Board of Directors

The Mining3 Board of Directors sets overall policy, determines the strategic direction and oversees technology transfer and commercialisation activities through quarterly meetings. In consultation with the Research Committee, the Board directs the research focus of Mining3.

 

Dr Laurie Hammond

Chairman of Mining3

Dr Laurie Hammond became a director and independent Chairperson of Mining3 in December 2007.

Skills and experience:

Laurie is an investor in and director of start-up and early-stage technology ventures through inQbator and iQ Capital Management, investment management companies that he co-founded. Previously, he was a research scientist and has been chief executive of several statutory bodies in Australia and New Zealand.

He has served as Chairman of the Commonwealth Government’s Commercialisation Australia Board and as a member of its Innovation Australia Board and Cooperative Research Centres Committee.  He recently contributed to the development of Queensland’s long-term strategy for the resources and METS sectors, and is currently a member of the Advance Queensland Expert Panel.

Laurie has current and previous adjunct professorial appointments in the business schools of several Australian universities, and holds a PhD from the University of the West Indies, an MBA from the University of Melbourne, and a BSc (Hons) from James Cook University.

Prof Paul Lever

CEO at Mining3

Prof Paul Lever has been the CEO of Mining3 since May 2012 and is the Professor of Mining at the University of Queensland.

Skills and experience:

Paul has extensive research experience in the fields of robotic and automated mining systems, smart mining machines and systems and intelligent data analysis techniques. He has worked on projects that include intelligent control algorithms for an automated (robotic) excavator and developing the science of bucket/material interactions to improve the performance of large excavators.

He held several positions at Mining3 prior to becoming CEO that included Research Director, Vice Present for Business Development and Program Leader. Before joining Mining3 in July 2000 he was head of the Mining and Geological Engineering department at the University of Arizona.

Qualifications

Paul obtained a BSc in Mining Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and received his MSc and Ph.D. in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

Alex Hathorn

Resource Industry Consultant

Alex Hathorn is a Director on the Mining3 board and is a Resource Industry Consultant.

Skills and experience:

Alex has more than thirty years of mining industry experience in senior executive roles with Gold Fields, Kumba Resources, Anglo American, Peabody Energy and latterly Hatch.

He has been involved in mining projects and operations on a global basis and with a wide diversity of commodities – gold, platinum, iron ore and coal, amongst others.

Alex has held a number of directorships; notably, he was on the Board of AMIRA for eight years, and is also a past director of Australian Coal Association Low Emissions Technologies (ACALET) and Australian Coal Research Ltd (ACARP). He is currently also a director of CBMI Ltd.

Qualifications

BSc Mining Engineering (Wits), AMP (INSEAD), FSAIMM, GAICD

Andrew Ransley

General Manager, Asia Pacific at Caterpillar

Andrew Ransley is the General Manager for Caterpillar and has over 30 years experience in the Mining Industry.

Skills and Experience

Andrew’s career includes Senior Maintenance positions at mine sites with Consolidated Goldfields Australia in Tasmania and New South Wales and with Metals Exploration Ltd in Kalgoorlie, WA.

He has experience in manufacturing Mining Equipment at Dale B Elphinstone Pty Ltd as Operation Manager and was also the Group Plant Manager at Thiess Contractors. Since joining Caterpillar in 1995, he has held the positions of General Manager, then Managing Director for Caterpillar Underground Mining in Burnie Tasmania, Product Manager for Large Tractors in Peoria, Illinois and is currently General Manager Asia Pacific in Caterpillar Global Mining.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) with Honours from the University of Queensland

Brad Neilson

President at Joy Global

Brad Neilson is the President Hard Rock Mining – Joy Global

Brad has been a part of the mining industry for over 30 years, with a passion for innovation and driving improvement. For the past 16 years, Brad has held a variety of leadership roles with Joy Global and is currently the President of Hard Rock Mining. He has been responsible for the creation and rapid growth of a new business unit within Joy Global via acquisitions, developing and commercialising transformational mining systems and opening new markets. He is leading culture change in Joy Global from a predominately coal focused business to a provider of innovative solutions across all mined commodities.

Previously, Brad was a partner in the mining technology business Cram Australia for ten years. Brad’s role as an Executive Director and major shareholder in Cram was technology, product and business development.

Prof David Mee

Professor at UQ

Professor David Mee is Head of the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering at The University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia.

David has a strong research record in the field of hypersonic aerothermodynamics. He is recognised worldwide for his work on rapid response force balances, which are essential technology for categorising the performance of scramjet engines in transient facilities, such as our shock tubes.

He has pioneered the use of stress wave force balances for measurement of multiple components of force on scramjet-powered vehicles and the techniques are in use around the world.

David is a member of UQ’s Centre for Hypersonics, an international centre of excellence in the field of hypersonic aerodynamics. His research contributed to the development of the world’s first flight test of supersonic combustion, the process used in scramjets. Scramjets are air-breathing supersonic combustion ramjet engines that have the potential to significantly reduce the cost of access to space. This achievement puts Australia at the forefront of scramjet technology.

Qualifications

PhD, BE (Mech), The University of Queensland

Graham Ehm

Executive Vice President, Planning and Technical at AngloGold Ashanti

Graham Ehm is a Director on the Mining3 board and the Executive Vice President, Planning and Technical for AngloGold Ashanti.

Skills and experience:

Graham was appointed General Manager of Sunrise Dam Gold Mine in 2000, Regional Head Australia in 2006 and Executive Vice President Australasia in December 2007. He briefly held the same position in Tanzania from 1 June 2009 to August 2010 before resuming his position as Executive Vice President Australasia.

For the past three decades, Graham has been working in mine operations and project management, covering the nickel, phosphate, copper, uranium and gold sectors.

He holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and is a member of both the AusIMM and the AICD.

Jane Seawright

Company Secretary and General Counsel at Mining3

Jane Seawright has been providing legal counsel and secretarial services to Mining3 since June 2010.

Skills and experience:

Jane is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer, marketing professional, company director and company secretary. She has wide experience across a range of professional services and other sectors.

She has practised in Brisbane at a number of national and local firms and is currently a consultant to Tobin King Lateef.

Jane has also served as independent chair of Fisher Adams Kelly, patent attorneys, a non-executive director of City North Infrastructure Pty Ltd and as chair of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research Trust.

Qualifications

BLLB (Hons), MBus (Marketing), FAICD

Additional representations:

Member, External Engagement Committee
QUT Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Chair
Netball Queensland Limited
General Counsel and Company Secretary
Northern Australia Primary Health Limited
Director
Residential Tenancies Authority
Company Secretary
MineWare
Consultant
Tobin King Lateef

Theresa Mlikota

CFO at AusDrill

Theresa Mlikota brings a wealth of experience, primarily in the resources and contracting services sector, having previously held senior leadership roles with Woodside, Zinifex and Alinta, and more recently as CFO of Fulton Hogan, Thiess, Macmahon and Barminco.

Theresa also has extensive experience in the financial management of private equity and large listed and unlisted organisations, and her expertise spans a broad range of finance disciplines including financial control, investor relations, treasury, and mergers and acquisitions. She is a member of the Australian Society of CPA’s, and holds a BBus in Accounting and a PGDip in Applied Finance and Investment (FINSIA).

Qualifications

B.Bus. CPA, FINSIA (Grad Dip App Fin & Inv)