Our Board of Directors


  • Richard Kern


    Richard has worked in the Mining Industry for almost 20 years, having been involved in both Safety and Business Improvement-related roles.

    He is currently the regional Director of Health and Safety for Newmont Asia Pacific, and has held this position since 2012. In this role, Richard is responsible for providing guidance and support to the exploration, mining and processing throughout the business, within the region.

    Previous to this role, he has spent over 15 years working within the Nickel and Iron Ore sectors in WA. This included time with Leighton Mining, where his responsibilities were Risk Management and Health and Safety. His prior roles involved responsibilities with BHP Billiton Nickel West and Iron Ore, where he led their response to 5 workplace fatalities over an eight month period.

    Consequently, Richard has seen first-hand, the impact of workplace fatalities on families, friends, colleagues and businesses.

    He personally believes that leaders within the Mining and Minerals processing sectors are focused on preventing fatalities and injuries in their businesses however, when the worst occurs, Richard wants to ensure that assistance and support is made available to loved ones through Miners’ Promise.

  • Evan Kolbe


    Kolbe Systems started in early 2003. Today after implementing world class Business Systems in over 140 award winning companies they are the leaders in business systems.

    Evan has been a state level distance runner and has been actively involved in the Canning Districts Athletics Club and the West Australian Marathon club as President and committee member of which he is a Life Member of both organisations. He has been the volunteer Race Organiser for the Perth Marathon from 2000 to 2013 with proceeds benefiting youth with cancer organisation Canteen.

    He joins Miners’ Promise with a strong focus on best practice governance throughout our entire organisation.

    Evan is known for saying:

    “If you want success don’t look for the big secrets – concentrate on the one percenters.”

  • Franko Roberts


    Franko has worked in the Mining Industry for more than 20 years – commencing his employment as a Driller’s Off-sider in 1994. He has worked in various roles in the industry, specialising in Emergency Response, along with Risk & Sustainability Management.  As a result, he has witnessed first-hand the impact of workplace incidents and understands how families and loved ones are affected, and need support, following a significant incident at work.

    Franko is currently the Group Manager – Human Resources & Sustainability for GBF Underground Mining & ET Mining Solutions.

    He is an active member of the State Emergency Services, a Level 1 – Tee Ball umpire for his sons’ Tee Ball Team and a passionate supporter of the WA Ride to Conquer Cancer – Team MAMILS who have raised over $100,000 to find a cure for cancer.  He is married with two children.

  • Brad Brierley


    Brad has worked in the Mining Industry for 18 years ­ commencing his mining career in 1998, where he worked as an underground operator for 5 years. During this period Brad was first exposed to emergency response, and witnessed the impact of incidents and the effects that they have on individuals and the community.

    Since 2003, he has worked in various health and safety and emergency response roles in the gold and iron ore sectors, both in Western Australia and Victoria.

    Brad is currently the OHS Superintendent for Doray Minerals, Andy Wells Mine site. Prior to this role, he was the Corporate HSEC Manager at La Mancha Resources.

    He is an active member of the South Coogee Volunteer Bushfire Brigade, where he holds the position of first Lieutenant. He has two children.

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    Deane Criddle


    Deane has worked in the mining and construction industry for a decade, bringing commercially orientated accounting and finance experience.

    Being a CPA means that Deane is at the top of his field as a finance, accounting and a business professional with a high level of demonstrated competency. With international qualifications and continuing professional development, he is committed to delivering strategic decision-making, whilst providing organisational leadership.

    Since 2011, Deane has held a leading position within the Accounting and Finance team for Kellogg Joint Venture (KJV) Gorgon as the EPCM contractor in developing the single largest resource in Australia. This vast array of experience gained will be used to enhance governance and support the board of Miners’ Promise in strategic and financial guidance.

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      Kristy Porter


      Kristy has over 20 years’ experience working in business development, human capital and executive recruitment across the professional services sector, including the mining industry.  Kristy is currently a Pursuit Leader with PwC Australia where she drives client relationships and strategy on major pursuits, opportunities and propositions across the firm; identifying trends, themes and key client issues.

      From 2002 to 2009, Kristy was the founder and Managing Director of recruitment consulting company, Porter Consulting Group, where she grew the start-up business to $2.4million in 5 years with a team of ten staff.  Receiving recognition for her achievements as a business owner, Kristy was a WA Finalist in the 2007 Telstra Business Women’s Awards and in 2008, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (WA) Awards.

      As a mother to two boys and the wife of a FIFO worker, Kristy understands the important work and critical support which Miners’ Promise provides to working families when they need it the most during times of trauma, difficulty and emotional stress.

      Kristy’s personal and professional experience will be used to add value and support the board with its strategic direction and growth of Miners’ Promise.

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        Elizabeth Vuletich


        Liz is a respected Clinical Neuropsychologist with experience spanning both private and public sectors, and has relevant consulting experience within the WA mining industry.

        As a founding director of MindLink Psychology, Liz holds a leadership role in a thriving psychology practice that services both metro and rural clients and works with some of WA’s largest organisations.

        In addition to her corporate pursuits, Liz has a number of social endeavors and is currently establishing the Australian chILD foundation, and is a member of the Young Lungs committee.

        Liz has walked alongside many families impacted by significant trauma and grief, she has personal experience managing life’s unexpected challenges. She has on-site experience and has also been a FIFO wife whilst her husband worked in the Pilbara.

        In joining Miners’ Promise Liz brings extensive insight into the psychological impacts of crisis events, as well as experience managing teams dealing with crisis support and mental health matters.

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