Advisory Board

Advisory Board


To reflect the opportunities presented by the formation of the Production Centres within the Sustainable Minerals Institute, the Advisory Boards for the W. H. Bryan Research Centre and the Julius Kruttschnitt Research Centre have been combined. The combination of these two Centres seeks to bring together the world class processing abilities of the SMI-JKMRC, with the similarly world renowned research into Mass Underground Mining and other geological projects within the SMI-BRC, and aims toward developing innovative solutions to long standing problems in the mining industry. The combined Advisory Board will provide advice to Professor Alice M Clark in her role as Director SMI Production Centres.  The two Centres remain separate entities with their own skill bases and facilities. The representatives of this Advisory Board include academic and industry representatives that span the gamut of the mining industry focusing in the areas of mine geology, mining engineering and mineral processing.  The Advisory board members are as follows.

 

Peter Forrestal - Retired

Chairman

Peter Forrestal took on the role of Chairman of the Advisory Board of SMI’s Production Centres late in 2015.

Retired since 2013, Peter has had extensive minerals industry experience spanning almost 40 years, in roles ranging from technical exploration and mining geology through to senior management.   During the 15 years prior to his retirement, he held General Manager and Executive General Manager positions in technical development, project evaluation and project development with MIM Holdings Limited and Xstrata Copper.  His work history includes exposure to a range of commodities, principally including copper, lead, zinc, silver and gold, in various locations in Australia, SE Asia, South America, Europe and the Middle East.

Peter was for several years a Minerals Council of Australia representative on the Joint Ore Reserve Committee.  He was also for many years a member of the Advisory Board of the WH Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre in the Sustainable Minerals Institute of the University of Queensland.

“I look forward to working with my fellow Advisory Board members to support Alice in her challenging role as Director of the SMI Production Centres.  The new SMI structure presents opportunities to add significant value by a broadening and deepening of interdisciplinary research collaboration within and between the JK and SMI-BRC and with the wider SMI.  I hope that the inputs provided by the Advisory Board and its individual members will assist Alice in seizing those opportunities.”

 

Neville Plint– The University of Queensland

Director of Sustainable Minerals Institute

Professor Neville Plint is the Director of the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) at The University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia.

Professor Plint holds a PhD, MBA (distinction) from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and brings extensive leadership experience and a deep understanding of the mining sector having worked for 20 years with Anglo American in South Africa.

Professor Plint’s extensive background focused on delivering improved operational performance on mining sites by developing and implementing new technologies, whilst establishing a global network of research professionals in academic institutes, mining companies and research organisations.

 

 

Alice Clark – The University of Queensland

Director SMI Production Centres

Professor Alice Clark joined the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) as the Director of Production Centres, the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (SMI-JKMRC) and the WH Bryan Mining & Geology Research Centre (SMI-BRC) in September 2015.

Alice brings 30 years of minerals industry experience to this role and has held senior managerial positions as well as consulting to Government and major resources groups involved in discovery, operations development, and mergers and acquisitions. Her work on a variety of mineral deposits has spanned exploration and mine geology, resource and reserve estimation, feasibility studies, due diligence review, professional mentoring, and management.

Professor Clark’s extensive experience has enabled her to develop an in-depth understanding of the requirement for an integrated approach from discovery to mine closure.

Professor Clark has previously held a number of significant industry roles:

  • President of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM)
  • Deputy Chair of the Joint Ore Reserves Committee (JORC)
  • Appointed to the Queensland Exploration Council
  • Appointed as Queensland Resource Industry Ambassador by the Qld Government

She was appointed as Professorial Head of Geometallurgy Research at the SMI-JKMRC in 2012 and has been an Adjunct Professor at The University of Queensland and at the Southern Cross University since 2014.

In 2015, Professor Clark was honoured with the AusIMM Beryl Jacka Award in recognition of extraordinary and sustained service to the Institute.

“Working with the world class team of research professionals at the SMI brings together expertise, technology and innovation aimed at enabling productivity improvements that incorporate the significant issues of mine closure from the outset of mining development proposals.”

 

Barun Gorain P.Eng. & PhD – Barrick Gold Corporation

Director – Strategic Technology Solutions

Dr. Barun Gorain has more than 25 years’ experience in processing plant operations, capital growth projects and technology management with a focus on operational excellence and improving project economics.  He is presently working as a Director of Strategic Technology Solutions for Barrick Gold’s corporate office in Toronto focusing on operations & projects optimization, technology transfer & breakthroughs for integrating the mining value chain.  Previously, he served as a Group Leader at Cominco (now Teck) in BC, Canada and also worked for Coal India and Hindustan Zinc (now Vedanta). Dr. Gorain has a PhD in Metallurgical Engineering from SMI-JKMRC (University of Queensland) in Australia and a first class B. Tech degree in Mineral Engineering from Indian School of Mines. 

Dr. Gorain now serves in the steering committee of Canadian Mining Innovation Council (CMIC). Dr. Gorain has participated as an invited speaker in various international forums and has made several contributions to books, journals, conferences focusing on industrial applications. He has several patents, and his AMBS technology is commercially used by Antofagasta Minerals in Chile and Barrick Gold.

