June 2019 – Downstream minerals processing debate: the value and risk for the State

Event - June 2019 – Downstream minerals processing debate: the value and risk for the State



Hon Bill Johnston MLA
Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations

Bill Johnston was sworn in as the Mines and Petroleum, Commerce and Industrial Relations, Electoral Affairs, and our State’s first Asian Engagement Minister in March 2017.  Bill is also the Member for Cannington, having held this position since September 2008.

Prior to entering Parliament, he spent seven years as the State Secretary of WA Labor, four years as Shadow Minister for Mines and Petroleum, and five years as Shadow Energy and State Development Minister.

He was also a former senior official of the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association, where he fought for fairness for low-paid workers in industrial rights, workers compensation and working conditions.

Russ Austin
Managing Director Australia, Tronox

Russ Austin has worked in the Australian resource sector for 30 years across Chemicals, Oil & Gas, Mining, Minerals Processing and Smelting.  At Tronox he is responsible for overseeing complex strategy change including the merger of two business units in 2016, and the recent integration with Cristal which formed the world’s largest vertically integrated  TiO2 producer.

Russ has full P&L accountability for Tronox’s $1bn Australian region, as well as the operations, safety and leadership of 1100 team members across 10 sites. He holds an MBA and is a part of the global executive management team.   In Perth he serves as a Director on the Kwinana Industry Council and is an active member of CEOs for Gender Equity.

Amanda Lacaze
CEO and Managing Director, Lynas Corporation

Amanda Lacaze is the CEO and Managing Director of Lynas Corporation. Appointed in June 2014, Amanda has successfully led the company through a turnaround with many challenges.  This included renegotiating debt facilities, resizing the cost base, re-orienting the company to focus on customer revenue growth and truly engaging all staff in delivering outstanding performance.

Amanda was recognized as 2018 CEO of the Year in the MiningNews.Net Awards and was featured in The Australian newspaper’s ‘The Deal’ as a business woman to watch in 2018. She has been profiled as one of Australia’s 12 most inspirational business women in Woman of Influence.

Lynas has created the only Rare Earths centre of excellence outside China. Recently Lynas has been carefully managing a complex and, at times, difficult regulatory environment. In April, as part of its growth plan, the company announced its intention to further develop its WA based operations, including a cracking and leaching plant close to its resource in WA.

Nicole Roocke
CEO, Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia

Before joining the Minerals Research Institute in November 2018, Nicole spent the last 15 years at the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia coordinating industry input on a variety of government regulatory and policy issues and facilitating collaboration within the resources sector.

Having had responsibility for the policy portfolios economics and tax; infrastructure; environment; land access; exploration; people strategies; workplace health and safety and training enabled Nicole to develop a comprehensive understanding of the challenges being faced by the mining sector.

Nicole has completed a Masters of Science in Industrial and Organisational Psychology from UWA and a Masters in Risk Management from UNSW.

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Thu 20th June 2019
Hyatt Regency Perth
99 Adelaide Terrace Perth
11.30am to 2.00pm
$100.00 members $150.00 non members $65.00 students/retired
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