Speakers

Technology is rapidly reshaping the mining, oil and gas industry. Find out how artificial intelligence, augmented reality, robotics and automation is being applied and learn how the industry leaders are adapting to the changes these advancements bring.

Speakers Include:

The Hon. Mark McGowan MLA
Premier of Western Australia

Biography

The Honourable Mark McGowan MLA is the 30th Premier of Western Australia.

Under his leadership the McGowan Labor Government is creating and securing jobs for Western Australians, providing quality education and health care, delivering Metronet across Perth, and restoring the State’s finances.

In his first two years in office, Mark has secured a fair share of the GST for Western Australia and driven job-creating initiatives such as Metronet, that will transform Perth; Infrastructure WA, a new approach to infrastructure planning for the state; and WA Industry Link, which gives local businesses better opportunities to tender for government work.

He has also delivered significant reforms to the State’s public sector, including amalgamating government departments to drive positive change and improve collaboration.

Born in 1967 to a wool classer and a public school teacher in regional New South Wales, Mark’s parents taught him the importance of hard work and compassion, as well as the need to fight for those less fortunate than themselves.

He studied arts and law at the University of Queensland before joining the Royal Australian Navy and driving across the Nullarbor to Western Australia, serving as a Lieutenant at HMAS Stirling.

Mark still lives in Rockingham, where he met his wife Sarah and they are raising their three children – Samuel, Alexander and Amelia.

Wanting to give back to his community, Mark served as a local councillor and Deputy Mayor, before being elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1996 representing the State seat of Rockingham.

Mark has previously served as a Minister in the Gallop and Carpenter governments in the portfolios of Education and Training, Environment, Racing and Gaming, Tourism and the South West.

As a Minister, Mark delivered common-sense reforms; bringing Jetstar to WA, reintroducing the syllabus and traditional marking and reports to our school system, approving the Gorgon project, as well as delivering Perth’s small bar reforms, which liberalised and revitalised Perth’s nightlife.

Mark was elected Leader of the WA Labor Party in 2012, a role he has now served through two State elections.

He was awarded a Governor General’s Commendation for brave conduct for actions he took in 1995 rescuing an unconscious driver from a burning car. He remains a standby member of the Naval Reserves.

Mike Henry
President Operations, Minerals Australia, BHP

Biography

Mike runs BHP’s Australian minerals assets and is responsible for maintenance excellence across the BHP group.

Since joining BHP is 2003, Mike has worked across both minerals and petroleum, and has held various commercial, technical and operational roles.

He joined BHP’s senior management team in 2011.

Peter Coleman
Chief Executive and Managing Director, Woodside Energy

Biography

Peter has more than 35 years’ experience in the global oil and gas industry, covering Asia, the Americas, Africa and Australasia. Peter has been Managing Director and Chief Executive of Woodside since joining the company in May 2011.

Born in rural Victoria, Peter graduated with a bachelor of engineering from Monash University in 1983 and has a master of business administration from Deakin University. He has completed Advanced Management Training at the University of Virginia, Thunderbird Management School and Columbia University.

Peter began his career with ExxonMobil following graduation from Monash University and stayed with the company until joining Woodside. Peter is on the Board of the Business Council of Australia and Chairman of the Australia-Korea Foundation. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Australia Japan Business Co-operation Council and the Monash Industry Council of Advisers.

Peter has been awarded a Doctor of Laws honoris causa from Monash University, the honorary title of Adjunct Professor in corporate strategy from the University of Western Australia, an Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award from Monash University and a Fellowship from the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Jean Savage
Vice President, Surface Mining & Technology Division, Caterpillar

Biography

Jean Savage is Vice-President with responsibility for the Surface Mining and Technology Division.

Savage was formerly Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Locomotive and Railcar Services business unit for Caterpillar subsidiary Progress Rail Services (PRS).

Savage joined Progress Rail Services in 2002 as Vice-President for Quality and Continuous Improvement. She also served as Vice President of PRS’ Freight Car Repair, Parts and Quality Divisions before her most recent position. Prior to joining PRS, she worked in a variety of manufacturing and engineering positions in her 14 years at Parker Hannifin Corporation, a leader in motion and control technologies and systems. That was preceded by nine years in the Army Reserves as a military intelligence officer.

Savage has a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Dayton.

Al Williams
Managing Director, Chevron Australia

Biography

Al Williams is the Managing Director of Chevron Australia and head of the Australasia business unit located in Perth, Western Australia.

Al is responsible for Chevron’s upstream interests and activities in Australia. This includes leading the development and operations of the Gorgon and Wheatstone natural gas projects; participating interests in the North West Shelf Venture; the oil production operation on Barrow Island; and exploration and appraisal activities off Australia’s coast.

Most recently, he held the position of Vice-President, San Joaquin Valley Business Unit, where he was responsible for Chevron’s oil and gas production in California with core operations in six field locations.

Al joined Chevron in 1991, commencing work on several major construction projects in New Orleans, including reconstruction of Chevron’s offshore platforms following Hurricane Andrew. He has held various leadership positions of increasing responsibility in Thailand, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and multiple locations in the United States.

In 2014, Al assumed the role of President of Chevron Pipe Line Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, where he was responsible for managing an extensive network of crude oil, natural gas and refined product pipelines, as well as storage facilities in North America.

A native of Mississippi, Al graduated from Mississippi State University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, followed by a masters in business administration from Tulane University in 1998.

Al is a Board member of the University of Western Australia’s Business School.

Hitoshi Okawa
President, Director Australia, INPEX

Biography

Hitoshi joined INPEX Corporation in 1994 following 10 years with Japan China Oil Development Company in various domestic and international assignments.

In 1998, following four years in the accounting and finance division at INPEX Tokyo head office, Hitoshi transferred to INPEX Browse, joining the inaugural Perth office team.

He returned to the Tokyo office in 2002, taking on managerial roles in the planning and new ventures department and corporate strategy and administration division over three years.

In 2005, Hitoshi returned once again to Perth to oversee commercial and corporate co-ordination. He assumed his role as Director, Corporate Coordination in 2009.

Hitoshi has been promoted to President Director, Australia in February 2019.

Elizabeth Gaines
Chief Executive, Fortescue Metals Group

Biography

Elizabeth commenced as Chief Executive of Fortescue Metals Group in February 2018.

A highly experienced business leader with extensive international experience as a Chief Executive and Group Executive, Elizabeth has a proven track record in financial and operational leadership across a number of industries including resources, construction and infrastructure, financial services and travel and hospitality.

After joining Fortescue as a Non-Executive Director in February 2013, Elizabeth was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director in February 2017. She is a former Chief Executive of Helloworld and Heytesbury and has also held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Stella Group and Entertainment Rights.

A member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women, Elizabeth holds a bachelor of commerce degree and master of applied finance degree.

Zoe Yujnovich
Country Chair and Executive Vice President, Shell Australia

Biography

Zoe has extensive experience in the resource sector and has been Country Chair and Executive Vice-President of Shell Australia since February 2017.

Zoe began her career in Australia as an engineer working in a number of frontline mining roles and then broadened her experience internationally working in the US, UK, Brazil and Canada. While at Rio Tinto, she held a number of senior leadership positions, including Company President in Brazil and President and Chief Executive of the Iron Ore Company of Canada in Montreal.

Zoe joined Shell in 2014 leading its Oil Sands business in Canada. During that time she was a Non-Executive Director of the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan.

In her current role she has responsibility for managing the company’s portfolio of LNG projects in Australia including QGC, the world’s first coal bed methane-to-LNG project; Prelude, the company’s first deployment of floating LNG technology; development of the world-class Arrow resource and managing their non-operated venture interests in Gorgon, North West Shelf, among other investments.

Zoe is a Board Member of the West Coast Eagles football club, University of WA Business School, Christ Church Grammar School and Chairman of Australia’s national oil and gas industry association (APPEA) and is a member of the Western Australian Division of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She holds an engineering degree from the University of Western Australia and an executive master of business administration from the University of Utah.

Zoe lives in Perth with her husband Jason and three children.

