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 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.

Karesse Biggs

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Skills and Experience:

Karesse has more than 20 years-experience as a lawyer in private practice and in-house roles in Queensland.  Has spent 15 years in the energy and resources industry in senior leader and Executive roles  responsible for corporate governance, legal and regulatory compliance, insurance, integrity and fraud management, corporate strategy, internal and external audit management, risk management, organisational resilience and business continuity and land and mining tenement management.

Before joining Mining3, Karesse was the Chief Risk Officer and General Manager – Risk, Compliance, Insurance, Integrity and Resilience, for Energy Queensland Limited, the largest distributor and largest government owned corporation in Australia.  Prior to that she was a General Manager at Stanwell Corporation Limited, at the time Queensland’s largest electricity generation company.

She has extensive experience working closely with CEOs, Boards and Board Committees to ensure appropriate legal, compliance, risk and governance practices are designed and implemented to add value to the organisation.


  • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Course (GAICD)
  • Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA)
  • Chartered Governance Professional
  • Chartered Company Secretary
  • Advanced Leadership Program (Australian Graduate School of Management)
  • Executive Program – General Managers’ Program (Australian Graduate School of Management)
  • Certificate in Executive Management and Development, Organisational Leadership (Australian Graduate School of Management)
  • Technical Risk Specialist (Institute of Risk Management, London)
  • Bachelor of Laws (Griffith University)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Griffith University)

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

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

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.

Neville Plint

Director of The Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) at The University of Queensland, Australia

Professor Neville Plint is the Director of the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) at The University of Queensland (UQ), Australia.

Skills and experience:

Professor Plint holds a PhD, MBA (distinction) from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and brings extensive leadership experience and a deep understanding of the mining sector having worked for 20 years with Anglo American in South Africa.

Professor Plint’s extensive background focused on delivering improved operational performance on mining sites by developing and implementing new technologies, whilst establishing a global network of research professionals in academic institutes, mining companies and research organisations.


  • Master of Business Administration, University of the Witwatersrand
  • MDP, University of the Witwatersrand
  • PhD (Chemistry), University of the Witwatersrand
  • Bachelor of Science, University of the Witwatersrand


Prof Neville Plint

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

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