Industry Advisory Panel

The Engineering Industry Advisory Panels comprise industry leaders who contribute insight and expertise to inform strategic directions to help shape our courses and research for the benefit of students and industry. 

Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering IAP

Danny Griffin: Plant Manager, Laminex (Chair of Panel)

FIEAust, CPEng, MIET, NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Danny has over 30 years Process Engineering experience from multinationals such as Dow Corning, BP Chemicals and The Mars Corporation. He is currently the Plant Manager of the large Laminex wood products plant in Bunbury and has held positions as an international General Manager and other senior Operations roles.  Danny continues to forge strong links between various industries and universities with particular emphasis on supporting career paths for graduates into the workplace.  



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Alan Fleming: Principal Process Engineer, EDG

BSc (Hons) Natal, MIChemE, CEng

Alan has over 30 years of experience in chemical engineering, with 27 years in Process Engineering Design in the Oil and Gas Industry. He has extensive experience in Onshore Design and Engineering Management. Alan's project experience covers greenfields and brownfields projects, from conceptual design through to commissioning. Alan is affiliated as a member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and a Chartered Engineer (CEng).


Chris Naudé: Senior Metallugical Engineer, Simcoa Operations
Chris was involved in several different areas within the smelting industry during his first 7 years of his career. He started his career within operations at Highveld Steel & Vanadium and transitioned into a project / consulting role with Bateman Engineering. Chris’ experience includes smelter plant design, commissioning and day-to-day operation within the Ilmenite, Iron, Ferronickel and Ferrochrome industry. In 2011 after immigrating to Australia, Chris started his journey in the Silicon Smelting industry with Simcoa Operations as senior metallurgical engineer.
Chris Naude
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Dr David Cochrane: Lead Technology, South32

BSc Belf, PhD UQ

  • Chair of Tailings WG1 for ICMM (International Council of Mining and Metals)
  • Member and past Chair of the Alumina Technical Panel (WG of alumina producer technology managers)
  • Member Bauxite Alumina Committee of the IAI (International Aluminium Industry)
  • Executive committee member for AQW (Alumina Quality Workshop). AQW organises conferences and funds pre-competitive research in alumina processing.
David is currently the Technology Lead for South32 in Australia with over 35 years in the petrochemicals (Du Pont), consumer products (Unilever) and resource industries (BHP and South32). David has experience in technology research and development, project development and operations across a wide range of areas including gas processing, mineral processing and pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical extraction in the mining and metals industries.


David Cochrane


Darren Hope: Redside Process Engineer, Worsley Alumina

BEng(PolyEng) RMIT

Darren has over 20 years of Engineering experience across a variety of Industries including Automotive, Munitions and Resources, currently working at Worsley Alumina as a Redside Process Engineer. Darren has experience in business improvement, process engineering and project management.  



Darren Hope
Mr David Forster: Process Control Engineer, GPA Engineering

BEng (Chem) (Hons) UWA, BSc (Chem) UWA, FS Eng (TÜV Rheinland), MIEAust

David is a Process Control engineer with experience in the disciplines of process, electrical, control and combustion engineering. He is currently employed as an Instrument & Control Engineer at GPA Engineering, a multidisciplinary engineering consultancy with projects across a wide range of industries.  

David graduated from The University of Western Australia in 2014 with a double degree B.Chem.Eng. (Hons) / B.Sc. (Chem.). He has worked in a number of industries, including waste-to-energy, minerals and thermal processing, oil and gas, and materials handling. His experience covers the full project lifecycle: from business development; front-end and detailed engineering design; installation and implementation; through to commissioning, service and support. David is passionate about automation, and has particular interest in the interface between process and control engineering. 



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Hazel Lehane: Horizons Process Engineer, Chevron Australia
BSc in Engineering Science UWA, MPE (Chemical Engineering) UWA, MIEAust

Hazel graduated from UWA in 2019 with a Master of Professional Engineering (Distinction) majoring in Chemical Engineering. She is currently a Horizons Process Engineer Graduate within the Process Safety Team at Chevron Australia supporting the Gorgon LNG Project. Hazel will soon be transitioning to a Frontline Process Engineering role supporting Gorgon Operations on site. Her professional experience at Chevron Australia includes process control support and alarm management within the Gorgon Automation Team as well as technical safety engineering in her current role. Hazel is a member of Engineers Australia and is on the committee for the Women in Oil and Gas (WIOG) organisation.

