ECU Education Series Breakfast – Indigenous relations – it’s good business

Event - ECU Education Series Breakfast – Indigenous relations – it’s good business


In partnership with Edith Cowan University, this WA Mining Club 2019 Education Series panel discussion will explore balancing the needs of cultural heritage and indigenous business opportunities in the WA Mining industry

Our speakers will discuss the importance of generating jobs and business opportunities and explore the next steps that the mining industry should take in order to engage the next generation of Indigenous people.


Allan James
Chief Executive Officer, Carey Group

Allan James is a Tjupan Wongi – Badimia Yamatji man raised in the remote Northern Goldfields region of WA. Now the CEO of Carey Group, the largest 100% Indigenous owned and operated civil and mining business in Australia, Allan has an extensive history in the mining industry having previously worked with Rio Tinto at Argyle Diamonds, BHP Billiton Nickel West and Newmont Boddington Gold.

Allan has successfully undertaken several management roles throughout his profession in the mining sector, accountable for the delivery of Social Responsibility and Community Relations strategies as they relate to Heritage and Land Access approvals, Indigenous Affairs, Community Investment, Media Communications, Government and Stakeholder relations.

Allan has also worked with and for a number of Aboriginal organisations and communities and is an active board member of several not-for-profit organisations and Native Title bodies.

Allan is passionate about changing the dialogue for Aboriginal Australians and believes that culture, education and employment are key to leaving a positive legacy and ‘closing the gap’.


Katina Law
Director, IPS Management Consultants

Derby raised, from Worora and Walmajarri families, Katina Law is an executive who has led a successful career spanning nearly 30 years with mining and exploration companies across several continents, both on site and in senior corporate roles.  She currently serves as Chair of ASX listed Ardea Resources and Yandal Resources and is a non-Executive director of headspace the National Youth Mental Health Foundation.

She is also an entrepreneur who has co-founded several award winning Indigenous businesses including IPS Management Consultants and Dutjahn Sandalwood Oils.  Katina is an active advocate with government and corporates on behalf of Indigenous businesses.

Katina has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UWA, is a Certified Practising Accountant and has an MBA from London Business School.

Ian Wells
Chief Financial Officer, Fortescue Metals Group

Ian Wells commenced as Chief Financial Officer of Fortescue Metals Group in February 2018.

Mr Wells joined Fortescue in 2010 and has held multiple senior executive roles in the Finance team, including funding, treasury, planning and analysis as well as Company Secretary. Prior experience includes financing Fortescue’s US$10bn major iron ore project development to 155 million tonnes per annum, and successfully undertaking multi-billion-dollar capital raising and refinancing transactions in domestic and international capital markets.

Most recently, he has held the position of Group Manager Corporate Finance leading Fortescue’s capital management strategy with group responsibility for Treasury and Funding.

With more than 20 years’ experience as a senior executive in leading ASX listed and private companies in the mining, energy infrastructure and healthcare industries, Mr Wells’ prior positions include Chief Financial Officer of Singapore Power subsidiary Jemena Limited, one of Australia’s largest owners and operators of energy infrastructure and Acting CFO of Alinta Limited when it was acquired through an on-market acquisition by the Babcock and Brown, Singapore Power Consortium in 2007.

Mr Wells holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from Curtin University, is a Fellow of CPA Australia, a Certified Finance and Treasury Professional and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Mr Wells is also a director of not-for-profit Alzheimer’s WA and the chairman of the Salvation Army business advisory committee.

Kyra Bonney-Galante
General Manager Indigenous Strategy, Chandler Macleod

Kyra Bonney is a Guburn (Kupurn) woman from the Goldfields region of Western Australia. She is also connected to Noongar country.
She has worked extensively across Western Australia for a range of mining companies and has spent 13 years as an operator in the resource sector working for BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Leightons, Downer EDI, Thiess, Carey Mining and Ngarda.

She has 19 year’s experience in the industry, 13 years as an operator and 6 years as a consultant.

Currently working for Chandler Macleod as General Manager Indigenous Strategy she is responsible for recruiting and managing Indigenous projects for their clients this consists of managing an Indigenous team with that of their managers to ensure consistent and effective employment outcomes aligned with the Chandler Macleod Indigenous Strategy.

Kyra currently manages projects under the Indigenous Procurement Policy on behalf of clients to ensure that they are meeting employment and procurement outcomes to enhance social economic benefits for the Indigenous communities.


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Thu 01st August 2019
Westin Hotel
480 Hay St, Perth WA 6000
7.00am to 9.00am
Member $80.00 Non Members $100.00 ECU Alumni $90.00 Students $50.00
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