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Young Professionals

Young Professionals

The WA Mining Club Young Professionals (WAMC YP) aspires to drive diversification and innovation within the mining industry, through creation of a forum that supports development and retention of young professionals.

We will establish a career-long network of individuals who are building their careers in mining.

To maintain globally competitive operations, we believe there is an imperative to leverage different ways of thinking to transform the way we work. Our initiatives and events feature insights and perspectives from a range of industry professionals, to generate open discussion and debate about the future of our industry.

WAMC YP supports the growth and development of members and their careers in the mining through connection and collaboration. We strongly encourage young professionals in mining to join and become members.  WAMC YP are also looking for like-minded organisations to support the next generation of young leaders as foundation partners and event sponsors – contact Cassandra Brennan on 0402 845 459 or email at events@waminingclub.asn.au

To attend a YP event or one of our regular luncheons, please go to the event calendar

Click here to view photos from WAMC Young Professionals events

Click here to find out more about the WAMC Young Professionals Awards Night

Click here to find out more about the WAMC Member of the Month


Jordan Rogers

Jordan is the lead for the WAMC Young Professionals and supports the partnerships subcommittee.

She has worked in the industry as a geologist since 2014 and is a member of the AIG. Her previous work specialised in greenfields orogenic gold exploration and Geographic Information Science, before moving into the iron ore sector. She has worked in a variety of terranes, including the goldfields of Western Australia, the Pilbara, and Newfoundland, Canada.

She is interested in the technological evolution of the industry, and through her work with the Club, will continue working to give back to the community whilst advocating for intersectional diversity, inclusion, and opportunity across the sector.

Ellen Cha
Vice Chair

Ellen is a Patent Attorney in the Chemistry team at Wrays IP, involved with patent oppositions and prosecutions for both local and overseas clients, majority being in the mining sector. With her background in chemical engineering, she is particularly interested in new technologies and design advancements in mineral & metallurgical processes.

She holds a Bachelor of Science from UWA, a Master of Chemical Engineering from University of Melbourne and a Master of Intellectual Property at UTS.  Ellen has been a WA Mining Club Young Professionals Committee since 2019 and has been the Vice Chair (WAMC YP) since October 2020.



Josephine Liantono
Committee Member

Josephine is a Junior Mining Engineer at BHP Nickel West working at one of their underground mining operations. She is the recipient of the 2020 AusIMM Eprioc Scholarship, 2021 AusIMM EEF Premium Scholarship and the prestigious 2021 AusIMM Sir Frank Espie/Rio Tinto Leadership Award.

She is currently pursuing the Master of Professional Mining Engineering at the University of Western Australia (UWA) which has developed her keen interest in the stewardship and governance of tailings storage facilities. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering and Economics from UWA.


Eric Samuel
Committee Member

Eric is currently at BHP as a business analyst in the business planning division. Eric has graduated from UWA with a Masters of mining engineering and a bachelor’s degree in commerce (Finance). Previously Eric has worked as a mining engineer on a few different mines and multiple commodities. Eric’s vision is to connect the next generation of mining professionals and entrepreneurs to create great things together and sustain the WA industry.

Tori Bowman
Committee Member

Tori joined the mining industry in 2018 as the Western Areas Human Resources Officer, supporting our Forrestania and Cosmos Nickel Operations. Tori is on her way to Graduating a Bachelor of Commerce Majoring in Human Resources Management in 2022. Tori is passionate about employee wellbeing, workplace culture and how businesses can improve on sustainability. Tori is highly committed to assisting others to be their best selves through continuous learning and personal development.

Julian Jackson
Committee Member

Julian is a Mining Engineer with 6 years’ industry experience spanning a number of operations and commodities including gold, diamonds, and nickel across both the Australian and Africa mining landscapes. Currently Julian works with Rio Tinto as a Production Engineer in the sustaining projects and closure team supporting the ramping up and down of mining operations.

Nearing completion of his Masters of Global Finance & Banking from King’s College London Business School, Julian also holds a Master of Professional Engineering and Bachelor of Engineering Science from UWA, both majoring in Mining Engineering.

As a strong believer in those who have found success in our industry being responsible to guide and support the emerging generation of professionals, Julian has been actively involved with the AusIMM since 2014. Holding a number of senior committee positions over this period including most recently Treasurer of the New Professionals Network since 2018, Julian has also been involved with a number of mentorship programs which he thoroughly enjoys.

Tan Farquhar
Committee Member

Tan is a collaborative leader with diverse experience designing and delivering large scale improvement and innovation programs across multiple industries.

With a background in management consulting, Tan was drawn to the mining industry, taking on a FIFO role with the Rio Tinto Greater Hope Downs leadership team. She has recently transitioned to a new role as the Principle People Empowerment where she will be supporting Rio Tinto Iron Ore’s Safe Production System.

Tan is passionate about empowering others to own their potential, whilst creating an environment that establishes a sense of trust and belonging which embraces diversity.

Cameron Cresswell
Committee Member

Cameron is a manager in Deloitte’s Sustainability & Climate Change practice. During his time at Deloitte, he has worked with clients within the mining sector (across multiple commodities) and across the mining value chain.

Cameron is passionate about the intersect between data, analytics, and climate change, and believes the mining industry will play a crucial role as the world transitions to a low-carbon future.