Advisory Board

Advisory Board

SMI operates within the governance structures of The University of Queensland. The Institute engages broadly with industry, not-for-profit organisations, and state and federal governments through its research and education initiatives. 

SMI Board

The role of the SMI Advisory Board is to provide advice and guidance to the Director and University on the strategic direction of SMI. It meets quarterly.

The current Board members are:  




Mr Charlie Sartain
Managing Director (SAB Chair)
Sartain Enterprises Pty Ltd
Professor Neville Plint
UQ The Sustainable Minerals Institute
Mr James Purtill
Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Mr Donovan Waller Group Head of Technology Development Anglo American PLC
Mr Frans Knox Head of Production BMA
Mr Paul Dowd
Non-Executive Director

Energy Resources of Australia Ltd (ERA);

Oz Minerals Limited; and Phoenix Copper Limited.

Representative to be confirmed   Rio Tinto
Mr Blair Sands Head of Health and Environment Newcrest Mining Limited
Mr Kenneth Ramsey
Regional Group Executive, Environment and Social Responsibility
Newmont Asia Pacific
Mr Michael Wright Managing Director Thiess Pty Ltd
Dr David Way Chief Executive Officer JKTech Pty Ltd
Mr Pete Forrestal Chair SMI-Production Centres Board
Adjunct Professor Christine Charles

Adjunct Professor SMI-Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining;

Managing Director, Design4Growth Pty Ltd; Chair - South Australian

Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance (RESA)

SMI-Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining
Mr Peter Roe Chair SMI-Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation Advisory Board
Mr Roger Higgins Independent member