18 MaySydney


The AusIMM Achieve and Inspire Conference 2018

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Innovative thinking
The changing face of the mining and resources industry.

About the conference


Achieve and Inspire creates a dynamic environment that inspires leadership and learning unlike any other industry conference. Designed to inspire positive impact change on key organisation goals and achieve business and personal objectives. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and share best practice, network and find out more about new innovative developments.

The conference will bring together people from across a broad range of disciplines and industry sectors, young and old, leaders, managers and supervisors, students and new professionals, business women and men, specialists and executives. In a comfortable and relaxed environment you will hear from compelling speakers to achieve new thinking. With plenty of opportunities for diverse networking and fun.

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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Sponsorship opportunities available

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Dr Ali Burston

Dr Ali Burston

Founder and Director, Metisphere

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.

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.

Phil Duthie

Phil Duthie

General Manager – Australia, 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.

Chris Gibbs Stewart

Chris Gibbs Stewart

Chief Executive Officer, Austmine

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.

Dr Vanessa Guthrie

Dr Vanessa Guthrie

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

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 Billiton

Jacqui McGill is the Asset President of Olympic Dam in BHP Billiton’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 Billiton Mitsui Coal (BMC). Over her 25 plus years of resource experience she has worked in a range of commodities including Iron Ore with BHP Billiton and prior to joining BHP she held a number of senior operational roles in the uranium and gold sectors.

Andrew Gorman-Murray

Professor Andrew Gorman-Murray

Western Sydney University

Andrew Gorman-Murray is a Professor in Social Sciences (Geography and Urban Studies) at Western Sydney University, where he holds positions as Leader of the Urban Research Program and Research Theme Champion for Urban Living and Society. He is a social, cultural and political geographer. His research expertise encompasses: gender, sexuality and space; home and belonging; mobilities and place-making; emotional geographies and wellbeing; urban and rural studies; visual and material cultures; and social and cultural dimensions of disasters, climate change and sustainability.

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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