Advisory Board

IMARC's program is developed in conjunction with the following members of the advisory board, experts in their field.

Adele Seymon

  • AMIRA Global
  • Program Director Future Resources

Adele Seymon is a Program Director – Exploration to Mine & Sustainability at AMIRA International, a global mining industry member-based organisation. At AMIRA she is responsible for creating opportunities that provide solutions to members’ business challenges through…

Adrian Beer

  • METS Ignited
  • Chief Executive Officer

Adrian is the Chief Executive Officer for METS Ignited. As a global industry leader, he brings extensive experience in the application of technology to the mining sector. Adrian is passionate about collaborative transformation, business efficiency, and maximising the effectiveness of operations for the benefit of all stakeholders.

With a technical background in mineral processing,…

Cameron Cairns

  • Geological Survey of Victoria
  • Manager Minerals Geoscience

Cameron Cairns is Manager Minerals Geoscience with the Geological Survey of Victoria. Cameron is a Registered Professional Geoscientist (Mineral Exploration) with nineteen years of experience in industry and government. Prior to joining the Geological Survey of Victoria in 2015 Cameron worked in mining and minerals exploration in Western Australia, Pakistan, Mauritania, Laos and Myanmar…

Chris Cawood

  • OceanaGold
  • Chief Innovation Officer

Chris Cawood has over 25 years' experience in the resources sector, across oil and gas and mining. Hehas been with OceanaGold as the CIO for the last 4 years. Prior to that he has had an extensive history in technology based across Australia and indeed the world. Before moving to Melbourne and OceanaGold he held a number of technical roles at BHP in Sydney, the Netherlands and…

Chris Wijns

  • First Quantum Minerals
  • Group Geophysicist

Chris Wijns has been the Group Geophysicist since 2008 for First Quantum Minerals Ltd, a global base metal miner. Previously, he held a similar role with gold company Resolute Mining. Chris studied geophysics degrees in Canada, and worked in gold exploration in West Africa before moving to Australia in 1999, where he completed a PhD in 2004. He has enjoyed working inside sizeable mining…

Christine Coonan

  • Mitsui & Co Australia
  • Deputy General Manager

Christine is with the Mineral & Metal Resources and Energy Division of Mitsui & Co. Australia.

Mitsui & Co. Australia is the wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., one of the world’s most diversified trading, investment and services enterprises.  Its diverse portfolio of businesses in Australia includes iron ore, coal, gas, oil, food, grain, salt, woodchips, power generation,…

Christine Gibbs Stewart

  • Austmine
  • Chief Executive Officer

Christine Gibbs Stewart has 30 years of experience in international business, industry development and general management. Christine Gibbs Stewart has worked across a number of different industries including mining, food and beverage, HVAC, IT, design, aviation and automotive. Christine Gibbs Stewart has extensive experience in working with governments in Australia and abroad to develop and…

Clytie Dangar

  • CRC Ore
  • General Manager - Commercialisation

Clytie Dangar is the General Manager, Stakeholder Engagement of CRC ORE, she has recognised expertise in high-level engagement and relationship development within the global mining industry with over 20 years of international experience in developing and negotiating complex, high-value transactions, principally within the mining and commodity trading…

David Camerlengo

  • Unearthed
  • General Manager

David Camerlengo is General Manager at Unearthed; working intimately with industry clients on their innovation agenda and accelerating startups from across the globe to solve complex challenges in the resources sector (mining, energy and oil and gas). Prior to this, David was Trade & Investment Commissioner to North America for the Queensland government, responsible for the state's…

Gavan Collery

  • Melbourne Mining Club
  • IMARC Ambassador

Gavan Collery is a business communications professional with almost 40 years of experience in corporate affairs, investor relations, communications and journalism in industries ranging from minerals and resources to financial services and media. With professional services in companies like Indophil Resources NL, Western Mining Corporation and Elders Resources NZFP, and before that with the IPR…

Greg Millen

  • Wave International
  • Chief Executive Officer

Hedley Widdup

  • Lion Selection Group
  • Executive Director

Hedley Widdup is an Executive Director of fund manager Lion Manager Pty Ltd. Lion Manager Pty Limited is a specialist mining investment team that provides investment management services to Lion Selection Group. Hedley graduated as a geologist with first class honours from the University of Melbourne in 2000, following which he gained extensive experience working with WMC Resources at the Mt…

Ian Sandl

  • IGO
  • General Manager, Exploration

Ian was appointed General Manager Exploration for IGO in 2017. Ian has 30 years experience in mineral exploration and associated geoscience, including near-mine and greenfields exploration for a range of commodities. He has previously held senior management and technical positions within Teck Resources, BHP Minerals and Geo Discovery Group and has significant international experience having…

