern Operations, where he leads all pellet manufacturing sites and the ports in the US.  Corey’s focus is on driving a sustainable, scalable business that aligns with Drax’s growth strategy through operational efficiencies, key metric performance, and cost control management.

Corey joined Drax from Bowery Farming, a vertical farming start-up company, but spent most of his career in chemical manufacturing where he advanced from HSE engineering into Operations management.  Over the span of his professional journey, he’s held various positions with increasing levels of responsibility from plant management to global VP of Operations when he was with Klockner Pentaplast, a German based polymer film manufacturer.  Corey’s career has been focused on business transformation, metric implementation, and culture development.

Corey is a safety engineer by degree and holds a Master’s in occupational health and safety management.  Outside of work, he enjoys spending time outdoors, working on household projects and spending time with family & friends.

Adnan Khan, VP North America H1 Engineering

Adnan Khan, VP North America H1 Engineering

Adnan Khan was appointed VP North America H1 Engineering in 2021. Adnan will be supporting engineering projects focused on improving safety, reliability, and production efficiency at the North American biomass facilities. Adnan brings over 25 years of international project, operations, and organizational leadership experience, both as a client and as a consultant, safely executing complex projects in forestry including pulp and paper and OSB, high tech environmental technologies including fuel cells and phosphate recovery, mining, chemicals, and oil and gas.

Prior to joining Pinnacle, Adnan served as General Manager and Division Manager at various consulting firms where he safely and efficiently implemented new and innovative technologies for the OSB and mining industries. He also served as Director of Automation for Ainsworth Engineered and was responsible for identifying and safely executing continuous improvement projects for multiple OSB facilities. Adnan holds a B. Eng. from the University of Victoria, Electrical Engineering specializing in Industrial Automation and Robotics, and a Diploma in Electronics Technology, Process Automation and Instrumentation, from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Kim Keating, Independent Non-Executive Director

Contribution and Experience

Kim is a Professional Engineer with 25 years of broad international experience in the oil and gas, nuclear, hydropower, and mining sectors. Most recently, Kim was the Chief Operating Officer of the Cahill Group, one of Canada’s largest multi-disciplinary construction companies with operations across the country.

Prior to joining the Cahill Group in 2013, Kim held a variety of progressive leadership roles from engineering design through to construction, commissioning, production operations and offshore field development with Petro-Canada (now Suncor Energy Inc.).

Kim is currently a non-executive director of Yamana Gold Inc. and Major Drilling International Inc. She has led a range of innovative growth initiatives including climate change and renewable energy strategies. Kim is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree and an MBA. She also holds the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation. Kim is also a founding member of Makwa-Cahill Limited Partnership, a nuclear qualified indigenous fabrication company. She graduated from the Rotman-Institute of Corporate Directors Education Program and was awarded her ICD.D designation.

Appointment to the Board:

October 2021

External appointments:

  • Yamana Gold Inc (Non-Executive Director)
  • Major Drilling International Inc (Non-Executive Director)

Erika Peterman, Independent Non-Executive Director

Contribution and Experience

Erika brings extensive experience gained from more than 25 years working in global organisations, enabling the delivery of change and growth in complex, world-leading businesses. She brings broad knowledge serving various parts of the chemicals industry, across a range of sectors from plastics, petrochemicals, agriculture and pharma.

Erika is currently Senior Vice President at BASF Corporation where she leads the North American Chemical Intermediates business. Erika has held a number of management and senior executive roles with BASF, covering manufacturing and production, engineering, strategy, and commercial business management roles. She actively supports BASF’s talent and workforce development programmes as well as a range of their diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Erika serves on the University of Houston’s Engineering Leadership Advisory Board and chairs the Planning Committee as Board Trustee at Chatfield College in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, a non-profit whose mission is to globally accelerate the development of successful black executives across the lifecycle of their careers. Erika holds a BSc in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Houston. 

Appointment to the Board:

October 2021

External appointments:

  • BASF Corporation (Senior Vice President)

Penny Small, Group Generation Director

Penny Small, Group Generation Director

Penny joined Drax in 2018 as Chief Transformation Officer, ensuring best practice is applied across our transformation programmes and overseeing HR, Legal, Company Secretariat, Property and Facilities, Physical and Cyber Security as well as Strategy and M&A.

Penny has spent her entire 30+ year career in the energy industry in a variety of roles in a number of different companies, including time with Engie as Director of Asset Optimisation and Digital, GDF Suez as EVP Strategy & Communications and International Power Limited as Director of Global Resources.

She also held business development roles at National Power and BG Group, and financial and commercial roles with BP.  Penny has lived in both the United Arab Emirates and Thailand during her career.

Appointment to the Executive Committee:

  • November 2018

Karen McKeever, Chief HR Officer

Karen McKeever, Chief HR Officer

Karen leads Drax human resources (HR) to attract, retain and develop talented and capable people in a diverse, progressive and inclusive workplace spanning the US, Canada and the UK and across a wide range of operational and professional functions. She also has responsibility for the PMO (Programme Management Office) function, that supports the planning and execution of our major projects.

Karen joined Drax as Group HRD in March 2020, bringing strong people and change management skills, alongside substantial experience in the retail leisure, and technology sectors.

Since joining Drax, she has played a significant role in supporting the people aspects of Drax’s COVID19 responses, developing the organisation’s D&I strategy and driving operational excellence and efficiency through the People Function.

Karen was previously Chief People Officer for Buzz Bingo and has held several senior HR positions through her career at Samsung, CSR, and Dixons Stores Group, as well as having run her own people consultancy business.

Karen is responsible for the Programme Management Office, people development, reward and benefits, HR services and business partnering, resourcing and DEI, and employee engagement areas of the business.

Appointment to the Executive Committee:

October 2021

Hillary Berger, General Counsel

Hillary Berger, General Counsel

Hillary has extensive experience heading up legal teams in the energy sector, having previously served in similar roles for ENGIE and International Power.  She has acted as General Counsel for businesses located in the UK, US, Africa, Turkey and Continental Europe.  During her career she has also advised on M&A transactions, power generation development and financing, and disputes.

Appointment to the Executive Committee:

  • October 2021