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.



    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.



    Martijn Bosboom


    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 Aisa Pacific and Moly Mines Ltd after migrating from the Netherlands.

    He also sits on the Western Australian Council of the Governance Institute of Australia.

    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.


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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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    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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