Our Board of Directors
Catherine has spent her career working in the health sector starting as a registered nurse in Perth and in Kambalda where she eventually joined Kambalda Nickel Mines as an Occupational health Nurse.
Once she moved back to Perth with her family, she remained in the health sector both from the business development side of occupational health services for the mining sector, and then the development of in- house health services for INPEX, oil and gas. Catherine is the Chief Executive Officer for the Wheatbelt Health Network – a not-for-profit organisation that provides multidisciplinary primary care and NDIS services across the Wheatbelt.
As our Chair, Catherine is interested in the governance of Miners’ Promise and ensuring that we provided the services needed whilst meeting the governance expected of any charity. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Catherine lives with her husband on their 9 acre property which their 5 children and ever increasing number of grandchildren love to share.
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.
Mr Murray is a Chartered Accountant, a Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds an Executive degree in Advanced Management & Leadership from the University of Oxford, Saïd Business School.
With over 25 years’ mining industry experience in senior leadership positions, including the position of Executive Chairman and Managing Director of Gold Road Resources Ltd (ASX: GOR) and DRDGold Ltd (NYSE & JSE: DRD), he has also held executive positions with international ‘Big Four’ accounting firms.
Mr Murray brings a wealth of financial, corporate, project development and operational experience to the Board and most recently led Gold Road as it transitioned from explorer to large scale gold producer.
Mr Murray has been the recipient of many awards during his leadership of Gold Road, including the Gavin Thomas award for leadership, the Diggers and Dealers Deal of the year award in 2017, after winning the best emerging company award in 2011 as well as the CEO of the year award from CEO Magazine.
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 providing Human Resources, Risk & Sustainability Management strategies for mining Clients and Contractor companies in Australia and abroad. 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.
He holds two Masters Degrees (MBA & Human Resources Management) from Murdoch University, WA and is a passionate 10 Year Rider of the WA Harry Perkins Institute of Cancer Research. Franko is also a founding member of Team MAMILS who have raised over $500,000 to find a cure for cancer. He is married with two children and a beautiful wife.
Franko is currently the Underground Manager – HSEQ for Macmahon Contracting.
Laura is a highly experienced director, executive and coach with an authentic, vibrant and empowering leadership style. Demonstrating eclectic and versatile executive expertise, Laura has a passion for operational excellence and is committed to driving an aligned purpose throughout the organisations she supports.
Having grown up in mining towns across the Pilbara and North Queensland coalfields, Laura’s connection to the mining industry is life-long and personal, with a family history in the mining industry spanning four generations.
Her vision is to build better organisations through innovation, honest conversations, leadership coaching and leading with vulnerability. Laura brings a breadth of experience and knowledge to the organisation having led numerous transformation and change journeys in various industries, including healthcare, manufacturing and the resources sector.
Laura holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) qualification and bachelor’s degrees in both Science and Psychology. She is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, a certified Prosci Change Practitioner and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
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.
Director and Company Secretary
Paul is a commercially focused Finance leader with over 25 years’ professional finance and governance experience.
Paul has worked in a range of business structures; publicly listed, privately owned, not-for-profit, and commercial joint ventures. He has broad industry experience in manufacturing, entertainment, consumer goods, mining, and logistics.
His background in corporate governance includes reporting to risk & audit committees, management of internal and external auditor engagements, enterprise risk management, subsidiary company secretarial activities and Listed company reporting. He is currently the Financial Reporting Manager at Duratec Limited.
Paul is a Chartered Accountant, a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.
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