Executive Team

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

Prof Paul Lever

Chief Executive Officer

Prof Paul Lever was appointed the CEO of Mining3 in May 2012. He is also 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 President 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:

Prof Lever 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.

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Dr Antonio Nieto

Chief Technology Officer

Antonio Nieto was appointed the CTO of Mining3 in January 2018.

Antonio is responsible for managing Mining3’s industry member engagement, research activities, and projects to ensure the organisation continues to produce high-quality research that delivers effective outcomes for our members and the mining industry.

Skills and experience:

Antonio is a mining engineer with extensive academic and research experience in mine systems optimisation, mineral economics, ore reserve estimation, surface, and underground mine design.

He has worked on projects that include the development of real-time data analytics systems in mining, and the development of algorithms for mine planning and cut-off grade optimisation. Antonio has held several positions within the mining industry, from mine foreman, mine superintendent, mine manager, and director of operations. Before joining Mining3, he was an associate professor at the Energy and Minerals Engineering Department at Penn State University.

Qualifications:

Antonio has a PhD in Earth Systems Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, MS in Geostatistics from Ecole Des Mines de Paris, MS in Mining Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, and a BS in Mining Engineering from the University of Guanajuato. He is a Qualified Professional (QP) for Minerals Engineering and Ore Reserves by the Minerals Society of America

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Charles Golding

Chief Financial Officer

Charles Golding has worked for Mining3 since 2004 and has held the positions of Business Manager, Commercial Manager and currently the CFO role.

Charles provides financial and operational services with responsibilities in the maintenance of Mining3’s IP register and all IP protection and patenting procedures.

Skills and experience:

His experience includes 18 years at Price Waterhouse and six years as Finance Director at LSE listed Meikles Africa Ltd. Charles has worked in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates.

Qualifications:

Australian Chartered Accountant and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Natal.

Additional responsibilities:

CEO of GeoMole Pty Ltd, a Mining3 spin-off company

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Kevin Greenwood

Chief Operating Officer

Kevin Greenwood has been the COO of Mining3 since 2011.

Kevin is responsible for ensuring Mining3’s operations and engagement of industry members in the commercialisation of intellectual property result in real industry impacts.

Skills and experience:

Kevin has more than 20 years experience in the mining industry, including—prior to joining Mining3—with WMC Resources as an engineer at Olympic Dam and Kambalda, and in senior executive roles with Leica Geosystems mining technology business.

He was previously one of the founding employees of the agricultural industry start-up company, Beeline Technologies, and spent some years managing the engineering of safety and control systems technology for the upstream oil and gas industry.

Qualifications:

B.E. (Electrical), MBA, GAICD

Director on the Boards of:

SmartCap Technologies (SmartCap fatigue monitoring)

V2H International (Tight Radius Drilling technology)

Ezymine (Mining shovel automation technologies)

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Jane Seawright

Company Secretary and Legal Counsel

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
Consultant
Tobin King Lateef

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Susan Grandone

Managing Director, Mining3 Canada

Susan was appointed Managing Director, Mining3 Canada in early 2018.

Susan is responsible for leading Mining3 Canada’s activities, and deepening existing and developing new collaborative partnerships with industry, academia, and research organisations in the North American region.

Skills and experience:

Susan joined Mining3 as a Program Director in 2015. Over the past 15 years, Susan has gained significant hands-on operations experience at Freeport-McMoRan, Barrick, Rio Tinto and other global mining companies. She has more than 20+ years of experience leading multi-cultural teams, conducting scientific research, and delivering mega-capital projects and complex scientific studies in mining, industrial, and manufacturing sectors.

Previously Susan worked with CRCMining in 2003 as a Work Area Leader. In this role, she led research projects which investigated  ODC hard rock cutting technology, monitoring while drilling/rock recognition technologies, and optimisation of dig, load and haul practices.

With a professional career focused in the mining industry, Susan brings experience in research, project management, inventing and patenting technology and commercialisation.

Qualifications:

MBA 4.0 GPA – University of Phoenix, 2010
Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (Caterpillar), 2002
Project Management (Ernst and Young), 1998
BS – Geology 3.7 GPA – Illinois State University, 1990

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