Ivan Vella
Managing Director, Port, Rail & Core Services – Iron Ore, Rio Tinto

Biography

Ivan is Managing Director Supply Chain and Services for the iron ore business at Rio Tinto. He has accountability for the end-to-end supply chain, moving iron ore from 16 mines across the Pilbara through the rail network and on to customers via four port terminals at Dampier and Cape Lambert. 

Ivan is also responsible for the core services function that provides the support infrastructure, utilities and associated services across the iron ore operations.

Prior to this role, Ivan was Chief Operating Officer — Coal, with accountability for Rio Tinto’s five coal operations in New South Wales, Queensland and South Africa. 

Before this, Ivan worked at the Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia — a $6 billion start-up copper and gold operation and one of the top three copper mines in the world.

Since joining Rio in 2003, Ivan has led a number of large business improvement and transformation projects across various areas of the business. He previously worked with Deloitte Consulting.

Ivan holds a bachelor of business, a master of business in operations and quality management from Queensland University of Technology and a master of business administration from the University of Edinburgh.

Rebecca Brown
Director General, WA Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation

Biography

Rebecca commenced as Director General of the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation in September 2018. In this role, she is also Chief Executive of Tourism Western Australia.

 Rebecca has worked across both Federal and State government agencies in a range of senior roles across revenue and economic policy, social policy, resourcing and performance. Most recently she oversaw the reform of the WA health system, including the establishment of a new governance model and the development of the Health Services Act 2016.

 Rebecca has held senior positions at both WA Treasury and the WA Department of the Premier and Cabinet, where she oversaw key reforms between the public and non-profit community sectors.

 Rebecca has an Honours Degree in economics from the University of Western Australia and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

The Hon. Bill Johnston MLA
Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Energy, Industrial Relations

Biography

Bill Johnston is Western Australia’s Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Energy and Industrial Relations.

He has been a Minister for the McGowan Labor Government since March 2017, after a landslide victory against the Liberal government.

In Opposition he served as Shadow Minister for State Development and Energy from 2012, and Shadow Minister for Mines and Petroleum from 2013.

He was a Member of the Economics and Industry Standing Committee and Deputy Chair of the Inquiry into Domestic Gas Prices from 2010 to 2011.

Prior to entering Parliament, he was the State Secretary of WA Labor from 2001 until 2008, with responsibility for all State and Federal election campaigns.

Shaun Gregory
Executive Vice President Exploration and Chief Technology Officer, Woodside Energy

Biography

Shaun has a bachelor of science from the University of Western Australia in mathematical geophysics and a master of business and technology from the University of New South Wales.

Shaun has more than 25 years industry experience and leads Woodside’s value chain from exploration acreage capture and evaluation, through appraisal and development concept selection. He is passionate about technology and innovation and the role they play in enabling business outcomes.

As the Chief Technology Officer, Shaun oversees Woodside’s technology advancements in LNG, data science, artificial intelligence, and digital transformation.

Shaun is a member of Dean’s Council for the faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at UWA and is a Board Member of Scitech WA.

Chen Zeng
Chief Executive and Chairman, CITIC Pacific Mining

Biography

Chen was appointed Chairman and President of CITIC Pacific in July 2019. He is also the Chairman of CITIC Pacific Mining Management and CITIC Mining International.

Before joining CITIC Pacific, Chen was the Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive of CITIC Resources, a CITIC Group-controlled Hong Kong listed company focused on crude oil production, metal mining and refining, and commodity trading. He is also the Chairman of CITIC Australia.

Chen has more than 30 years’ experience in project development, management, and a proven record of leading cross-cultural professionals in the resources sector. He has been working in Australia since 1994 and has extensive knowledge in areas including aluminium smelting and coal mining, magnetite iron ore mining and processing and infrastructure development.

Chen is a director of Alumina. He’s a former director of CITIC, CITIC Dameng, Macarthur Coal and Marathon Resources, and also served as a director on the Board of CITIC Group between 2010 and 2011.

Chen played a pivotal role in CITIC’s successful investments in Macarthur Coal and Alumina. CITIC is now the single-biggest shareholder in Alumina. Today, the AWAC joint venture between Alumina and Alcoa is the leader in bauxite mining and alumina refining with operations across the world, including Western Australia. 

He has been the team leader for the construction and development of Sino Iron, a world-scale magnetite iron ore project in the Pilbara since early 2014.

Chen has a master’s degree in international finance, from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

Jonathan Price
Chief Transformation Officer, BHP

Biography

During a global career in the metals and mining sector, Jonathan has developed a diverse set of skills and experience. He has established a track record of delivering exceptional outcomes across operations management, financial advisory, commercial structuring and negotiation, transformation and the leadership of large teams.

Originally from the UK, Jonathan gained a master’s segree in metallurgy and commenced his career in production and process engineering roles at a metals refinery. Following completion of an MBA, Jonathan moved to ABN AMRO investment bank in London, servicing metals and mining clients through a period of industry consolidation.

He joined BHP in 2006 and during his 13 years with the company has worked in the UK, Asia and Australia across a range of commercial, business development and finance roles.

Throughout his career, Jonathan has variously worked with governments, joint venture partners, customers, industry peers, investors and a range of advisers. In addition to his passion for building productive business relationships, he is also keenly focused on the development of high-performance teams, enabling others to realise their full potential.

Having worked in BHP’s Nickel, Marketing and Iron Ore businesses and having led the investor relations team in London, Jonathan relocated back to Singapore to take up the position of Vice-President Finance, supporting Marketing and the Global Functions.

In January 2018, Jonathan initiated and took leadership of World Class Functions, a program that will deliver improved effectiveness and efficiency across BHP’s functions. He transitioned to the role of Transformation Director, and established the Transformation Office in July 2018.

At the start of March 2019, Jonathan was appointed Chief Transformation Officer, a role previously held by the Chief Executive Andrew Mackenzie.

Jonathan is married with three daughters, and never travels without his running shoes.

Greg Lilleyman
Chief Operating Officer, Fortescue Metals Group

Biography

Greg commenced as Chief Operating Officer of Fortescue Metals Group in February 2018, after joining the miner as Director Operations in January 2017.

With nearly three decades of extensive international experience in the mining sector, including more than 20 years in the iron ore sector, across multiple commodities in large-scope project development and construction, operational and business leadership, JV management and technology deployment, Greg brings significant business credentials and iron ore market knowledge to Fortescue’s core leadership team.

Greg holds a degree in construction engineering from Curtin University and has completed the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship in Ethical Leadership at the University of Melbourne, as well as the prestigious Wharton Business School’s Advanced Management Program. 

He is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Fay Cranmer
Chief Information Officer, Rio Tinto

Biography

Fay Cranmer joined Rio Tinto as Chief Information Officer in September 2018. In this role, Fay leads a global team of information technology professionals in delivering digital solutions to create value for Rio Tinto’s operations. A passionate believer in the power of technology to help achieve business objectives, Fay is currently defining a new digital strategy to modernise Rio Tinto’s IT environment. 

Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Fay was Senior Vice-President and Chief Process and Information Officer for Canadian integrated energy company, Suncor Energy, where she oversaw a significant transformation programme. A geophysicist by training, Fay has also held numerous senior roles across the energy sector globally, as well as senior consulting roles in the energy and resources practices of Accenture and Deloitte.

Fay holds a bachelor of science in geology and geophysics from the University of Durham and a master of science in sedimentology from the University of London.

Jarvas Croome
Chief Executive, WesTrac

Biography

Jarvas is an engineer with more than 20 years experience in the oil and gas sector and has held key executive management roles with some of world’s industry leaders.

He holds a bachelor of mechanical engineering (First Class Honours) and a bachelor of commerce (Management) from the University of Western Australia.

Jarvas began his experience in Western Australia working on maintenance shutdowns with Woodside Energy at the North West Shelf gas plant in Karratha. He then joined Kvaerner RJ Brown as a subsea pipeline engineer before moving to Shell Australia where he performed a variety of roles including Fuels and Lubricants Engineer, Global Product Manager and Commercial Sales Manager.

In 2004, Jarvas returned to Woodside where he held various executive management positions including Business Manager COO Office, Production Services Manager, Vice-President for Technical Services, Vice-President of the Australian Business Unit and Chair for Woodside’s Business Operating Committee.

