18 May Sydney


Facing change and empowering diverse leadership
in the resources industry

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Facing change and empowering diverse leadership in the resources industry

About the conference


Achieve and Inspire is a groundbreaking one-day conference that will focus on the soft skills required by modern-day resources professionals. The event will showcase the diversity of thought and leadership needed for success in the contemporary resources sector.

At this inaugural conference hosted by the AusIMM Women in Mining Network, a line-up of 9 inspiring speakers will present on leadership, technology, innovation, culture and diversity. The program is designed to empower delegates towards new thinking through collaborative and inclusive sessions.

A networking function will follow, with opportunities to discuss industry trends with like-minded resources professionals.

Achieve and Inspire is the conference you do not want to miss in 2018.

Be part of the conversation, be part of the change.

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Organising committee


Conference Chair

Michelle Lawson MAusIMM, Glencore Coal Assets Australia

Committee Members

Ted Bradshaw FAusIMM, Kimberley Consulting Group
Kate Hobbs MAusIMM, Neutrog Australia
Lynn Olssen MAusIMM(CP), Rio Tinto
Fiona Robertson MAusIMM
Subira Sharma SAusIMM, University of Tasmania

Event Management

Suzie Chan Senior Coordinator, Events

Conference Topics


  • Our theme focuses on how we can work together to make a stronger and more resilient Mining and Resources Industry by harnessing the knowledge, capability and talent of those excelling in their field.
  • Some of the Nation's leading experts and top professionals will share how individuals can use best practices to create a workplace committed to excellence and work collaboratively with others to create a high performing business.
  • We aim to attract a diverse group of individuals and provide them with a safe place to learn.
  • We want to hear success stories on driving cultural change and improve community perceptions.
  • Seek to shift traditional impressions among the general population and to foster a more diverse workforce.
Benefits of attending:


  • Compare best practice strategies and tactics for enhancing your performance
  • Be inspired by Local and national speakers on diverse issues and methodologies
  • Increase confidence and competence to achieve your goals
  • Hear about creative strategies that move diversity and inclusion efforts forward
  • Learn to engage and inspire others for greater participation and involvement


This is a professional development day and delegates should be able to get “takeaways” that they can then apply in the workplace to help drive their career and to help the workforce focus on inclusive environments, by learning from industry leader success stories.

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Conference fees are in quoted in Australian Dollars and include 10% Goods and Service (GST) Tax.

To qualify for the special 'Member' rate, you must be a financial (paid) member of The AusIMM or WIMnet. The AusIMM 2018 membership fees are due 1 January 2018.

Non-member registration fees apply to all non-members

Registration Price
AusIMM/WIMnet Member $375
International Delegate $375
Non-member $495
Student AusIMM Member* $143
Student Non-member* $165

*Students must be currently enrolled full-time at a tertiary institution to qualify for the discounted student rate. Proof of full-time status will be required.

Registration Entitlements

Full Registration

  •   Access to all conference sessions
  •   Lunch, morning and afternoon tea
  •   Conference name badge and satchel
  •   One (1) ticket to the Networking Function



Only pre-registered, pre-paid registrants will be guaranteed access to the event. Upon receipt of your registration and payment, The AusIMM will send registration confirmation.

Registering On-site

On-site registrants, with payment only, will be admitted on space availability.

AusIMM/WIMnet Member Rate

To qualify for the special rates of ‘AusIMM member’ as quoted on the registration booking form you must be a financial (paid) member of the AusIMM or WIMnet. AusIMM 2018 membership fees were due by 1 January 2018. Non-member registration fees apply to all non-members and non-financial AusIMM members.

Student Registration

A student must be currently enrolled full-time at a tertiary institution. Proof of full-time status must be submitted with the registration form.

Participant List

Please note that all registered delegates will have their name, position, company and email address printed in a participant list. Should you not wish to have your details distributed please notify Event Management as soon as possible.

Confirmation of Bookings

Conference registrations will be acknowledged as they are received with payment in full. Receipts for registration payments will be attached to the confirmation letter. Please check the confirmation letter and advise of any alterations immediately.

Networking Function

If you wish to bring a spouse, friend or colleague to the Networking Function, you will need to purchase an additional ticket for your guest(s). Please note that guest’s may participate in networking activities only and have no access to sessions.

Networking Function – $66

WIMnet Conference Grants

As an initiative to increase the number of female presenters at AusIMM conferences, a WIMnet Conference Grant is available for some AusIMM conferences which may be awarded to a female presenter based on merit and need. The grant covers the cost of conference registration, but does not include travel or accommodation. Successful applicants need not be AusIMM members, although preference will be given to members. Successful applicants must first have their abstract accepted by the conference organising committee. Following the conclusion of the conference, grant recipients are asked to provide a short (less than one page) article for publication in the WIMnet newsletter.

Women interested in applying for the complimentary conference pass should submit their application via email to the WIMnet secretariat dedwards@ausimm.com.au for consideration. Applications should be no more than 300 words and explain how the applicant meets the selection criteria (merit and need) and why they are applying.

In addition, WIMnet have a number of members experienced in conference presentations who are available to offer advice on presentation skills should an applicant be interested in their assistance.

