Our People

  

We are a multi-disciplinary group of scientists, engineers, anthropologists, sociologists, economists, and natural resource specialists. We have in-depth knowledge of the minerals industry, both at corporate and operational levels, built from years of practical experience and engagement.

Our Directors are knowledgeable industry leaders, and our team is skilled to provide strategic or specialist advice, develop policy, and deliver world-leading research, education and training.

Our position within The University of Queensland, and our ability to link research and practice across several disciplines, sets us apart and adds unique value to our work.

 

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SMI Strategic Programs


 

  • Professor Daniel Franks

    Professor Daniel Franks

    Program Leader
    Development Minerals, Sustainable Minerals Institute
    Deputy Director - Research
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Susan Johnston

    Susan Johnston

    Program Leader
    Governance and Leadership in Mining, Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Professor Rick Valenta

    Professor Rick Valenta

    Deputy Director - Production
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
    Program Leader
    Complex Orebodies, Sustainable Minerals Institute

Transformational Learning


  • Dr Elaine Wightman

    Dr Elaine Wightman

    Transformational Learning Group Lead
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
    Senior Research Fellow
    JKMRC
  • Kylie Pettitt

    Kylie Pettitt

    Transformational Learning Coordinator
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Rosemarie Tapia Rivera

    Rosemarie Tapia Rivera

    Transformational Learning Program Coordinator
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Michelle Rowland

    Michelle Rowland

    Technical Administration Officer
    Transformational Learning

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Student Support


SMI Operational Staff


  • Kellie Ashley

    Kellie Ashley

    Client Services Librarian
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Dr Bronwyn Battersby

    Dr Bronwyn Battersby

    Business Manager
    CSRM
  • Sherrin Brundle

    Sherrin Brundle

    Facilities Co-ordinator
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Kathleen Cato

    Kathleen Cato

    Business Manager
    BRC
  • Allana Cooper

    Centre Administration Officer
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Annie Cox

    Annie Cox

    Executive Assistant to Professor Neville Plint, Institute Director
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Tyson Cronin

    Tyson Cronin

    Health, Safety, Wellness and Facilities Manager
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Andrea Gray

    Andrea Gray

    Senior Research Administration Officer
    JKMRC
  • Elisabeth Hansen

    Elisabeth Hansen

    Business Manager
    Environment Centres, Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Kate Herford

    Research Contracts Officer
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Gillian Ievers

    Gillian Ievers

    Communications and Engagement Manager
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Dr Marie-Louise Johnson

    Business Manager
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Steph Lynch

    Steph Lynch

    Administration Officer
    Environment Centres, Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Gabriella Neufeld

    Gabriella Neufeld

    Senior Management Accountant
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Sherrie Palmer

    Sherrie Palmer

    Business Manager
    JKMRC
    Portfolio Support Office
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Connor Pound

    Connor Pound

    Communications and Engagement Officer
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Michael Pun

    Michael Pun

    Management Accountant
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Tash Winters

    Tash Winters

    Research Partnerships Manager
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Melinda Winton

    Melinda Winton

    Centre Administration Officer
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Sasha Ackfun

    Communications and Engagement Coordinator
    Sustainable Minerals Institute

 

Emeritus Professor


 

Professor/Adjunct Professor


 

Honorary Professor


 

  • Professor Rick Valenta

    Professor Rick Valenta

    Deputy Director - Production
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
    Program Leader
    Complex Orebodies, Sustainable Minerals Institute

 


Leadership

 


Researchers

 


Students

 


Operational Staff

 


Adjunct and Honorary Staff

Production Centres Advisory Board

 

  • Professor Rick Valenta

    Professor Rick Valenta

    Deputy Director - Production
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
    Program Leader
    Complex Orebodies, Sustainable Minerals Institute

Leadership

 


Researchers

 


Students


Visiting HDR Student

 


Operational Staff

 


Adjunct and Honorary Staff

Leadership


Researchers


Students


Operational Staff


Adjunct and Honorary Staff


 

Advisory Board


 

  • Brett Garland

    Brett Garland

    Director
    Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre, Sustainable Minerals Institute

Leadership Team


 

Students


Support Staff


 

Honorary Associate Professor


 

Honorary/Industry Fellow


 

MISHC Advisory Board


 

Environment Centres Advisory Board

  • Peter Erskine

    Professor Peter Erskine

    Director
    Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation, Sustainable Minerals Institute
    Group Leader
    Ecosystem Assessment, Restoration and Resilience

Leadership


 

  • Professor Longbin Huang

    Professor Longbin Huang

    Professorial Research Fellow, Group Leader - Ecological Engineering of Mine Wastes (Soil-Plant Systems)
    CMLR
  • Dr Barry Neil Noller

    Dr Barry Neil Noller

    Principal Research Fellow, Group Leader - Contaminant Management in Mining
    CMLR

Researchers


 

Operational Staff


 

  • Elisabeth Hansen

    Elisabeth Hansen

    Business Manager
    Environment Centres, Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Steph Lynch

    Steph Lynch

    Administration Officer
    Environment Centres, Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Vanessa Glenn

    Vanessa Glenn

    Laboratory Manager & Research Officer
    CMLR & CWiMI
  • Vinod Nath

    Vinod Nath

    Research Assistant and Laboratory Technician
    CWiMI & CMLR

Students


Adjunct and Honorary  Staff


 

Environment Centres Advisory Board


 

  • Claire Côte

    Associate Professor Claire Côte

    Director
    Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry, Sustainable Minerals Institute
    Group Leader
    Environmental Excellence through the Mining Cycle

Leadership


 

Researchers


Operational Staff


 

  • Elisabeth Hansen

    Elisabeth Hansen

    Business Manager
    Environment Centres, Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Steph Lynch

    Steph Lynch

    Administration Officer
    Environment Centres, Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Vanessa Glenn

    Vanessa Glenn

    Laboratory Manager & Research Officer
    CMLR & CWiMI
  • Vinod Nath

    Vinod Nath

    Research Assistant and Laboratory Technician
    CWiMI & CMLR

Students


 

Visiting


 

Adjunct & Honorary Staff


 

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