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Dr Gavin Lind – General Manager, Safety, Workforce & Innovation, Minerals Council of Australia (Working Group Chair)

Gavin is the Chair of Mining Skills Organisation Pilot Working Group and is currently the General Manager Safety, Workforce and Innovation at the MCA.

Gavin was awarded the 2013 LH Martin Award for Excellence in Leadership in Higher Education for his work in promoting minerals education at multiple governmental, institutional, and corporate levels. Gavin has held various professional roles in industry, academia and government in both South Africa and Australia, and is a stand-up comedian in his spare time.

Jodie Badcock – CEO, Resources & Engineering Skills Alliance

Jodie has over 20 years’ experience in building workforce capability and the VET sector. Since 2005 her involvement has been predominantly in supporting the skills priorities of the resources sector and supply chain.

Jodie project managed national industry driven government funded programs and, as a technical specialist, managed the maintenance and development of the Australian nationally endorsed competencies and qualifications for the Resources and Infrastructure sectors (Drilling, Mining, Quarrying and Civil Construction).

Jodie has extensive experience in industry and enterprise workforce analysis and has conducted capability studies commissioned by State government and industry bodies, particularly in mining and the civil construction sectors. 

Jodie currently represents METS Ignited and NERA on the national Metalliferous Industry Reference Committee, and sit on the Training and Skills Commission’s Construction Mining and Energy Industry Skills Committee. These Committees play key roles in developing and influencing the systems, processes and programs that support the current and emerging skills requirement of industry.


Lisa Costa – Principal Advisor – HR Strategy & Performance, Rio Tinto

Lisa has been working across people strategies for the resources sector for over 20 years. Through that industry experience, Lisa has built a deep appreciation for the impact and value that effective learning pathways bring to industry competitiveness and personal growth. 

Over the course of the most significant mining boom in Australia, Lisa was Director for The Resource Channel, a venture which brought together key resource industry information on jobs, career pathways, and professional development advice. Through thousands of interactions in this role, Lisa came to understand just how critical pathways for building capability are, in particular for those in society who may experience historical disadvantage. 

Most recently in Rio Tinto, Lisa led the development of a key partnership between industry, education and government, to build Australia’s first nationally recognised VET qualifications in Automation. Through this experience she developed a network of key relationships and an understanding of industry needs, as well as those of the current and emerging workforce.


Darrell Cox – Global Training Development Officer, Thiess

Darrell has over 20 years’ experience in training and development globally.  After managing a large national business which was impacted on poor training, Darrell decided to move into the training in order to improve the sector. During this time he has held senior roles with TAFE, industry skills boards and mining and services organisations. 

Darrell’s has extensive experience has provided him with a comprehensive perspective of the how to optimise and maximise training not only for the organisation, but the participants too. 

Darrell’s passion for excellence in training, innovation and compliance is evident in Thiess’ Training Awards over the years.

Susan Cull – Manager Workforce Capability, Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia

Susan Cull commenced with CME in January 2001 as an Education Officer and was responsible for the management of the School's Education Program until 2004. She then worked as Senior Policy Adviser in the People Strategies portfolio.

Susan is currently employed as Manager, Workforce Capability. In this role, Susan is responsible for the advocacy of diversity and inclusion in the Western Australian resources sector; promotion of career opportunities in the sector, particularly for girls and women; and the advocacy of current and future training and education needs of the sector.

Susan has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from Edith Cowan University. Prior to joining CME, Susan taught in the public and private education sector.

With an understanding of the training system and industry skills/training needs, specifically in WA, Susan can bring a WA perspective to the working group discussions and actions, and has connections with capability contacts across the WA resources sector.

Glen Ferrarotto – CEO Ironside Recruitment

Glen founded Ironside Recruitment in 2012 having worked in Defence Industry for four years post his discharge from the Australian Army. Glen’s honors and awards include:

  • 2018 Most Outstanding Contributor to Veteran Employment awarded by the then Prime Minister Hon Malcom Turnbull
  • 2019 Australia Day Award as Nilimbik Shires Volunteer of the Year
  • Australia Day Medallion issued in 2007 for Services to the Australian Special Forces Command
  • Meritorious Unit Citation for Services with Special Forces in Afghanistan.

