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2022-2024 Election of Directors to the AusIMM Board

2022-2024 Election of Directors to the AusIMM Board

The election of Directors to the AusIMM Board 2022-2024 will be held by electronic ballot from Wednesday 8 September 2021 9:00 am AEST to Wednesday 20 October 2021 5:00 pm AEDT.

Candidate profiles, voting information and a link to the online ballot for the election have been emailed to voting members (AusIMM Honorary Fellows, Fellows, Members and Associates) on Wednesday 8 September 2021.

Members can also view the candidate statements and videos below.

Please note: If you have not received the electronic ballot email within 48 hours of the ballot opening on Wednesday 8 September, or have any questions or concerns regarding the ballot, please contact More information is also available here.

Current Board as at 1 January 2021

Name Board Term Years on Board Member since Primary Discipline
Dave Clark 1st year President 5 1993 Geotechnical
Janine Herzig Immediate Past President 8 1991 Metallurgy
Nicole Brook 1st year, 1st term - 1984 Mining
Chris Carr 2nd year, 1st term 7 1984 Mining
Ivy Chen 3rd year, 1st term 2 1998 Geology
Katrina Crook 3rd year, 1st term 2 1998 Mining
John Dunlop 1st year, 2nd term 10 1968 Mining
Mark Noppe 1st year, 1st term - 1998 Geology
Sara Prendergast 2nd year, 2nd term 4 2015 Finance
Rene Sterk 3rd year, 1st term 2 2009 Geology



Name Years on Board Member since Primary Discipline
Rene Sterk 2 2009 Geology
Amy Lamb - 2016 Metallurgy
Philippa Sjoquist - 2010 Environment
Tony Wiggins - 1987 Geology
Chris Davis 8 1994 Mining
Katrina Crook 2 1998 Mining
Rohan (Max) Wijasuriya - 2013 Engineering
Bianca Newcombe - 1998 Metallurgy
Brendan Howard - 2004 Geology

Rene Sterk FAusIMM(CP)

Rene is a 43-year-old geologist, and has worked in exploration, resource development and mining, across different commodities, mineralization styles, and on every continent. He is a Fellow and Chartered Professional.

Rene is managing director of RSC, a global geological consulting group, and a founder and technical director of, a digital mining data intelligence platform. He is also chair of the board of Transition Minerals, an exploration company with interests in the northern territories.

Rene has held directorships on not-for-profits, and is on the board of Straterra, New Zealand’s voice for the Mining and Exploration industry. Rene has completed Company Director’s, Business Management, Governance, and Finance courses.

Amy Lamb MAusIMM(CP)

Amy has over 25 years of experience within the mining industry and holds degrees in Chemical Engineering (BS), Metallurgical Engineering (MS) and an executive MBA. She volunteers on the Industry Advisory Council for the Resources Engineering department at Monash University, participates in various ICMM working groups and is a graduate of the AICD Directors’ course.

Amy’s expertise spans multi-commodity technical and production management, strategy development, strategic planning and project management. She has held operational and corporate roles in Rio Tinto and MMG. Her current role is Head of Processing at MMG incorporating global governance, assurance for the processing discipline and integrated strategic planning.

Passion for the mining industry and experience in facilitating transformational change has placed Amy well to serve the AusIMM community. Meeting the future needs of the industry by supporting development of competent, ethical and innovative professionals will be her focus as a member of the AusIMM Board.

Philippa Sjoquist MAusIMM

During her first year of high school, Philippa Sjoquist visited Rio Tinto’s bauxite mine in Weipa. This started an (almost) life-long curiosity in mining and sustainability. Philippa is now a multi-disciplinary professional with more than 15 years of experience in mining and metals, including site-based operational roles in environmental management and global corporate roles in strategic planning, strategy development and sustainability. She is an advocate for low-intensity materials production, responsible natural resource management and has a keen interest in the circular economy.

Philippa has a Bachelor of Environmental Management (Human Geography), a Master of International Environmental Law, and an MBA in mining and energy productivity. She has sound reasoning, is pragmatic and has a strategic mindset while being effective in implementation. Philippa intends to make a positive contribution to the Board through her qualifications and skills in sustainability, which continues to increase in importance for the industry and AusIMM’s members.