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Karen Bailey: General Manager, Hexion Australia Pty Ltd

BEng (Chemical) Strath., AFAIM

Karen has over 30 years’ operational experience in the chemicals and oil and gas industries along with consultancy work in process risk and a dangerous goods safety advisor for the transport industry. The last 20 years have been in lead management roles for various companies including BP Chemicals, GE Water and Coogee Chemicals Ltd. 

She is currently the General Manager for Hexion Australia Pty Ltd, a major hazard manufacturing facility in Bunbury having relocated to Australia from the UK in 2012. 

Karen continues to mentor young engineers with emphasis on supporting women in the industry along with building relationships and networks with local industries.. 



Karen Bailey
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Marcus Locke: Lead / Principal Process Engineer & Metallurgist, Pemaco Services
Marcus is a high calibre process engineer and project manager specialising in project feasibility, development and execution and is well respected amongst his peers. Marcus has a thorough understanding of materials handling, comminution circuit and concentrator design as well as operations for a range of different commodities. Marcus is a specialist in the extraction of heavy mineral sands, iron ore, copper-gold, copper-lead-zinc, copper-molybdenum, gold, silver, tin, columbite, and phosphate. He has a sound understanding of mine to market and all stages of mining project development. Marcus operational background, tied with his engineering design expertise, provides the skills and experience required to bring a conceptual project successfully into production.


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Mark Giddy: Principal Process Engineer, Lycopodium
Mark's background is in the engineering and design of minerals processing and hydrometallurgical facilities. His role at Lycopodium involves taking projects from concept through feasibility studies, to final design and process commissioning. The commodities treated range from gold and base metals to iron ore, coal, diamonds and industrial minerals.




Nick Ellis: Director of Technical & Improvement, TRONOX Ltd

BEng (Hons) Newcastle(NSW)


Nick is currently the Director of Technical & Improvement the Australian Region for TRONOX Ltd. Tronox is the world’s leading integrated titanium minerals producer and pigment manufacturer, spanning six continents, with nearly 8,000 employees. In Australia it extracts and processes rich mineral sands into a range of valuable products including ilmenite, zircon, rutile and titanium dioxide pigment for exporting to international markets. Nick has worked across Australia and internationally in operations and technical roles, in the Refractory, Titanium Dioxide, Mineral Sands, Copper Smelting and Nickel Extraction industries.

Dr Nick Megalos: Process Engineer, Chevron Australia
BEng (1st Class Hons), PhD, MIEAust, CPEng, MIChemE, CEng
Nick is currently employed by Chevron as Process Engineer for the Facilities Process Engineering Team, of the Wheatstone LNG plant under construction in Onslow, WA. Previously he worked for Woodside Energy Ltd as Process Engineer for the Floating Production Storage Off-loading (FPSO) facility Ngujima-Yin, located at the Vincent oilfield 50 km off the coast of Exmouth, WA. Nick has also worked for Woodside as Pre-Production Steam Adviser (Browse Downstream) for the Browse LNG development. During his career, Nick has been employed by Nickel West of BHP, as Senior Process Engineer (Services - Utilities) for the Kwinana Nickel Refinery, and worked as Area Process Engineer - Services Gas Plants (Hydrogen and Hydrogen Sulphide Plants) at the same refinery. 
Paul Tuckwell: Business Development Engineer, Alfa Laval Australia Pty Ltd
B.E. Chem (1st Class Hons) Syd

