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Summary

With a diverse history in mining operations, product development and commercial management, my passion is the application of technology to drive productivity improvement in the mining industry.

The emergence of new technologies in scalable, high performance computing and data analytics provide unprecedented opportunities to identify value drivers and improve decision making in mining. I am actively involved in the research, development and implementation of solutions leveraging emerging technologies.

Education

Bachelor of Engineering (Mining)

university of QLD
Jan 1992Dec 1995

Undergraduate mining engineering qualification, completed with Honours

Master of Business and technology

University of NSW
Jan 2002Oct 2006

Post-graduate business administration qualification with a focus on the application of technology

Company Director Diploma

Australian institute of company directors
Nov 2007Nov 2007

Residential diploma covering governance, finance and legal aspects of company directorship

Work History

Director, Technology and Marketing

Datamine / CAE mining (Brisbane)
Aug 2010Present

Software design and development (Jan 2014 onwards)

Manage a multi-disciplinary global team of software engineers, QA specialists, technical writers and product owners to deliver new and existing products and services for geology and mine planning.

  • Delivered overall savings of 37% from combined capital and operating expenses
  • Halved Cost of Non-Quality (CONQ) in 6 months
  • Restructured department to improve accountability and customer focus
  • Outsourced elements of software development to provide flexible capacity and scaling
  • Redesigned product road map to deliver integrated desktop and cloud applications
  • Commencing roll-out of cloud services to over 10,000 users in April 2015

Marketing

Develop and implement strategies for product design, promotion and distribution. 

  • Rebranded software business including new website and customer support portal
  • Developed social media presence including a technical user forum on LinkedIn with over 1700 members and over 16,000 Facebook followers
  • Simplified pricing models and added cloud services to existing recurring revenue accounts

Consulting

Association with Bain & Company for direct participation in management consulting engagements. Recent projects include

  • "Full Potential" projects at Newmont sites including Tanami and Waihi
  • Developed and facilitated a 2-day geology and mining course to support establishment of Bain's mining hub in Australia

Strategy

Developed and implemented partner strategy

Selective participation in collaborative R&D projects including CRC ORE, AMIRA projects, CEMI and CSIRO

Internal R&D strategy and funding proposals

M&A and divestment analysis and due diligence activities

Business results

Doubled revenue in 3 years, primarily through organic growth

Quadrupled revenue in specific targeted segments

Quadrupled EBIT in a challenging environment for mining suppliers

Managing Director

Gijima (perth and brisbane)
Sep 2001Jul 2010

Foundation employee for Australian establishment of the mining group of a South African-based IT company

Introduced new software products to the Australian mining industry, securing >90% market share in underground metals market segment over a 9 year period

Grew top and bottom line every year from inception, achieving sector-leading margins

Recruited and developed teams of consultants and software developers in Perth and Brisbane

Developed and implemented a response plan during the Global Financial Crisis

Direct consulting on business improvement projects at some of Australia's largest and best-known mining operations, in association with Gem Consulting (now part of PwC)

Completed a number of consulting engagements for feasibility studies and life of mine plans across a range of mining methods and commodities

Global role in strategy and M&A

Established local support for SAP HR/Payroll module as part of a global contract with a large diversified mining company

Mining Consultant

African computer mining services (johannesburg)
Apr 2000Aug 2001

Feasibility studies and life of mine planning for numerous mining projects in Africa and Canada

Development of a new software product integrating 3D mine designs with Gantt schedules to create visual animations (the first product of its type)

Costing Manager

Merrill corporation (london)
Feb 1999Aug 2000

Established project quoting and tracking systems in a paperless office environment

Worked with specialist advisers to establish tax treatments for international services

Devised strategies with business development executives to maximise value of contracts

Resolved a balance of payments dispute with a former JV partner

Development engineer

WMC resources - now bhp billiton (olympic dam)
Jan 1996Jan 1999

Coordinated underground development activities to achieve 13km per annum advance with a crew of 90 miners in Australia's largest underground mine

Developed a database application to track underground signage and work area status

Introduced full coverage of mesh in tunnels to improve safety at no increase in overall cost

Rebuilt $20m annual budget from first principles in newly implemented SAP system

Negotiated renewal of the world's largest underground drill consumables contract

Developed and implemented safe working practices for line-of-sight remotely operated LHD's.

