2020/2021 Committee Nominations

2020/2021 Committee Nominations

Saasha Callaghan
Chief Drafter and Marketing Co-ordinator

Saasha has had exposure to the niche field of water treatment technologies in parallel with other disciplines has been a major contributor to various successes as a young professional.
Speaker, author and co-host of an international broadcasted show, Saasha has flipped Australia’s best kept secret and provided OLEOLOGY with the means to help thousands of companies and multi-nationals solve their water treatment needs.
Being awarded as a finalist in the Optus Business Awards for ‘Social Media Strategy of the Year’ her experience in marketing has helped develop other businesses & associations.
After presenting at the AOG 2020 her focus was redirected to the Mining Industry with the drive to assist the Mining Club to broaden its reach and further develop the strength within the club.

Proposer:  Saasha Callaghan

Seconder:  Chris Roberts

Anthony Robins
Key Account Manager
GIW Industries Inc

Tony has been involved in the mining industry since 1978, first in South Africa designing centrifugal pumps which were supplied to the gold, platinum, chrome and coal mines. Joined Putzmeister South Africa in 2005 as their Managing Director and attended a Paste and Thickened Tailings conference in March 2007 where he was approached by KSB Australia to take over the role of WA State Manager.
In 2016 GIW Industries asked him to relocate to the oil sands in Alberta, Canada to support one of their major customers to build the Fort Hills project. Realizing that the oil sands was the only commodity he had not worked in and that the experience in this particular market would be exceptionally interesting. A year after working in Fort McMurray Tony was promoted to General Manager.
Whilst in Canada Tony joined the executive committee of Canadian Mineral Processors (CMP) and resigned in September 2019 once he returned to Perth.
Since joining the WA Mining Club in 2008 he has been an active member involved in most of the functions and with the experience of being a board member of CMP has prepared me in being able to add value to the tasks that the WA Mining Club committee need to perform on a monthly and sometimes even a weekly basis and believe that he would become an asset to this respected organization.

Proposer:  Anthony Robins

Seconder:  Simon Biltoft

Ian Skelton
Partner – Audit and Assurance

Being the treasurer of the club for the last 5 years in addition to time spent in general on the committee has allowed Ian to be on the executive committee, and provide input with the strategic decision making for the club, as it moves from strength to strength. His understanding of the finance sector and accounting also bring an important skill set to the committee.

Proposer:  Ian Sketon

Seconder:  Damian Quail

Steven Hulme
Principal Corporate Development
Gold Road Resources

Steve is a chartered professional (AusIMM) mining engineer with 15 years of field and management experience covering all aspects of the engineering value chain in planning, commercial, production, surveying, and business improvement.

Having helped develop a culture on a mine site which was premised on a “know your numbers” approach to management. Steve holds a very strong view that the key to unlocking success lies in increasing the capability and capacity of people through the augmentation of a conversational culture that will ultimately drive improvement. This recipe has enabled him to be an effective change agent, having facilitated and supported business improvement opportunities in excess of A$500M over the term of the assets. Steve is now responsible for continuing this journey as Principal Corporate Development with Gold Road Resource by supporting the strategic direction of our multi-billion-dollar portfolio guided by the vision for accretive value for shareholders, for low risk and low-cost operations.

Steve started his career as a Mine Surveyor with Newmont Mining and has worked on owner-operated sites, client-contractor sites and in mine consultancy. Steve holds a Graduate Diploma in Mining and a Bachelor of Science in Mine and Engineering Surveying from the Western Australian School of Mines.

Proposer:  Steven Hulme

Seconder:  Sharon Goddard

Chris Nancarrow
Regional Manager

Chris has been a member of the WA Mining Club for some many years now and enjoys the networking aspects and friendships the WA Mining Club brings.

He has been involved in the Mining/Resources Sector in WA for the last 18 years , being involved in the Plant & Equipment Hire Sector and the previous 10 years within the Power Generation Capex sales sector and more recently appointed Regional Manager for Pramac/Generac .

Having an extensive network within the Mining/Resource Sector over many years and previous experience being a part of various committees , Chris would welcome the opportunity to be involved in the committee and feel I can bring a different view to the WA Mining Club which he believes will add to the current committees great work they have been doing.

