• Western Australia’s mining sector a significant contribution to our State and national economy. Image courtesy of Rovis Media
  • Market Outlook 2018 - a Resources Perspective was a sell out. We heard expert commentary and insights on how our industry is performing in terms of our investment profile. Image courtesy of Rovis Media.
  • Image courtesy of Rovis Media
  • We feature keynote speakers from mining companies and industry experts at our monthly luncheons who share their views on industry trends and topics relevant to mining.
  • Our luncheons feature a new guest speaker each month. Raleigh Finlayson (Saracen) presented at the October 2016 luncheon.
  • Book your seat at our luncheons, held monthly.
  • The West Australian Mining Club was formed in Perth in 1972 by industry professionals who felt there was a need for regular interaction at a social and technical level for a wider cross section of industry personnel than was catered for by the then existing societies.
  • Book your seat at our luncheons, held monthly.
  • WA Mining Club presents the Education Series – a panel discussion on industry topics.
  • WA Mining Club presents the Education Series – a panel discussion on industry topics.

Connecting the WA mining industry

The West Australian Mining Club (WAMC) was formed in 1972 by a group of dedicated Perth based industry professionals who recognised the value of meeting regularly to network and discuss industry issues.

Members include leaders from mining companies and associated industries including geologists, engineers, metallurgists, accountants, economists, lawyers, journalists, government representatives, university researchers, technical representatives, drilling company representatives, suppliers and more. The Club always welcomes new members.

Meet the Committee

  • 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 has been President since 2017 and also manages the Club’s marketing activities.

  • 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 utilise 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

  • Ian Skelton

    Ian is a partner with Deloitte, and has an extensive background in the resources industry.  Ian joined the committee in 2014 and is the Club’s Treasurer.

  • Damian Quail


    Damian adopts a pragmatic approach with a strong focus on ensuring his advice adds value to his client’s businesses. Finding solutions to a problem and ensuring legal advice is an enabler of a transaction, rather than a barrier to completing a deal, is foremost in Damian’s approach

  • Damian Connelly
    Schools Programme and Membership

    Damian is a consulting engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the resource sector. Damian joined the WAMC committee in 2011 and assists with the membership committee.

  • 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. He will be responsible for managing the Club’s membership portfolio in 2019.

  • 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.

  • Samantha Ware
    Chair, Young Professionals Committee

    Samantha has been in the mining industry for seven years, most recently in the capacity as a People & Culture Business Partner with Gold Road Resources. She is passionate about the future of the industry and feels the best way to safeguard it, is to upskill our upcoming generation of leaders. Sam feels the mining club holds potential to connect experienced mining professionals with emerging leaders, with the goal to pass knowledge and strategise beyond generations.


  • Natalie Taylor

    Natalie currently manages the Career Enrichment Program at Roy Hill. As part of her scope of work, she manages 1,300 employees, continuously develop and improve the program and enhance opportunities for staff to reach their full potential both personally and professionally.

    She has worked in the mining industry for 7 years in a variety of roles, which includes Technician Coordinator, High Pressure Water Blaster, Behavioural Based Safety Facilitator, Senior Administrator and Warehouse Operator, Training Systems Support Officer, Training Coordinator, Trainer, RC Driller’s Offsider, Port Production Operator, Emergency Response Volunteer and Career Enrichment Advisor. All these positions have taught her something new about the industry.

  • Emanuel Gherardi
    Scholarships 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 and has run global marketing campaigns for his own business and clients. He’s uses his skillset to work within the scholarship portfolio and assist the industry’s emerging leaders.