"Being part of the Chemical Engineering Industry Advisory Board at UWA is a great way to influence the direction and skills of our future workforce and I feel honoured to be part of this group." Paul has been a specialist in various heat exchanger technologies for majority of his career. Recently he has shifted his focus to the area of alternative methods of disposing of mine tailings slurries by dewatering them with centrifuges and recycling the water. He believes being a Chemical Engineer is one of the best opportunities to make meaningful contributions to minimising waste and making our world a better.
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Dr Peter Forster: Director, ChemSearch Consulting Pty Ltd Affiliate & Principal, Strategen-JBS&G Ptd Ltd

BSc (Hons) UWA, PhD (Organic Chemistry, UWA), MRACI (CChem)

Peter has 25 years' experience as a research chemist, principle research scientist and environmental consultant in the mining, minerals processing, petrochemical, manufacturing, waste management, agricultural and infrastructure (ports, road tunnels) sectors. His expertise includes industrial process optimisation, materials and mass balances for industrial plants, pilot plant design and operation, air quality assessments, pollution control, analytical chemistry, odour emission impacts, waste to energy, and contaminated sites. Peter also has specific expertise and experience in thermal processing technologies for minerals processing, waste to energy and waste resource recovery projects, and provides expert testimony and advocacy services in legal matters related to dust and odour impacts from agricultural and industrial sources. Peter is a technical expert for preparation of environmental approvals submissions to regulatory agencies in most Australian states.


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Silvio Nicoli: Independent Mining and Metals Professional
BE (Chem) WAIT, Grad Dip (Business) Curtin

Silvio has over 30 years' experience in mineral processing. He has operated as an independent consultant in the mining and metals sphere since January 2017. In this period, he has advised clients in commercialising new process technology, IP strategy and operations improvement. Before this, Silvio served as Manager Technical Stewardship for South32 from the company’s inception in May 2015 to December 2016. This role was accountable for technical strategy, governance, technology development, and IP management across the Australian Region, which comprises coal, manganese, silver/lead/zinc, alumina, and nickel operations.
Silvio Nicoli


Stephanie Mather: Conduct of Operations Advisor, Chevron Australia
MIDS UCB, BEng (Chem, Hons) UWA

Stephanie graduated from the UWA in 2012 with a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours (Chemical and Process Engineering). She is currently a Production Support Process Engineer on the Gorgon LNG Project for Chevron Australia. Her professional experience includes commissioning and start-up of the Gorgon and Jansz-Io fields, Inlet facilities and MEG units, production support to operations and early concept brownfield modification to LNG inlet and refrigeration facilities. Stephanie is an affiliate member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (MIChemE) and Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

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Stephen Fitzpatrick: Director of Waste Services, EMRC
BSc (Hons) UWA

Steve has a Bachelor of Science degree from UWA, majoring in Chemistry with Honours in physical and inorganic chemistry. Steve is the EMRCs (Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council) Director of Waste Services and has been with the EMRC for 15 years' in a project development role on the Councils resource recovery projects and more recently managing the waste services business directorate. Steve has 40 years' experience in industry, consulting and local government waste management.


Stephen Fitzpatrick


Trevor Nicholson: Director, Quedtech
Trevor has an extensive metallurgical background and has been involved with the Australian minerals industry for over 30 years. He spent 17 years working with Iluka Resources Ltd in their synthetic rutile business. He is a rotary kiln specialist and holds a Doctorate in Minerals Process Engineering for mathematical modelling of ilmenite reduction kilns. Trevor now runs a metallurgical consultancy, QuedTech Pty Ltd. He provides advice and services for the development and implementation of pyro- and hydro-metallurgical operations.


Trevor Nicholson


The Chemical Engineering IAP has developed Attributes of a good graduate Chemical Engineer
Attributes of a good graduate Chemical Engineer

The UWA Chemical Engineering Industry Advisory Panel has developed the following attributes that our current students should aspire to have! 

Should Chemical Engineering students need some 'pointers' regarding what broadening units to complete in order to become a well-rounded Engineer, the panel has also indicated a list of recommended broadening units for students. 

Please note that this list is solely the advice and recommendation of the Chemical Engineering IAP and does not represent the view, advice and recommendation whatsoever by the School and University. 

