• 21 - 22 July 2021
  • PCEC
11-12 November 2020
Virtual Conference


Dr Sue Keay
Queensland Hub

Sue set up the world's first robotic vision research centre, and now leads CSIRO's Data61 Cyber-Physical Systems program. Last year, she developed Australia's first Robotics Roadmap highlighting how advances in robotics (and AI) will impact on every sector of the Australian economy.

With a PhD in Geoscience and an MBA, Sue combines science with business. She has interests in entrepreneurship and disruptive technologies, and started QUT's social robotics program. Sue serves on the Board of the CRC for Optimising Resource Extraction and the Expert Advisory Panel of Queensland.AI. She is a judge for the James Dyson Awards and the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sue has been recognised as one of RoboHub's 2018 “ 25 Women in Robotics you need to know about", as one of Queensland's most influential people (Courier Mail's Power 100), as a Superstar of STEM (Science and Technology Australia), and is responsible for bringing the Grace Hopper Celebration to Australia.

Dr Osvaldo Urzua, Former External Affairs,

BHP Billiton, International Mining Expert

Osvaldo has a PhD in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Sussex, UK; MBA of ESADE (Spain) with over +20 years of experience in mining, innovation, collective action and shared value and has worked extensively as an independent consultant for leading mining companies including +10 Yrs at BHP holding leading positions at operational and corporate levels (Santiago and Melbourne), including Head of Government Relations of BHP America and Head of Corporate Affairs of Minera Escondida.

From these positions he led high impact initiatives including BHP's Social Value strategy; the World Class Supplier Programme; and CREO Antofagasta Programme to improve the quality of lives in mining regions. Osvaldo continues to play an influential role in the development of mining and mining innovation policy in Chile and across Latman.

Graeme Stanway
Co-Founder and MD

Graeme is a founding partner of VCI which focuses on strategy, organisational architecture and innovation in the resources, energy and associated services sectors. 
He has an extensive track record of creating innovative strategic transformation in business. His work has been referenced in the book “The First 11” as a benchmark case study in strategic transformation, and he has been awarded the Curtin Medal for Innovation from the Institution of Civil Engineers in the UK.
Assignments have encompassed CEO level strategic transformation across the resources industry, strategic development for major engineering and services companies, and policy assignments for Universities and Industry bodies.
Graeme holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Imperial College University of London, a First Class honours degree in Engineering from the University of Adelaide, and an MBA from Monash University. 

Nicolás Jubera,
General Manager
TIMining SPA

Industrial and Electrical Engineer, expert at innovation management, product development, and applied R&D. 

Has spent the last 5 years leading the development of solutions around Industry 4.0 (Augmented Reality, Big Data, Analytics)

Has been around consulting, innovation and mining for over 13 years, involved in over 20 technology R&D projects for mining, logistics and construction. 

Jacqui Coombes 
Amira Global

Minerals industry thought leader with experience across the mine value chain, commodities, and across the globe.

Skilled in building collaboration across the industry, government and academia; developing capability of businesses and people; and integrating ideas into systems to add value, improve efficiency and productivity, and maintain momentum for ongoing innovation. 

Matt Schneider
Managing Director

Matt is globally recognised as a thought leader in the algorithmic economy having widely published and presented in this area. Matt has worked with a number of clients at the cutting edge of technology to deliver innovative outcomes that have achieved world class competitive advantages.

Matt is on a number of university advisory boards for engineering, data science and masters programs for both UWA, Murdoch and Curtin.

Adrian Beer
METS Ignited

Adrian is the Chief Executive Officer for METS Ignited. As a global industry leader, he brings extensive experience in the application of technology to the mining sector. Adrian is passionate about collaborative transformation, business efficiency, and maximising the effectiveness of operations for the benefit of all stakeholders. With a technical background in mineral processing, Adrian’s career spans project delivery, product technology strategy, small-scale technology start-ups and mining operations. Most recently, Adrian has held global executive strategy roles within two of the world’s largest industrial technology organisations.

As METS Ignited moves into the execution phase of its growth initiatives, Adrian is focussed on strategy delivery, further extending the reach of Australia’s leading Mining Equipment, Technology and Services sector.

