Speakers

  • Dr Snezana Bajic
    Deputy Chief Inspector Explosives, Resources Safety & Health Queensland
  • Robyn Bartlett
    General Manager - Community and Social Performance, Diatreme Resources

    Session: Enhancing Indigenous engagement and participation in the mining industry

    Robyn Bartlett, the General Manager - Community and Social Performance at Diatreme Resources Limited, carries a wealth of experience in legal matters concerning contracts, native title, and cultural heritage into her influential leadership role. As a former Executive Officer of an Aboriginal land trust, she has demonstrated a profound commitment to uplifting Indigenous communities, advocating for self-determination, and guiding sustainable community relations. Currently, she's applying her insights to establish a silica sand mine in Cape York with an inclusive blueprint that integrates Indigenous leadership and gender balance from the start. Robyn's dedication to leadership diversity shines through her work, with a strong focus on mentoring Indigenous professionals and creating pathways for representation. As a single mother of two, she stands as a formidable example of leadership that harmonises career aspirations with personal values, striving to cultivate a mining industry that is not only prosperous but also reflective of the diverse communities it serves.

  • Else Bright
    Regional Head of CMM Practice, World Commerce and Contracting (WCC)

    Session: Building effective negotiation and business relationship skills

    Experienced Commercial, Subcontract Manager with extensive and demonstrated history of working in the Defense & IT industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Government Procurement, Management, Contract Management, and Supply Management. Strong sales professional graduated from Scotwork Negotiating Skills.

  • Odette Brimblecombe
    Group Manager – Workforce Resourcing, Whitehaven Coal

    Session: Cultivating a diverse and inclusive workforce to improve business decision making

    Odette Brimblecombe is a dynamic force in the world of operations, workforce and talent management. As the Group Manager, Workforce Resourcing, Planning and Recruitment at Whitehaven Coal, she's responsible for orchestrating mobility and talent solutions while simultaneously spearheading marketing initiatives to captivate, engage and retain highly motivated team members for Whitehaven.

    Odette's wealth of experience spans across a variety of industries, from food manufacturing and healthcare to mining, disabilities and industrial sectors (both heavy and light). Her unique and diverse background allows her to bring fresh perspectives and innovative solutions to the table.

    Driven by a results-oriented mindset, Odette's success lies in cultivating robust stakeholder relationships. Her passion for making a tangible impact on people's lives fuels her commitment to empowering teams in delivering top notch solutions. A true motivator at heart, Odette zeroes in on team dynamics, nurturing their growth and inspiring individuals to unlock their full potential.

  • Tanya Cambetis
    Superintendent, OceanaGold

    Session: Roundtable 5: Managing mining operations to ensure safety, efficiency, and productivity

    Tanya has extensive experience as a mining professional with over a decade of experience in the industry, currently serving as the Production Superintendent at OceanaGold Corporation. Starting her career at George Fisher Mine, she has excelled through operational and supervisory roles while earning her Mining Engineering Degree. In her current role at Didipio Mine in the Philippines, Tanya focuses on executing mine plans, enhancing operational efficiencies, and fostering team development. She is a passionate advocate for gender diversity, actively supporting women in mining through coaching and mentoring initiatives. Tanya’s expertise extends to leading mining operations, ensuring safety, productivity, and efficiency, while pursuing a Master of Business Administration at Melbourne Business School.  Her leadership has been recognised with accolades such as the 2022 Outstanding Trade/Technician/Operator award at the Queensland Women in Mining awards.

  • Kate Campbell
    Head – Communications, Community and ESG Reporting, BRAVUS

    Session: Ensuring ESG excellence to elevate your organisation’s operational, business & ESG outcomes

    Kate Campbell is Head of Communications, Community and ESG Reporting for Bravus, the Adani Group’s Australian coal mining, rail, solar energy and port business.

    Kate joined Adani in 2018. She developed and implemented the reputation strategy that unlocked approvals for the Carmichael coal mine and rail project in Central Queensland, despite a concerted campaign by the anti-fossil fuel movement to halt the project.

    Kate has worked in the resources industry for more than 20 years. She is an expert in reputation management, external relations, brand, communications and social impact management. Before joining Adani, she worked for Shell and Santos to help secure the social licence to operate of Australia’s onshore natural gas industry. Kate began her mining industry career at Mount Isa Mines, and held corporate affairs and community relations roles in Xstrata’s (now Glencore) coal and copper businesses.