Depth of technical knowledge:

  • Well rounded technical development

Good professional communication:

  • Good networking
    Ability to communicate through all levels of the organisation
    Concise, decisiveness

Active initiative:

  • Be a self starter
    Proactive learner, curiosity
    Task/deliverable focused

Strong business sense:

  • Development of business case
    Business appropriate technical solutions
    Independent / lateral thinker:
    Ability to manage uncertainty
    Ask sensible / sincere questions
    Good investigator, ability to dig deeper

Civil Engineering

Arthur Psaltis: Chief Executive Officer, Pritchard Francis

"I believe it is important for engineering leaders to be a conduit between tertiary institutions and the industry, for the benefit of the profession."

Arthur is CEO of Pritchard Francis, an engineering practice with 3 offices in Western Australia and The Northern Territory. The Firm is one of the largest and most highly regarded consulting practices in W.A. Arthur has been previously Managing Director and now CEO for over 20 years.

Craig Butterworth: Geotechnical Engineer/Director, CMW
Craig is a professionally qualified geotechnical engineer with over 20 years’ experience in Australia, New Zealand, UK and the Middle East, including ground investigations, interpretation of geotechnical data, supervision of groundworks, deep basement design and temporary works design for excavations. Craig currently acts as one of the technical leaders at CMW, based in Perth.
Eric Jas: Strategy and Development Manager, Atteris Pty Ltd

"The biggest satisfaction I get from being on the Industry Advisory Panel at UWA is sharing my knowledge and experience with the university to help shape the way future civil engineers are educated.”   

Eric is a Civil Engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in the subsea and onshore pipeline industries on all continents. Eric is the founder of Atteris, and was its General Manager between 1999 and 2018, and currently its Strategy and Development Manager.

John Kotula: Director, Civil Infrastructure and Land Development Engineer, Kotula Civil

"I wish to give back to the University the benefit of my experience in the Civil Consulting Industry, by helping the Civil Engineering School prepare graduates for employment."

John is a specialist land development civil engineer working in both private practice and large consultancies. He has managed, studied, designed and overseen the initial ground level civil infrastructure for many new and existing residential communities including supporting retail, commercial and industrial precincts throughout Western Australia. 

Noel Boylan: Managing Director, NGI Perth
Noel is a geotechnical engineer and leads NGI's office in Perth. He has worked on offshore energy projects around the world ranging from site characterisation through to detailed design of foundations, anchors for floating facilities and geohazards.
Wayne Bagg: Senior Principal Engineer (Water Resource Recovery), Water Corporation

"The only way for the water industry to enhance the quality of potential future employees is to provide input and guidance to university academic programs. IAP support is one way of doing this."

Wayne is the Senior Principal Engineer (Water Resource Recovery) at the Water Corporation. He has 33 years’ water engineering experience, mostly in used water management.  He has extensive expertise in the concept definition, design and commissioning of sewage and industrial effluent management infrastructure, with a strong emphasis on biological nutrient removal and reclamation technologies. He has worked with continuous, intermittent, and immersed membrane activated sludge systems, as well as simpler technologies such as waste stabilisation ponds. Design and operational optimisation of small used water management systems is a key area of interest.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Adrian Boeing: Automation Manager, Atlas Copco
Angelo D'Agostino: Supt Asset Management High Voltage, South32 Worsley Alumnia

“The satisfaction I get from being on the Electrical Engineering Industry Advisory Board at UWA is sharing my knowledge and experience with the university to help shape the way future engineers are educated while expanding my own network.”

Angelo heads a team accountable for the integrity of a large High Voltage system with onsite generation and managing contracts related to Wholesale Electricity Market participation.

After a long history in Process Systems and Control, more recently Angelo took on an Engineering role in High Voltage and is currently leading studies into the upgrade/replacement of major High Voltage assets.
Ben Rogers: RTVis and Mine Automation Systems Lead, Rio Tinto
Charlie Musca: Head of Engineering, RCT - Global

"The IAP is an important mechanism to ensure that UWA remains engaged with industry and takes advice and direction from industry based engineers. It is also used to ensure that students have continued exposure to engineers and industry during their time at UWA."

