Education Series – Risk Security and Communication: managing in an ever changing world

Event - Education Series – Risk Security and Communication: managing in an ever changing world

The second event of the Curtin Education Series will focus on the emerging risks facing mining companies and how they can be managed.

Three years since the peak of the resource construction boom in Western Australia we still see falling commodity prices, rising costs, new federal and state government taxes and royalties, more red tape and proposed tougher reporting requirements around the disclosure of reserves and resources.

Added to these risks could be a hard landing in China’s economy, recession in the US, the refugee crisis in Europe or more civil unrest in North Africa and the Middle East all of which have an effect on commodity prices.

Then there are emerging risks such as cyber attacks on company information, impacts of social media and fraudulent activities of employees or business partners.

This long list of risks means mining companies should consider the organisation’s ability to adapt to threats, known and unknown, and remain resilient to external shocks. Boards and management need to know how the organisation would respond if any key risks eventuate.

The WA Mining Club has gathered an expert panel of speakers covering risk topics such as:
•    How to identify and manage risks.
•    Overview of emerging security risks such as terrorism, cyber attacks and employee bullying.
•    Crisis management and getting the right message to all stakeholders.



Andrew Stanbury
General Manager, IFAP

Andrew has over twenty five years of experience in health, safety, environmental and emergency management across most industry sectors in Australia. He has extensive experience in high level policy and standard development including working closely with regulators to develop National Standards and Codes of Practice. He has exceptional ability to influence people, change and embed culture in businesses at all levels and works  effectively in both strategic and tactical environments.



Jeff Elliott
Managing Director CSA Global

Jeff Elliott is the Managing Director of CSA Global. Jeff’s entrepreneurial acumen has been a significant factor in growing CSA Global’s business from a local Western Australian company into what it is today – a leading international mining consultancy providing specialist expertise across all stages of the mining life-cycle. A geologist by profession, Jeff holds a BSc. (Geology) and draws on more than 25 years’ experience in the exploration and mining industry. His technical expertise covers independent reporting, resource evaluation, feasibility studies, project development, mining operations and exploration.  Jeff’s experience includes asset acquisitions, project financing, corporate advice and promotion of innovation.

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Kirsty Danby
Director, Platform Communications

Kirsty Danby is the founding principal of Platform Communications. She has 16 years’ experience in the corporate communications and public relations arenas, including work as an in-house consultant for BHP Billiton, Woodside Energy and Alcoa.

Kirsty has experience in issues and crisis management and reputation management. Kirsty has dealt extensively with media relations, investor profiling and stakeholder engagement at the forefront of prominent crisis faced by mining organisations.

Kirsty’s strong grasp of marketing and strategic communications concepts, combined with her in depth knowledge of the resource sector gives her unique insight into their client’s needs.

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Michael Cassidy
National Leader, Forensic Services, BDO

Michael is BDO Perth’s Forensic Services Partner. He is highly regarded for his extensive experience working on high profile fraud investigations over a variety of industries.

Michael previously worked for the Office of the Auditor General in Western Australia where he undertook audit and performance examinations at a number of government agencies. As a Financial Investigator at the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, Michael worked on a number of high profile matters relating to asset stripping and alleged fraud. In 2004, Michael was part of the team that undertook a World Bank governance project in Baku, Azerbaijan

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Lara Bruhns
General Manager Operations Services, Newmont Asia Pacific

Lara Bruhns is the General Manager Operations Service with Newmont Asia Pacific,

She is an experienced mining professional with over 20 years’ experience in the resources industry across multiple commodities.

Lara is experienced at leading large functional teams and complex operations with a track record of implementing projects and embedding systems of work and that lead to significant positive organisational change.  She is a successful leader with a strong safety focus, a calm and considered leadership style and a belief in developing the capabilities of the next generation of leaders. She is passionate about delivering innovation that enables step change improvement, while balancing operational and strategic realities.


Jon Bell
Curtin Alumni member, the Director of Alexander Research and a seasoned mineral economist with a broad geological background.

Jonathan Bell is a diversified professional who is active at a number of levels within the mining industry. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Geology, a Master’s Degree in Mineral Economics, and is in the final phase of completing a Ph.D. on the topic of gold deposit valuation. All of this study has been done through Curtin, and in particular, the Western Australian School of Mines.

Jon is also active within the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, of which he is a director. He is the AIG’s ex-officio representative on JORC, and an executive on the VALMIN Committee. In commercial settings, Jon is often involved in a variety of due diligence activities, valuations, strategic planning, or undertaking left-of-field problem-solving activities.



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Education Series – Risk Security and Communication: managing in an ever changing world
Wed 06th July 2016
Hyatt Regency Perth
99 Adelaide Terrace Perth
Discount parking available under the venue
5.30pm to 7.30pm
Members $55.00, Non Members $65.00
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