Proposer:  Chris Nancarrow

Seconder:  Mike Cippitelli

Paul Young
Project Manager

Paul holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering, an MBA majoring in Finance and a Master of Project Management and is currently studying toward a Master of Mineral Economics at Curtin University.
He has been in WA’s mining industry for 30+ years involved in both project development and operations working and living in the Pilbara, Southwest, Kimberley and Goldfields regions of WA. Spending in total roughly 16 years in remote and country regions. Paul still regularly visit the Pilbara and Goldfields regions as part of his role as Project Manager with Engenium, a Perth based national engineering company.
Paul is passionate about WA mining and seeing WA continue to prosper as one the three major mining centre’s of the world. He brings a unique knowledge of mine site operations, industry contacts and commodity knowledge and regularly post blogs providing commodity information and new mining projects in WA.
Paul is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia (EA), a current EA Committee member and Immediate Past President and advocate strongly for the regions and those who live and work there. He is a member of the regional panel and Diversity subcommittees of EA.

Proposer:  Paul Young

Seconder:  Jason Hislop

Felicity Jones
Approvals Group Leader | Mining Lead
360 Environmental

Felicity has enjoyed being an active member of the club for a number of years, and has enjoyed meeting many of members at different events, and working with them on different projects and committees when the opportunity has arisen. Front-end mining approvals is what she does – for explorers moving into mining for the first time, for established mid-tier companies and global, top-tier miners. The diversity of work that mining has brought her is something Felicty has enjoyed – and wants other people to enjoy!
One of the great strengths of the Club is bringing people together, and that is something she is committed to doing in an ongoing role on the Committee. When the casual vacancy came up earlier in the year Felicity was pleased to be appointed, and hopes to continue serving the Club for the next 2 years. Sure, they were big shoes to fill, but she wears size 11 steel-caps (and heels!) so she thinks she is well qualified to continue.

Proposer:  Felicity Jones

Seconder:  Sam Retallack

Jordan Rogers
GIS Geologist
Gold Road Resources

Jordan has been a WA Mining Club Committee Member since 2019, with her time spent as a member of the Membership Subcommittee and also as the Joint Lead of the Young Professionals Subcommittee.

She has worked in the mining and resources industry since 2014, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG).

Jordan has specialised in Archaean greenfield orogenic gold exploration and geographic information science. She has a passionate interest in the future evolution of our industry; and through her work with the WA Mining Club, is working to advocate for intersectional diversity and inclusion across the sector.

Proposer:  Jordan Rogers

Seconder:  Samantha Ware

Callum Twigger
Senior Manager
PCF Capital

Callum is currently vice-chair of the WA Mining Club Young Professionals and a senior manager at PCF Capital Group. He has a legal background and has worked to assist and facilitate mergers, acquisitions and transactions with leading resource sector companies in this state.

The mining industry has a great story to tell. Callum wants to help build a modern mining community in Western Australia as a member of the WAMC committee. He believes that it’s important for our Club to be informal but respectful and for our events to be both entertaining and informative. If elected, he wants to expand the events held by the Club to include sundowners, networking drinks, and other opportunities for established and emerging leaders to meet and mingle.

Callum’s previous work with the WAMC YP committee shows his commitment to ensuring diversity of thought, bringing young professionals into the Club, and building our sector’s profile as one of Australia’s most respectable and important industries. He is fortunate to have worked with and met some fantastic people through the WAMC YP and through the Club whose views he hopes to represent.

Proposer:  Callum Twigger

Seconder:  Josh Snow

Cathy Cheng
Business Development Manager
Minsol Engineering

Cathy is a customer- focused Business Development and Marketing professional who is passionate about adding value to her clients and other stakeholders of the organization.

She has 20 years of experience in business development, marketing and executive search across various industries in different countries including Australia, England and China, which enabled her to provide valuable perspectives for people and businesses that she engages with.

Joining WAMC committee would allow her to contribute her interpersonal skills and diversified background to the Committee and promote the benefits of WAMC to its members and the industry people.