Farhad Fozdar: ICT Consultant, Fozdar Consulting

"As a UWA Engineering graduate, my membership of the Industry Advisory Panel is an opportunity to reconnect with the university and assist in aligning its strategy with the needs of local industry."

Farhad received a bachelor's and master's degree in Electrical Engineering from UWA and co-founded telecommunications spin-out QPSX, where he managed a software development team. Following the system’s licensing to Siemens, he moved to Germany for several years as a consultant. Since returning to Australia he has worked in software, communications, and Intellectual Property with organisations including CSIRO (Sydney), Telstra (Melbourne), ERG, IPernica (now Nearmap), WA Department of Finance, Norwood Systems, Water Corporation, and Western Power. Farhad is an active member of the Perth startup community, as an investor and mentor.

Hamed Sharafizad: Chief Electrical Engineer, CLOUGH
Jenny Collier: Senior Electronic Engineer, Quantify Technology

After graduating from UWA in 1989, Jenny has worked extensively in the manufacturing and electronics industry building up expertise in electronic hardware design and mass production processes.

"Education is the key to economic sustainability in these challenging times."

Lidia Rabbone: Project Manager, Yokogawa
Lidia is an experienced Senior Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the industrial automation industry. Skilled in Process Control, Control Systems Design, SCADA, HMIs, and Modbus. Strong program and project management professional with a Electronic focused in Engineering from The University of Western Australia.
Mark Callaghan: Engineering Manager, Atamo Pty Ltd
Matthew Schubert: Lead Systes Engineer, Qteq

"The IAP is an important conduit to share advice, feedback and news between the University and industry. It’s great to be a part of that."

Matthew graduated from UWA with degrees in both Engineering and Science. Since graduating he has worked for a number of companies doing grassroots R&D. His industry experience has covered technical electronics and sensor design, software development, system design and team and project management.

Peter Martino: Principal Engineer (Network Operations), Western Power
Rob Hepburn: Chief Electrical Engineer - West, Jacobs
Rod Love: Senior Engineer, Process & Equipment Development, Alcoa of Australia

"I enjoy the time spent with faculty staff and students to build connections between Industry and the University and create opportunities for collaboration."

Rod is currently a member of the Process & Equipment Development team within Alcoa Technology Delivery Group. Delivering expertise on design, operation , maintenance and compliance to standards & regulations of all aspects of Electrical & Instrument Engineering for key stakeholders. 

Shervin Fani: Principal Engineer, Western Power

"It has been an honour to be involved as a sitting member on the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering’s Industry Advisory Panel.  Being able to inject an industry perspective on academic curriculum can hopefully help assist the University of Western Australia to provide students with the most up to date and relevant units in preparation for entry into the workforce.  Having the opportunity to give back to the University which I graduated from and has provided me with such a fulfilling career is also a great privilege."

Shervin Fani is an Adjunct Associate Professor with Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at The University of Western Australia, where he has been involved with the Power and Clean Energy Research Group since 2015.  He is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a Fellow of Engineers Australia.  

Since graduating, Shervin has been working in the power utility industry and in that time has been engaged in a variety of electricity distribution and transmission engineering roles, including:  power systems planning and renewable integration, microgrids, standards, protection, maintenance and design.   Having previously held Management positions at Western Power, he is currently employed by the organisation as a Principal Engineer advising on grid transformation, emerging technologies, alternative energy business models and sustainable network development.

Simon Chan: Technical Director, DataTrend Pty Ltd

"It is now my 33rd year practising as a professional Electrical Engineer. Since I am a UWA Alumni, I would like to have the opportunity to contribute towards the education of young UWA engineering students. My desire is to be able to help them to be better qualified and industry-ready when they complete their studies."

Simon is currently consulting to PowerPlus Energy Pty Ltd in Bayswater, Victoria. He has been engaged as an electrical, electronics and software engineering consultant to design and manufacture a bespoke Intelligent Battery Management System for monitoring, protecting and remotely managing arrays of Lithium Batteries up to 1000V DC.

