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2023-2025 Election of Directors to the AusIMM Board

2023-2025 Election of Directors to the AusIMM Board

The election of Directors to the AusIMM Board for the period of 2023-2025 will be held by electronic ballot from Friday 9 September 2022 9:00 am AEST to Friday 28 October 2022 5:00 pm AEDT.

Candidate profiles, voting information and a link to the online ballot for the election was emailed to voting members (AusIMM Honorary Fellows, Fellows, Members and Associates) from the Big Pulse voting platform.

There are three Board Directors to be elected for the period of 2023-2025. We invite you to consider the ten candidates and their statements below, to ensure you can make an informed decision for your vote.

The elected Board Directors will join Nicole Brook, the incoming President for 2023 and the current ongoing AusIMM Directors, whose profiles are available here.

We encourage all eligible AusIMM members to vote.

Candidates and their statements 

Name Post nomimals MemberSHIP 
Juleen Brown MAusIMM(CP) 20 years
Chris Carr* FAusIMM(CP) 37 years
Jonathan Robbeson FAusIMM(CP) 12 years
Kim Greenock FAusIMM 10 years
John Landmark FAusIMM 31 years
Chris Greet FAusIMM(CP) 35 years
Tony Wiggins MAusIMM 16 years
Janina Gawler FAusIMM(CP) 3 years
Philippa Sjoquist MAusIMM 11 years
Michelle Lawson FAusIMM 6 years

*Director seeking re-election for a second term

Juleen Brown, MAusIMM(CP)

I am an experienced leader in the resources sector and passionate about the role the minerals industry must play in moving to a sustainable, decarbonised world. Having been involved with AusIMM for my entire career, I know we are uniquely placed to guide the technical excellence and industry collaboration required for this future.

I have been involved in the development and execution of sustainability strategy in the mining and resources sector for 18 years, and prior to that as a mining engineer. I have gained technical, strategic and leadership experience through operational, corporate and consulting roles in Australia and abroad. With a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining), a Master of Environmental Management (Sustainable Development), I am a pragmatic and authentic leader of sustainability and environmental performance.

I have been involved with AusIMM for 20 years, holding various leadership and committee roles. As a member of the Student Chapter in 1999 I held the position of Treasurer and later sat on the New

Professionals committee. I then served on the Sustainability Committee and was part of the team that transitioned it into the Social and Environment Society, holding leadership roles (Chair and Vice Chair) from 2014-2016. I have also been on the Life-of-Mine Conference organising committee for the 2016, 2018, 2021 and 2023 events. As a passionate advocate of women in mining, I served as Queensland representative on the WIMnet committee from 2014 to 2020, the Women in Mining and Resources Queensland Committee from 2007 to 2020 (Chair 2013-2014) and still play an active mentoring role across various industry programs.

Bringing together the technical expertise required to deliver on what is needed for a healthy planet and prosperous future is critical, and the minerals industry must remain at the forefront of public and stakeholder expectations. I would love to bring my energy, ideas and experience to the AusIMM Board in their pursuit of this sustainable future.

Chris Carr, FAusIMM(CP)

I am a Mining Engineer with more than 35 years’ experience and hold a MBA and MSc in Mineral Economics.  I have worked largely in underground mining of gold and base metals, and have held roles in open pit, contracting and consulting with most of my career being regionally based or in FIFO roles.  I led the Ernest Henry Underground project from pre-feasibility through to the final stages of shaft development. My current role is Group Manager Technical Services for IGO Limited where I led IGO’s Nova Operation from the end of construction through to consistent operations.  I also lead mine electrification and decarbonisation studies.

I bring competence in strategy, governance, ethics, risk management, financial management, and operations, as well as regional perspectives to the AusIMM Board. 

My relevant experience to the AusIMM Board includes being a current Director 2020-2022; a past AusIMM director 2007-2012; Chair of the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ) 2012-2014; Chair of the AusIMM’s Investment committee (since 2007), Chair of the Chartered Professional Board, and Chair or member of various other conference and industry committees.

I am passionate about professional standards and development, the future of the industry, and an active supporter of students and new professionals.  I have seen a significant change in the AusIMM over my membership years and I am cognisant of the forces shaping the organisation’s future.  As part of that future I would focus on promoting on member value and engagement, particularly those in regional areas where events are difficult to arrange and attend, and on digital offerings for professional development. 

Having been an active member and passionate supporter of the AusIMM since joining in 1984, I seek to be returned to the Board for a second term to continue to put back into the AusIMM.

Jonathan Robbeson, FAusIMM(CP)

I am a Fellow of the AusIMM(CP) and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a mentor in the Women in Mining NSW Mentoring program.  I hold a BSc (Hons) from Rhodes University and a Master’s degree in Economic Geology (UTAS), a Master of Mining Engineering (UNSW) and have been awarded an Executive MBA (AGSM).

