Dr Peter Lilly became a professional director at the end of 2015 after 40 years’ experience. Approximately half of this was in universities and industrial research organisations where he held management positions that included Head of Department, Head of School, Chief of Division, Director and Executive Director. The remaining half was in industry where he worked on mining and civil engineering projects in 15 countries and held a range of technical, management and executive roles up to and including Executive Director.
Peter is currently Chairman of the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia, a Non-Executive Director of METS Ignited Australia Ltd, a Director and Trustee of the Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy Education Endowment Fund, a Director of the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM, a member of CSIRO’s Mineral Resources Advisory Council, a Member of the Accreditation Council of the Australian Research Management Society, and Chairman of the Inductees Selection Committee for the Australian Prospectors & Miners Hall of Fame.
He is a past President of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and was elected to the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering in 2007.
Ms Helen Cook has close to 20 years of Board experience across a range of sectors including energy and natural resources, arts and culture, training and finance. This has included high-profile government agency boards where she has delivered independent governance guidance and established sound relationships with Ministers and understanding of government protocols and issues.
Prior to joining the MRIWA Board, Helen was the National Partner in charge of KPMG’s Energy and Natural Resources Group. This role has required a deep understanding of the key opportunities and challenges faced by the mining and energy sector across Australia across all commodities, markets and up and down the supply chain.
Helen’s other current board positions are: Deputy Chair, Fremantle Port; Non-Executive Director RAC Holdings Pty Ltd, RAC Finance Ltd; UWA Mining Energy and Natural Resources Law Advisory Board; Major Performing Arts Panel, Australia Council; Chair, Chamber of Arts & Culture WA; Director, Cruthers Foundation. Helen is also a WA Councillor of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Professor Mark Bush has 36 years of experience in research, research leadership, grant assessment and grant administration, while holding various academic and leadership positions with UWA.
Professor Bush brings with him a broad knowledge of Engineering. He is currently Emeritus Professor with UWA, and has served in the past as Head of Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering; Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics; and Director of Animal Research Services.
He is an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia (Hon FIEAust) and Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), and Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences of Engineering (FTSE), and has served in various leadership positions in both organisations.
Dr Andrew Shook has taken up a position which resulted in his resignation from the MRIWA Board in May 2017. We wish Andrew all the best in his future endeavours and thank him for his services to the MRIWA Board.
Following 17 years at BHP Steel and 14 years in Mining (iron ore and minerals), including roles as Managing Director Dampier Salt, Managing Director HIsmelt and Chief Commercial Officer Autonomous Haul Trucks (Rio Tinto), Denise has successfully transitioned to the third phase of her career as a Non-Executive Director and advisor on research, technology and innovation through the company Alternate Futures, of which she is the owner and Managing Principal.
Among Denise’s honours is being named the 2010 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year. A member of Chief Executive Women (CEW), she was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011. Denise is a member of the Judging Panel for the Prime Minister’s Science Awards.
Denise’s other current board positions are Chair, ChemCentre WA; Non-Executive Director, Arrium; Non-Executive Director, Export Finance and Insurance Commission (EFIC); Member of Council and Chair Quality, Audit and Risk Committee at Edith Cowan University; Member of Commercialisation Advisory Board, Curtin University; Fellow of ATSE and Chair of ATSE’s Resources Forum; and Trustee for the Navy Clearance Diver’s Trust Council.
Mr Larry Lopez is the Director of the Commonwealth’s Accelerating Commercialisation Program. He is responsible for leading the Government’s efforts to identify and help businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers commercialise novel products, processes and services with significant market potential. Larry is a Partner at Perth based Australian Venture Consultants (AVC). AVC enables their clients’ decision-making processes through fact-based analytics informed by research and the insights it has acquired through almost 30 years of hands-on experience and engagements across the innovation and technology start-up ecosystem.
Prior to moving to Australia in 2006, Larry spent 17 years at Silicon Valley Bank. During his tenure at SVB he held various senior and executive positions, and played a key role in growing the company from a local community bank to a global leader in providing financial services for knowledge-based companies and investors. He was the founder and Managing Director of the Bank’s International Venture Capital Group and was an active investor in Israel, Australia and Europe.
Larry is a Director of several IT-related private companies and sits on several not-for-profit boards. He has also been a partner or director of several venture capital funds in the US and Europe and is currently a director of Jolimont Global Mining Systems, a global venture capital fund focused on the investing in technology that enables the mining sector.
Previously with the Department of Mines and Petroluem, Ms Michelle Andrews has taken up a new position within the Department of Premier and Cabinet and as a consequence resigned from the MRIWA Board in May 2017. MRIWA thanks Michelle for her services as a Director.