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 and Mines
Mr Donovan Waller Group Head of Technology Development Anglo American PLC
Mr Frans Knox Head of Production BMA
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 Peter Forrestal Chair SMI-Production Centres Board
Adjunct Professor Christine Charles


SMI-People Centres Board
Mr Peter Roe Chair SMI-Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation Advisory Board
Mr Troy Hey Executive General Manager – Stakeholder Relations MMG Limited
Mr Roger Higgins Independent member  
Mr Paul Dowd Independent Member  
Secretariat support provided by: Karen Hendrickson Strategy and Project Officer SMI