10—11 SeptemberPerth


The Global Mining Leaders Conference 2018

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Leadership, innovation, technology and emerging global issues impacting the global resources industry

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Welcome to the conference


The fourth in the series, this forum will bring together industry leaders to share their views on leadership, innovation and technology, and emerging global issues impacting our industry.

This event will include interactive panel discussions with industry thought leaders addressing the following topics:

• Rebuilding trust in the industry
• Making globalisation work
• Technological disruption
• Capitalising on emerging global opportunities

Organising committee


Conference Chair

Mike Spreadborough FAusIMM — Nusantara Resources

Committee Members

Paul Harper FAusIMM(CP) — Enthalpy Pty Ltd
Julie Kordic —The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia
Ron Morland FAusIMM — Morland Consulting Group Pty Ltd
Mark Noppe FAusIMM — SRK Consulting (Australasia) Pty Ltd
Kate Sommerville FAusIMM(CP) —Vice President Mining, Gold Fields Australia Pty Ltd
Rick Watsford FAusIMM — RMS Watsford & Assoc. Pty Ltd

Event Management: The AusIMM

Suzie Chan —Senior Coordinator, Events

Conference themes


•   Technological disruption
•   The human system in organisations
•   Security of data and reputation
•   Building trust
•   How to make globalisation work for everyone

Keynote Speakers

Alex Bates

Alex Bates

Regional Senior Vice President, Newmont Australia

Alex Bates was appointed Regional Senior Vice President of Newmont Australia in April 2017. Alex joined Newmont in 2015 as General Manager of Newmont Boddington Gold.

Prior to joining Newmont, Alex was General Manager of Rio Tinto Iron Ore’s Brockman Region. He started in iron ore as General Manager Yandicoogina Operations in February 2011 after many years of experience in leadership roles across the resources industry all over the world including Phalaborwa, Cape Town, London, Montreal and Brisbane. Alex has 25 years of experience in the resources industry and served as a Director on the Board of the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation.

Alex is a member of the Board of the Minerals Council of Australia.

Raised in Wales and Namibia, Alex studied Engineering in Cape Town and moved to Australia in 2004.

Gary Berson

Gary Berson

Partner, Clayton Utz

Gary Berson specialises in risk management advice to and dispute resolution for, multinational companies in a number of sectors, with a focus on mining and energy. He is the lead partner of the Anti-Bribery and Corruption group and the African Practice group.

Gary has acknowledged expertise in preventative risk management, including the conduct of comprehensive risk audits, as well as in defending major and complex multi-plaintiff litigation involving difficult jurisdictional and technical issues.

In particular, Gary advises Australian and international clients with local operations and with operations in foreign jurisdictions, with regard to a number of international risk management issues. This includes working with local counsel to help clients manage risk and exposure to laws with global reach; for example involving foreign bribery, sanctions, anti-money laundering or security issues.

Mark Davis

Mark Davis

Executive General Manager Operations of Australia/Africa/Asia, MMG

Mr Davis was appointed as Executive General Manager Operations - Africa, Australia and Asia and a member of the Executive Committee of MMG Limited in January 2018.

In his role, he has the primary responsibility for providing executive leadership for our operations within the Africa, Australia and Asia regions, as well as guide regional growth opportunities for MMG.

Having joined the Company in January 2013 as the Manager Projects Operational Excellence he was instrumental in the design and implementation of MMG's Operating Model. He was appointed to his most recent role of General Manager Operational Excellence in November 2014.

Mr Davis has significant global mining experience having successfully led businesses in a number of countries including a world scale smelting operation at Richard's Bay, South Africa, with accountability for 3,000 employees. Prior to MMG, he had a long career with BHP Billiton in multiple commodities and across numerous roles including engineering, business improvement, operations and business management and as a General Manager Aluminium South Africa. In addition to his significant business experience, he has a strong background in operational readiness of major greenfield projects and was critical to the post acquisition integration, commissioning and ramp-up of Las Bambas, a tier 1 copper mine in Peru. Mr Davis holds a Bachelor of Metallurgical Engineering degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Dale Elphinstone

Dale Elphinstone

Executive Chairman, Elphinstone Group

Dale Elphinstone was born in 1951 and raised at Highclere, in Tasmania, Australia on a mixed dairy farm and attended the Ridgley Area School. Commencing work as an apprentice diesel mechanic with William Adams in 1966, Dale completed his qualification in 1970. After working in several field resident service positions for William Adams, Dale travelled and worked as a field serviceman for Finning Tractor, the Caterpillar dealer in British Columbia, Canada before returning to continue his career with William Adams in Australia.