In early 2012, Jarvas moved to Houston as President and Chairman of Woodside Energy USA which included interests in the Gulf of Mexico and South America.

Jarvas returned to his hometown of Perth, Western Australia following his appointment at WesTrac in March 2014. He is Chief Executive WA and Chief Executive Australia for WesTrac, the authorised dealer for new and used Caterpillar machine parts and services in WA and NSW.

Jarvas holds Chartered Professional Engineering status with Engineers Australia and has been previously registered on the National Professional Engineers Register, is the current Chairman of Sorrento Primary School Board and Board Member of Energy Power Systems Australia.

Rob McCargow
Director of Artificial Intelligence, PwC

Biography

Rob is the Director of Artificial Intelligence at PwC.

He works with partners across academia, government, technology vendors, start-ups, and other key stakeholders to drive innovation within PwC and develop new services for clients. He is an evangelist for responsible technology and promotes awareness of the growing ethical agenda relating to AI.

Rob is an advisory board member of the UK’s Parliamentary Group on AI, an adviser to the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, a TEDx speaker, and a Fellow of the RSA.

Rob is particularly focused on the issues and policies relating to the impact of automation on the workforce, the future skills agenda, and ensuring that the benefits to be delivered by AI are equitably spread across society.

Michael Zolotov
Chief Technology Officer, Razor Labs

Biography

Michael is Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Razor Labs, Israel’s leading AI solutions company. Since founding Razor Labs in 2016 with his 2 co-founders, Michael has been creating innovative AI solutions for the most complex challenges for global clients.

Michael advises multinational corporations on their AI strategy and is considered a thought leader in the fields of AI and deep learning. Michael leads Razor Labs R&D team which is at the forefront of developing and deploying deep reinforcement learning, neural network explainability for deep learning models from a wide range of radars and other sensors, among other bleeding edge advances in AI.

Michael has a unique ability to understand the business and operations of an organisation and translate the science of AI into tangible solutions for Razor Labs’ clients. He combines the can-do spirit of one of Israel’s leading AI start-ups with the ability to design and deploy accurate and robust AI models that create enormous value for Razor Labs’ large global clients.

Michael has a Bachelor of Science from Hebrew University (computer science & physics) and a Master of Science, electrical engineering from Tel Aviv University, with his thesis subject, detection and classification of cancerous nodules in lung CT using state-of-the-art deep learning methods. He was a participant in the prestigious Talpiot program and a Captain in an elite R&D unit in the Israeli Defense Forces.

Michael travels extensively both speaking at international conferences and to consult corporations and government departments on the advanced use of AI deep learning neural networks. He spear-headed Razor Labs’ expansion into the Australian market where it now has a subsidiary managing a range of large projects with a number tier 1 companies in the mining sector, other industries and government organisations.

Paul Everingham
Chief Executive CME WA

Biography

Paul Everingham joined CME in June 2018 as Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to joining CME, Paul held numerous senior and executive roles, including Chief Executive of Marketforce Australia; Founding Principal and Managing Director of GRA Everingham Advisory; State Director of the Liberal Party of Australia (WA) and Senior Adviser for the Commonwealth Treasury.

Paul has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland; Graduate Certificate in Financial Mathematics from the Queensland University of Technology; and Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment from the University of NSW

Raleigh Finlayson
Managing Director Saracen Minerals

Biography

Mr Raleigh Finlayson is a Mining Engineer with over 20 years of technical and operational experience in the mining industry in multiple disciplines including both underground and open pit operations. Mr Finlayson commenced with Saracen Mineral Holdings as General Manager – Operations in February 2008 and managed the timely completion of the Definitive Feasibility Study and development of the Carosue Dam Operations in 2009. Mr Finlayson was appointed Chief Operating Officer in October 2009 and managed all operational aspects of the business until he was appointed Managing Director in April 2013.

During his time as Managing Director, Mr Finlayson has been responsible for the acquisition and subsequent development of Saracen’s second operating mine, the Thunderbox Gold Project.  In this time, the business has grown from a market cap of $53m in 2008 to $2.5b in 2019.  

Mr Finlayson previously held positions of Underground Manager for Panoramic Resources and various mining engineering roles with OceanaGold and Gold Fields. Mr Finlayson studied at the Western Australian School of Mines and is the holder of a First Class Mine Managers Certificate and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance and Investment.  Mr Finlayson was the recipient of the CEO Magazine Managing Director of the Year award and the Energy & Resources Executive of the Year in 2014 and was named First Among Equals at the 2018 40 Under 40 Awards.

Mr Finlayson is passionate about mining education and is currently the President of the WA School of Mines Alumni.

Andrew McConville
Chief Executive APPEA

Biography

Andrew McConville is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, a position he has occupied since April 2019.

As Chief Executive, he responsible for leading the Association & its members to be the effective voice the Australian oil and gas industry, building community trust and support, driving advocacy and engagement, developing the industry’s key policy positions and executing a strategy for growth of the Association.

Prior to joining APPEA, Andrew worked for more than a decade with Syngenta, one of the world’s leading agribusinesses. His last role was as Global Head of External Affairs and Communication based in Basel Switzerland and before that he held senior regional roles as Head of Corporate Affairs for Europe, Africa and the Middle East and as Head of Corporate Affairs for the Asia Pacific Region.

Andrew is an advocacy and corporate affairs professional with more than 25 years’ experience across many sectors, industries & countries. Andrew has worked and consulted in the oil and gas, agribusiness, banking and finance, FMCG and government sectors. 

Andrew holds a first class honours degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of New England, a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Oxford University and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

James Arnott
Energy & Natural Resources Partner KPMG

Biography

James Arnott is a senior Partner in KPMG’s Energy and Natural Resources group and leads the Management Consulting practice in Perth. With over 25 years of international management consulting experience, James has worked across the various energy and utility value chains with independent, national and international/super major oil and gas companies and utility companies. He has led large-scale systems implementations and business transformations, including the implementation of large ERP and Project Control solutions, as well as supporting client efforts associated with business process optimisation, strategic cost take-out, strategy definition, shared services and new operating models.

More recently, James has been working with clients on their strategies related to renewables, sustainability and behind the meter electrification. One significant project involved his oversight of the development of the multi-criteria assessment framework for a hydrogen community evaluation model that considers the viability of hydrogen as a fuel source for a defined community in Australia.


Kingsley Dixon
ARC CoE for Mine Site restoration

Biography

Kingsley Dixon, John Curtin Distinguished Professor, Curtin University is a botanist involved in conservation of threatened species and ecological restoration including urban, coastal to mined landscapes.  Awarded 2016 Western Australian Scientist of the Year in recognition of his botanical discoveries including discovery of the chemical in bushfire smoke that is a potent stimulant of plant germination

Meg O’Neill 
Chief Operations Officer Woodside Energy

Biography

Meg O’Neill is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Woodside Energy, based in Perth, Australia. She assumed this position in May 2018 and is responsible for Woodside’s global logistics, drilling, production, HSEQ, reservoir management and the operations of all Woodside producing facilities.
Prior to joining Woodside, Meg held the position of Vice President, Africa for ExxonMobil Development Company based in Houston, where she was responsible for ExxonMobil’s major projects across Africa, including Angola, Nigeria, Tanzania and Mozambique.
Meg’s recent experience also includes her role as Executive Advisor to the Chairman of ExxonMobil Corporation in 2016. And in 2014 to 2015, she was Vice President, Asia Pacific for ExxonMobil Production Company, where she was responsible for ExxonMobil’s production business in Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
From 2012 to 2014, Meg was the Managing Director of the ExxonMobil and Esso companies in Norway, based in Stavanger, Norway. From 2010 to 2012, she was the President of ExxonMobil Canada, based in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Meg is originally from Boulder, Colorado, and is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with degrees in Ocean and Chemical Engineering.

Debbie Morrow
Vice President HSEQ Woodside Energy

Biography

Deb is responsible for Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) across Woodside, leading corporate HSEQ direction and strategy as well as providing operational support to all parts of Woodside’s global business. This includes major incident prevention (process safety), personal safety, long term health outcomes, environmental performance and quality systems and processes. She is also accountable for coordinating the business-wide response to climate change risk and opportunities.

