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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


Ellen Cha

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.


Julian Jackson
Vice Chair

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.

Natalie Dakic

Natalie is a Community Relations Advisor at De Grey Mining, responsible for facilitating the implementation of key social performance initiatives underpinning De Grey’s contribution to communities. Natalie graduated from the University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science and International Relations. Natalie is passionate about ensuring Mining activities are carried out safely and sustainably.

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.

Patrick Borushek
Committee Member

Patrick is a corporate finance professional with 5 years experience gained across the mining and infrastructure sectors. Currently Patrick is a Specialist in BHP’s Portfolio Strategy and Development team where he focuses on financial modelling and valuations for transactions.

Patrick holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Finance from the Australian National University.