    Kate is passionate about the benefits the resources industry brings to Australian families and communities, and its role in improving people’s lives, particularly in the developing world, by providing critical energy and resources.

    She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Business Communication. She lives in Brisbane with her husband and three children.

  • Dr Claire Chakrabarti
    Program Manager, AUSTMINE

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Delivering change and inclusion through unmatched leadership

    Session: Roundtable 2: Understanding and addressing the causes of labour shortages in mining

    Session: Masterclass A: How to excel in your mining career: advanced leadership skills for current & emerging leaders

    Claire manages the Accelerating Women in METS (AWIM) Program for AustMines and strives to increase the participation of female STEM students in the METS sector. Claire has over four years of experience in developing and delivering STEM programs and resources for a variety of audiences, both onsite and online, at the Queensland Museum Network and SparkLab Sciencentre. She has a Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry from the University of Sheffield, and has completed the Oxford Women's Leadership Development Programme at the Saïd Business School. Claire is passionate about championing women in STEM and highlighting career opportunities within the METS sector.

     

  • Helen Degeling
    Project Acquisition Manager, Cobalt Blue Holdings

    Session: The essential role allies and mentors play in advancing women's career growth in mining

    Dr Helen Degeling is a PhD qualified geologist with over 18 years’ experience in industry, academia and government. She has worked as an exploration geologist and Exploration Manager in gold and base metals throughout Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland, as well as consulting to a variety of mineral explorers and producers both domestically and abroad. During a stint with government as the Director, Minerals Geoscience for the Geological Survey of Queensland she initiated the Queensland Government’s Circular Economy, Secondary Prospectivity, traceability and Sustainable REE processing programs. She is a passionate advocate for the growth and evolution of the minerals sector in line with the demands of a just transition towards decarbonisation and adoption of ESG standards globally. In her current role as Project Acquisition Manager for Cobalt Blue, Helen aims to realise the opportunities for green metal extraction from mine waste to support the energy transition.

  • Tara Diamond
    Deputy Chief Executive, Australian Resources and Energy Employer Association (AREEA)

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Delivering change and inclusion through unmatched leadership

    Tara Diamond is Deputy CEO of the Australian Resources and Energy Employer Association. Reporting to AREEA’s Board and Chief Executive, Tara holds responsibility for a range of critical services and projects meeting the evolving workforce needs of AREEA members spanning the mining, oil and gas, and allied service sectors.

    As an appointee to the Commonwealth Government’s National Workplace Relations Consultative Council, Tara represents the employee and industrial relations policy interests of AREEA members at the Commonwealth Government level. Tara also leads AREEA’s national diversity initiative, the Australian Women in Resources Alliance (AWRA), which assists resource employers to build more gender diverse workforces.

     

  • Michelle Douglass
    Manager – People & Training, Newcrest Mining

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can men and other allies champion gender diversity?

    With extensive experience leading HR and Training functions across multiple operational sites in the mining and energy industries, Michelle is the Manager of HR and Training at Newmont’s Cadia Valley Operations site in Orange NSW and is a member of Newmont’s Australian People Leadership team.

    Prior to joining Cadia, Michelle was with AGL Australia for over 15 years as the Head of P&C for all AGL’s operations sites and HSE across Australia. This included thermal, gas and hydro power stations, renewables (wind, solar and batteries) and brown coal mines. In this role Michelle most recently lead the people transition programs in response to energy market changes (e.g. closure of Liddell Power Station, divestment of gas assets and company demerger activities). Michelle has held various senior management roles across a range of fields within the private and mining industry in New South Wales and Western Australia and has extensive experience in developing and leading Employee Relations strategies in blue collar industries.

    Highly skilled in employee relations & identifying, coaching and developing talent through cultural change, Michelle holds a Masters of Human Resource Management (specialisation Employee Relations) as well as qualification in Workplace Health and Safety and Learning and Development. Michelle has commenced further qualifications in Organisational Pyschology.

  • Kanae Dyas
    Workplace Support Manager, Anglo American

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Delivering change and inclusion through unmatched leadership

    Skilled Psychosocial Hazard Management and Psychological Health and Safety, Wellbeing Leader in the global Resources, Manufacturing, Agriculture and Screen sector. Notably risk based Psychosocial Risk Management and Psychological Injury Prevention Programs, Governance, Gender and Cultural Safety, Occupational Health and Hygiene, and Fatigue Risk Management. Kanae possess Extensive global operational and governance experience with a strong commitment for Zero Harm via psychologically healthy, safe and inclusive workplaces.