Deb has 22 years of oil and gas industry experience working in many diverse areas around the globe, such as Dubai, France, Singapore and USA. With a commercial background Deb has mostly worked as a project manager in the execution phase form concept design through to construction, commissioning and handover to operations.

Debs career with woodside has included significant roles on both brownfield redevelopments and greenfield developments on offshore oil and gas facilities.

Russell Potapinski
Intelligent Assets Program Manager Woodside Energy

Biography

Russ is the General Manager and Head of Intelligent and Autonomous Systems for Woodside Energy, responsible for leading the vision and implementation of these new technologies throughout the business.

Russ has more than 20 years’ industry experience.
He joined Woodside in 1998 and has held a variety of roles in areas including engineering, mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, business unit leadership, artificial intelligence and robotics.

Shelley Kalms 
Chief Digital Officer Woodside Energy

Biography

Shelley has more than 20 years’ experience working across multiple industries and has held a variety of roles in areas including Engineering, Strategy, Asset Management, Logistics, culture change and business leadership.

Shelley joined Woodside in 2011 and is currently managing Woodside’s Digital as CDO

Technology is rapidly reshaping the mining, oil and gas industry. Find out how artificial intelligence, augmented reality, robotics and automation is being applied and learn how the industry leaders are adapting to the changes these advancements bring.

Speakers Include:

The Hon. Mark McGowan MLA
Premier of Western Australia

Mike Henry
President Operations, Minerals Australia, BHP

Peter Coleman
Chief Executive and Managing Director, Woodside Energy

Biography

The Honourable Mark McGowan MLA is the 30th Premier of Western Australia.

Under his leadership the McGowan Labor Government is creating and securing jobs for Western Australians, providing quality education and health care, delivering Metronet across Perth, and restoring the State’s finances.

In his first two years in office, Mark has secured a fair share of the GST for Western Australia and driven job-creating initiatives such as Metronet, that will transform Perth; Infrastructure WA, a new approach to infrastructure planning for the state; and WA Industry Link, which gives local businesses better opportunities to tender for government work.

He has also delivered significant reforms to the State’s public sector, including amalgamating government departments to drive positive change and improve collaboration.

Born in 1967 to a wool classer and a public school teacher in regional New South Wales, Mark’s parents taught him the importance of hard work and compassion, as well as the need to fight for those less fortunate than themselves.

He studied arts and law at the University of Queensland before joining the Royal Australian Navy and driving across the Nullarbor to Western Australia, serving as a Lieutenant at HMAS Stirling.

Mark still lives in Rockingham, where he met his wife Sarah and they are raising their three children – Samuel, Alexander and Amelia.

Wanting to give back to his community, Mark served as a local councillor and Deputy Mayor, before being elected to the Legislative Assembly in 1996 representing the State seat of Rockingham.

Mark has previously served as a Minister in the Gallop and Carpenter governments in the portfolios of Education and Training, Environment, Racing and Gaming, Tourism and the South West.

As a Minister, Mark delivered common-sense reforms; bringing Jetstar to WA, reintroducing the syllabus and traditional marking and reports to our school system, approving the Gorgon project, as well as delivering Perth’s small bar reforms, which liberalised and revitalised Perth’s nightlife.

Mark was elected Leader of the WA Labor Party in 2012, a role he has now served through two State elections.

He was awarded a Governor General’s Commendation for brave conduct for actions he took in 1995 rescuing an unconscious driver from a burning car. He remains a standby member of the Naval Reserves.

Biography

Mike runs BHP’s Australian minerals assets and is responsible for maintenance excellence across the BHP group.

Since joining BHP is 2003, Mike has worked across both minerals and petroleum, and has held various commercial, technical and operational roles.

He joined BHP’s senior management team in 2011.

Biography

Peter has more than 35 years’ experience in the global oil and gas industry, covering Asia, the Americas, Africa and Australasia. Peter has been Managing Director and Chief Executive of Woodside since joining the company in May 2011.

Born in rural Victoria, Peter graduated with a bachelor of engineering from Monash University in 1983 and has a master of business administration from Deakin University. He has completed Advanced Management Training at the University of Virginia, Thunderbird Management School and Columbia University.

Peter began his career with ExxonMobil following graduation from Monash University and stayed with the company until joining Woodside. Peter is on the Board of the Business Council of Australia and Chairman of the Australia-Korea Foundation. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Australia Japan Business Co-operation Council and the Monash Industry Council of Advisers.

Peter has been awarded a Doctor of Laws honoris causa from Monash University, the honorary title of Adjunct Professor in corporate strategy from the University of Western Australia, an Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award from Monash University and a Fellowship from the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Jean Savage
Vice President, Surface Mining and Technology Division, Caterpillar

Al Williams
Managing Director, Chevron Australia

Hitoshi Okawa
President, Director Australia, INPEX

Biography

Jean Savage is Vice-President with responsibility for the Surface Mining and Technology Division.

Savage was formerly Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Locomotive and Railcar Services business unit for Caterpillar subsidiary Progress Rail Services (PRS).

Savage joined Progress Rail Services in 2002 as Vice-President for Quality and Continuous Improvement. She also served as Vice President of PRS’ Freight Car Repair, Parts and Quality Divisions before her most recent position. Prior to joining PRS, she worked in a variety of manufacturing and engineering positions in her 14 years at Parker Hannifin Corporation, a leader in motion and control technologies and systems. That was preceded by nine years in the Army Reserves as a military intelligence officer.

Savage has a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Dayton.

Biography

Al Williams is the Managing Director of Chevron Australia and head of the Australasia business unit located in Perth, Western Australia.

Al is responsible for Chevron’s upstream interests and activities in Australia. This includes leading the development and operations of the Gorgon and Wheatstone natural gas projects; participating interests in the North West Shelf Venture; the oil production operation on Barrow Island; and exploration and appraisal activities off Australia’s coast.

Most recently, he held the position of Vice-President, San Joaquin Valley Business Unit, where he was responsible for Chevron’s oil and gas production in California with core operations in six field locations.

Al joined Chevron in 1991, commencing work on several major construction projects in New Orleans, including reconstruction of Chevron’s offshore platforms following Hurricane Andrew. He has held various leadership positions of increasing responsibility in Thailand, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and multiple locations in the United States.

In 2014, Al assumed the role of President of Chevron Pipe Line Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, where he was responsible for managing an extensive network of crude oil, natural gas and refined product pipelines, as well as storage facilities in North America.

A native of Mississippi, Al graduated from Mississippi State University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, followed by a masters in business administration from Tulane University in 1998.

Al is a Board member of the University of Western Australia’s Business School.

Biography

Hitoshi joined INPEX Corporation in 1994 following 10 years with Japan China Oil Development Company in various domestic and international assignments.

In 1998, following four years in the accounting and finance division at INPEX Tokyo head office, Hitoshi transferred to INPEX Browse, joining the inaugural Perth office team.

He returned to the Tokyo office in 2002, taking on managerial roles in the planning and new ventures department and corporate strategy and administration division over three years.

In 2005, Hitoshi returned once again to Perth to oversee commercial and corporate co-ordination. He assumed his role as Director, Corporate Coordination in 2009.

Hitoshi has been promoted to President Director, Australia in February 2019.

Elizabeth Gaines
Chief Executive, Fortescue Metals Group

Zoe Yujnovich
Country Chair and Executive Vice President, Shell Australia

Ivan Vella
Managing Director, Port, Rail & Core Services – Iron Ore, Rio Tinto

Biography

Elizabeth commenced as Chief Executive of Fortescue Metals Group in February 2018.

A highly experienced business leader with extensive international experience as a Chief Executive and Group Executive, Elizabeth has a proven track record in financial and operational leadership across a number of industries including resources, construction and infrastructure, financial services and travel and hospitality.

After joining Fortescue as a Non-Executive Director in February 2013, Elizabeth was appointed Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director in February 2017. She is a former Chief Executive of Helloworld and Heytesbury and has also held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Stella Group and Entertainment Rights.

A member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women, Elizabeth holds a bachelor of commerce degree and master of applied finance degree.

Biography

Zoe has extensive experience in the resource sector and has been Country Chair and Executive Vice-President of Shell Australia since February 2017.