Simon is also Co-founder and Technical Director of PowerPlus Energy Pty Ltd which was incorporated in late 2017 to design, manufacture, distribute and support Lithium Battery Energy Storage Systems -- right here in Melbourne, Australia. His role is to manage the design and manufacturing processes to ensure the  production of a world-class high voltage Digital Battery Management System. This re-imagined BMS resides inside a modular, rack-mountable, Australian designed and manufactured lithium battery, and is designed to work hand-in-glove with Inverter-charger solutions from around the world.

Sisira Elangasinghe: Principal Consultant, ECG Engineering/ Lycopodium Minerals

"Enjoy the opportunity given to share the knowledge with the UWA staff as well as the enthusiastic students on mining related power activities."

Tony Preston: Managing Director, Measurement Innovation Pty Ltd
Tony has an honours degree in Physics, Electronics and subsidiary Mathematics. He has expertise in electronic test and measurement systems, management, sales and marketing.

Environmental Engineering

Alice Turnbull: Strategic Compliance Manager, NOPSEMA (National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority)
Alice graduated from Environmental Engineering at UWA in 2005. Since that time she has focused on building a career in environmental and social impact assessment, risk management and regulation, principally focused on the mining and oil and gas sectors.
Jason Antenucci: Director, DHI Water and Environment Pty Ltd

 “I am glad to be able to make a contribution to the education of the next generation of engineers from at UWA.”

Jason completed both his undergraduate and PhD at The University of Western Australia, and has 18 years of experience in both the research and engineering consulting industries. 

Jeff Foley: Manager - Regional WA, GHD
Jeff is the Manager of GHD’s business in regional Western Australia, including offices in Albany, Bunbury, Geraldton and Karratha. Jeff is also a Technical Director with 18 years’ experience in the areas of wastewater treatment and recycling, integrated water management and life cycle assessment.
Martin Pujol: Senior Hydrogeologist, Rockwater Pty Ltd

"I feel honoured to be able to contribute to a better integration and understanding of the role of groundwater into the courses of the WA’s engineers of tomorrow."

Martin's skills include expert consulting geoscience services and project management on geothermal and deep water well projects, wellsite geology, well testing, wireline geophysics and 3D groundwater flow and heat modelling. He has eight years’ experience as a geothermal hydrogeologist including more than six years’ for Rockwater in Perth (the leading low-enthalpy geothermal consultant in Australia) and a year as project manager for CFG Services, a global geothermal energy consultancy in Paris with large-scale projects in France and overseas.

Nadelle Brooks: Principal Asset Strategy - Remote Services, Water Corporation

"The Environmental Industry Advisory Board allows me to share an external industry perspective with the University, helping them develop WA’s future environmental engineers."

Nadelle is a civil and environmental engineer, with almost 20 years’ experience ranging from local government, to engineering consulting, to state government, to water utility.  She is passionate about the role of engineering in society, with a particular focus on improving services to Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.  

Sarah Larsen: Environmental Officer, Department of Water and Envionmental Regulation

"Our natural systems are under ever increasing pressures and innovative engineering solutions will play an important role in balancing social development with the preservation of ecological systems. The next wave of engineering graduates will be at the coal-face of these massive challenges."

Mechanical Engineering

Chris Sayer: Mechanical Engineer

"After over 40 years' of engineering practise, I wanted to share my experience with young prospective engineers. My hope is to have some small influence on areas of the course that I believe are important for all mechanical engineers."

Chris graduated from UWA in 1969 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Chris has over 40 years' experience in a wide range of engineering fields, including engine research and design, automotive electrical product testing and manufacturing, and machinery design. Prior to becoming a self employed Mechanical Engineer, Chris worked as a Mechanical Design Engineer at Orontide for 10 year's and as a Design Engineer at Orbital Engine Corporation for 21 year's.

Gareth Bamford: GM – Gas Assets, Santos

“It is satisfying being able to contribute in shaping the next generation of graduates from UWA to prepare them for their careers. The collaboration between Industry and the University will make a material difference to the capability of the students.”

