Ms Miriam Stanborough became Chair of the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia in January 2020.
Miriam is a chemical engineer with 18 years’ experience in the minerals processing industry, across commodities including copper, uranium, gold, silver, alumina and mineral sands. Miriam has previously held roles in Technical Development, Production Management, Business Improvement, HR & Diversity strategy, Project Management, and Sales & Marketing.
She also holds degrees in Arts and Mineral Economics, is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Miriam is currently Group Manager – Productivity & Innovation with Monadelphous, a Perth-based Engineering, Construction & Maintenance company.
Miriam’s other current board roles are: Chair of SHINE Inspire Achieve Belong Inc, and Board Member of the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council.
Ms Helen Cook became Deputy Chair of the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia in October 2017.
Helen has over 20 years of board experience across a range of sectors including resources, infrastructure, insurance, finance and in government.
Prior to joining the MRIWA Board in 2014, Helen was the National Partner in charge of KPMG’s Energy and Natural Resources Group. Helen’s other current board positions are Non-Executive Director RAC Holdings, RAC Finance; and RAC Insurance, UWA Mining Energy and Natural Resources Law Advisory Board; Major Performing Arts Panel, Australia Council; Chair, Chamber of Arts & Culture WA; Councillor of the National Art Gallery. Helen is a WA Councillor of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women.
Her past Board roles include Deputy Chair of Fremantle Ports, Chair of the Art Gallery of WA, Perth Theatre Trust and a range of other roles in the resources sector.
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.
Mr David Rose is a Director in mining consulting with KPMG, with 35 years of diverse experience in the mining industry across gold, base metals, coal, diamonds and iron ore, in both open pit and underground, including 15 years in executive leadership roles. David’s most recent executive roles were Chief Operating Officer, St Barbara Ltd, and Managing Director, Rio Tinto (Argyle Diamonds and Rio Tinto Iron Ore).
Consulting engagements have included expert panel reviews, operational improvement projects and management systems upgrade projects for mature operating mines. He has also undertaken operational readiness and systems design engagements for pre-start-up and transitional mines, in Australia and overseas.
David is a past Deputy Chairman and now Honorary Fellow of Leadership WA, a Fellow of the AusIMM, a Graduate of the AICD, and is currently President of Rowing WA.
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.