Our Board of Directors
Richard has worked in the Mining Industry for almost 25 years in both Safety and Business Improvement-related roles.
He is currently the Group Manager, Safety & Sustainability with Bis. In this role, Richard is responsible for providing strategic direction to the business in Health, Safety, Environment and Security and supporting operations to deliver leading outcomes for its clients.
Prior to this, he spent over 20 years working within the Nickel, Iron Ore and Gold sectors in WA. This included senior roles with Newmont Mining as the Director, Health, Safety & Security, Leighton Mining, where his responsibilities were Risk Management and Health and Safety and with BHP Nickel West and WA Iron Ore where he led the response to a Ministerial enquiry into their safety performance.
Consequently, Richard has seen first-hand the impact of workplace events 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.
Dr 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.
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.
Rebecca has an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for business strategy and development. She has spent her 19 year career working alongside or within resources companies, in a variety of senior leadership roles.
Having commenced her career flying to remote locations to support mining employees return to work following injury, Rebecca quickly identified a true need for proactive health and wellbeing services across the Wellness Continuum. The relationships Rebecca has built whilst delivering health, wellbeing and injury management related services, have provided her with valuable experience across the entire mining and metals sectors – Gold, Nickel and Cobalt, Aluminium, Mineral Sands, Salt and Iron Ore commodities to name a few.
Rebecca was a Director in two successful Health, Wellness and Injury Management businesses within Australia, one of which she founded. She is currently working in a corporate role for one of the country’s largest mining organisations and she brings both site and corporate experience to the Board. She is committed to supporting Miners’ Promise to grow it’s relationships and deliver ongoing value to members.
Most importantly, Rebecca has a firsthand understanding of the value that exists for an affected individual and their employer, when individuals and their families have access to programs and professional support during times of crisis.
Martijn has more than 25 years’ experience as a legal and governance professional across various industries and jurisdictions and has been working in the Mining Industry for the past 12 years. He has been Perseus Mining Limited’s General Counsel and Company Secretary since 2013 and has had senior roles with Newmont Asia Pacific and Moly Mines Ltd after migrating from the Netherlands.
In joining Miners’ Promise Martijn brings his experience supporting mining and other organisations on legal, governance, compliance and risk management related matters at a corporate as well as an operational level.
Nicola is an accomplished senior leadership executive with a successful track record in marketing, partnerships and communications.
She is committed to providing exceptional service and is a skilled practitioner in all marketing and management disciplines.
Most recently as General Manager, Marketing for a large media organisation she led a large team through a dynamic period of change, leading the development and implementation of strategies and campaigns to enhance the brand and maintain a market leading presence. Now running her own boutique consultancy and an ecommerce business, working for corporations and businesses of varying sizes and the not for profit sector, offering a diverse range of industry experience.
This experience will be used to enhance the marketing and communications of Miners Promise and support the board in their endeavours.
Deane has worked in the mining and construction industry for over a decade, with specialist experience gained in commercial and financial activities.
Being a CPA and FGIA means that Deane is at the top of his field as a finance and governance professional with a high level of demonstrated competency. With international qualifications and continuing professional development, he is committed to delivering strategic decision-making, while providing organisational leadership.
Deane is currently employed as a Commercial Manager for Boral Australia and holds various volunteer roles including Non-Executive Director for Miners’ Promise since 2016. This vast array of experience gained will be used to enhance governance and support the board of Miners’ Promise in strategic and financial guidance.
Catherine has spent her career working in the health sector starting as a Registered Nurse in Perth and then in Kambalda where she eventually joined Kambalda Nickel Mines as an Occupational Health Nurse.
After moving back to Perth, she gained experience in HR, business development, management of health services as a contracted health entity and within the Japanese Oil and gas company, INPEX. Catherine currently works as the Practice Development Manager for Midland Physician Services, St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospital.
Catherine has been a Director of a Corporate Medical company and her own consulting and small retail businesses. As a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors she will add strength to the Board in the areas of strategy, governance and business continuity.
Sue is a qualified Company Secretary and is a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. She has worked in many different industries including insurance, media and engineering in the UK and Australia, providing corporate governance and compliance services to groups of companies and boards of directors.
Sue has also experienced being a FIFO wife when her husband worked away on the Gorgon Project on Barrow Island.
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