About Us


The WA Mining Club’s Rules of Association require that the WA Mining Club is managed exclusively by a committee of management consisting of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and between four and six Committee Members.

Committee Members are elected at each Annual General Meeting for a two year term. At the end of their term, committee members are eligible for re-election.

All positions are voluntary and Committee Members are expected to actively manage a portfolio within the Committee, regularly attend Committee meetings (held monthly) and assist at WA Mining Club events.



Kirsty Danby
President and Marketing

Kirsty is Founder and Director of Platform Communications, and has more than 18 years’ experience in corporate communications, marketing and public relations in the resources sector. A committee member since 2013, Kirsty manages the Club’s marketing activities. Kirsty is also a Director of  Solaris Cancer Care, Curtin University Faculty of Humanities (Chair), Petroleum Club of WA, and is the Chair of the Australiasian Oil & Gas Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Director – Platform Communications
E: kirsty@platformcommunications.com.au
T: 6467 7640
W: platformcommunications.com.au

Peter Bradford
Vice President and Scholarships

Peter is a senior executive with over 35 years’ experience in gold and base metals mining operations, exploration and development.  He is keen to use his broad industry network and knowledge combined with understanding of governance and strategy and an interest in advancing the next generation of students, graduates and professionals.

Managing Director – Independence Group
E: peter.bradford@igo.com.au
T: (08) 9238 8300

Damian Quail
Secretary and Scholarships

Damian Quail is a Director of Williams + Hughes Commercial Lawyers. He has practiced as a lawyer for over 20 years in the mining and resources, business, software and technology fields. His specialist area is advising explorers and miners and mining services providers. He is a long serving Director of seven junior gold explorers with projects in the East Pilbara, Nullagine and Karratha regions.
Damian was elected to the WAMC Committee in 2015 and he currently manages the Club’s Scholarship Program. He is also the Club’s Secretary.

Director – William + Hughes Commercial Lawyers
E: secretary@waminingclub.asn.au
T:  (08) 9481 2040
W: www.whlaw.com.au

Ian Skelton
Treasurer and Marketing

Ian is a partner with Deloitte, and has an extensive background in the resources industry.  Ian joined the committee in 2014 and currently acts as the Club Treasurer and sits on the Marketing Committee.

Partner – Deloitte
E: treasurer@waminingclub.asn.au
T: +61 0405 195 269
W: www.deloitte.com.au

Damian Connelly 
Memberships and Schools Programme

Damian is a consulting engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the resource sector. Damian joined the WA Mining Club committee in 2011 and assists with organising the student scholarships and developing a schools programme.

Director/Principal Engineer  – Mineral Engineering Technical Services
E: damian.connelly@mets.net.au
T:  (08) 9421 9000
W: metsengineering.com

Kristie Young

Kristie began her career as a Mining Engineer over 20 years ago. She is currently Business Development Account Director for EY, Director of Diversity Network, an Associate of Curtin University and a UQ Perth EAIT Alumni Ambassador. She is a mentor with WIMWA, WASMGA & AHRI, and is a Graduate of the AICD.

Kristie sits in the WAMC Memberships portfolio. Kristie also sat on the WAMC Committee in 2006 and 2007.

E: kristie.young@au.ey.com
T:  +61 402 403 769

Craig Hook

Craig is an experienced corporate advisor and executive coach built on over twenty years international, senior management of large and small resource companies. Craig has been actively involved in the Club since 2005 and joined the 2014 committee in the marketing portfolio and now leads the Membership Committee.

Director – Strategic Intent
E: craig_home@iinet.net.au
T: +61 0421 040 863

Sharon Goddard

Sharon joined Gold Road in June 2011 and has more than 20 years’ experience in mining, agribusiness and legal.

Her responsibilities include managing corporate aspects of the organisation, external affairs, native title, marketing and day-to-day operations.

Previously Sharon was Practice Manager for a newly merged Perth law firm Middletons and was instrumental in the fit-out and set-up of the new merged office including implementation of an IT solution, financial and human resources functions and risk and compliance.  She has also worked for Wesfarmers as Executive Assistant to the Finance Director and assisted with all investor relations briefings including Annual and Half Yearly Results presentations and roadshows; as well as preparation of national roadshows to analysts, fund managers and shareholders.

She holds a Master of Business Administration, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Diploma in Financial Markets.

General Manager, Corporate
E: Sharon.Goddard@goldroad.com.au
T: (08) 9200 1600



Emanuel Gherardi
Scholarships Alumni and Young Professionals

Emanuel has owned and run a multi-national Mining Recruitment business with operations across Australia, Singapore and West Africa. In his 20 years in the industry he has worked closely with some of the world’s largest and most well known mining organisations and mining professionals across all categories.

He has overseen scholarship and trainee programs for his clients and internally, has run global marketing campaigns for his own business and clients. He’s keen to use his skillset to work within the scholarship portfolio and assist the industry’s emerging leaders.

Director – Energy & Mining Group 
E: emanuel@energymining.com.au
T: +61 0400 652 651