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

The current Board members are:  

Mr Charlie Sartain

SMI Advisory Board Chair and UQ Senate Member

Professor Neville Plint


UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute

Professor Aidan Byrne


The University of Queensland

Mr James Purtill


Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.

Mr Blair Sands

Head of Health and Environment

Newcrest Mining Limited

Mr Frans Knox

Head of Production


Mr Douglas Thompson

Managing Director

Thiess Pty Ltd

Mr Kenneth Ramsey

Regional Group Executive, Environment and Social Responsibility

Newmont Asia Pacific

Mr Peter Forrestal

Chair, SMI-Production Centres Board

Dr David Way

Chief Executive Officer

JKTech Pty Ltd

Mr Peter Roe

Chair, SMI-Environment Centres Board​

Adjunct Professor Christine Charles

Chair, SMI-Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining Advisory Board

Mr Troy Hey

Executive General Manager – Stakeholder Relations

MMG Limited

Dr Roger Higgins

Independent Member  

Mr Paul Dowd

Independent Member