Referees

management consulting

Bain & Company

Newmont - Tanami Full Potential project

Newmont - Waihi Full Potential project

Mining hub (internal) - developed and facilitated 2-day intensive training course on geology, mining and mineral processing

GEM Consulting (now PwC)

Telfer - Margin improvement programme

Perilya - Corporate strategy

Perilya - Broken Hill Southern Operations optimisation

GMR Group

Undisclosed assets - due diligence and strategic advice for potential purchase of Australian coal assets

mining studies

Rio Tinto

Argyle - Block Cave - Diamonds

Oyu Tolgoi - Panel Cave - Copper (technical peer review)

BHP Billiton

Perseverance 6-11 Level - Sub-level Cave - Nickel

Perseverance Deeps - Block Cave - Nickel

Olympic Dam Caving Study - Block and Sub-level Cave - Copper / Uranium

Kaz Minerals

Bozymchak - Open Pit, Sub-level Open Stoping - Copper / Gold

Newcrest

Ridgeway Deeps - Block Cave - Gold

Cadia East - Panel Cave - Gold

Newmont (now Evolution Mining)

Pajingo - Benching - Gold

Placer Dome (now Northern Star Resources)

Kanowna Belle Block C - Benching - Gold

Trans Siberian Gold

Various mines - Underground - Gold (independent technical audit)

Western Areas

Flying Fox - Cut & Fill, Benching - Nickel

Climax Mining (now Oceanagold)

Didipio - Sub-level Cave - Gold

Anglogold Ashanti

Sunrise Dam - Open Pit, Sub-level Open Stoping - Gold [Xemplex stockpiling, reconciliation and financial modelling system]

Croesus Mining (now Norseman Gold)

Norseman - Airleg stoping - Gold

Anglo Platinum

Union Section #4 Decline - Conventional hybrid - Platinum

Anglovaal (now African Rainbow Minerals)

Nkomati - Open Pit, Benching - Nickel/PGM

Iscor (now Exxaro)

Thabazimbi - Open Pit, Benching - Iron Ore

Harmony

Target - Conventional Grid / Open Stoping - Gold

Falconbridge (now Glencore)

Montcalm - Open Stoping - Nickel

Onaping Depth - Cut & Fill - Nickel/Copper

life of mine plans

Newcrest

Ridgeway - Sub-level Cave - Gold

Cadia - Open Pit - Gold

Telfer - Sub-level Cave - Gold

Toguraci - Open Pit - Gold

Gosowong - Cut and Fill - Gold

Cracow - Benching - Gold

BHP Billiton (now Dominion Diamond Corporation)

Ekati - Sub-level Cave - Diamonds [outsourced quarterly production dilution modelling]

Placer Dome (now Northern Star Resources)

Kanowna Belle - Sub-level Open Stoping / Benching - Gold

Newmont (now MMG)

Golden Grove - Sub-level Open Stoping - Copper / Zinc

Perilya

Broken Hill - Sub-level Open Stoping - Lead / Zinc

papers and conference presentations

1999 - Townsville, Australia

AusIMM Underground Operators Conference - Olympic Dam Expansion Project

2003 - Sun City, South Africa

Mine2-4D User Conference - Mine scheduling of the Perseverance 6-11 Level brownfields expansion

2003 - Kalgoorlie, Australia

Mine Planning and Equipment Selection Symposium - Design to evaluation - the missing link

2005 - Coolum, Australia

Organised and hosted a 2-day technical conference for 70 mine planning engineers

2007 - Cape Town, South Africa

SAIMM International symposium on block and sub-level cave mining - Modelling the impact of material flow on grade and resource recovery in an SLC

2009 - Trancoso, Brazil

Datamine user conference - Latest developments in mine planning systems

2009 - Santiago, Chile

Mine Planning 2009 - Integrated mine planning - the future is now

2010 - Santiago, Chile

Minin2010 - Optimisation of construction and production in a block cave operation

2013 - Sydney, Australia

Mining Australia Skills Summit - Training for operational excellence

2013 - Perth, Australia

Automated and Remotely Operated Mining Summit - Managing and utilising mine site data in real time

2013 - Brisbane, Australia

Underground Mining Technology and Innovation - Stepping stones to full automation

2015 - New York, USA (scheduled in April)

SME Mining Finance - Capital allocation and risk analysis - applying big data analytics to mine optimization