I have 20 years of hands-on, corporate and director experience throughout the mining value chain and have held senior titles in both Australian and international large multi-nationals through to small cap explorers. This has all culminated in an extensive in-depth knowledge base in managing greenfield assets through feasibility, approvals, development, construction, commissioning and into profitable operation. All these steps encompass their own risks and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) challenges for all stakeholders which need to be understood, continuously monitored, clearly communicated and managed.

As a passionate, lifelong campaigner and active voice for our industry, I am a firm believer that to achieve a more sustainable future, the world faces the need for a rapid and profound economic, business and societal transformation. This will embody a multidisciplinary approach to change that will impact every industry, every business and every individual. I believe that the AusIMM can rise-up to be a leading influence again in this volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous time.

I have experience in leading high performing teams, and I believe that when provided the right opportunity people, through the power of effective team collaboration, all can do incredible things. With a passion for curiosity, strong governance, leadership and integrity I bring with me a mix of skills to contribute to the range of issues our industry and the AusIMM are currently facing and will face into the future.

Kim Greenock, FAusIMM

I am interested in joining the AusIMM Board as I believe I have the experience and energy to add value.

I have been involved in engineering since I left school at 17 (42 years ago) and joined the Merchant Navy as an Engineering Officer cadet, and all my professional roles since then have been in engineering/business, with over 32 years in the mining sector. I have served on several committees, been a school director and chair, and a committee chair for Engineers Australia.

I have been appraised and am considered as a mentor to junior engineers and have participated in the growth and development of many staff over the years. I believe my experience establishing a world class team from ground zero to now deliver services to Rio Tinto, Newmont, Kirkland Lake, Yancoal, White Haven Coal and many other mining companies shows my commercial skills and experiences.

My wife and I have three biological children and five adopted children (two special needs ASD children) and this has meant I slowed down a little with Engineers Australia as we took on this major challenge and fostered a total of over 20 children. This has kept me young, grounded and connected in a real world to the challenges of business to retain a social license and I have a better understanding of the challenges facing our younger members.

With an MBA from APESMA/Deakin and as an engineering executive with many years guiding and working in a global team I believe I have the empathy, people skills and business skills to have something to offer AusIMM.

John Landmark, FAusIMM

Having been a member, and now Fellow, of the AusIMM for the last 31 years it is absolutely time for me to give back. I have enjoyed many years of involvement in local branch committees, attended conferences as a presenter and participating delegate, and I have been an active and interested member for many years. More recently I have become involved in the Women in Mining Mentoring programs in Victoria, and currently also participate as a Mentor in the AusIMM Mentoring program.

My working career spans roles in corporate affairs, human resources, organisational design, exploration, mining operations, safety and transformation. I have extensive experience, both in Australia and internationally, in a diverse range of executive leadership, technical and advisory roles. I also have a successful track record taking on challenging change-management assignments at an operational level, regional scale and through to leading an organization-wide safety and risk management transformation process.

Whilst now in a senior executive role in the Australian gold mining industry, and based in Melbourne, this seems a perfect time to be more involved in the AusIMM and contribute where I can.

My professional qualifications and affiliations include:

  • MSc (Exploration and Mining Geology), James Cook University, Australia, 1995
  • BSc Hons (Geology), University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, 1985
  • Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Fellow of Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
  • Member of Society of Economic Geologists

Chris Greet, MAusIMM(CP)

My career path, while unorthodox it has, I think provided me with valuable insights into both myself and the mining industry. Having worked as an operator and a shift foreman before entering university to gain my Metallurgical Engineering degree, at the South Australian Institute of Technology, gave me a solid practical grounding in concentrator operations.

My metallurgy degree opened my eyes to the intricacies of mineral processing but left me with a lot of unanswered questions about why things happen. Completing my PhD provided the opportunity to develop an understanding of the complexities of sulphide mineral flotation. That is, without having adequate liberation coupled with the right surface chemistry means an economic separation of the valuable minerals from the gangue is unlikely to occur.

My sound technical knowledge of mineral processing has found a home in Magotteaux’s sales team where the experimental work I conduct is used to build solid business cases to improve our client’s operational performance. However, this role has also exposed me to a wide range of operations globally and I have come to realise that the next generation of mining professionals are keen and eager to learn.

I feel it is here that I can contribute strongly to my colleagues with the AusIMM. I have a social responsibility to develop and foster continuous professional development for young mining professionals so that the future of mining will be left in safe hands.

Tony Wiggins, MAusIMM

I have over 25 years’ experience in the mining and financial services industries, working in operational roles as a geologist, before taking on commercial responsibilities and those of an institutional investment manager with some of Australia’s largest funds. Subsequently founding my own licensed investment company (EIM Capital Managers), I pioneered ESG disclosure for a managed fund with a focus on global natural resources. I work with BHP, assisting decision evaluation activities in Adelaide.

I hold a BSc Geology (hons), a Masters of Minerals and Energy Economics from Macquarie, and a Masters of Applied Finance and Investment. I recently completed additional studies relating to Competitive Advantage and Strategy at Wharton. I sit on the BHP Superannuation Plan Investment Committee and I am a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia.

