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 Donovan Waller

Group Head of Technology Development

Anglo American PLC

Mr Frans Knox

Head of Production


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 Douglas Thompson

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

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

Mr Peter Roe

Chair, SMI-Environment Centres Board​

Mr Troy Hey

Executive General Manager – Stakeholder Relations

MMG Limited

Dr Roger Higgins

Independent Member  

Mr Paul Dowd

Independent Member  

Secretariat support provided by:

Karen Hendrickson

Strategy and Project Officer SMI