Zoe began her career in Australia as an engineer working in a number of frontline mining roles and then broadened her experience internationally working in the US, UK, Brazil and Canada. While at Rio Tinto, she held a number of senior leadership positions, including Company President in Brazil and President and Chief Executive of the Iron Ore Company of Canada in Montreal.

Zoe joined Shell in 2014 leading its Oil Sands business in Canada. During that time she was a Non-Executive Director of the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan.

In her current role she has responsibility for managing the company’s portfolio of LNG projects in Australia including QGC, the world’s first coal bed methane-to-LNG project; Prelude, the company’s first deployment of floating LNG technology; development of the world-class Arrow resource and managing their non-operated venture interests in Gorgon, North West Shelf, among other investments.

Zoe is a Board Member of the West Coast Eagles football club, University of WA Business School, Christ Church Grammar School and Chairman of Australia’s national oil and gas industry association (APPEA) and is a member of the Western Australian Division of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She holds an engineering degree from the University of Western Australia and an executive master of business administration from the University of Utah.

Zoe lives in Perth with her husband Jason and three children.

Biography

Ivan is Managing Director Supply Chain and Services for the iron ore business at Rio Tinto. He has accountability for the end-to-end supply chain, moving iron ore from 16 mines across the Pilbara through the rail network and on to customers via four port terminals at Dampier and Cape Lambert. 

Ivan is also responsible for the core services function that provides the support infrastructure, utilities and associated services across the iron ore operations.

Prior to this role, Ivan was Chief Operating Officer — Coal, with accountability for Rio Tinto’s five coal operations in New South Wales, Queensland and South Africa. 

Before this, Ivan worked at the Oyu Tolgoi mine in Mongolia — a $6 billion start-up copper and gold operation and one of the top three copper mines in the world.

Since joining Rio in 2003, Ivan has led a number of large business improvement and transformation projects across various areas of the business. He previously worked with Deloitte Consulting.

Ivan holds a bachelor of business, a master of business in operations and quality management from Queensland University of Technology and a master of business administration from the University of Edinburgh.

Rebecca Brown
Director General, WA Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation

The Hon. Bill Johnston MLA
Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Energy, Industrial Relations

Shaun Gregory
Executive Vice President Exploration and Chief Technology Officer, Woodside Energy

Biography

Rebecca commenced as Director General of the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation in September 2018. In this role, she is also Chief Executive of Tourism Western Australia.

 Rebecca has worked across both Federal and State government agencies in a range of senior roles across revenue and economic policy, social policy, resourcing and performance. Most recently she oversaw the reform of the WA health system, including the establishment of a new governance model and the development of the Health Services Act 2016.

 Rebecca has held senior positions at both WA Treasury and the WA Department of the Premier and Cabinet, where she oversaw key reforms between the public and non-profit community sectors.

 Rebecca has an Honours Degree in economics from the University of Western Australia and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Biography

Bill Johnston is Western Australia’s Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Energy and Industrial Relations.

He has been a Minister for the McGowan Labor Government since March 2017, after a landslide victory against the Liberal government.

In Opposition he served as Shadow Minister for State Development and Energy from 2012, and Shadow Minister for Mines and Petroleum from 2013.

He was a Member of the Economics and Industry Standing Committee and Deputy Chair of the Inquiry into Domestic Gas Prices from 2010 to 2011.

Prior to entering Parliament, he was the State Secretary of WA Labor from 2001 until 2008, with responsibility for all State and Federal election campaigns.

Biography

Shaun has a bachelor of science from the University of Western Australia in mathematical geophysics and a master of business and technology from the University of New South Wales.

Shaun has more than 25 years industry experience and leads Woodside’s value chain from exploration acreage capture and evaluation, through appraisal and development concept selection. He is passionate about technology and innovation and the role they play in enabling business outcomes.

As the Chief Technology Officer, Shaun oversees Woodside’s technology advancements in LNG, data science, artificial intelligence, and digital transformation.

Shaun is a member of Dean’s Council for the faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at UWA and is a Board Member of Scitech WA.

Chen Zeng
Chief Executive and Chairman, CITIC Pacific Mining

Jonathan Price
Chief Transformation Officer, BHP

Greg Lilleyman
Chief Operating Officer, Fortescue Metals Group

Biography

Chen was appointed Chairman and President of CITIC Pacific in July 2019. He is also the Chairman of CITIC Pacific Mining Management and CITIC Mining International.

Before joining CITIC Pacific, Chen was the Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive of CITIC Resources, a CITIC Group-controlled Hong Kong listed company focused on crude oil production, metal mining and refining, and commodity trading. He is also the Chairman of CITIC Australia.

Chen has more than 30 years’ experience in project development, management, and a proven record of leading cross-cultural professionals in the resources sector. He has been working in Australia since 1994 and has extensive knowledge in areas including aluminium smelting and coal mining, magnetite iron ore mining and processing and infrastructure development.

Chen is a director of Alumina. He’s a former director of CITIC, CITIC Dameng, Macarthur Coal and Marathon Resources, and also served as a director on the Board of CITIC Group between 2010 and 2011.

Chen played a pivotal role in CITIC’s successful investments in Macarthur Coal and Alumina. CITIC is now the single-biggest shareholder in Alumina. Today, the AWAC joint venture between Alumina and Alcoa is the leader in bauxite mining and alumina refining with operations across the world, including Western Australia. 

He has been the team leader for the construction and development of Sino Iron, a world-scale magnetite iron ore project in the Pilbara since early 2014.

Chen has a master’s degree in international finance, from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

Biography

During a global career in the metals and mining sector, Jonathan has developed a diverse set of skills and experience. He has established a track record of delivering exceptional outcomes across operations management, financial advisory, commercial structuring and negotiation, transformation and the leadership of large teams.

Originally from the UK, Jonathan gained a master’s segree in metallurgy and commenced his career in production and process engineering roles at a metals refinery. Following completion of an MBA, Jonathan moved to ABN AMRO investment bank in London, servicing metals and mining clients through a period of industry consolidation.

He joined BHP in 2006 and during his 13 years with the company has worked in the UK, Asia and Australia across a range of commercial, business development and finance roles.

Throughout his career, Jonathan has variously worked with governments, joint venture partners, customers, industry peers, investors and a range of advisers. In addition to his passion for building productive business relationships, he is also keenly focused on the development of high-performance teams, enabling others to realise their full potential.

Having worked in BHP’s Nickel, Marketing and Iron Ore businesses and having led the investor relations team in London, Jonathan relocated back to Singapore to take up the position of Vice-President Finance, supporting Marketing and the Global Functions.

In January 2018, Jonathan initiated and took leadership of World Class Functions, a program that will deliver improved effectiveness and efficiency across BHP’s functions. He transitioned to the role of Transformation Director, and established the Transformation Office in July 2018.

At the start of March 2019, Jonathan was appointed Chief Transformation Officer, a role previously held by the Chief Executive Andrew Mackenzie.

Jonathan is married with three daughters, and never travels without his running shoes.

Biography

Greg commenced as Chief Operating Officer of Fortescue Metals Group in February 2018, after joining the miner as Director Operations in January 2017.

With nearly three decades of extensive international experience in the mining sector, including more than 20 years in the iron ore sector, across multiple commodities in large-scope project development and construction, operational and business leadership, JV management and technology deployment, Greg brings significant business credentials and iron ore market knowledge to Fortescue’s core leadership team.

Greg holds a degree in construction engineering from Curtin University and has completed the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship in Ethical Leadership at the University of Melbourne, as well as the prestigious Wharton Business School’s Advanced Management Program. 

He is a member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Fay Cranmer
Chief Information Officer, Rio Tinto

Jarvas Croome
Chief Executive, WesTrac

Rob McCargow
Director of Artificial Intelligence, PwC

Biography

Fay Cranmer joined Rio Tinto as Chief Information Officer in September 2018. In this role, Fay leads a global team of information technology professionals in delivering digital solutions to create value for Rio Tinto’s operations. A passionate believer in the power of technology to help achieve business objectives, Fay is currently defining a new digital strategy to modernise Rio Tinto’s IT environment. 

