Executive Team

Mining3 is led by a strong leadership team with diverse backgrounds in research, technology, technology transfer, financial, and legal expertise.

Leeanne Bond

Interim Executive Director

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.

Qualifications 

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.

Dr Ray Wedmaier

Program Director & Acting Chief Operating Officer

Dr Ray Wedmaier is a mining engineer with over 35 years working experience in the mining industry. He has had direct involvement in mine operating, technical and corporate roles as well as worked with industry partners as consultant, supplier and mining researchers.

Skills and experience:

Ray is currently acting as Chief Operating Officer while continuing his Program Director role at Mining3. He is supporting key operational procedures and leads research in the areas of automation and sustainability.

Ray has held a number of leadership roles across the mining industry. He has supervised teams in finance, technical and operations capacities, lead multi-disciplinary study teams on international joint venture projects and has a demonstrated capability for influencing projects and strategies. Ray has a passion for the value that resource professionals can deliver and has coached and mentored senior and principal level practitioners in the mining industry.

He worked for Rio Tinto for 15 years in roles ranging from business analyst, mining advisor, project management and evaluation, operations support and business transformation and has held senior technical roles working in several mid-tier underground mining operations in Tasmania.

Ray has multi-commodity experience, open cut and underground technical and operating experience in both major as well as mid-tier mining organisations. He has a developed business acumen, complimented by a strong technical background, that allows him to readily identify valuable opportunities.

Qualifications:

Ray holds a Bachelor Degree in Mining Engineer and a Doctorate in Blast Fragmentation research obtained at the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) at the University of Queensland. Ray also holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment obtained through the Securities Institute of Australia (now FINSIA).

Ray gained a Doctorate in Blast Fragmentation research at the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) while working on AMIRA Advanced Blasting Technology Projects P93D, E and F. Following graduation, he worked as a Research Fellow on an ACARP research project on the Assessment and Control of Coal Damage and Loss. The project won an award for excellence in open cut mining research. Following successful completion of this project, Ray was awarded two ACARP projects on throw blasting and application of dozer technology to open cut coal mines.

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Dr Erik Isokangas

Program Director

Erik Isokangas is a specialist in mining process analysis, design, and the implementation of new technologies for current and future mining systems.

Skills and experience:

Erik is a Program Director at Mining3. He leads research in mine process modelling and simulation, integrated mine process design and implementation, and the development of technologies for future mining systems.

Erik previously worked for Metso, a global equipment supplier to the mining industry, most recently as the Director of In-pit Solutions supporting mining customers in the design and feasibility of in-pit crushing and conveying systems. Prior to this, he led a consulting team in Finland, focused on process integration and optimisation for mines in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Erik also worked for Thiess, a major mining contractor, managing and developing new technologies to support mining operations, including productivity monitoring systems, modelling and simulation of complex mining operations, benchmarking, laser-scanning systems, and data visualisation.

Qualifications:

Erik holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Doctorate in Mineral Processing from the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) at The University of Queensland.

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Dr Ewan Sellers

Research Leader

Ewan Sellers is a specialist in rock mechanics with broad experience in numerical modelling, instrumentation, seismology and blasting.

Skills and experience:

Ewan is a Research Leader at Mining3 as well as having an overarching role as the Research Director within the Mineral Resources division at CSIRO. 

He has worked in the mining industry for over 25 years focusing on hard rock mining.  His most recent role was as a Manager – Mine Process Solutions with JKTech in Brisbane. Ewan has led a similar research group in South Africa and worked as a consultant involved with improvements across the value chain in several mining companies.  

Qualifications:

PhD in Geomechanics from the University of Cape Town.

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