About Us


The WA Mining Club’s Rules of Association require that the WA Mining Club is managed exclusively by a committee of management consisting of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and between four and six Committee Members.

Committee Members are elected at each Annual General Meeting for a two year term. At the end of their term, committee members are eligible for re-election.

All positions are voluntary and Committee Members are expected to actively manage a portfolio within the Committee, regularly attend Committee meetings (held monthly) and assist at WA Mining Club events.



Damian Quail

Damian has practiced as a mining and commercial lawyer for 25 years. He is a Director of Williams + Hughes Commercial Lawyers, and is also a director of several junior gold explorers.

Damian has been a WA Mining Club Committee Member since 2015 and was Secretary of the Club from 2017 to 2019. He managed the Club’s Scholarship program from 2015 and grew the program to nine annual scholarships, with scholarship application numbers increasing five-fold under his management. He also sits on the Governance and Executive Subcommittees.

He is a member of AICD, the Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association, the Law Society of WA and is a regular presenter at legal seminars. Damian is married with three children and enjoys travelling and playing indoor cricket.

Director – William + Hughes

Natalie Taylor
Vice President, Marketing Lead

Natalie currently manages the Career Enrichment Program at Roy Hill. As part of her scope of work, she manages 1,300 employees, continuously develops and improves the program and enhances opportunities for staff to reach their full potential, both personally and professionally.

She has worked in the mining industry for 7 years in a variety of roles, which includes Technician Coordinator, High Pressure Water Blaster, Behavioural Based Safety Facilitator, Senior Administrator and Warehouse Operator, Training Systems Support Officer, Training Coordinator, Trainer, RC Driller’s Offsider, Port Production Operator, Emergency Response Volunteer and Career Enrichment Advisor. All these positions have taught her something new about the industry.

Manager, Career Enrichment Program – Roy Hill

Sharon Goddard
Secretary, Governance Lead

Sharon joined Gold Road in June 2011 and has more than 20 years’ experience in mining, agribusiness and legal.

Her responsibilities include managing corporate aspects of the organisation, external affairs, native title, marketing and day-to-day operations.

Previously Sharon was Practice Manager for a newly merged Perth law firm, Middletons, and was instrumental in the fit-out and set-up of the new merged office, including implementation of an IT solution, financial and human resources functions and risk and compliance.  She has also worked for Wesfarmers as Executive Assistant to the Finance Director and assisted with all investor relations briefings including Annual and Half Yearly Results presentations and roadshows, as well as preparation of national roadshows to analysts, fund managers and shareholders.

She holds a Masters of Business Administration, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Diploma in Financial Markets.

General Manager, Corporate – Gold Road Resources


Ian Skelton

Ian is a partner with Deloitte, and has an extensive background in the resources industry.  Ian joined the Committee in 2014 and currently acts as the Club Treasurer and sits on the Marketing Committee.

Partner – Deloitte

Craig Hook
Memberships Lead

Craig is an experienced corporate advisor and executive coach, built on over twenty years international, senior management of large and small resource companies. Craig has been actively involved in the Club since 2005 and joined the 2014 Committee in the marketing portfolio. He now leads the Membership Committee.

Director – Strategic Intent

Peter Bradford
Events Lead

Peter is a senior executive with over 35 years’ experience in gold and base metals mining operations, exploration and development.  He is keen to use his broad industry network and knowledge combined with understanding of governance and strategy and an interest in advancing the next generation of students, graduates and professionals.

Managing Director – Independence Group


Samantha Ware
Young Professionals Lead

Samantha has been in the mining industry for seven years, most recently in the capacity as a People & Culture Business Partner with Gold Road Resources. She is passionate about the future of the industry and feels the best way to safeguard it is to upskill our upcoming generation of leaders. Sam feels the Mining Club holds potential to connect experienced mining professionals with emerging leaders, with the goal to pass knowledge and strategise beyond generations.

Senior Human Resource Advisor – Gold Road Resources

Sam Retallack
Joint Scholarships and Schools Lead

Sam joined Independence Group in 2012 and was appointed Human Resources Manager in 2014, then Head of People and Culture in 2017. Sam has over 25 years of experience in senior management, human resources, consulting and operational roles working for a range of organisations. Prior to joining IGO, Sam led large workforce-based businesses within Aherns Department Stores and Ansett Airlines, before turning to roles in Human Resource management across the mining, finance, legal and biomedical sectors.

Sam’s current role is to provide leadership and oversight of all People and Culture activities at IGO, including diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, learning, talent acquisition and development and the co-creation of organisational culture, purpose and values. Sam is a strategic thinker with a strong commercial background and an optimistic confidence that diversity of gender, perspective and experience will deliver corporate cultures of performance and care.

Sam holds a Diploma of Applied Science from Curtin University and a Bachelor of Health Science from Edith Cowan University. Sam is a graduate of the AICD, an experienced member of WIMWA’s mentoring program, a member of the WA Mining Club’s Women’s Advisory Group and a member of the Australian Institute of Management’s Professional Members Group.

Head of People and Culture – Independence Group

Emanuel Gherardi
Joint Scholarships and Schools Lead

Emanuel has owned and run a multi-national Mining Recruitment business with operations across Australia, Singapore and West Africa. In his 20 years in the industry he has worked closely with some of the world’s largest and most well known mining organisations and mining professionals across all categories.

He has overseen scholarship and trainee programs for his clients and internally and has run global marketing campaigns for his own business and clients. He’s keen to use his skillset to work within the Scholarship portfolio and assist the industry’s emerging leaders.

Director – Energy & Mining Group 


Jordan Rogers

Jordan is an enthusiastic young professional who has worked in the mining and resources industry for the past 5 years. She has a passionate interest in the future of our industry, and in particular the role of women in mineral resources.

Resource Geologist, Gold Road Resources