Prior to joining Rio Tinto, Fay was Senior Vice-President and Chief Process and Information Officer for Canadian integrated energy company, Suncor Energy, where she oversaw a significant transformation programme. A geophysicist by training, Fay has also held numerous senior roles across the energy sector globally, as well as senior consulting roles in the energy and resources practices of Accenture and Deloitte.

Fay holds a bachelor of science in geology and geophysics from the University of Durham and a master of science in sedimentology from the University of London.

Biography

Jarvas is an engineer with more than 20 years experience in the oil and gas sector and has held key executive management roles with some of world’s industry leaders.

He holds a bachelor of mechanical engineering (First Class Honours) and a bachelor of commerce (Management) from the University of Western Australia.

Jarvas began his experience in Western Australia working on maintenance shutdowns with Woodside Energy at the North West Shelf gas plant in Karratha. He then joined Kvaerner RJ Brown as a subsea pipeline engineer before moving to Shell Australia where he performed a variety of roles including Fuels and Lubricants Engineer, Global Product Manager and Commercial Sales Manager.

In 2004, Jarvas returned to Woodside where he held various executive management positions including Business Manager COO Office, Production Services Manager, Vice-President for Technical Services, Vice-President of the Australian Business Unit and Chair for Woodside’s Business Operating Committee.

In early 2012, Jarvas moved to Houston as President and Chairman of Woodside Energy USA which included interests in the Gulf of Mexico and South America.

Jarvas returned to his hometown of Perth, Western Australia following his appointment at WesTrac in March 2014. He is Chief Executive WA and Chief Executive Australia for WesTrac, the authorised dealer for new and used Caterpillar machine parts and services in WA and NSW.

Jarvas holds Chartered Professional Engineering status with Engineers Australia and has been previously registered on the National Professional Engineers Register, is the current Chairman of Sorrento Primary School Board and Board Member of Energy Power Systems Australia.

Biography

Rob is the Director of Artificial Intelligence at PwC.

He works with partners across academia, government, technology vendors, start-ups, and other key stakeholders to drive innovation within PwC and develop new services for clients. He is an evangelist for responsible technology and promotes awareness of the growing ethical agenda relating to AI.

Rob is an advisory board member of the UK’s Parliamentary Group on AI, an adviser to the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, a TEDx speaker, and a Fellow of the RSA.

Rob is particularly focused on the issues and policies relating to the impact of automation on the workforce, the future skills agenda, and ensuring that the benefits to be delivered by AI are equitably spread across society.

Michael Zolotov
Chief Technology Officer, Razor Labs

Paul Everingham
Chief Executive CME WA

Raleigh Finlayson
Managing Director Saracen Minerals

Biography

Michael is Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Razor Labs, Israel’s leading AI solutions company. Since founding Razor Labs in 2016 with his 2 co-founders, Michael has been creating innovative AI solutions for the most complex challenges for global clients.

Michael advises multinational corporations on their AI strategy and is considered a thought leader in the fields of AI and deep learning. Michael leads Razor Labs R&D team which is at the forefront of developing and deploying deep reinforcement learning, neural network explainability for deep learning models from a wide range of radars and other sensors, among other bleeding edge advances in AI.

Michael has a unique ability to understand the business and operations of an organisation and translate the science of AI into tangible solutions for Razor Labs’ clients. He combines the can-do spirit of one of Israel’s leading AI start-ups with the ability to design and deploy accurate and robust AI models that create enormous value for Razor Labs’ large global clients.

Michael has a Bachelor of Science from Hebrew University (computer science & physics) and a Master of Science, electrical engineering from Tel Aviv University, with his thesis subject, detection and classification of cancerous nodules in lung CT using state-of-the-art deep learning methods. He was a participant in the prestigious Talpiot program and a Captain in an elite R&D unit in the Israeli Defense Forces.

Michael travels extensively both speaking at international conferences and to consult corporations and government departments on the advanced use of AI deep learning neural networks. He spear-headed Razor Labs’ expansion into the Australian market where it now has a subsidiary managing a range of large projects with a number tier 1 companies in the mining sector, other industries and government organisations.

Biography

Paul Everingham joined CME in June 2018 as Chief Executive Officer.

Prior to joining CME, Paul held numerous senior and executive roles, including Chief Executive of Marketforce Australia; Founding Principal and Managing Director of GRA Everingham Advisory; State Director of the Liberal Party of Australia (WA) and Senior Adviser for the Commonwealth Treasury.

Paul has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland; Graduate Certificate in Financial Mathematics from the Queensland University of Technology; and Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment from the University of NSW

Biography

Mr Raleigh Finlayson is a Mining Engineer with over 20 years of technical and operational experience in the mining industry in multiple disciplines including both underground and open pit operations. Mr Finlayson commenced with Saracen Mineral Holdings as General Manager – Operations in February 2008 and managed the timely completion of the Definitive Feasibility Study and development of the Carosue Dam Operations in 2009. Mr Finlayson was appointed Chief Operating Officer in October 2009 and managed all operational aspects of the business until he was appointed Managing Director in April 2013.

During his time as Managing Director, Mr Finlayson has been responsible for the acquisition and subsequent development of Saracen’s second operating mine, the Thunderbox Gold Project.  In this time, the business has grown from a market cap of $53m in 2008 to $2.5b in 2019.  

Mr Finlayson previously held positions of Underground Manager for Panoramic Resources and various mining engineering roles with OceanaGold and Gold Fields. Mr Finlayson studied at the Western Australian School of Mines and is the holder of a First Class Mine Managers Certificate and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance and Investment.  Mr Finlayson was the recipient of the CEO Magazine Managing Director of the Year award and the Energy & Resources Executive of the Year in 2014 and was named First Among Equals at the 2018 40 Under 40 Awards.

Mr Finlayson is passionate about mining education and is currently the President of the WA School of Mines Alumni.

Andrew McConville
Chief Executive APPEA

James Arnott
Energy & Natural Resources Partner KPMG


Kingsley Dixon
ARC CoE for Mine Site Restoration

Biography

Andrew McConville is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, a position he has occupied since April 2019.

As Chief Executive, he responsible for leading the Association & its members to be the effective voice the Australian oil and gas industry, building community trust and support, driving advocacy and engagement, developing the industry’s key policy positions and executing a strategy for growth of the Association.

Prior to joining APPEA, Andrew worked for more than a decade with Syngenta, one of the world’s leading agribusinesses. His last role was as Global Head of External Affairs and Communication based in Basel Switzerland and before that he held senior regional roles as Head of Corporate Affairs for Europe, Africa and the Middle East and as Head of Corporate Affairs for the Asia Pacific Region.

Andrew is an advocacy and corporate affairs professional with more than 25 years’ experience across many sectors, industries & countries. Andrew has worked and consulted in the oil and gas, agribusiness, banking and finance, FMCG and government sectors. 

Andrew holds a first class honours degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of New England, a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from Oxford University and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Biography

James Arnott is a senior Partner in KPMG’s Energy and Natural Resources group and leads the Management Consulting practice in Perth. With over 25 years of international management consulting experience, James has worked across the various energy and utility value chains with independent, national and international/super major oil and gas companies and utility companies. He has led large-scale systems implementations and business transformations, including the implementation of large ERP and Project Control solutions, as well as supporting client efforts associated with business process optimisation, strategic cost take-out, strategy definition, shared services and new operating models.

More recently, James has been working with clients on their strategies related to renewables, sustainability and behind the meter electrification. One significant project involved his oversight of the development of the multi-criteria assessment framework for a hydrogen community evaluation model that considers the viability of hydrogen as a fuel source for a defined community in Australia.

Biography

Kingsley Dixon, John Curtin Distinguished Professor, Curtin University is a botanist involved in conservation of threatened species and ecological restoration including urban, coastal to mined landscapes.  Awarded 2016 Western Australian Scientist of the Year in recognition of his botanical discoveries including discovery of the chemical in bushfire smoke that is a potent stimulant of plant germination.