Dale was a director of Caterpillar subsidiary, Caterpillar Underground Mining Pty Ltd until December 2008. Dale was also a director of formerly publicly listed companies Queensland Gas Company Limited from October 2002 to November 2008, National Hire Group Limited from February 2008 to December 2011 and the Tasmanian Health Organisation (NW) from July 2012 to June 2015. Dale is currently a director of publicly listed company Engenco Limited and was Joint Chair with the Australian Prime Minister of the Joint Commonwealth & Tasmanian Economic Council, from early 2014 until 2017 and remains a member of this Council.

Ric Gros

Ric Gros

Chief Executive Officer, METS Ignited Australia Ltd

Ric has more than 30 years in senior leadership roles across mining equipment, mineral processing, Infrastructure, Construction, B2B Industrial, FMCG and Global Supply Chains.

Ric’s previous roles include: CEO/MD in private and listed environments, non-executive directorships, portfolio management, commercialisation, mergers, acquisitions, capital raising and venture capital, with extensive end-to-end local and international supply chain management expertise.

He is also a former Non-Executive Director of mineral processing start-up at METSOL Ltd, former Non Exec Director of Austmine which promotes the advancement and competitive positioning of Australian technology, collaboration and innovation in mining and resources.

Nick Holland

Nick Holland

Chief Executive Officer, Gold Fields

Nick Holland has been CEO of Gold Fields – the South African-based gold miner – since 2008. Prior to that he was CFO of the company for 10 years. Under Nick the company has introduced its vision of “Being the global leader in sustainable gold mining” and has made significant strides in becoming a truly global mining company with operating mines and projects in six countries.

Before joining Gold Fields Nick held senior position in other South Africa mining companies, including Impala Platinum and Gencor. He joined the mining industry in 1990 from accounting firm Deloitte where he spent the first 11 years of his professional career after graduating with a B.Com and B.Acc from Wits University in Johannesburg. Nick matriculated at King Edwards VII School, also in Johannesburg.

Dr Michael Maxwell

Dr Michael Maxwell

Special Counsel, Clayton Utz

Dr Michael Maxwell has over 20 years' experience in risk management advice, dispute resolution and large scale litigation for multi-national companies in mining and other sectors.

Michael has a diverse client base and unique insight into the practical, legal and reputational issues facing companies that operate in challenging international industries and markets.

He has worked closely with companies with international operations and mining assets to develop corruption compliance programs and advise on corporate governance issues, including to undertake management and Board training and carry out comprehensive audits.

Michael also has longstanding experience dealing with onerous regulatory environments affecting international operations in mining, agribusiness and other industries. He has helped clients navigate changing regulatory environments, to defend or manage regulatory actions and to advocate regulatory reform.

Nev Power

Nev Power

FAusIMM(CP) Chairman, Perth Airports Corporation

Nev Power was appointed as Chairman, Perth Airports Corporation in March, 2018 following a successful executive career. From 2011 to 2018, Nev held the position of Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Fortescue Metals Group Ltd, one of the world’s largest, lowest cost producers of iron ore, recognised for its unique culture, innovation and world class infrastructure and mining assets in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

During his tenure, Fortescue more than quadrupled its production to over 170 million tonnes per annum and positioned itself as the lowest cost supplier of seaborne iron ore to China.

Before joining Fortescue, Nev held Chief Executive positions at Thiess and the Smorgon Steel Group adding to his extensive background in the mining, steel and construction industries.

He commenced his career with Mount Isa Mines Ltd as a fitter and turner prior to completing his tertiary qualifications and held a number of management positions across the company’s gold, coal and base metal operations.