As a GB O’Malley Medallist and past Young Professionals representative to AusIMM Council, I am Chairperson of the Geoscience Society, a responsibility I have held since 2019. In this role I have expanded the online delivery of technical programs to members and sought to enhance the value proposition of the AusIMM to the broader geoscience community. I also sit on the steering committee of the proposed National Rock Garden in Canberra.

An advocate of industry engagement and ongoing professional development, I am seeking to build stronger relationships beyond the sector and expand learning opportunities for AusIMM members.

Janina Gawler, FAusIMM(CP)

I am a social scientist and business executive with more than 25 years working in the extractive industry with exploration teams, mining engineers, project directors and teams responsible for operations and closures. I specialise in ESG, strategy, assurance and risk analysis and mitigations. As a member of AusIMM I have been an active participant in the development of ESG and social responsibility across the mining and metallurgical industries and see this as an area of growth to ensure the sustainability of mining for the long term. This is what has motivated my interest in seeking election to the AusIMM Board.

I would bring to the AusIMM Board my Australian and global experience in working at the intersections between exploration, mining, project development and closure with communities, regulators, and stakeholders. I understand the professional opportunities and challenges that our members encounter in their working career. I have a successful track record in delivering on time and on budget land access and regulatory approvals to support growth and development in mining. These outcomes are achieved through my high-level negotiation and communication skills and an ability to find effective and sustainable solutions which work for the companies and for communities impacted by exploration or mining operations.

Over more than 10 years I have served on boards as a director, and I have reported to a board as an Executive Director. I have expertise in strategy, policy development, risk assessment, assurance and governance of boards enhanced through the INSEAD International Directors Certificate which I completed in 2019.

I ascribe to the following values as a board director: accountability, collaboration, respect for fellow board directors, ethical and transparent decision making and research and learning to ensure that a board remains relevant and agile in its response to member’s needs and interests.

My qualfications include:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Social and Economic Geography and Politics) 1971-1973 Monash University
  • Graduate Diploma of Education (Social Science and Geography Methods) 1974 Monash University
  • Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors 2012
  • Graduate of INSEAD International Director’s Course Fontainebleau France 2019

Philippa Sjoquist, MAusIMM

During my first year of high school, I visited Rio Tinto’s bauxite mine in Weipa. This started an (almost) lifelong curiosity in mining and sustainability – what the industry produces, and how it does so. I am now a multi-disciplinary professional with more than 17 years of experience in mining and metals, including site-based operational roles in environmental management, and global corporate roles in sustainability, disclosures and governance, energy, strategic planning, strategy development and investor relations.

I am an advocate for low-intensity materials production, responsible natural resource management and have a keen interest in the circular economy, particularly in relation to mining and how the industry contributes. I am currently the co-chair of the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) Circular economy working group and Deputy Chair of the AusIMM Social & Environment Society.

I have a Bachelor of Environmental Management (Human Geography), a Master of International Environmental Law, in learning how this applies to the value chain of extractive companies, and an MBA that combines the business of mining with advancements in energy productivity. I have recently completed the AICD Company Directors course.

I have sound reasoning, am pragmatic and have a strategic mindset while being effective in implementation. I intend to make a positive contribution to the Board and AusIMM members through my experience and qualifications in sustainability, which continues to increase in importance for the industry and AusIMM.

Michelle Lawson, FAusIMM

I bring to this role over 10 years practicing Executive Director and Chair experience, gained from senior executive positions held in global mining companies and top tier accounting firms over the past three decades.

The following experience, skills and abilities indicate that I am highly suited to the role and demonstrate my contribution to the Board in the areas of ESG, diversity, governance, risk management and finance.

I’m well-recognised for results-oriented approach with a solid strategic focus where I held the positions of Executive Director of twenty mining companies and Chairman of the Board at five Joint Ventures, as well as Alternative Director for Port Waratah Coal Services. Since January 2022, I’ve been appointed as Board Member of the HMRI Foundation based in Newcastle.

As part of my role with Glencore, I also led ESG, risk management, compliance and internal audit across all their operations, which consisted of 17 operating mines, and 12 sites in care and maintenance or undertaking rehabilitation and mine closure. This sits within a company structure more than 100 registered entities on ASIC, where Glencore Coal employs almost 11,000 people across the nation. I’ve also completed the AusIMM ESG and Social Responsibility Professional Certificate.

I have extensive hands-on knowledge of business management, working in a variety of areas including strategy development and implementation; construction program and contract management; commercial services; audit; and governance. I also possess a strong background in stakeholder relations and joint venture management.

  • Successfully led Women in Mining Groups for the past seven years, with widespread industry connections.
  • Ability to obtain Board consensus and agreement through times of greatly opposing views.

The experience, expertise, attributes and achievements outlined above provide strong evidence that I am an excellent candidate and that I am highly suited to the organisation.

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