Miranda Taylor

Miranda Taylor is the CEO of NERA. National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) enables growth through industry-led collaboration, innovation and knowledge-sharing.

In partnership with industry, researchers, innovators and governments NERA has set a 10 year strategic vision for Australia as a global energy powerhouse, sought after destination for investment and leading source of knowledge and solutions; and a roadmap to achieve the cultural change requires to boost productivity and growth. NERA is focused on overcoming barriers to innovation in digital, automation and clean technologies. NERA’s Roadmap - the Sector Competitiveness Plan - will deliver transformational change and sector wise impact to unlock +$10 billion of annual gross value add for the benefit of

Miranda brings to her role as NERA CEO experience, skills and capabilities in adaptive leadership, supporting cultural and behavioural change and in facilitating collaboration to explore and find innovative solutions. She has extensive experience in energy resources sectors in productivity, operational performance, HSE, risk management and stakeholder engagement, working with various industries and with state and federal governments. She has participated in a number of taskforces and ministerial panels, and has presented at international oil and gas industry events and supported collaboration by the Australian oil and gas industry’s to address the global industry in response to the Gulf of Mexico well control integrity disaster and the Australian Montara incident.

Miranda has a Bsc Honours degree from the London School of Economics, London University in international economics, history and politics, with a post graduate degree in Australian labour history and industrial relations 

Hon Bill Johnston MLA,
Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations, Western Australia

Bill Johnston was sworn in as the Mines and Petroleum, Commerce and Industrial Relations, Electoral Affairs, and our State's first Asian Engagement Minister in March 2017.

Bill is also the Member for Cannington, having held this position since September 2008.

Prior to entering Parliament, he spent seven years as the State Secretary of WA Labor, four years as Shadow Minister for Mines and Petroleum, and five years as Shadow Energy and State Development Minister.

He was also a former senior official of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association, where he fought for fairness for low-paid workers in industrial rights, workers compensation and working conditions.

Andrew Charlton

Andrew has senior experience in business, government and international institutions. After commencing his career with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), he received a Doctorate and Masters in Economics from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

From 2008-2010, through the period of the global financial crisis, he served as senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister of Australia and Australia’s senior government official to the G20 economic summits. He was the prime minister’s representative to conferences of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF). From 2010-2014 he worked for Australian conglomerate Wesfarmers, including two years in corporate strategy (M&A and major group projects) and two years in operational roles (divisional Chief Financial Officer and General Manager).

Andrew’s academic research covering international economics, trade and development has been published in leading international journals including the American Economic Review, World Trade Review and World Economy. He is the author of two books, Ozonomics (2007) and Fair Trade for All (2005), co-written with Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz. In 2011 he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Gavin Yeates
Independent Consultant

Gavin Yeates is an established executive and leader in strategy and technology.

He is environmentally astute and is able to provide profound systematic context to how strategy should be considered and formulated.

He is environmentally astute and is able to provide profound systematic context to how strategy should be considered and formulated. In addition to being a subject matter expert in mining and technology (with over 35 years of deep industry experience), he is passionate about helping client organisations leverage technology into their businesses so that their strategic intentions are realised. He has a track record of developing, delivering and implementing strategy through aligning and empowering stakeholders to deliver profound change to organisations.

Ric Gros

Ric is a former CEO of Mets Ignited, one of six Industry Growth Centres at the core of the Australian Government Innovation Policy which developed Australia’s SCP (sector competitive plan) for Australia’s Mining Equipment Technology & Services sector working closely with Industry & Governments to enhance the innovation eco system.

An Industrial Engineer by profession, Ric has been leading organizations to transform and accelerate growth for over 30 years. His CEO/MD leadership roles span across B2B Industrial, infrastructure, mining equipment, mineral processing, and technology Sectors through early stage growth and ASX listed environments. Ric has an extensive global network is the Chair of TiMining, Executive Chair of Optika Solutions and provides advisory support to emerging technology companies.