Terms and Conditions

Cancellations of registration must be by email only. Refunds will apply as follows:
• More than 28 days before the conference – Full refund
• 28 – 7 days before the conference – Refund (less $175 administration charge)
• 7 days or less before the conference or non-attendance – No refund (no exceptions)

An organisation may send an alternative delegate if registration has been paid and the registered person is unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances. In such cases, Event Management must be advised of the change prior to the symposium.


Waiver of Policy

The AusIMM, accepts no liability to any persons or body for any loss, injury or damage howsoever and whether directly from any action or cause whatsoever undertaken, organised or sponsored by The AusIMM.



By attending this event I consent to my image being taken and used at the discretion of The AusIMM.


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Payment must accompany all registrations. We accept the following credit cards:

  •   VISA
  •   MasterCard
  •   AMEX
  •   Diners Club

All enquiries regarding payments, please telephone +61 3 9658 6120.

PARKROYAL Darling Harbour

The PARKROYAL Darling Harbour is pleased to offer conference delegates a 10% discount off the best available rates and if rooms are available at the time of booking they will appear via the below weblink:

150 Day Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
Phone: +61 2 9261 1188
Email: enquiry.prsyd@parkroyalhotels.com
Web: https://www.parkroyalhotels.com/en/hotels-resorts/australia/darling-harbour-sydney.html


Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour

The Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour is pleased to offer conference delegates 15% discount of the rate of the day by calling the hotel reservations team on:
12 Darling Dr, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: +61 2 8388 8888
Quote: AusIMM when making your booking.


Novotel and Ibis Sydney Darling Harbour

The Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour and Hotel Ibis Darling Harbour are pleased
Reservations can be made by the following channels and cannot be used for online bookings. 70-100 Murray St Pyrmont, NSW 2009
Phone: +61 2 9288 7180
Novotel Email: h1181@accor.com Ibis Email: h1757@accor.com
Quote: ACH170518 when making your booking.

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Peter Baker

Peter Baker

Senior Vice President, Underground Operations, Peabody Energy Australia

Peter Baker is currently Senior Vice President Underground Operations responsible for Peabody Energy’s underground mines in Queensland and New South Wales including oversight of safety, production, asset management, projects, engineering and environmental activities.

Peter joined Peabody in November 2009 as General Manager of the Metropolitan operations and was then appointed to the position of General Manager of Wambo in September 2011, before commencing his current role in February 2014.

Prior to joining Peabody, Peter was Operations Manager at Tahmoor Colliery for Xstrata Coal and also held a global Safety Manager’s role during his time at Xstrata Coal. Peter has also been Manager of the Southern Mines Rescue Station in Wollongong where he was involved in emergency management and emergency response.

Rachel Charles

Rachel Charles

Partner - Tax, Ernst & Young

Rachel Charles is a partner in EY’s Tax practice in Sydney. Recognised for her energy and execution, Rachel has been appointed to a number of market facing leadership roles, including Oceania Mining & Metals Tax Leader and Eastern Region Director for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year Program.

Over a 20 year career spent in EY’s Perth, Brisbane and Sydney offices, Rachel has worked with a wide range of Australian and multinational companies, assisting them to manage their Australian income tax obligations and inbound/outbound investment structures. Rachel is focussed on the mining and energy sectors and has enjoyed the challenges and opportunities that working with companies in these industries has brought. These have included adapting the delivery of services to meet her clients’ changing needs, across the commodities cycle and across cultures.

John Mulcahy

John Mulcahy

Manager Innovation and Operational Systems, Rio Tinto

John is Manager Innovation and Operational Systems for Rio Tinto Growth and Innovation. Drawing on more than 25 years experience with automation, control and operational systems in the resources sector, John is a significant contributor to Rio Tinto’s Innovation Strategy. John joined Rio Tinto in 2012.

Danielle Roche

Danielle Roche

Strategy & Performance Leader, Queensland Urban Utilities

Danielle is currently leading the infrastructure maintenance function at Queensland Urban Utilities and loves working in an industry that has such a positive impact on public health, and our community's amenity and quality of life. Danielle also has a keen interest in technology and data science and turning data into insights to help make great business decisions. She has worked for government, private and not for profit water industry organisations and enjoys roles where she can lead the creation of engaged, diverse, high performing teams to solve complex business challenges.

Keynote Speakers

Lisa Barry

Lisa Barry

Partner, Management, Consulting, KPMG Australia

Robots and the Rise of the Humans

Lisa is a Senior Partner with KPMG and leads a team of Workforce Transformation experts skilfully combining advanced robotic technologies and human talent to create with her clients powerful, passionate enterprises.

Now in her seventeenth year as a partner, her international experience is extensive having led major engagements in the United States, the United Kingdom, South and Latin Americas, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Russia and most major European countries.

Dr Ali Burston

Dr Ali Burston

Founder and Director, Metisphere

Emotional Intelligence in Leadership

Dr Ali Burston began her career as an endorsed Organisational Psychologist working on several large mining construction projects in the Pilbara. Prior to this, she worked in management consulting and major accounting firms in Perth to fund her psychology degrees.

