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.


Theresa Mlikota

Chair of Mining3 and CFO at AusDrill

Theresa Mlikota is the CFO of Ausdrill and has over 30 years experience in the resources and construction sector.

Skills and experience

Theresa 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).


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

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.


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

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

Jonathan Law

Director at CSIRO Mineral Resources

Jonathan Law leads CSIRO’s mineral exploration, mining, processing and sustainability research as Director of Mineral Resources.

Skills and experience

Jonathan and his leadership team bring together research with global partners in academia, government and industry to tackle short and longer-term challenges to the sustainability of the Australian minerals industry. 

He is a geologist by training and has worked across the value chain of the mineral resources industry and in many countries around the world. A major focus of his working career has been managing the interface between research and practical applications in industry.


Master of Science – MS focused in Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences at The University of Witwatersrand

John Lemon

Company Secretary

John Lemon is a qualified solicitor and provides company secretarial, director and governance services to Mining3.

Skills and experience:

John, formerly a solicitor with Clayton Utz, has worked as an in-house lawyer for several companies including M.I.M Holdings Ltd. and General Electric and was the company secretary and head of the legal department at the Bank of Queensland.

He is an experienced company secretary and company director within a variety of organisations including ASX and international stock exchange listed companies, unlisted public companies, private companies and not for profits across a range of industries and activities.  John has also consulted to various organisations on company secretary and governance related matters.

John currently runs his own business where he provides company secretarial, director and governance services to companies and organisations.


  • BA – University of Queensland
  • LLB (Hons) – University of Queensland
  • GDipAppFin (Finsia) – University of Queensland
  • GradDip Applied Corporate Governance – University of Queensland


John Lemon

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.


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

Brad Neilson

Independent representative of Mining3

Brad Neilson is the former President of Komatsu Mining Corp, and now the Independent Representative on the Mining3 Board of Directors

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 – now Komatsu Mining – 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.

Peter Salditt

President, Underground and Hard Rock Mining at Komatsu Mining Corp.

Peter Salditt is the President of Komatsu Mining Corp’s underground business segment

Skills and experience:

Peter has spent his career working in the mining equipment supply industry.  His experience includes general management and executive leadership positions in all facets of mining and civil tunnelling, including exploration, underground hard rock and surface mining, as well as underground soft rock mining.  He has been based in multiple assignments across the USA, as well as Sweden, France and Australia.

Peter is currently responsible for Komatsu Mining Corp’s underground business, which includes product and applications in soft rock and hard rock mining, as well as crushing and conveying.  The products are sold and serviced under the brand names Joy and Montabert.


  • Bachelor of Science in Minerals Engineering from The University of California, Berkeley
  • Master of Science in Minerals Engineering from The University of California, Berkeley


Peter Salditt

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