TuffRock People:

Steve Hurley
Managing Director

Steve is a Commerce graduate from the University of Newcastle. Managing Director for TuffRock, he is also responsible for the Sales and Marketing functions. Steve’s family has a long association with the land, past generations farming property throughout Australia.

Prior to joining TuffRock, Steve’s company Stable Solutions developed and marketed products to the thoroughbred industry. He also spent a long time in the wine industry and was proud to work with Brian McGuigan for several years.

Roger Smith
Technical Director

Roger is a Chartered Professional Engineer (Metallurgy) with more than 45 Years in the mining industry. Roger is also the Principal and Managing Director of Roger Smith and Associates Pty Limited - a consulting company in Mineral Engineering and Environmental Science. Roger has extensive practical experience with a wide range of minerals, separation process and equipment.

During his career he specialised in Industrial Minerals and how to apply them to develop commercially viable products for companies such as BHP, Warman International, Western Titanium, Vickers and Lend Lease Corporation. In TuffRock Roger is responsible for Technology, Research & Development and Product Development functions. He is the designer of the unique volcanic mineral processing equipment and technology used by TuffRock.

Kari Kostamo
Finance Director

Kari graduated from Helsinki School of Economics in 1982 with a Master of Science (Economics) degree. After five years in various international organizations, he took on roles as Corporate and Area Controller with Telecommunications giant Nokia based in Switzerland and the UK.

Moving to Australia as part of the Senior Management Team for Nokia, he established their operations in Australia and New Zealand. Following this, he relocated to Prague, Czech Republic as Nokia’s Area Human Resources Director for Central, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. After spending 14 years with Nokia in six countries, he returned to Sydney and joined forces with Steve Hurley and Roger Smith to establish TuffRock Pty Ltd.