Advisory Board

IMARC's program is developed in conjunction with the following members of the advisory board, experts in their field.

Adele Seymon FAusIMM

  • Managing Director & Founder
  • Deep Green R&D Solutions

Adele trained as an economic geologist, with exposure across the entire minerals value chain. She is passionate about her role in the space where research and technology aids the success of the global minerals…

Christine Coonan

  • Deputy General Manager, Mineral & Metal Resources and Energy Division
  • Mitsui & Co Australia

Christine is with the Mineral & Metal Resources and Energy Division of Mitsui & Co. Australia.

Mitsui & Co. Australia is the wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., one of the world’s most diversified trading, investment and services enterprises.  Its diverse portfolio of businesses in Australia includes iron ore, coal, gas, oil, food, grain, salt,…

Christine Gibbs Stewart

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Austmine

Chris is the CEO of Austmine, the peak industry body representing the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector. Chris became CEO in 2014, and has been working to help METS companies succeed and grow since…

Colin McVie

  • Manager Define (Corporate Consulting)
  • Mining Plus

Since graduating as a qualified Mining Engineer Colin has over 17 years experience in the mining industry. Colin is a passionate & results orientated leader able to deliver value within the project, operations and business development area. Colin is a qualified Mining Engineer with over 17 years’ experience in both open pit and underground mining positions, coupled with a…

Cristian Lopez

  • Global Digitial Analytics Manager
  • Glencore


Duncan Harris

  • President
  • Australia Africa Chamber of Commerce

Duncan Harris is President of Australia Africa Chamber of Commerce. Duncan was appointed Chairman of Multicom Resources (2018), an unlisted mining explorer with a vanadium deposit (Saint Elmo) in North…

Florence Drummond

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Indigenous Women in Mining and Resources (IWIMRA)

Florence Drummond Co-Founder Indigenous Women in Mining and Resources Australia brings together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to showcase our stories within the…

Gavan Collery OAM

  • Founder
  • Melbourne Mining Club

Gavan Collery is a business communications professional with almost 40 years of experience in corporate affairs, investor relations, communications and…

Grant Clarke

  • Manager, Community Engagement, Geological Survey of Victoria
  • Victorian Government

Grant is the Community Engagement Manager for the Geological Survey of Victoria (GSV), the State Government’s geoscience…

Hedley Widdup MAusIMM

  • Executive Director
  • Lion Selection Group

Hedley Widdup is an Executive Director of fund manager Lion Manager Pty Ltd. Lion Manager Pty Limited is a specialist mining investment team that provides investment management services to Lion Selection…

John Krbaleski

  • Head of Resources, Department of Jobs, Precinct and Regions
  • Government of Victoria

John Krbaleski is the Head of Resources Branch, within the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions. He leads a Branch of over 200 staff delivering policy, programs and regulation to enable investment and generate jobs through the sustainable development of the State's earth resources, including extractives, minerals and…

Kate Dickson

  • Director - Queensland
  • AMEC

With a strong mining and business background, Kate brings a wealth of experience and energy to…

Kirsty Grimwade

  • Head of Events, Industry Relationships and Operational Projects
  • AusIMM


Louise Pearce

  • Global Managing Partner, Mining Sector
  • ERM

Louise Pearce has over 25 years of international experience in sustainability consulting. …

Mark O'Brien

  • General Manager - Digital Technology & Innovation (CIO)
  • CITIC Pacific Mining

Mark O’Brien currently serves as the Manager for Digital Transformation at CITIC Pacific Mining, the world’s largest magnetite iron ore operation, and China’s largest resources sector investment outside of…

Melissa Bowerman

  • Corporate Communications Manager
  • OceanaGold

Strategic business communicator with experience in resources, utilities, major infrastructure, government and media, across complex projects in domestic and international…

Michelle Keegan

  • Principal
  • State of Play & AROSE


Mitchell Hooke AM

  • Chairman
  • Partners in Performance

Mitch Hooke is globally recognised for his in-depth knowledge and strategic leadership in both Australian and global public policy advocacy, and commercial operational practices, spanning over 30 years as a national and international industry leader across the agricultural, food and grocery, and mining…

Natalia Gorroño

  • , Acting Head of Post, Latin America, Global Victoria
  • Government of Victoria

Natalia Gorrono is a lawyer by background and has extensive international export and new market development…

Owen Hegarty OAM HonFAusIMM

  • Executive Chairman
  • EMR Capital

Owen Hegarty has more than 40 years of experience in the global mining industry. This includes 25 years with the Rio Tinto group where he was Managing Director of Rio Tinto Asia and Rio Tinto’s Australian copper and gold…

Pablo Schatz

  • Trade and Investment Director, Latin America
  • Victorian Government

Pablo Schatz is a dynamic executive with wide experience in international trade, government relations and corporate…

Paola Lasso

  • Principal, Government Relations and Social Performance Projects
  • Newcrest Mining

Paola’s professional experience covers a broad range of sectors including social performance, government relations, mining, agriculture, energy, public policy and legal affairs. Paola is the current Principal, Government Relations and Social Performance Projects at Newcrest Mining with responsibility for the risk analysis of new jurisdictions and mining projects for due diligence,…

Siri Genik

  • Bridge Consulting
  • Principal

Siri C. Genik has spent over 25 years working on major capital projects around the world. She has worked in the Natural Resource and Infrastructure industries. During the course of her career, Siri has developed particular expertise in Strategic Planning, Risk Management, Stakeholder Engagement and Governance, with a strong focus on Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Agreement…

Tara Diamond

  • AMMA

Tara Diamond is an executive leader of Australian resources and energy group AMMA. Reporting to AMMA’s Board and Chief Executive, Tara holds responsibility for a range of critical services and projects meeting the evolving workforce needs of AMMA members spanning the mining, oil and gas, and allied service…

Vanessa Haberland

  • General Manager, Membership
  • Austmine

Vanessa is an experienced business professional with more than 25 years of strategic and hands-on involvement across a range of industries. Over the past decade she has held senior management roles with two Perth-based not-for-profit organisations as well as an advisory Board position for a philanthropic…

Wendy Tyrrell

  • Executive Director
  • Development Partner Institute

Wendy Tyrrell is Executive Director of the Development Partner Institute. The DPI is working to promote the vision of miners becoming innovative and proactive development partners over the long term - delivering on economic, environmental, and social shared…