Adam Seedsman
A/G Deputy Head
Australian Space Agency

Adam is the a/g Deputy Head of the Australian Space Agency. In his usual role as Executive Director of Strategy and Policy at the Agency, Adam has responsibility for civil space policy matters in the Agency, as well as the development and implementation of the Agency’s investment plan, and the strategy to grow and transform Australia’s space industry. Adam has been at the Agency since its inception in July 2018.  

Adam has extensive industry policy and program experience in the defence and aerospace sectors, working in a range of roles for the Australian Government in the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. Adam has also worked in several roles in the private sector in Australia and abroad, including in the development of military, industrial and consumer products.

Dr Daniel Roberts
Hydrogen Energy Systems Future Science Platform

Daniel leads CSIRO's Hydrogen Energy Systems Future Science Platform. The Hydrogen FSP plays an important role in CSIRO's broad hydrogen RD&D program, by providing a strong scientific and technical foundation to CSIRO's work in enabling a renewable energy export industry based on hydrogen. By creating new capabilities and technologies across the hydrogen value chain, this work will enable significant decarbonisation of power and transport sectors.

Daniel has more than 20 years' experience in the study of the fundamentals of gasification and combustion and their application to industrial scale systems. He has a background in environmental chemistry (Macquarie University) and chemical engineering (the University of Newcastle). During his postdoctoral studies with the CRC for Coal in Sustainable Development Daniel spent 6 months as a visiting researcher with the Central Research Institute of the Electric Power Industry in Japan, as part of the team providing the R&D support to the development of Japan's first IGCC power generation demonstration plant.

Laura Mottolla
The Lean Mining Institute 

Laura Mottola is a Mining Engineer (McGill 1992) with a Master’s of Engineering in Mining Automation (McGill 1996). She has over 20 years of experience working in industry, mainly in mining and metals, but also in the automotive and aerospace sectors. Her expertise covers technology program management (mining automation), business improvement, Lean, systems thinking, and change management.
CMC, Certified Management Consultant (Canada) P.Eng.
Professional Engineer (Quebec) Adm.A.
Chartered Administrator (Quebec)

John Condo
Senior Sales Manager

Driven, client centric senior sales professional with over 20 years’ experience working across various organisations in the IT ecosystem. Throughout his sales and management career John has demonstrated a track record in achieving the desired goals and leading key initiatives that have led to dynamic and profitable outcomes. John has worked with C-Level clients across multiple industries to improve performance and align business processes/IT with critical business strategies. 

Rowan Fenn
Co-founder and CEO

Rowan is the founder and CEO of rise-x technologies in Australia building the DIANA Platform for the great industrial re-invention. His is a co-founder and CEO of QuayChain, based in Singapore using the DIANA Platform to automate bunkering in the maritime industry, and a co-founder in BioPass, a platform to assure marine biosecurity.

Prior to engaging his purpose, Rowan worked At Accenture and Deloitte in the global energy industry, where he had the privilege of working with the world’s largest and most admired companies in geographies around the globe. 

Ian Burrell
Control Systems Technology

Specialising in continuous weighing in motion, I have worked at CST for the last 32 years to create the best possible customer experience in belt weighing. Since establishing CST in 1984 I have used the opportunity that comes with running your own business to focus on long term customer satisfaction instead of the short term gains that the accounting fraternity might assume was obvious.

The principles that have guided my team have been solid scientific and engineering based know how applied with the attitude that every customer problem is our problem and is a golden opportunity to improve our product and our processes.

My personal skills in engineering have enabled me to design weighing solution mechanical and electronic components. I have extensive and comprehensive experience in the hands-on design of microprocessor controller programming, application, installation, commissioning, calibration, trouble shooting and maintenance of belt weighing systems.

I have international involvement in the development of belt weighing standards. I have helped shape the latest version of OIML Recommendation 50, the basis of 'legal for trade' belt weighers in Europe and most of the world including Australia. This through TC9, SC2 meetings at the NMO in Teddington. I am also involved in the development of US Handbook 44 and NTEP regulations through meetings under the auspices of NIST. I am a board member of the National Weighing and Sampling Association in the USA.

At CST we have developed many advanced belt weighing technologies which have lifted the standard of belt weighing and development continues!