Gareth graduated from UWA with an Engineering Honours and Commerce degree in 1995. He has worked in the oil and gas industry for over 20 years, spending a considerable amount of time in Southeast Asia and more recently in Australia. He currently holds the position of Manager Gas Assets for Santos. His areas of expertise include production operations and major project development.

Karl Hofmann: Plant Engineer, Hofmann Engineering

"University bodies and industry need to cooperate to achieve a common goal of technological development by training well rounded students and staff with the capacity to generate a significant impact in their given field."

Malcolm Greenway: Mine Shaft Systems Consultant, Jacobs

"Being on the Mining Industry Advisory Board at UWA allows me to give something back to the University, the students and the approach to their education from my employment and educational  experiences over many years."

Malcolm has over 40 years’ experience in project management, design, and R&D management in Australia, South Africa, UK and US. He has a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and is a Rhodes Scholar. 

Mark Azzopardi: Business Development Director, OGS Group
Richard Gerritse: Chief Mechanical Engineer, Woodside Energy Ltd

"Being on the IAP for the School of Mechanical Engineering at UWA provides me that wonderful opportunity to 'pay forward'." 

Mining Engineering

Andrew Cooper: Mine Planning Manager, BHP

"I enjoy my involvement to the Mining Industry Advisory Board at UWA as it is an opportunity to contribute to forming the education of our industries future professionals."

Andrew is a Mining Engineer and experienced Mining Manager with over 19 years' experience in large scale iron ore, underground gold, base metals, and diamond mines within Australia.  He is results orientated in delivering operational management, life of mine technical planning, feasibility studies, operational/production ramp-ups and productivity/cost/process business improvement.


Brad Webb: Mine Manager, Brockman 4, Rio Tinto
Catherine Callow: Approval Manager-Studies, FMG
Christopher Colbourne: Vice President Mining, BBIG

“Being part of the Mining Industry Advisory Board at UWA give me the chance to help shape the mining engineers of the future and give something back to the industry that has been so good for me and my family.” 

Chris is a mining professional with 30 years’ experience and a proven leadership record at senior levels in Australia and internationally across multiple commodities and aspects of mining from concept to closure. Deep expertise in business, mining operational and technical leadership, technical risk, joint venture management, technology, innovation and project execution in both surface and underground mines. 

Dan Page: Superintendent Mine Planning and Integration, BHP

"Having experienced the value of a UWA Engineering Degree throughout my career I’m excited about the opportunity to reconnect with the university and give back to the faculty by helping guide the ongoing education of future industry professionals."

Dan is a Mining Engineer with over 10 years’ experience in large scale surface mining operations. In this time Dan has gained first-hand experience, and led teams, across all mine planning and design roles in the short to medium term horizon whilst also spending several years in front line operational leadership roles and as a designated Quarry Manger. Dan’s passion is for mentoring others and driving operational excellence and to that end Dan and his team currently oversee the BHP Graduate Program for Mining Engineers as well as all mentoring, improvement and optimisation initiatives across the Mining Engineering teams in the Iron Ore division.

Leon Fouche: Practice Leader, Mine Engineer, Rio Tinto
Mark Boon: Director MAB Mining Services

"I have a strong passion about the mining industry and its continuing relevance plus what it has to offer for people prepared to take on a career in this field. To be part of assisting in connecting the operations and academic streams provides me with a strong sense of achievement."

Mark has 40 years' experience in the Australian mining industry, having started as a Mining Cadet in Broken Hill at CRA’s Zinc Corporation in the early 80s. Mark’s experience has covered a number of leadership positions in operations and technical functions, across a number of commodities within Australia.

Scott McEwing: Principal Consultant, SRK Consulting

"Being on the Mining Industry Advisory Board at UWA allows me to give contribute with an industry perspective to the university."

Scott is a mining engineer with over 20 years’ experience in mining. Scott has worked in underground and open pit mining operations in Australia at Golden Grove and Boddington Gold Mine, and in New Zealand at the Martha Mine. Scott joined SRK Consulting in 2001 and currently works in Due Diligence, Project Management and with technical mine planning arenas.