His goal is to be a leader in developing the next generation of mining that is highly profitable yet sustainable involving innovative stakeholder engagement, technology and business models with a sole focus on making this world a better place to live.

 

Richard HarveyRichard Harvey - Glencore

Chief Processing Officer North Queensland Copper Assets

Richard manages the North Queensland Copper Processing assets for Glencore including Concentrator, Smelter and Refinery assets from Mount Isa through to Townsville.

Richard has 16 years in plant operations with a background in Minerals Processing. His roles have involved project design and feasibility studies, due diligence studies, contract management, operational management and technical strategy development.

Richard has held various technical, operational and management roles across a number of sites including, Ernest Henry, Mount Isa, Telfer.

Community and industry roles have included;

  • Strategic advisory committee for Townsville enterprise
  • Chair of the AusIMM NWQ branch
  • President of Commerce North West
  • QRC Energy and Infrastructure committees

 

Myles JohnstonMyles Johnston - Lighthouse Minerals

Chief Operating Officer

Myles has worked in the mining industry for almost 3 decades since graduating from the University of Queensland with a BSc. (Hons) majoring in geology in 1986. He has worked for a number of major mining companies in Australia including BHP, Newcrest, Mount Isa Mines and MMG in a range of roles from exploration through technical operational support and direct operational management. 

He spent 15 years working in NW Qld with MIM/Xstrata/Glencore in a variety of senior technical roles including the Chief Geologist for both the copper and lead zinc streams. He was responsible for the Xstrata Copper Strategic Planning group that coordinated the successful Ernest Henry Mine (EHM) Underground Feasibility study leading to Board approval in 2009. He was then appointed to the EHM General Manager role and Site Senior Executive in 2010 and was responsible for all ongoing operations and the execution of the construction project to build the new EHM underground SLC mine. That project was successfully completed in early 2014.

In January 2016 Myles was appointed Chief Operating Officer of emerging copper producer Lighthouse Minerals/Capricorn Copper. 

 

https://www.ausimm.com.au/content/images/moorhead.jpgColin Moorhead - Merdeka Gold

Chief Executive Officer

Colin has worked in exploration and mining for almost 3 decades since graduating from the University of Melbourne with a BSc. (Hons) majoring in geology and geophysics in 1987. Most of his career was spent with Newcrest Mining Limited where amongst other roles he was Chief Geologist for periods at Telfer (WA), Cadia (NSW) and Gosowong (Indonesia) mines before returning to Melbourne as General Manager Technical Services for the Newcrest Group in 2006. In 2008 Colin was appointed Executive General Manager Minerals responsible for global exploration, mining geology, resources and reserves governance and orebody knowledge. Colin left Newcrest in August 2015 and in January 2016 was appointed Chief Executive Officer of emerging Indonesian gold producer PT Merdeka Copper Gold, Tbk.

Colin is the current Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee and is The AusIMM Board liaison to the Charter and By-Laws Review Taskforce. He is also representing the Institute as an ex-officio member of The Joint Ore Reserves Committee.

Colin is also a Graduate of AICD and a graduate of Harvard Business School, Advanced Management Programme (AMP).

 

http://www.aerisresources.com.au/images/people/Ian-Sheppard.jpgIan Sheppard - Aeris Resources

Chief Operating Officer

Ian Sheppard is a mining engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in mine operations, technical studies and business development gained in gold, base metals and iron ore. His experience includes both underground and open pit mining.

He has worked in Australia, Canada, Papua New Guinea and been involved with mines in Laos and Indonesia. His current role is the Chief Operating Officer for Aeris Resources, a small copper mining company based in Brisbane. Previously he held General Manager Roles with Norton Gold Fields Limited and PanAust Limited and more than seven years with Ok Tedi Mining in Papua New Guinea as General Manager and Executive Manager with responsibility for operations, technical services, business development and exploration. Mine management experience was at Mount Isa Mines in Queensland and the Kalgoorlie region in Western Australia.

Mr Sheppard holds a degree in Mining Engineering from the University of New South Wales, a Masters in Mineral Economics from Curtin University of Technology, as well as a First Class Mine Managers Certificate from Western Australia. He is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

 

cid:image002.png@01D1DD16.B26927F0Natascha Viljoen - Anglo American

Group Head – Processing

Natascha Viljoen has been appointed as the Group Head of Processing in August 2014.  Natascha has a critical role in assisting the businesses in optimising product recovery and to develop world class metallurgical processes and capability.  She is a non-executive member of the Kumba Board and serves on several university advisory boards.

Natascha is previously from Lonmin where she was Executive Vice President, Process Division, Sustainability and Marketing.  She joined Lonmin in 2008, after holding the position of Vice President, Concentrators.  Prior to this, Natascha was General Manager of BHP Billiton’s Klipspruit Colliery in South Africa, and also worked as a Metallurgy Manager at BHP’s Eastern Chrome Mines.  Earlier in her career, Natascha worked as a metallurgist at Anglo American Platinum’s Modikwa mine Anglo American’s former Gold and Uranium division and Iscor Vanderbijlpark.