Jacqui Coombes

  • AMIRA International
  • Chief Executive Officer

Campbell Olsen has had a long career in Private Equity and operational management in the mining industry. In 2003 Campbell established Polarity Capital, a private equity & advisory firm that specialized in a hands-on approach to its investments, with Campbell regularly assuming the CEO role of investee companies for varying durations to provide turnaround and expansion strategies as well…

Janina Gawler

  • RST Solutions
  • Principal Consultant

Janina Gawler Consultant RST Solutions Janina Gawler is a specialist consultant in the design and delivery of resilient, sustainable and trusted partnerships with communities and developers. She has over thirty years senior executive experience working with corporations and governments on sustainability and social licence to operate. During her fifteen-year career with Rio Tinto she was Vice…

Joanne Warner

  • First Quantum Minerals
  • Independent Director

Dr. Warner has considerable global asset management experience in the metals, mining and energy sectors, having served as Head of Global Resources for Colonial First State Global Asset Management from 2010 – 2017 (previously the Senior Portfolio Manager from 2003 – 2007). She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Geo40 Limited, a pioneering company focused on the extraction of silica…

Joe Mazumdar

  • Exploration Insights
  • Editor

John Krbaleski

  • Victorian Government
  • Acting Head of Resources, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Kylie Porter

  • UN Global Compact Network Australia
  • Executive Director

Kylie Porter is the Executive Director of the Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA). Kylie is a sustainability expert with over 15 years of experience in corporate affairs, sustainability and strategy roles across a broad range of industries, including the financial services sector in Australia, the UK and Singapore. Kylie's expertise is in responsible business and corporate responsibility…

Malcolm Broomhead

  • Chairman of Orica
  • Director of BHP

Melissa Holdsworth

  • AusIMM
  • General Manager, Stakeholder Engagement and Partnerships

IMARC's programme is developed in conjunction with the following members of the advisory board, considered to be experts in their field. Melissa Holdsworth is the General Manager, Stakeholder Engagement and Partnerships for The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and a member of IMARC's 50+ Advisory…

Michelle Ash

  • GMG Group
  • Chair

Michelle Ash joined Barrick in 2016, and was appointed Chief Innovation Officer later that year. In this role, Ms. Ash oversees the Companys strategy for long-term innovationways innovation can drive productivity in the existing business, optimizing our approach to research and development, as well as opportunities to deliver alternative business models. Ms. Ash has more than 20 years of…

Owen Hegarty

  • EMR Capital
  • Executive Chairman, IMARC Ambassador

Owen Hegarty has more than 40 years of experience in the global mining industry. This includes 25 years with the Rio Tinto group where he was Managing Director of Rio Tinto Asia and Rio Tinto’s Australian copper and gold business. Owen was the founder and Managing Director of Oxiana Limited, where he led the growth of Oxiana from a junior explorer to a major Asia Pacific base and…

Paola Lasso

  • Newcrest Mining
  • Principal, Government Relations and Social Performance Projects

Paola’s professional experience covers a broad range of sectors including social performance, government relations, mining, agriculture, energy, public policy and legal affairs. Paola is the current Principal, Government Relations and Social Performance Projects at Newcrest Mining with responsibility for the risk analysis of new jurisdictions and mining projects for due diligence,…

Paul Bloxham

  • HSBC
  • Chief Economist Australia & New Zealand

Paul Bloxham is the Chief Economist (Australia, New Zealand and Global Commodities) and Managing Director, Global Research, HSBC Bank Australia Ltd. He is chief spokesperson for HSBC on forecasts and trends for the Australian and New Zealand economies and their interaction with global financial markets and international economies. Paul is also a key spokesperson on HSBC’s unique view on…

Paul Stagg

  • Global Victoria
  • Director, Trade

Peter Bryant

  • Clareo
  • Board Chair, Development Partner Institute, Managing Partner

Rick Rule

  • Sprott US Holdings
  • Chief Executive Officer

Samuel Bennett

  • WSP
  • Director of Resources, ANZ

Sam leads the Resources business group across Australia, providing professional project and construction management services and engineering design to the mining, resources and industry sectors. Sam has extensive experience in the delivery of complex, major projects within both private and public sectors, including mining, rail, highways, power, airfield and urban redevelopment, from heavy…

Siri Genik

  • Bridge Consulting
  • Principal

Siri C. Genik has spent over 25 years working on major capital projects around the world. She has worked in the Natural Resource and Infrastructure industries. During the course of her career, Siri has developed particular expertise in Strategic Planning, Risk Management, Stakeholder Engagement and Governance, with a strong focus on Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Agreement…