Tony Wiggins MAusIMM

Tony is Chairperson of the Geoscience Society of the AusIMM, a body working to enhance the value proposition for members through enhanced on-line technical materials, applied training opportunities and school-based initiatives directed at supporting the “license to operate” of the resource sector. He would like to build on the work of the Geoscience Society through Board representation.

A past recipient of the AusIMM GB O’Malley Medal, Tony is a qualified geologist with Masters Degrees in Minerals and Energy Economics and Applied Finance and Investment. Building a career across capital markets and natural resources, he has worked in underground operations and international business development and exploration, before moving roles as a sector portfolio manager with leading institutions. A Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia (GIA), and a Member of the Society of Economic Geologists, he brings additional skills in governance, stakeholder management, development, sector strategy and financial analysis.


Chris Davis FAusIMM(CP)

Chris has worked in the mining industry for 50 years as a miner, mining engineer, mine manager, managing director and consultant. Throughout this career, his principal interest has been the people he works with.

He was Chairperson of Perth Branch 2008-2013 and a Director of the AusIMM 2012-2015, and 2017-2019.  During his first term, Chris championed the member assistance programme.  He will continue strongly supporting branch and individual member empowerment if he were to be elected for 2022-2024. 

Chris has served on numerous AusIMM Board and Society committees over the years.  He is currently the Chairman of the Chartered Professional committee.

He is committed to student engagement in all forms.  They are our future.

He has been a Councillor of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) and a member of the Western Australian Government Mining Industry Advisory Committee.  Chris is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors course.

Katrina Crook MAusIMM(CP)

Katrina is a mining engineer with extensive site-based, international and FIFO experience across several commodities. Katrina holds a BEng (Mining)(Hons) from UNSW, is a CP Mining, and a Graduate of the AICD. Katrina is a current AusIMM Director and has served on Board Committees including the Policy & Advocacy, Audit & Risk, and this year joining the Council for Diversity & Inclusion.

Katrina has been an active AusIMM member for over 20 years contributing through several committees including the UG Ops Organising Committee, the Mining Society, and the Southern Queensland Branch, including Chair. She is a sponsor of the AusIMM mentoring program which creates opportunities for building career pathways and nurtures the next generation of resources professionals.

Katrina has been an asset to the board as she advocates for strengthening continuous professional development, through enabling access to learning resources to develop the skillsets required for industry professionals of the future.

Max Wijasuriya FAusIMM

Max Wijasuriya is a Non-Executive Director with Russell Mineral Equipment (RME), a global leader for grinding mill relining technologies and services, with operations across the world. With over 20 years of senior management experience, recent roles apart from RME include Managing Director Schenck Process, Vice President Minerals – China, North & South East Asia for FLSmidth, Vice President Capital Equipment with Metso, and being on the Board of Austmine.

Max holds an MBA in Technology Management from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace) from UNSW, and is a Fellow of AusIMM and the Institute of Engineers Australia. 

Passionate about innovation, Max would bring to the Board a proven track record in business leadership and strategy implementation, as well as experience in safety, technology and diversity initiatives including perspectives on successful approaches and building relationships and culture in the push to ensure mining and metallurgy is at the cutting edge of technology and "doing it better".

Bianca Newcombe MAusIMM

With over 20 years’ industry experience across roles in production, project management, consulting and research; Bianca brings a breadth and variety of experience that allows a unique and insightful perspective to the roles she takes on.  Her career started in remote operations and now focuses on developing strategic operational geometallurgy best practice programs.

As an AusIMM member Bianca has been involved in the Lachlan and Kalgoorlie branch committees, and the Metallurgical Society, becoming MetSoc Chair during 2018.   A key passion is bringing value to the membership through relevant and appropriately delivered content.  In 2016 she initiated the MetFest series of events, which sought to bring professionals together in an informal technical seminar to exchange ideas and network with like-minded colleagues. Since then, she has grown and championed these events across the country and now seeks to incorporate student engagement to encourage future engineers into the industry.

Brendan Howard FAusIMM

Brendan has a background as a geologist, and the benefit of a richly diverse 28 year career in the minerals industry, with the privilege of living and working all around the world.  He is passionate about collaborating with others through organisations like the AusIMM to ensure that our industry is prepared to meet the challenges of the future.  In particular, the multi-dimensional future workforce challenges; falling university enrolments, an ageing workforce, fast moving technological landscape changing the required skills and many more.  No single company or institution can solve these challenges and better collaboration between industry, government and academia is essential.

Brendan has previously served as a Director at the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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