    Kanae provides expert regulatory and practical guidance to operational and executive leadership in H&S and HR strategies for effective WHS psychosocial risk management and organisational culture including critical incident response to Bullying, Harassment, Gender and Cultural Safety with a Trauma Informed Care approach. A member of industry advisory groups, an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Lead Investigator, Trainer and Assessor, including Mates in Mining ASIST Connector. An inspiring international speaker and advocate for Inclusion and Diversity, a WIMARQ Alumni member mentor and Pasifika Women’s Alliance.

    Kanae's award winning Mental Health, Wellbeing and Fatigue Management Programs showcased at The Tahiti Women's Forum for global innovators, NSW HSEC Mining Awards, The Australian Psychological Injuries Congress, ACARP Mental Health Research Program and widely recognised across Rio Tinto in "Making a Difference" in development of the Mental Health Framework and the Achieve Health Wellbeing Program.

     

  • Helen Fitzroy OAM
    Safety Advocate and Author,

    Session: Just a number: a personal perspective from Helen Fitzroy OAM

    Helen's passion for workplace safety commenced following the death of her husband, Steve, in an underground mining accident in Norseman, WA in 1991. The accident left Helen a widow in her early thirties with three young children to raise. At the time of Steve's death, mining fatalities were largely 'normalised' by companies and government regulators. The deaths were considered an inherent risk of the industry, with virtually no support offered to families to enable them to move forward with their lives. One of Helen’s coping strategies was writing. She wrote to her husband Steve, but also to herself and her children leading to the publishing of her first book some years later, “Just a Number”.

    “Just a Number” outlines her family’s journey in the five years following Steve’s death, as they traversed the quagmire of emotional, legal and bureaucratic processes that constitute life for a bereaved family following a workplace death.

    Since writing Just A Number, Helen has been travelling extensively across Australia as well as overseas campaigning for improved safety and better support for bereaved families. She also delivers safety focused presentations to companies across all sectors highlighting the importance of both parties’ commitment to safety at work.

    Helen’s commitment and passion culminated in the establishment of Miners’ Promise in 2010. Miners’ Promise is a not-for-profit organisation established to provide emotional and practical support to members and their families following a crisis event such as a death, illness or serious accident. Helen served as a Director on the Miners’ Promise Board for several years including a number of years as Chairperson.

    A qualified grief counsellor, Helen continues close association with the organisation providing family support advisory services to members. She is a recipient of a WA Local Hero of the Year Award, a category of the Australian of the Year awards. She continues to speak prolifically to corporations across all industry sectors, and provides ongoing grief counselling to families coping with the loss of a loved one.

  • Rebecca Freeman
    Team Leader and Executive Risk Advisor, GHD

    Session: Live 1-on-1: Developing analytics skills to enhance your risk management decisions

    As an Executive Risk Advisor in GHD Advisory’s risk management team, Rebecca has assisted many clients from tier 1 mine operators to utility owners in managing their business, project and safety risks. Her background in chemical engineering enables her to provide technical risk management services across a variety of high hazard industries including mining & minerals processing, oil & gas, water & wastewater treatment, and transport. Rebecca is a proficient workshop facilitator, skilled in a range of techniques including Hazard & operability (HAZOP), Layers of Protection (LOPA), pipeline Safety Management Studies (SMS), Safety in Design, bowties, Construction Hazard Assessment Implication Review (CHAIR), Semi Quantitative Risk Assessment (SQRA®), qualitative risk assessment etc. She is also experienced in quantitative risk assessment (QRA) and consequence modelling for regulatory and planning approvals.

  • Jamie Gibson
    Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Kingsgate Consolidated

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can men and other allies champion gender diversity?

    Jamie is a highly experienced corporate professional who has worked with Kingsgate since 2013 across corporate strategy and investor relations. He is a former Chief Advisor in Mining Portfolios (metals and coal) and has high level trade/investment experience. Jamie was also a Board Member and Vice President of the Australia Thailand Business Council until June 2022.

  • Lynsey Reilly
    Superintendent Community and Indigenous Relations, Evolution Mining

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can we empower Indigenous peoples to create positive social and business outcomes?

