Lyle Bruce

Lyle is an experienced leader, manager and engineer, having spent 35 years in the mining and processing industry, mostly related to technology commercialisation and implementation.

He is currently Chair of two Australian mining technology companies (MineWare and Blast Movement Technologies) and a partner of Jolimont GMS, a specialist investor in mining technology companies.

Lyle was CEO of GroundProbe for ten years, taking this Australian mining technology from university research to commercial success, becoming the world leader in mine slope stability monitoring. He previously held roles with Mount Isa Mine and Rio Tinto, including running MIM Process Technologies.

Winner of several awards, including E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year and the Warren Centre Hero of Innovation, Lyle is passionate about technology implementation and commercialisation and building the Australian METS sector.

Bernadette Cullinane

Bernadette is Deloitte’s Australian Oil, Gas and LNG Leader. She has more than 25 years of experience across the oil and gas value chain and all stages of the capital project to operations lifecycle.

Bernadette has worked with companies in the upstream, downstream, midstream, LNG and trading segments as well as in conventional and unconventional oil and gas. Bernadette focuses on supporting Australian and international companies to be globally competitive. Day to day, she helps companies reduce cost, improve business performance and grow.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Bernadette was Managing Director for Energy in Accenture’s Perth practice and APAC Energy Lead from 2007 to November 2016. Throughout her career, Bernadette has held a number of senior global oil and gas sector roles, including with Exxon Company International, Esso Singapore and Arthur Anderson. She was also a Vice President in SAIC’s Oil and Gas consulting practice (later acquired by Wipro). Bernadette has an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York City, and has BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering.

Dr Jeannette McGill

Jeannette McGill is the global Head of Telstra Mining Services and has more than 20 years mining sector experience and management skills in both underground and surface mines, encompassing large and small-scale exploration, development, production and acquisition decisions in a variety of commodities.

Her career started in mining production as a section and exploration geologist where she also became became the second woman in the Free State Province, South Africa to be issued an underground blasting certificate. She holds a PhD from the Colorado School of Mines in Mining Engineering, Mineral Economics and Economic Geology. Previously as head of the CSIR’s Centre for Mining Innovation she lead applied programs focused on automation, robotics and in-mine communications. In addition she has exposure as a mining analyst responsible for evaluating streaming agreements for funding opportunities in North America.

She joined the Telstra Corporation in Melbourne, Australia from Anglo American Platinum where she was head of Technology and Innovation responsible for strategy development and investment into game-changing technologies impacting the way narrow-reef mining is undertaken. Now she ensures that the game changing technology in the mining sector can be enabled through the connectivity needs such as WiFi and private LTE, as deployed by Telstra Mining Services. She was one of the Top Women in Mining in 2016 as identified by WIMUK.

Dr David Skellern

Dr David Skellern worked in radio astronomy for 10 years and taught electronics at the University of Sydney and Macquarie Universities for 16 years before coming to prominence in the IT industry through Radiata, which he co-founded in 1997.

Building on joint research by Macquarie University and CSIRO, Radiata demonstrated the world’s first chip-set implementation of the 54Mbit/s lEEE 802.11a high speed WLAN standard. Radiata was sold in 2001 to Cisco Systems Inc, where Dr Skellern was Director, Technology of the Wireless Networking Business Unit until 2004.  He was appointed to the Board of National ICT Australia in 2003 and was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) 2005-2010. He was a Director of the Capital Markets CRC 2004-2019, and Chairman 2013-2019.

Dr Skellern is currently also a Director and Chairman of RoZetta Foundation Ltd, the RoZetta Institute Ltd, Trovio Pty Ltd, Pty Ltd, Digital Exchange Technologies Pty Ltd, and a Director of RoZetta Ventures Pty Ltd. He Chairs the Australia Telescope National Facility Steering Committee.

Christine Stoermer

Christine is an experienced and skilled in-house legal counsel and company secretary for a number of Brisbane based science, technology and engineering businesses.

With qualifications in science and law, and extensive experience in technology commercialisation businesses, Christine provides valuable skills to protect the interests of a business and ensure that legal and regulatory requirements are met both in Australia and abroad.

Mark Woffenden

Mark has forty years’ experience in the minerals industry, notably in leading research and business operations units, change management and process and technology improvement.

He took up the position of CEO of MRIWA (Minerals Institute of Western Australia) in March 2013. Prior to joining MRIWA, Mark was Executive Director of the Resources and Chemistry Precinct at Curtin University, and prior to that CEO of the Parker Cooperative Research Centre for Integrated Hydrometallurgy Solutions, during which time Mark was also Deputy Chair of the CRC Association Committee (2005 to 2008).

Mark has previously held senior management positions with Rio Tinto businesses, including Hamersley Iron and Comalco. Mark is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is Corporate Member, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

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