Meg O’Neill 
Chief Operations Officer Woodside Energy

Debbie Morrow
Vice President HSEQ Woodside Energy

Russell Potapinski
Intelligent Assets Program Manager Woodside Energy

Biography

Meg O’Neill is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Woodside Energy, based in Perth, Australia. She assumed this position in May 2018 and is responsible for Woodside’s global logistics, drilling, production, HSEQ, reservoir management and the operations of all Woodside producing facilities.
Prior to joining Woodside, Meg held the position of Vice President, Africa for ExxonMobil Development Company based in Houston, where she was responsible for ExxonMobil’s major projects across Africa, including Angola, Nigeria, Tanzania and Mozambique.
Meg’s recent experience also includes her role as Executive Advisor to the Chairman of ExxonMobil Corporation in 2016. And in 2014 to 2015, she was Vice President, Asia Pacific for ExxonMobil Production Company, where she was responsible for ExxonMobil’s production business in Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
From 2012 to 2014, Meg was the Managing Director of the ExxonMobil and Esso companies in Norway, based in Stavanger, Norway. From 2010 to 2012, she was the President of ExxonMobil Canada, based in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Meg is originally from Boulder, Colorado, and is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with degrees in Ocean and Chemical Engineering.

Biography

Deb is responsible for Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) across Woodside, leading corporate HSEQ direction and strategy as well as providing operational support to all parts of Woodside’s global business. This includes major incident prevention (process safety), personal safety, long term health outcomes, environmental performance and quality systems and processes. She is also accountable for coordinating the business-wide response to climate change risk and opportunities.

Deb has 22 years of oil and gas industry experience working in many diverse areas around the globe, such as Dubai, France, Singapore and USA. With a commercial background Deb has mostly worked as a project manager in the execution phase form concept design through to construction, commissioning and handover to operations.

Debs career with woodside has included significant roles on both brownfield redevelopments and greenfield developments on offshore oil and gas facilities.

Biography

Russ is the General Manager and Head of Intelligent and Autonomous Systems for Woodside Energy, responsible for leading the vision and implementation of these new technologies throughout the business.

Russ has more than 20 years’ industry experience.
He joined Woodside in 1998 and has held a variety of roles in areas including engineering, mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, business unit leadership, artificial intelligence and robotics.

Shelley Kalms 
Chief Digital Officer Woodside Energy

Bethwyn Cowcher 
Manager Energy & Power Strategy & Legal Fortescue Metals Group

Linda O’Farrell 
GM Fortescue People Fortescue Metals Group

Biography

Shelley has more than 20 years’ experience working across multiple industries and has held a variety of roles in areas including Engineering, Strategy, Asset Management, Logistics, culture change and business leadership.

Shelley joined Woodside in 2011 and is currently managing Woodside’s Digital as CDO

Biography

Bethwyn Cowcher joined Fortescue in January 2012. Prior to joining Fortescue, Bethwyn worked at top tier law firms in Perth, Western Australia.

Bethwyn has extensive experience in the energy industry in Western Australia, with particular expertise regarding off grid, islanded power generation. She is passionate about energy and technology, with the aim of promoting Fortescue as a leader in innovation in this sphere.

Bethwyn is a member of the Western Australian branch of AMPLA and holds Bachelor degrees in both law and chemistry from the University of Western Australia.

Biography

Linda O’Farrell joined Fortescue in October 2013 as Group Manager Fortescue People, joining the executive team in December 2014.

Having held a number of executive human resources roles in major Australian resource companies, Linda brings deep experience in strategic people management, diversity and Aboriginal employment.

She holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours in Industrial Relations) from the University of Western Australia. 

Mark Thomas 
GM Technology & Autonomy Fortescue Metals Group

Tim Beresford
Deputy Chief Executive Officer

David Grabau
Senior Investment Specialist, Austrade

Biography

Mark Thomas was appointed Group Manager Technology & Autonomy at Fortescue Metals Group Limited in April 2019.  He has previously held senior positions at Fortescue including Group Manager Procurement & Information Services, Group Manager Infrastructure Services, Company Secretary, Group Manager Finance and Head of Finance & IT.  Prior to Fortescue Mark held senior finance and accounting positions with the Goldfields Australia Group and with a number of professional service providers.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the mining and professional services industries, Mark has gained comprehensive experience in finance and accounting, governance and risk, information technology and business administration.  He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, a Master of Business Administration and is a Certified Practising Accountant and a Fellow of Governance Institute of Australia.  Mark is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of Risk Committee at ChemCentre. 

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Yanni Kotsos
Head of Improvement, Minerals Australia, BHP

Prof Peter Klinken 
Chief Scientist of Western Australia

Sabina Shugg
WA School of Mines Director Kalgoorlie

Biography

Yanni currently leads Improvement for BHP Western Australia Iron Ore. He has extensive experience in mergers & acquisitions, operational turnaround and transformation with a focus on Industrials and Resources across multiple continents. Yanni holds a Bachelors in Electrical & Computer Engineering and a Masters in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from University of California Berkeley.

Biography

Professor Klinken is a leading Western Australian medical research scientist, highly regarded for his work in advancing the understanding of genes involved in leukemia, cancer and anaemia. His many research achievements include the discovery of a gene that suppresses the growth of tumours.

After obtaining his PhD from The University of Western Australia, he undertook research at the US National Institutes of Health in Washington and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne.

His previous roles have included Professor in Clinical Biochemistry at The University of Western Australia; Director of Research at the Royal Perth Hospital; and the Director of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (previously the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research).

Under his stewardship, the Perkins Institute attracted world-class national and international researchers to the State and made numerous acclaimed medical discoveries. He also spear-headed the development of two new state-of-the-art medical research facilities, Perkins North in Nedlands (QEII Medical Centre) and Perkins South in Murdoch (Fiona Stanley Hospital).

Professor Klinken brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the role of Chief Scientist. His input will support the Government in growing the State’s science industries to achieve future prosperity for Western Australians.

Professor Klinken was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the June 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Biography

Sabina Shugg AM is the Director of the Curtin Kalgoorlie Campus. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Resolute Mining Ltd. Originally from the Goldfields region she has extensive experience in senior roles with mining and consulting organisations in Australia covering both underground and open pit environments. Sabina’s work has a strong people focus together with a solid project management background.

Sabina has a MBA from UWA and a degree in Mining Engineering from WA School of Mines. She founded and runs the very active Women in Mining and Resources WA group which has grown to 3000 members state-wide since its inception in 2003.

Manuel Sessink
Vice President Drilling, INPEX 

Katrina Troughton
Managing Director, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Katrina Troughton
Managing Director, IBM Australia and New Zealand

Biography

Manuel Sessink is the Vice President Drilling at INPEX, based in Perth, where he has been since 2013.

Prior to this he was General Manager of Drilling and Completions with Santos, based in Brisbane, where he was responsible for Santos’ Drilling and Completion operations in Australia and Asia.

His previous professional experience includes drilling engineering and leadership roles at BHP Billiton based in Algeria, UK, USA and Australia.

Manuel started his career with Schlumberger in Aberdeen, after he completed his BEng in Oil and Gas Engineering at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. He also completed the Senior Executive Program at London Business School in 2017.

Manuel’s talent is not limited to drilling. In 2009, he became the first Dutchman and the 59th person in the world to complete the world’s southern-most marathon in the Antarctic. In the following year he finished the Sydney marathon in 20,359th place!

INPEX Millennial Advisory Group

In September 2017, Manuel helped to form the INPEX Millennial Advisory Board (known colloquially as ‘i2K’, short for INPEX 2000), as a way to keep up with rapid global change and disruption occurring across our industry and more generally.

The board is considered the ‘voice of the future’ at INPEX and consists of a diverse group of young INPEX employees.

The group’s purpose is to research and develop business improvement initiatives that will positively influence the future direction of the company. In essence, the group’s remit is to conceive ideas to help INPEX to be ‘future fit’ and help the company to adapt to change and stay relevant. It’s about fostering the innovation and passion of the millennial demographic to help INPEX achieve its corporate vision and medium- to long-term goals.

These big ideas are communicated to senior management on an ongoing basis.

Biography

Katrina Troughton is Managing Director of IBM Australia and New Zealand, a role she was appointed to in July 2019 following a 28-year career at the company in local, regional and global roles. 

Starting her career at IBM in New Zealand, Katrina has since held leadership positions in A/NZ, Asia Pacific and the USA for IBM’s analytics, cloud and software businesses including more than four years as General Manager for IBM New Zealand. 