Proposer:  Cathy Cheng

Seconder:  Peter Bradford

Victoria Jackson
Executive Director Members-Western Australian Regions
Minerals Council of Australia

Victoria has 30 years’ leadership experience across the minerals and energy sector, supporting wealth creation through sustainable development.

As Executive Director – Members (WA Regions), Minerals Council of Australia, Victoria engages with Western Australian and Northern Territory members, boosting membership value through active involvement with the federal government, communities, MCA’s National Secretariat and other key stakeholders. Victoria also develops strategic partnerships with organisations that align with the MCA’s advocacy consistent with balanced resources sector policy settings. An active member of the WA Mining Club, Victoria secured MCA sponsorship for several key WAMC events with a 2020 focus on the Young Professionals.

Previously, Victoria led regulation Northern Territory’s onshore petroleum industry, guiding input into to Hydraulic Fracturing Inquiries while delivering contemporary environmental regulatory reform. She also led the development of the government’s energy policy framework encompassing renewables, power sector and oil and gas.
Previous roles included:
• Resource sector Government Relations Advisor.
• WA Government Director Project Approvals and Strategy providing strategic leadership in facilitating approvals for major resource projects, including LNG, iron ore and port developments.
• Director, Aboriginal Economic Development and GM Aboriginal heritage.
Victoria ran a geological consultancy for 10 years, providing technical services to the resources sector.

Proposer:  Victoria Jackson

Seconder:  Mike Young

Sten Soderstrom
Managing Director
Mining Strategic Value Partners

Sten Soderstrom (FAICD, FAIEng, CPEng, MAusIMM) has held senior executive positions in the mining industry in WA since the early 80’s when he was Manager Business Improvement and Mine Planning Superintendent for Alcoa for ten years. He originally joined the WA Mining Club in the early 90’s, when he was Managing Director of Metso Australia and its predecessors including Morgardshammar Mills for 10 years. Since then he has worked in EGM and Project Executive roles for several well-known clients including Cimic, Worley Parsons, Sundance Resources on Iron Ore, Gold, mineral sands, rare earths and infrastructure projects in Australia and Africa. He is an advisor and consultant to mining industry CEO’s and C-suite executives through his company Mining Strategic Value Partners Pty Ltd.

Proposer:  Sten Soderstrom

Seconder:  Bernie Siddall

Emanuel Gherardi
Managing Director
Energy and Mining Group

Joint Scholarships Lead, Joint Schools Lead and Scholarship Alumni Lead

Emanuel has over 20 years of experience within the Australian and International Mining industries. Since 2002, in his capacity as owner and Managing Director, Emanuel has overseen Energy & Mining Group, an Australian Human Resources and Workforce Management organisation which has had operations across Australia, London, Singapore and West Africa.

Emanuel is in his 4th year as a WA Mining Club committee member and in that time has overseen the Scholarships Alumni portfolio, Young Professionals Portfolio and is the current co-lead for the Scholarships and Schools portfolios.

WA Mining Club Involvement

In his 4 years on the WA Mining Club Committee Emanuel has served the WA Mining Club members in the following portfolios;


  • Scholarships Portfolio Lead (Joint)
  • Schools Portfolio Lead (Joint)
  • Scholarship Alumni Portfolio Lead


  • Inaugural Young Professionals Portfolio Lead

Professional Profile

  • Worked in the Western Australian Mining Industry since 2000
  • Established EMG, a workforce management solutions business in 2002
  • Overseen the placement and employment of over 7000 Mining industry professionals in the local and international Mining Industry since 2002
  • Established preferred supply agreements and long-term working relationships with the most prominent mining operators, consultancies, contractors and service providers in the industry
  • Built EMG a mining business into one of the 100 fastest growing privately owned WA organisations in Australia in 2009/10
  • Established Western Australian manned EMG offices in Singapore, London, Africa, Queensland and New South Wales
  • Nominated for the 40 under 40 award for promoting the WA mining industry locally and abroad
  • Strong advocate for gender, ethnic and thought diversity, holding positions on the committee of the West Australian Mining Club addressing these very issues.
  • Working closely with marginalised individuals in the community providing mentoring and coaching to individuals assisting them with their reintegration into society and the workforce

Proposer:  Emanuel Gherardi

Seconder:  Damian Quail