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.


Leeanne Bond

Chair of Mining3 Board and Chartered professional Engineer

Leeanne Bond has over 30 years corporate experience including over 16 years as a professional company director and board member.

Skills and experience

Leeanne is a prominent engineering leader, advocating for improved project governance, innovation and entrepreneurship, gender equity and workplace diversity and inclusion. Leeanne was a founding executive of WorleyParsons’ business in Queensland, NT and PNG.

Leeanne is currently the independent non-executive chair of ASX listed Synertec Corporation Limited (SOP) and is a non-executive director of Australian government business enterprises Snowy Hydro Limited and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. She is also a director of QADO Services Pty Ltd and her own consultancy, Breakthrough Energy Pty Ltd.

Leeanne has recently retired from the board of The University of Queensland’s JKTech Pty Ltd. She has previously served on the boards of public, private and government entities in engineering, innovation, energy, water and resources including iconic organisations such as Coffey International, Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, Tarong Energy Corporation, Territory Generation, Queensland Building and Construction Commission, Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, Seqwater and chaired Brisbane Water. Leeanne served as the first female President of Engineers Australia in Queensland in 2002 and is a past Deputy Chair of the Board of Professional Engineers. She was named Australian Professional Engineer of the Year in 2007 by Engineers Australia and has served on the national board of Engineers Australia.


Leeanne has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and an MBA from The University of Queensland. Leeanne is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women. She is a Chartered Professional Engineer, an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.

Prof Michael Bruenig

Head of School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at The University of Queensland

Skills and experience

Michael has experience in R&D in academia, industry, and government agencies and has worked in high tech areas in Europe, the USA, and Australia. He obtained his PhD from RWTH Aachen University in Germany where he worked for the first five years of his career.

Prior to his engagement with UQ, Michael worked with CSIRO where he led the initiative to establish a National Research Flagship on Digital Productivity. As a member of CSIRO’s Executive Management Council, Michael most recently guided this $90M per annum business unit through a merger process with National ICT Australia to form Data61, a new entity with a focus on data innovation in Australia.

Michael was also the Executive Manager of CSIRO’s Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies, a large engineering research site in Brisbane. He hosted R&D centres from industry and government agencies before coming to Australia in 2007. Professor Brünig was with the Robert Bosch Corporation R&D in Silicon Valley, California.


MSc and PhD – RWTH Aachen University in Germany

Jim Callahan

Director - Sales & Support, Caterpillar Inc

Jim Callahan is the global Director of Sales & Support for Underground Mining at Caterpillar Inc.

Skills and Experience

Jim has been an employee of Caterpillar Inc. for over 24 years.  The bulk of his career at Caterpillar has been in the mining industry with responsibilities and experience spanning from Engineering, product development, research and development, manufacturing, supply chain, dealer development, mergers & acquisitions, marketing & sales, technical support, training and mobile equipment consulting.  He has governed on the board of directors for Caterpillar Holdings Australia Pty Ltd as well as several wholly owned subsidiaries since 2015.


  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mech) with Honours from the University of Melbourne
  • Affiliate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Luke Sandery

Principal Advisor to the CEO

Skills and experience

Luke has over ten years of experience as a mining engineer, including five years in Iron Oxide Copper Gold deposits. With half a decade of experience in managerial positions, Luke now acts as the Principal Advisor to the CEO at OZ Minerals.


Bachelor of Engineering, Mining Engineering – The University of South Australia


Luke Sandery

Tony Sprague

Group Manager, Mining Technology at Newcrest Mining

Skills and experience

Tony brings a wide variety of experience in surface and underground mining projects gained in both Australian and international mining operations.

He currently leads a team of internal experts, consultants and contractors in a number of mining transformation projects across Newcrest’s global operations. These projects are focused on the use of new technology and innovative thinking to achieve step-change improvements in safety, costs and productivity.


B.Eng (Geological Engineering) – RMIT University
B. App Sci (Applied Geology) – RMIT University