Ali is the Founder and Director of boutique organisational development firm, Metisphere. Ali has significant experience working with organisations to strategically enhance employee productivity, team development and culture.

Phil Duthie

Phil Duthie

General Manager – Australia, GHD

Beyond lip service - Diversity, inclusion and real change at GHD

Phil is the General Manager – Australia for GHD, one of the world’s leading engineering, architecture, environmental and construction companies and is responsible for the commercial, strategic and operational performance of GHD’s 45 Australian offices. He has nearly 30 years of project and senior line management experience in construction, consulting and government organisations and has previously held roles in GHD as General Manager of the Middle East & Europe and Manager of Victoria.

Phil is passionate about diversity and inclusion. He champions GHD’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy, which he introduced three years ago.

Jamie Frankcombe

Jamie Frankcombe

Executive General Manager – Operations, Whitehaven Coal

Changing face of the industry: leadership that results in indigenous jobs

Jamie was appointed Executive General Manager – Operations in February 2013. Jamie was previously Director Operations at Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. Prior to that he has had extensive senior experience in coal mine operations and development including as the Chief Operating Officer of PT Adaro Indonesia, Executive General Manager – Americas for Xstrata Coal and General Manager Operations for Xstrata Coal’s Hunter Valley open cut operations. Jamie holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from Wollongong University and a Master of Business Administration (Technology) from APESMA Deakin University. Additionally he holds First Class Certificate of Competency qualifications for both the NSW and Queensland coal industry.

Chris Gibbs Stewart

Chris Gibbs Stewart

Chief Executive Officer, Austmine

Leaving an Innovation Legacy

Chris has some 30 years of experience in international business, industry development and general management. As CEO of Austmine, Chris is firmly focused on delivering value to the organisation’s members, creating opportunities and driving strategic innovation and collaboration across the industry. She has forged powerful relationships, and has helped to significantly raise the profile of the sector to the point that it is now recognised as a Federal Government Industry Growth Centre. In 2016, Chris was recognised for her work by winning the Industry Advocacy Award at the Australian Women in Industry Awards.

Marina Go

Marina Go

Chair, West Tigers NRL Club

Marina Go is Chair of the Wests Tigers NRL Club, Chair of Office Brands, a non-executive director of Energy Australia and Autosports Group, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Centre For Media Transition at the University of Technology Sydney, and author of the business book for women, Break Through: 20 Success Strategies for Female Leaders. She was previously Head of Hearst Australia at Bauer Media. Boss magazine named her as one of 20 True Leaders of 2016.

Dr Vanessa Guthrie

Dr Vanessa Guthrie

Chair, Minerals Council of Australia and Non-executive Director, ABC

The fast-changing face of technology: Can mining keep pace?

Dr Vanessa Guthrie is a highly accomplished Executive and Director with a career spanning thirty years in the resources sector in diverse roles such as operations, environment, community and indigenous affairs corporate development and sustainability. Vanessa has qualifications in geology, environment, law and business management including a PhD in Geology. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Curtin University in 2017 for her contribution to sustainability, innovation and policy leadership in the resources industry.


Jacqui McGill

Jacqui McGill

Asset President, BHP

BHP, AusIMM - Achieve and Inspire

Jacqui McGill is the Asset President of Olympic Dam in BHP's Copper business, and was appointed on the 1st June 2015.

Prior to her leadership at Olympic Dam, Jacqui was the Asset President of BHP Mitsui Coal (BMC).

Over her 25 plus years of resource experience she has worked in a range of commodities including Iron Ore with BHP and prior to joining BHP she held a number of senior operational roles in the uranium and gold sectors.

Tracey Waring

Tracey Waring

Partner, Global Mining & Metals IFRS Leader, Ernst & Young

What it truly means to be an authentic and influential leader

Tracey is a partner at EY and has worked there for over 23 years. She is their Oceania International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Desk leader and also the Global IFRS leader – Mining & Metals and has over 23 years of experience in the provision of assurance and financial accounting advisory services to a wide range of clients and a large portion of these being from the mining and metals sector. Two of these years were spent working at EY’s global headquarters in London.

David Yeates

David Yeates

Program Manager, Digital Transformation, AusIMM – The Minerals Institute

Technology, Innovation and the Workforce of the future

A multi-specialist consultant with roots in design and innovation, Dave currently leads the AusIMM’s digital transformation and has had the privilege of working with some of the world’s leading organisations. Combining disciplines of Digital Disruption, Design Thinking, Customer Centricity, Lean Startup and Narrative-driven communication his consulting practice leads executives and teams across these disciplines – helping organisations win business today and preparing them for the marketplace of tomorrow.

Sponsorship opportunities

Benefits of sponsorship

The Achieve and Inspire Conference 2018 is currently seeking sponsors under the following categories but is not limited to.

  • Gold technology
  • Silver session
  • Silver conference bag
  • Bronze networking display
  • Bronze name badges
  • Bronze conference bag gift
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  • Dockside Sydney
  • Dockside Sydney
  • Balcony Level
    Cockle Bay Wharf
    Sydney NSW 2000

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