Ms Denise Goldsworthy became the Chair of the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia in January 2018.
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.
Ms Helen Cook became Deputy Chair of the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia in October 2017.
Helen 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.
Innovation Manager at Iluka Resources Ltd, Ms Miriam Stanborough is a chemical engineer with 17 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’s other current board roles are: Chair of SHINE Inspire Achieve Belong Inc, and Board Member of the Northern Agricultural Catchments 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.
Jane Hammond has 20 years’ experience in government and has worked in a range of senior legal and policy roles in State Government agencies in WA and NSW. Her home agency is the Department of Minerals, Industry Regulation and Safety, and she is presently based in a central agency, working to support development and implementation of the State Government’s public sector reform strategy.
Jane has a deep understanding of the structure, functions and strategic aims of government, as well as a strong technical understanding of the legal underpinnings of the system. Jane’s background in legislative drafting has led to her involvement in a number of legislative projects for the WA Government, including developing MRIWA’s foundation legislation.