Manager – Closure Planning, BHP
Dr Kirsty Beckett
Principal Mine Closure, Fortescue Metals Group Ltd
Kirsty leads Fortescue’s closure team, advising on closure design, planning and cost estimation, and integrating mine closure considerations into everyday planning activities. With over 20 years’ experience in land and water management, in natural resource management and mining environments, Kirsty has worked on a diverse range of issues including dryland salinity, pit lakes, flood and climate risk, soil and erosion. A passionate closure planner, Kirsty uses her knowledge of earth systems to challenge the status quo, encourage innovation and work with stakeholders to develop closure solutions that reduce risks and closure costs. She is also a founding member of the Closure Planning Practitioners Association.
Dr Mark Dobrowolski
Principal Rehabilitation Scientist, Iluka Resources Limited and Adjunct Lecturer at School of Biological Sciences, The University of Western Australia
Mark is a research scientist with a background in soil science and plant biology, with a range of experience in university-, government- and industry-based research, and a particular focus on the rehabilitation of mined land. For more than 10 years he has worked in the mineral sands and bauxite mining/processing industries on research to ameliorate soil water and physical factors that inhibit successful re-vegetation following mine closure. He also works closely with plant ecologists on achievable targets for re-vegetation of mined land.
Director and Principal Consultant, Bioscope Environmental Engineering Pty Ltd
Sonia is the director and principal consultant of Bioscope Environmental, a boutique consultancy that works with clients in the mining, industrial and infrastructure sectors in relation to environment and community. Sonia has more than 30 years of experience and has provided closure services to projects in Australia, the Asia-Pacific and Africa. She has presented numerous papers on mine closure and is an inaugural member of the recently formed Closure Planning Practitioners Association.
Professor Andy Fourie
Mine Closure 2019 Conference Co-Chair
Professor of Civil & Mining Engineering, The University of Western Australia
Andy is a Professor in the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering at The University of Western Australia. He has Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and a PhD from Imperial College, University of London. He has worked at The University of Queensland, the University of Witwatersrand and has been a visiting Professor at the University of Alberta, the Catholic University of Valparaiso in Chile and the University of Colorado in Boulder. His research is in the field of mitigating the impact of mining and municipal solid waste disposal. Outcomes from his research have been incorporated in changes to environmental legislation in South Africa. He has recently contributed to a series of guidelines for managing mine tailings in Australia, as well as developing a document for the International Atomic Energy Association on barrier systems for retaining uranium mining waste.
Dr Ros Green
Principal Technical Advisor, Mineral Waste Management, Rio Tinto
Ros is the principal technical advisor for Mineral Waste Management at Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore mines. She has been working with environmental geochemistry and mineral waste at Rio Tinto for the last 13 years. This involves all aspects of mineral waste from exploration, operations and mine closure. Ros and her team have been instrumental in the pro-active identification of risk and subsequent management strategies within Rio Tinto Iron Ore. This was acknowledged in 2018 by winning the corporate division category of the International Network for Acid Prevention global best practise award for identification, planning and management of potentially reactive geologic material. She completed a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering that involved building several passive and active treatment systems to treat acid sulfate soil drainage. Prior to that, Ros worked for government, local government and consultancies.
Dr Andrew Grigg
Sustainability Manager, Alcoa of Australia
Andrew has worked in the field of mine site restoration for the past 25 years, after earlier roles in forestry and water resources management. He has an undergraduate degree in Natural Resource from the University of New England, and a PhD from The University of Queensland, where he studied aspects of the ecological functioning of rehabilitated coal mines. Andrew joined Alcoa in 2005, undertaking research into the long-term sustainability of rehabilitated areas following bauxite mining in Western Australia. He presently leads Alcoa’s environmental research and rehabilitation assessment programme, oversees rehabilitation plant nursery operations and provides support to the company’s bauxite business unit globally in the area of sustainable bauxite mining.
Principal Closure Planning, BHP
Craig is a principal closure planner with BHP with over 18 years’ experience in the industry. He has extensive experience in rehabilitation practices, design and implementation, mine closure planning and execution, closure cost estimation and stakeholder engagement. He recently joined BHP’s Minerals Australia closure planning team located in Brisbane, providing closure planning support to BHP’s coal assets and Olympic Dam. Prior to joining BHP, he was responsible for managing support and closure execution of a number of coal mines on the east coast of Australia, including working closely with a multidisciplinary team and the community to achieve the agreed closure outcomes. Craig has a passion for ensuring closure planning is integrated into mining practices and stakeholder engagement.
Director, Mine Earth Pty Ltd
Shannon is a geologist and an environmental scientist, and has over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry. He has worked in the field of mine closure for over 14 years in operational roles and as a consultant. Shannon has managed numerous mine closure projects in Australia and overseas and has extensive experience in: planning and implementing multidisciplinary closure projects; applying specialised geological skills to assess the erosion potential and geochemical properties of mine waste; drainage assessments and developing closure designs for mining landforms; closure cost estimation; providing construction support during closure works; and assessing closure performance and management of post-closure liabilities.
Principal Mine Closure Consultant, Golder Associates Pty Ltd
Darren is a principal consultant with over 25 years’ experience in environmental research, management and planning within the mining, transport and conservation industries. He has a Masters degree in Zoology from The University of Western Australia.
After running his own consulting company, Darren took a role with WMC Resources as environmental officer at the Leinster Nickel Operation. Darren later moved to Sinclair Knight Merz. Four years after SKM was taken over by Jacobs, Darren moved to Golder where he is leading the development of a mine closure planning business.
As a CEnvP, Darren represents the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand on the Standards Australia mirror committee for development of the ISO mine closure standard. He is also a member of the steering committee for development of the EIANZ’s certification for land rehabilitation and is a founding member of the Closure Planning Practitioners Association.
Marketing Manager, Australian Centre for Geomechanics
Mine Closure 2019 Event Manager
Program Leader, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Professor Mark Tibbett
Professor of Soil Ecology, University of Reading, UK
Mark is a soil ecologist with over 25 years of experience in a range of fields related to plants-soil interactions, mycorrhizas, decomposition and microbially mediated processes in soil. His research portfolio includes soil carbon, metals in the soil-plant system, phosphorus cycling, bioremediation, metallophytes and mine site rehabilitation. Mark is the co Editor-in-Chief of the international journal “Soil Research” and an associate editor for the “Australian Journal of Botany” and “Restoration Ecology” and has published a book entitled “Mining in Ecologically Sensitive Landscapes”.
Principal Landform Engineer, Jacobs