    Lynsey is a communications professional with board and government advisory committee experience. She is the Superintendent Community and Indigenous Relations for Evolution Mining's Cowal Gold Operation, former Group Manager Marketing and Corporate Affairs for Murray Cod Australia and owner/director of Lynsey Reilly Communications. Lynsey has over 20 years’ experience in communications, event management, public relations (PR), media relations and sponsorship management in Australia and abroad. She’s a versatile strategist who specialises in agriculture and mining.

    A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course, Lynsey has extensive experience in media relations, corporate and internal communications. She’s the proud owner of two Public Relations Institute of Australia Golden Target Awards including 2009 Special Events Award and 2016 Australian co-Micro Agency of the Year.

  • Dr Lara Jefferson
    Head of ESG, Nico Resources

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can men and other allies champion gender diversity?

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can we empower Indigenous peoples to create positive social and business outcomes?

    Session: Live 1-on-1: Developing analytics skills to enhance your risk management decisions

    Dr. Lara Jefferson is a passionate advocate of ESG performance particularly within the mining sector.

    Most recently, Lara has guided Board’s to build a strong ESG strategy from the beginning of their journey, requiring the alignment of ESG outcomes with successful project development.

    Lara’s career of 30+ years has evolved from an environmental foundation in the education, research, NGO, consultancy, and industry sectors. Lara’s expertise is comprehensive and includes developing a company-wide climate governance framework, carbon emissions reduction planning, risk assessment and reporting aligned with TCFD recommendations, as well as development of online well-being platforms and educational materials to educate, resource and support the well-being of a FIFO workforce. The outcomes of Lara’s work have been widely recognised including notable ESG ratings (Sustainalytics and EcoVadis), E&S due diligence commendations for comprehensive stakeholder consultation and a Golden Gecko Award.

    Dr Lara Jefferson is a scientist at heart with a focus on problem solving and lifelong learning, and celebrating the successes of her team, her organisation, and the broader industry. Conferences are a way to celebrate those small steps forward by industry leaders.

    Lara has recently joined Nico Resources Ltd as Head of ESG to support the exciting development of the Wingellina Nickel-Cobalt Project on Ngaanyatjarra Lands.

  • Johanna Kennerley
    Head of Sustainability and Environment, Ravenswood Gold

    Session: Roundtable 4: Green shift: navigating the mining industry's journey towards decarbonisation and climate goals

    Johanna leads Ravenswood Gold's Sustainability, Environment, Approvals and Community team. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience working within the resources industry, including consulting and presenting on ESG issues and opportunities, obtaining and maintaining environmental and project approvals for mines, oil & gas and other major projects including energy and renewables projects, and liaising with all levels of Government and community stakeholders to achieve positive and sustainable outcomes for business and communities.

    Johanna holds Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Master’s Degree in Environment Resources Law. She was previously a partner at Carter Newell Lawyers.

  • Karina Lynch
    Director, Indigenous Women in Mining and Resources Australia (IWIMRA)

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can we empower Indigenous peoples to create positive social and business outcomes?

    Karina is a proud Yupungathi woman with over 14 years of operational experience in production open cut mining, project management and continuous improvement with strong stakeholder management skills combined with the ability to influence and deliver on the company's vision both safely and within budget.

    Karina is passionate advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees with a drive to see more first nations employees in leadership roles within the mining and resources industry.

  • Dr Geraldine McGuire
    Environment and Community Manager, 29 Metals

    Session: Crisis management strategies to foster organisational resilience & stability

    Dr Geraldine McGuire has worked on challenging resource projects throughout Australia, Asia and the Pacific developing solutions which balance economic, environmental, and social components to achieve enduring outcomes and positive legacies. With over 30 years of experience, she is committed to leading diverse high performing teams, managing complex project approvals processes, and resolving stakeholder conflicts in crisis situations. Her purpose is to create a better future with low carbon solutions, nature positive opportunities and equitable practices which empower minority groups.

  • Kaylene Munro
    Mining Superintendent, Thiess

    Session: Roundtable 6: Cultivating inclusive excellence and well-being in the resources sector: Strategies for building a diverse, positive, and resilient workplace culture

    Kaylene Munro, a seasoned professional in mining, blends HR expertise with operational leadership. From HR management to Mining Superintendent, she excels in motivating teams, optimising operations, and fostering growth. Recognised for her leadership and commitment to excellence, Kaylene drives organisational success through her diverse skill set and continuous learning mindset. Additionally, Kaylene's dedication to mentorship extends beyond gender; she has mentored leaders across the industry, both male and female, fostering talent and driving progress. She is particularly passionate about mentoring and encouraging Indigenous leaders, contributing to diversity and inclusion in the mining sector.