Most recently, Katrina was Vice President for Enterprise and Commercial Sales for Asia Pacific where she revitalised the region’s skills agenda and led a team to deliver strong growth in IBM’s cloud, software and infrastructure business.

She also previously held the global role as Vice President for IBM’s Smarter Workforce Solutions where she worked to reform end-to-end offerings and the go-to-market strategy driving the transformation to SaaS and services solutions.

Katrina has served on a number of external boards including New Zealand Advisory Board for Global Women, and Uniservices (the commercialisation arm of Auckland University). Katrina also chaired the NZ Government Digital Strategy Advisory Board (2006 – 2008).

Biography

Katrina Troughton is Managing Director of IBM Australia and New Zealand, a role she was appointed to in July 2019 following a 28-year career at the company in local, regional and global roles.

Starting her career at IBM in New Zealand, Katrina has since held leadership positions in A/NZ, Asia Pacific and the USA for IBM’s analytics, cloud and software businesses including more than four years as General Manager for IBM New Zealand.

Most recently, Katrina was Vice President for Enterprise and Commercial Sales for Asia Pacific where she revitalised the region’s skills agenda and led a team to deliver strong growth in IBM’s cloud, software and infrastructure business.

She also previously held the global role as Vice President for IBM’s Smarter Workforce Solutions where she worked to reform end-to-end offerings and the go-to-market strategy driving the transformation to SaaS and services solutions.

Katrina has served on a number of external boards including New Zealand Advisory Board for Global Women, and Uniservices (the commercialisation arm of Auckland University). Katrina also chaired the NZ Government Digital Strategy Advisory Board (2006 – 2008).

Bethwyn Cowcher 
Manager Energy & Power Strategy & Legal Fortescue Metals Group

Biography

Bethwyn Cowcher joined Fortescue in January 2012. Prior to joining Fortescue, Bethwyn worked at top tier law firms in Perth, Western Australia.

Bethwyn has extensive experience in the energy industry in Western Australia, with particular expertise regarding off grid, islanded power generation. She is passionate about energy and technology, with the aim of promoting Fortescue as a leader in innovation in this sphere.

Bethwyn is a member of the Western Australian branch of AMPLA and holds Bachelor degrees in both law and chemistry from the University of Western Australia.

Linda O’Farrell 
GM Fortescue People Fortescue Metals Group

Biography

Linda O’Farrell joined Fortescue in October 2013 as Group Manager Fortescue People, joining the executive team in December 2014.

Having held a number of executive human resources roles in major Australian resource companies, Linda brings deep experience in strategic people management, diversity and Aboriginal employment.

She holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours in Industrial Relations) from the University of Western Australia. 

Mark Thomas 
GM Technology & Autonomy Fortescue Metals Group

Biography

Mark Thomas was appointed Group Manager Technology & Autonomy at Fortescue Metals Group Limited in April 2019.  He has previously held senior positions at Fortescue including Group Manager Procurement & Information Services, Group Manager Infrastructure Services, Company Secretary, Group Manager Finance and Head of Finance & IT.  Prior to Fortescue Mark held senior finance and accounting positions with the Goldfields Australia Group and with a number of professional service providers.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the mining and professional services industries, Mark has gained comprehensive experience in finance and accounting, governance and risk, information technology and business administration.  He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, a Master of Business Administration and is a Certified Practising Accountant and a Fellow of Governance Institute of Australia.  Mark is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of Risk Committee at ChemCentre. 

Tim Beresford
Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Biography

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David Grabau
Senior Investment Specialist, Austrade

Biography

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Yanni Kotsos
Head of Improvement, Minerals Australia, BHP

Biography

Yanni currently leads Improvement for BHP Western Australia Iron Ore. He has extensive experience in mergers & acquisitions, operational turnaround and transformation with a focus on Industrials and Resources across multiple continents. Yanni holds a Bachelors in Electrical & Computer Engineering and a Masters in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from University of California Berkeley.

Prof Peter Klinken 
Chief Scientist of Western Australia

Biography

Professor Klinken is a leading Western Australian medical research scientist, highly regarded for his work in advancing the understanding of genes involved in leukemia, cancer and anaemia. His many research achievements include the discovery of a gene that suppresses the growth of tumours.

After obtaining his PhD from The University of Western Australia, he undertook research at the US National Institutes of Health in Washington and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne.

His previous roles have included Professor in Clinical Biochemistry at The University of Western Australia; Director of Research at the Royal Perth Hospital; and the Director of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (previously the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research).

Under his stewardship, the Perkins Institute attracted world-class national and international researchers to the State and made numerous acclaimed medical discoveries. He also spear-headed the development of two new state-of-the-art medical research facilities, Perkins North in Nedlands (QEII Medical Centre) and Perkins South in Murdoch (Fiona Stanley Hospital).

Professor Klinken brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the role of Chief Scientist. His input will support the Government in growing the State’s science industries to achieve future prosperity for Western Australians.

Professor Klinken was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the June 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Sabina Shugg
WA School of Mines Director Kalgoorlie

Biography

Sabina Shugg AM is the Director of the Curtin Kalgoorlie Campus. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Resolute Mining Ltd. Originally from the Goldfields region she has extensive experience in senior roles with mining and consulting organisations in Australia covering both underground and open pit environments. Sabina’s work has a strong people focus together with a solid project management background.

Sabina has a MBA from UWA and a degree in Mining Engineering from WA School of Mines. She founded and runs the very active Women in Mining and Resources WA group which has grown to 3000 members state-wide since its inception in 2003.

Manuel Sessink
Vice President Drilling, INPEX

Biography

Manuel Sessink is the Vice President Drilling at INPEX, based in Perth, where he has been since 2013.

Prior to this he was General Manager of Drilling and Completions with Santos, based in Brisbane, where he was responsible for Santos’ Drilling and Completion operations in Australia and Asia.

His previous professional experience includes drilling engineering and leadership roles at BHP Billiton based in Algeria, UK, USA and Australia.

Manuel started his career with Schlumberger in Aberdeen, after he completed his BEng in Oil and Gas Engineering at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. He also completed the Senior Executive Program at London Business School in 2017.

Manuel’s talent is not limited to drilling. In 2009, he became the first Dutchman and the 59th person in the world to complete the world’s southern-most marathon in the Antarctic. In the following year he finished the Sydney marathon in 20,359th place!

INPEX Millennial Advisory Group

In September 2017, Manuel helped to form the INPEX Millennial Advisory Board (known colloquially as ‘i2K’, short for INPEX 2000), as a way to keep up with rapid global change and disruption occurring across our industry and more generally.

The board is considered the ‘voice of the future’ at INPEX and consists of a diverse group of young INPEX employees.

The group’s purpose is to research and develop business improvement initiatives that will positively influence the future direction of the company. In essence, the group’s remit is to conceive ideas to help INPEX to be ‘future fit’ and help the company to adapt to change and stay relevant. It’s about fostering the innovation and passion of the millennial demographic to help INPEX achieve its corporate vision and medium- to long-term goals.

These big ideas are communicated to senior management on an ongoing basis.

Katrina Troughton
Managing Director, IBM Australia and New Zealand
Biography

Katrina Troughton is Managing Director of IBM Australia and New Zealand, a role she was appointed to in July 2019 following a 28-year career at the company in local, regional and global roles. 

Starting her career at IBM in New Zealand, Katrina has since held leadership positions in A/NZ, Asia Pacific and the USA for IBM’s analytics, cloud and software businesses including more than four years as General Manager for IBM New Zealand. 

Most recently, Katrina was Vice President for Enterprise and Commercial Sales for Asia Pacific where she revitalised the region’s skills agenda and led a team to deliver strong growth in IBM’s cloud, software and infrastructure business.

She also previously held the global role as Vice President for IBM’s Smarter Workforce Solutions where she worked to reform end-to-end offerings and the go-to-market strategy driving the transformation to SaaS and services solutions.

Katrina has served on a number of external boards including New Zealand Advisory Board for Global Women, and Uniservices (the commercialisation arm of Auckland University). Katrina also chaired the NZ Government Digital Strategy Advisory Board (2006 – 2008).