Through Ironside, Glen has developed and cultivated meaningful and productive partnerships with many of Australia’s Tier 1 mining companies. In consultation with the Director of the Australian Defence College, South West Regional TAFE, WA and partnerships with Fortescue, Thiess, WesTrac, Bis and more, Glen has led Ironside to position itself as Australia’s Leading provider of Resources opportunities for ADF veterans. This has been achieved independently and without federal funding through leveraging program knowledge, relationships and importantly brand trust and reputation.

Glen was elected to the State Executive Board of the Victorian RSL in 2018 and is the Senior Vice President at the Montmorency Eltham RS. Glen is also the Vice President of the Australian Veterans Film Festival.

Michelle Gibson – Head of Mastery & Training, BHP

Michelle is an experienced Human Resources leader with over 25 years in global blue chip businesses, geographies and industries including mining, logistics, advertising, airlines, water, retail and education. She is a non-executive director and Chair of Remunerations and Nominations Committee for a Not for Profit organisation.

Michelle has experience across a range of leadership roles in Talent, Leadership Development, Engagement, Performance and Learning, and is actively involved in STEM and education priorities, including board roles within the tertiary education sector.

Michelle is renowned for delivery of outcomes and works collaboratively with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders and has a passion for developing others. She maintains a strong global Human Resources network and is often sought for advice on talent and learning trends and speaking opportunities.

Michelle holds an Executive MBA from Melbourne Business School, Advanced Leadership at Cambridge University and is Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Suzi Hewlett – Director, PwC's Skills for Australia

Suzi is a Director in PwC’s national skills and education consulting practice. Suzi is currently working on a range of educational initiatives, future of work, skills reform and careers pathways.

As a Director in PwC’s Skills for Australia, the current Skills Service Organisation (SSO) responsible for working with the mining, drilling and civil infrastructure industries in Australia, Suzi brings knowledge of how the current system for consulting with industry, assessing skills needs, and developing training products aligned to these, is working. 

Suzi will enable the group to leverage this information to align consultation, avoid overlap and duplication and explore innovative ways to overcome some of the current challenges in fully meeting business needs.

Suzi has significant experience in developing whole-of-government approaches, providing strategic and tactical advice, and in the delivery of key aspects of Australian Government education reform agendas in schools, vocational education and training, and higher education.

As well as over ten years in the senior executive service in the Australian Public Service, she has worked as a senior adviser to a Federal Government Minister, worked in an intergovernmental agency in the South Pacific – The Commonwealth Secretariat, local government and the not-for-profit and private sectors.​


Doug Kennedy – Manager Training & Development, Glencore

Doug is a health, safety and training professional with 30 years’ experience in the resources industry encompassing the Drilling, Metalliferous and Coal sectors. Doug has a broad spectrum of experience including operational roles and transitioning through supervisory, line management and senior management positions including the obligations of Site Senior Executive (SSE) in Queensland.

Doug’s active involvement in representative bodies such as the Coal Industry Reference Committee over the years has provided him with an understanding of how best to work with other stakeholders to achieve desired objectives across all aspects of the skills pipeline.

His current role encompasses responsibility for Glencore’s strategic approach to training and development across the Australian Coal Assets. This includes identification of emerging needs and technological advances, aligning to national frameworks and maintaining skills currency, establishing and managing RTO relationships and above all ensuring systems and processes achieve the desired training or development outcomes.


Heather Munro – CEO, Resource Training Council

Heather was a founding member of the Resources RTO Association in January 2011 before helping to drive its transition and maturation into the Resources Training Council in February 2017. She is committed to delivering better training and safety outcomes for workforces in resources and associated industries.