  • Nicola Semler
    Chief Technology Officer, Critical Minerals Group

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: Delivering change and inclusion through unmatched leadership

    Session: Grasping the broader business landscape: learning to make impactful decisions and demonstrate visionary leadership

    Nicola is a Metallurgical Engineer with an extensive background in the mining and resources industries, both in Australia and internationally. Her experience encompasses greenfields and brownfields project development, commissioning, operations, cultural transformation, strategic and operational business planning and mine closure.

     

  • Jody Seymour
    Traineeship Coordinator – Dugual River, MMG

    Session: PANEL DISCUSSION: How can we empower Indigenous peoples to create positive social and business outcomes?

    Jody Seymour holds the position of Traineeship Coordinator at MMG Dugald River, situated near Cloncurry, and has been with the company since 2020, her journey with the resource sector started 2008 in Mount Isa. Her role as the traineeship coordinator is much then just role, it an opportunity to explore possibilities. Jody's influence extends well beyond her role's immediate impact. Her comprehensive experience encompasses areas like training, program development, work force development and community engagement. This multifaceted background underscores her commitment to creating an inclusive environment that benefits everyone involved

    Passionately advocating for Indigenous employment and training, Jody draws upon a diverse range of experiences that she has. Her journey in training and employment programs commenced in 2001 and continues to flourish, even in the face of challenges. As a strong advocate, Jody recognises the power of fostering diversity within the workplace and her community. She is dedicated to diversity and inclusion, and the ongoing pursuit of equal opportunities within the resources sector.

  • Leigh Staines
    Industry Professor – Commercialisation, Sustainable Minerals Institute

    Session: Roundtable 3: Commercialising real-world solutions to combat challenges in the mining industry

    Leigh’s experience as an operational and commercial leader and advisor has given her an incredibly broad set of skills and knowledge, with depth. Her roles as a c-level executive, strategy consultant and environmental and chemical engineer comes from the energy and mining sectors with a sustainability focus.

    Leigh brings international resources sector experience across operations, commercial, projects and strategy with global companies including ExxonMobil, Santos and Rio Tinto. 

    An example of a career highlight was as General Manager with Rio Tinto when she led 1,200 employees and collaborated with the government to transition the Boyne Aluminium Smelters in Gladstone towards a sustainable future. 

    Leigh takes a collaborative stakeholder management approach and confidently works with not-for-profits and small businesses right through to local, state and federal government. She’s an out of the box thinker who get things done.

    Leigh is passionate about future-proofing the heavy and manufacturing industries in regional Australia by transitioning to renewable energy and green manufacturing.

  • Dané van Heerden
    General Manager Finance and Joint Company Secretary, Aeris Resources

    Session: Future-proofing tomorrow’s leadership to enhance operational success & career growth

    Dane van Heerden (CA) is GM Finance and Co Company Secretary – Aeris Resources Limited. An experienced senior finance leader with over two decades of diverse expertise in financial and commercial activities, primarily within the resources sector for ASX Listed companies. Adept at navigating dynamic environments and passionate about partnering with the business to craft sound financial strategies aligned with strategic goals and fostering relationships across all levels of the organisation.

  • Kylie Wilson-Harris
    Manager- Health, Safety, Security and Risk, Newmont Mining

    Session: Roundtable 1: Navigating health & safety risks for yourself and your team

    Kylie Harris has over 25 years of experience in various roles related to health, safety, security, and risk management. She currently works as the Manager Health, Safety, Security, and Risk for Newcrest Mining, where she has been employed since 2017. Prior to this, she held positions in the Office of National Rail Safety Regulator, and the Australian Office of Transport Security. She also served in the Australian Army for over 20 years. Kylie is passionate about safety and the utilisation of data to lead initiatives and improve safety outcomes.

  • Yaxi Zhan
    Executive Director, Accelerate Resources

    Session: Unlocking the tools to deliver a successful change management initiative

    Ms. Zhan is a highly experienced mining executive with more than 17 years of experience in Australian junior exploration and international mining operations. She is known for her strong leadership skills and has an excellent track record in mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, and business transformations.

    As the Executive Director and Founder of Accelerate Resources Limited, she successfully led the business from a private operation to a publicly listed company on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) in 2018. Under her guidance, the company continued to grow and transformed from a multi-commodity explorer to a lithium-focused critical mineral explorer, adding value to the company and its shareholders.