Andrew Wood

Andrew Wood

Chief Executive Officer, Worley Parsons

Andrew was appointed Chief Executive Officer of WorleyParsons Limited in 2012, an ASX listed global engineering and project delivery company, providing professional services to the resource and energy sectors. WorleyParsons operates in over 40 countries with revenues in excess of A$6 billion and a workforce of 22,800 employees. With tenure of 24 years with the Group, and over 35 years’ experience in the resources and energy industry, Andrew has extensive knowledge across the WorleyParsons group of companies.

His previous roles include Group Managing Director – Finance/CFO responsible for Group wide direction and support to the business functions of Finance, Information Management, Internal Procurement and Communications, Legal and Risk; Managing Director for the Australia / New Zealand region; Managing Director of Mergers and Acquisitions, overseeing 15 business acquisitions including Parsons E&C Corporation in November 2004 and The Colt Companies in March 2007. He was also responsible for WorleyParsons' early expansion into Thailand and the Middle East, Canada and Chile in his capacity as Managing Director for International Operations.

Andrew holds a Bachelor Degree in Engineering and Graduate Diplomas in Financial Management and Labour Management Relations. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers, Australia.


Showcase your business at the conference and register your interest in being a sponsor or exhibitor via email to schan@ausimm.com.au

Benefits of sponsorship

Showcase your business at the conference and register your interest in sponsorship today. Packages can be tailored to your organisation’s needs, and are an excellent way to maximise exposure to delegates in the lead up, duration and following the conference.

  • Associate your brand with an industry-leading event
  • Demonstrate your commitment and support
  • Make new contacts and network with potential customers
  • Build and enhance your brand awareness
  • Showcase your company and introduce your products/services
  • Promote your skills and abilities to the industry
  • Meet the leaders and decision makers in the sector
  • Learn how you can connect with this captive audience

Sponsorship opportunities

We are currently seeking sponsors under the following categories, but not limited to:

  • Platinum Sponsorship
  • Gold Sponsorship
  • Silver Sponsorship
  • Conference Proceedings
  • Conference Technical Session Sponsor
  • Conference Name Badges & Lanyards
  • Note Pads and Pens


International Visitors

  Visa Information

All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa will depend, amongst other things, on your purpose for visiting Australia. The 'Visa options for Conferences, Trade Fairs, Seminars or Expos' fact sheet outlines some visa options that may be applicable

For more information on visa application requirements, view the 'Visa Application Requirements' fact sheet.

You should apply for your visa well in advance of the conference date. We strongly recommend that you apply at least two months prior to your intended date of departure. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection reserves the right to change regulations, so for all the latest information relating to obtaining an Australian visa, please visit: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visi

Invitation letters will be provided to persons who have registered and paid the complete registration fee. The letter will provide proof of registration and proof of payment. Official acceptance and invitation letters may be obtained by contacting Event Management by email: conference@ausimm.com.au.

Invitation letters can only be requested once payment of registration has been received. Please note when applying for your visa you should include a copy of your registration confirmation.

Australia has health and character requirements which you will have to meet as part of the visa application process.

• For more information on health requirements, go to : http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Heal

• For more information on character requirements, go to: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Char

Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries. Very strict quarantine rules apply to the importation of animals and plant products and many cannot be brought into the country without prior application. To have a smooth transition through quarantine and to enjoy your visit in Australia, it is important that you understand Australia’s quarantine regulations. Visit www.daff.gov.au for more information.

Please ensure that along with your passport and visa, you also pack your registration confirmation letter within your carry-on luggage. You may be asked to produce this when going through customs at your arrival airport. In addition to this, please be sure to fill out your Incoming Passenger Card with all details and answer each question honestly.


Vaccinations are not required unless you have come from a yellow fever- infected country zone within six days prior to your arrival. You do not need any other health certificate to enter Australia. Australia has a high standard of hygiene and doctors and dentists are highly trained and hospitals are well equipped. In the event of illness, hotel staff can arrange a doctor for you.

It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate travel and health insurance prior to commencement of travel. Further information can be obtained from your travel agent.

Australia applies a tax to the purchase of both goods and services called the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The rate of tax that applies to taxable products and services is 10%. Tax is already included in the advertised prices. Non-Australian delegates may be eligible for a refund of GST via the Tourist Refund Scheme.

Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is your prerogative, a reward for service. It is customary to tip hotel porters, and a gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received. No service charge is added to hotel or restaurant bill.