The RTC is a not-for-profit, member based association, sharing leading practice, encouraging innovation and driving operational improvements, efficiencies and effectiveness to ensure that the resources industry has safe, productive workers.

Heather is well known in Australian training circles, particularly within the resources sector with over 30 years’ experience across diverse roles delivering training and consultancy services to the industry. Heather has managed registered training organisations and job network organisations that provided training and employment services across Australia.

Susan Scheepers – General Manager, People and Performance, Geopacific Resources

Susan is an accomplished, progressive and team orientated Human Resource

(HR) professional providing strong leadership in a wide range of human resource initiatives.  She has extensive resources industry experience with over 16 years’ experience with major resource companies with positions held at site, corporate and offshore locations. 

Susan began her career in Human Resources in 2003 as a HR Development Practitioner at one of Xstrata Alloys’. After a short time, she was promoted to Group HR Development Manager, overseeing 11 operational units.  

Since July 2010, Xstrata Copper (Australia) employed Susan.  Her responsibilities included completion of the HR component of the feasibility study of the Frieda River project.

During her time with Nyrstar Susan developed a Trades classification framework including competency requirements and she negotiated an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.  

Susan joined St Barbara in 2014 and in her t role as the Group Manager Human Resources, responsibilities included corporate as well as site projects. She implemented the Gender Smart Safety project at the Simberi Operations in PNG and established a team in that focus on upskilling the national people.  

In her new role as GM People & Performance Susan is responsible for all Human Resources and People Development responsibilities for Geopacific Resources. Susan is passionate about developing people and providing them suitable skills to set the up for success.

Pieter van Schalkwyk – CEO, XMPro

Pietr is an experienced Engineer and Technologist that helps companies use Event Intelligence (EI) for Real-Time Operations. EI improves Situational Awareness, Process Efficiency and Decision-Making Without Disrupting Operations.

Pieter is a thought leader, author and speaker on Event Intelligence and helps organisations find and exploit key business moments that increase revenue while reducing unpredictable operational outcomes that adds cost, compliance risk and operational inefficiencies by:

  • Sensing key business events
  • Deciding if an action is needed
  • Enabling rapid response in a predictable manner.

Pieter is an experienced Digital Transformation strategist with a specific focus on Industrial IoT for asset-intensive industries. Entrepreneur, team builder, and aspiring triathlete.

Roy Walsh – RTO Manager, Australian Institute of Mining – Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia Member

Roy has over 20 years’ experience in the VVET sector in various roles including RTO Manager, Compliance Manager, Consultant, Trainer/Assessor and Business Development.  For the past eight years he has worked specifically serving the Resources and Infrastructure industry. 

Roy previously held a Superintendent position in a national mining company. Roy has experience with design, delivery, promotion and management of traineeships, qualifications and short programs of one or more units of competency as well as identifying skills needs within the Resources and Infrastructure sectors.

Roy was nominated for the Working Group by the Independent Tertiary Education Council of Australia, ITECA are the peak body for private VET providers and have extensive links with industry and government.

Rachel Wolfe – Head of Talent & Capability, Newcrest

Rachel has 20 years’ experience working in complex, multinational businesses across a range of industries, building high performing teams and developing all the skills you would expect of a senior HR business leader including:

  • Strategic HR Business Partnering
  • Centres of Excellence – Organisational Capability, Talent Development, Leadership, Learning, Strategic Reward - ASX Listed HR Shared Services.

Rachel is passionate about building high performing cultures founded on purpose, values, capability, and the freedom for people to be the very best version of themselves at work.

Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Japanese, a Graduate Diploma in Human resources and Industrial Relations Human Resources Management and Services, and a Masters in Organisational Systems.


Troy Williams – Chief Executive, Independent Tertiary Education Council of Australia

As the ITECA Chief Executive, Troy Williams works with independent tertiary education providers, government and stakeholders across the business community to promote quality and an environment in which non-government providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sector can grow. 

He holds appointments to a number of committees convened by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).